The other day, I asked my kids if they would rather go to a store to buy a gymnastic leotard (of whatever color they are selling in the store we end up at) or if they want me to make one (of the color of their choosing). They, of course, wanted me to make one. I asked my 6-year-old what color she wanted her leotard to be. I expected her to say “purple”, like she always does. After no hesitation whatsoever, her answer was: “Light blue with sparkles and a rainbow across the top.” It’s like she’s Carolina Herrera and I am her sample maker.
One of the reasons that I asked them if they wanted me to make them a leotard is that I was on my way into the city to meet Karen for fabric shopping, Carolyn for dinner, and Elizabeth for both shopping and dinner. Karen and Elizabeth both graciously agreed to meet me at Spandex house, where they sell all that stretches. Spandex House had several rainbow fabrics to choose from, in addition to the other colors I sought. For the rainbow, I cut a rectangle from the rainbow yardage, seamed it to make it curve, and serged it to the blue sparkle fabric.
The pattern that I used was Kwik Sew 3508. My 8-year-old wanted the shorts style leotard that a lot of the other gymnasts in her class were wearing, so I altered the shape at the bottom and added a gusset. My younger daughter wanted a standard leotard.