Party in the back

I really enjoy my annual leotard sew for my daughter.  This year, we took our inspiration from this flow with elegance leotard.

Flow With Elegance Leotard PGB 14:

Here is our version.

Party in the back.

Plain in the front.

To make this, I started with her latest swimsuit pattern, based on Jalie 3134, which was modified to combine the front panels, and to lower the legline, as well as adjusted a little for her fit.  Further modifications for this leotard included
  • lowering the neckline
  • raising the back scoop, to cover the waistband of her tights
  • changing the angle where the front armhole meets the side seam
  • adding straps, as per the photograph below.  The straps are sewn as tubes.

There are some pull lines on the front neckline, so I probably need to adjust the front strap extensions a little, if I make this again

I used a matt nylon lycra.  She feels that this is too much like swimwear, but I don't know where I can buy the tactel lycras that are used in modern leotards.

The shorts are made from Jalie 3247.  I usually go up one size for Jalie leggings, but this time I went up 2 sizes, because this mystique lycra is very firm.  I think I actually should have gone up another couple of sizes. 


  1. Lovely leotard! I saw a roll of black fabric labelled Stretchtex Tactel at Step by step dancewear at Brendale (north Brisbane) http://stepbystepdancewear.com.au/. It was marked $31.90 per metre. Not sure if they do phone orders and delivery but might be worth following up if you're interested.

    1. Thanks Bianca, I will follow that up for sure!

  2. I love this. I think the colour and strap detail is gorgeous. That McCalls pattern for swimmers I made, had a strap back similar but I like the look of the wider strap narrowing better.

  3. You are so clever! Just the thought of sewing swimwear scares me - this looks amazing!

  4. Great work. You know this back design would create bra friendly party dress back.