Erbsenprinzessin ballet suit leotard pattern: DIY girls gymnastics leotard

DIY gymnastics leotard

DIY gymnastics leotard

Hi Friends,

Today is a quick review of a gymnastics leotard that I made for Kezia using a new to me pattern: it’s the Erbsenprinzessin ballet suit leotard pattern, which I downloaded from Etsy. If you have a little girl (or even not so little; the pattern runs to 12 years), who is into gymnastics or ballet I highly recommend this pattern.

Kezia started gymnastics in September and loves it. Before that, she did a couple of years of ballet/ dance. So she was wearing her old skirted ballet dress. I told her I wouldn’t buy her a new leotard until she had gone to gymnastics for at least a couple of terms (tough mum!) so when I came across this pattern and realised I had some black swimsuit fabric left over from my Ginger swimsuit, I thought, let’s see if I can do this.

DIY gymnastics leotard

DIY gymnastics leotard

Why do I love this pattern? It’s such great value for money, it’s so quick to tape together and sew, and the results and fit (for me/ Kezia at least) are brilliant. I couldn’t be happier with it. Also, the pattern includes options to sew a skirted ballet style leotard too. It’s a basic pattern, not a fancy one like your Jalie types, but I reckon it wouldn’t be hard to customise.

DIY gymnastics leotard

DIY gymnastics leotard

(BTW, apologies for the not very good photos: you can tell I took these and not Philip or my sister).

Anyway, I pretty much followed the instructions. I cut a straight size 6 I think? It fits perfectly. I added the crotch (self) lining. The only thing I did differently was that the instructions tell you to use FOE or a self fabric band to finish the neck/ leg holes. I used knit elastic (not woven elastic; that is harder to apply) and stitched it to the wrong side of the suit, folded it over and stitched it down again.

DIY gymnastics leotard

DIY gymnastics leotard

I have a long list of things I want to sew for spring already. Any one else thinking of spring sewing? Have a great day!

DIY gymnastics leotard

DIY gymnastics leotard


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About sewmanju

I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing everyone can get to see mine.

20 responses to “Erbsenprinzessin ballet suit leotard pattern: DIY girls gymnastics leotard”

  1. Janet says :

    One very clever Mommy… and it was from left overs!

  2. Andie L. says :

    That’s awesome! You did a great job and it fits her so well. 🙂

  3. Fiona M says :

    A fine use of leftover fabric, and what a little sweetie pie she is!

  4. Kathy c says :

    What a good idea. I would never have even thought of trying to make a leotard and your daughter models it so beautifully.

  5. Alice says :

    Awww she looks so sweet, and the camera loves her! You are one awesome mum!

  6. Yvonne Bennett says :

    Another winner! Adorable little one you have there, too! Great job on the leotard. Looks very professional.

  7. jay says :

    Oh shades of my ballet Mum days. What a super result you got with this pattern!The model is adorable of course!

  8. Alicia @ Pandora Sews says :

    Great job, Manju! The fit is fantastic. I am getting ready to sew resort wear (so to speak) as we are headed to the Caribbean soon. So, I kind of feel like I am skipping over Spring and heading straight in to Summer.

  9. velosewer says :

    Kezia’s leotard looks great. You’re a good Mum.

  10. mlefholz says :

    Thank you for this review of pattern. because it fit so nicely on your daughter (who’s very cute by the way) I bought it and have made my granddaughters several. and they all fit well!

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