We sewing nerds get excited when we can make something for cheap.
Turns out these $40-ish leotards can be made for under ten bucks.
The fabric is pricey so I was apprehensive about screwing it up.
I bought a PDF pattern on Etsy at Tumblentwirl.
After I got comfortable with it, I modified the original pattern which was made from one piece of fabric. It's easy to cut and piece lycra - no finishing of the edges required.
Leotards generally run small so this allowed me a custom fit for a longer torso.
V approves of the colors.
Lycra is sewn using a zigzag stitch rather than a straight stitch.
I got kind of excited by my success and stocked up on some more fabric, because a six year old can never have enough leotards, right?