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Saturday, October 20, 2012

More leos and some fall basics

Here is the rest of the fall/winter leotard collection! These are all made from Jalie 2792 which is a fantastic pattern for anyone sewing for a gymnast.

I have a small Rubbermaid tub full of 4-way stretch activewear fabric and I just have fun mixing and matching them. The white holographic top fabric has a rainbow sheen to it.

I got the pink daisy print at the Patsy Aiken outlet. They used it for swimwear, but it is perfectly suited to leos. Nice and stretchy!

I had to go back and make a revision on the gold and red leo - sleeves had a straight stitch and serged seam, but the straight stitch made it too tight and it started to pop the stitches when I took it off of her.

In the process, I shortened up the sleeves a little, but that worked out well since I had to tuck the sleeves a bit when she wore in on Thursday anyway.

The lesson here is that serging the sleeve seams is sufficient!



She's happy with all of these new looks for the gym, and it will be easy to pick her out among the crowd of bouncy little girls in her session.

I also stitched up two new items for her school wardrobe. The first is Children's Corner 262 "Kitty" in a Tinkerbell corduroy print I found at Joann's. She adores Tinkerbell (and I'm working on that for her Halloween costume!), so this jumper was a good pick.

I made the 6 instead of the 5 so she could wear it longer. Children's Corner often runs true-to-size or small.

The back has a nice rounded strap/yoke, while the front has a nice ruffle detail. I lined it with a pretty cotton stripe. The lining ends up covering ever raw seam in the jumper - very classy and comfy for her too.

The other item I made was McCall's 6596, view E - pants. I didn't quite have enough of the acrylic plaid I wanted to use, so after cutting out the back pieces, I had to get creative with the front. I split the front piece at the lengthen/shorten line and cut the lower section on the bias in a remaining section of the fabric. I love the effect since I think it makes them look slightly less pajama-ish.

They have two small patch pockets on the back and a faux fly with two decorative buttons on the front as well.
She liked them so much that she chose to keep wearing them after I got done taking pictures of her. They do seem rather cozy!

With my boys ALL camping this weekend and our business out of the house done, it's time to get back to the sewing machine and the fabric. I have quite a bit cut and ready to go. More fashions on what has to be the best-dressed five year old in my town coming up soon!

N.B. - The pink and purple tops are from my Children's Place basics purchase last week...good stuff.

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