Hello Pattern Revolution! Crystal here, from Stitched by Crystal! Today I get to share with you some dancewear I made for my daughter using two patterns from one of my favorite leotard designers, Jalie Patterns.
To create this look, I used patterns #3022 Yoga Pants and Shorts and #3354 Asymmetrical Gymnastics Leotard by Jalie. My daughter takes jazz dance classes and has a black leotard and jazz shorts dress code, which can get pretty boring! But with the patterns by Jalie (and some lime green accents...her dance studios color), I was able to make her some fun dance wear that works within her studios dress code!
These patterns are perfect for dance class, but also would make a great set for gymnastics practice...or even for the pool! The pattern requires knit fabrics with at least 50% stretch in both directions, I picked these out in the active wear knit section of my local fabric store.
One thing I love about Jalie patterns is their size range! All their patterns come in a huge range of sizes, you get girls and womens sizes in one pattern. This leotard comes with 22 sizes included, girls size 2 up to ladies size 14 and those shorts come with 27 sizes (yes, 27!!) girls size 2 all the way up to ladies size 22. So..make some dance shorts for your little one and some comfy yoga pants for yourself!
Let’s talk about the shorts first! These sewed up really easy and the fit is great. They have a fun color blocked yoga waistband, and there is a little bit of elastic at the top inside the waistband so they stay put! The shorts have a seam up the back of the leg which gives them a really nice, flattering fit.
The pattern instructions for the shorts are more similar to the instructions you would find in a traditional paper pattern than those you may be used to seeing in PDFs. They have one page of written step by step instructions followed by one page of diagrams showing you how everything goes together. I found the instructions really clear and easy to follow, and if you are the type that likes to print the instructions, you only have 2 pages to print! I think anyone with some experience sewing knits would have no trouble making these!
Now let’s take a closer look at that leotard, I love this asymmetrical look! I made view B with the 3 spaghetti straps, view A has one thick strap with contrasting binding instead of the three straps, or there is also the option to braid the three straps .
I always expect to get a great fit when sewing with Jalie’s patterns and this leotard was no exception! They include instructions on measuring and adjusting the pattern, my daughter has a long torso so I followed the instructions to add a bit more length and it worked out perfectly.
I have made many many leotards for my daughter in the past three years, but this was my first time doing the contrasting binding. It took me a few tried to get it right, but I love the finished look of the lime green trim! If you are new to sewing leotards, this one may be a bit of a challenge because of that contrast binding. I would recommend starting out with one of Jalies other leos, and look them up on youtube! I discovered they have some really great videos to help you with sewing the elastic….I wish I had found those three years ago!
Thanks for checking out my girl’s new dancewear! I know I will be sewing a few more of these in the next months...I want to make her an asymmetrical swimsuit for the summer and a two piece with the yoga short bottoms!