There is nothing like Charleston in the spring! I have been trying for a couple of years to use as azaleas in my sewing photography but I always caught the blooms at the wrong time and I wasn’t sure how to incorporate them into the background. We had a few minutes to take some pictures before my sauna appointment the other day and I found this old wall behind the building. I thought it was a fun way to introduce these Jalie dance patterns to you.
I’m planning to enroll my daughter in dance lessons so I decided make her a leotard and skirt. This is Jalie 3349, Ballet Leotards, paired with Jalie 3459, Ballet Skirts. Like other Jalie patterns they come in 22 sizes for girls and women. These patterns come together super quickly, so if you have an hour (or if you’re super slow like me, 2 hours) you can whip these up and have an outfit in no time!
Cici is almost 3, and a little too small for Jalie’s size 2/F (the smallest size). I compared the measurements on the size chart and was confident that if I sized the pattern down one size smaller then the smallest size, the pattern would fit.
I learned how to grade patterns from craftsy.com, the class I took is called Create Any Size: Pattern Grading for Sewers. This is a really helpful class for anyone who finds themselves at the bottom or at the top of the size range in patterns because it allows you to use a pattern even if you barely fall out of the size range. I would only recommend doing this if you want to grade up or down 1-2 sizes. Any more than that in the pattern might be distorted and might not fit. I’m really pleased with how her leotard turned out, it fits her perfectly and I’m excited to see it in action.
The fabric I used for the leotard is a double brushed polyester from Southern Belle Fabrics. I didn’t have 3/8″ elastic (shocker!) so I used 1/4″ and it turned out just fine. This leotard is mostly for fun, anyway. I paired the leotard with the ballet skirt which is made in a blush single brushed poly from Surge Fabric Shop. (The SBP was a scrap leftover from my hoodie project). It’s always nice when you discover fabrics in your stash that match!
Again, I sized down the skirt one size. I performed a small hack to this pattern. The pattern tells you to insert elastic into the waistband. I didn’t want to do that, so instead, I shortened the band by 1″ and omitted the elastic. Next time, I will remove 1.5″ because it’s a little big. The new yoga waistband will hold up the skirt on its own and this skirt only took like 10 minutes to construct!! Can’t beat that!
These patterns go together like peanut butter and jelly, if you need some patterns for dance class or yourself or a little one, these are sure to hit the spot. The sizing is very accurate and I love the quarter inch seam allowance. I sewed the leotard in about a half hour while talking to my dad and holding the phone to my shoulder.