Whipped up a few more Jalie leos for my gymnast. Turns out, when the fabric instructions say “Hand wash cold, line dry” they mean it! I was throwing her leotards into the dryer, and yup…they shrank!
My Falafel choose this screamingly bright fabric that reminds me of stuff we wore in the 80’s, and then proceeded to look like Joan Jett (or maybe Pat Benatar) for all the photos.
Have I gushed enough in the past about this pattern? In case I haven’t, here’s a little more. I love love love this pattern. I custom fit it to my child, and now all of her leos look like, well… they were made for her. The first time I was introduced to Jalie Patterns was for The Bee’s Black Widow costume. Simple and to the point, and really easy to make fit adjustments to.
It was 40 degrees out and she was wearing only a leo.
I did manage to get a smile from her. This other fabric, she has dubbed her “Oil Spill” suit, because you know, it looks like the rainbow found in oil puddles.
The size I made for her is actually a 5, graded to a 7 in the hips. I lengthened the torso, by splitting the pattern in half at the waist, and adding 4 inches. I did have to lower the armholes for these new suits. She is 11, wearing a size 5, so the armholes don’t leave room for her muscles. It was a super easy alteration that I eyeballed.
These leotards fit great, which means she tugs a whole lot less! They stay in place, and it really makes all the difference.
If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen this already. A friend gifted us a 12 foot balance beam, and it currently resides in the middle of the living room.
I have only tripped on it twice so far. Cheese Louise.