Over the years, we received requests from all over the world for rhythmic gymnastics and twirling costumes. We were a little hesitant due to the special requirements for those costumes, but a few months ago, we received an email from a very talented sewist from the UK who was a real inspiration and we decided to go ahead with the design, backed with her expertise and very specific requirements that guided us though the design.
Thank to this great collaboration, pattern 3026 - Rhythmic Gymnastics Leotard will now allow gymnasts from all over the world to get a unique leotard without breaking the bank.
The leotard can be made with or without the short A-line skirt. For the yellow and pink leotards, we cut flowers from printed spandex and sewed them all over one side and cut 1-cm-wide stripes that we sewed to the sleeves for a spiral effect.
The ribbon and start appliqué pattern is included in the pattern and we indicate in the instructions when appliqués should be sewn to make it as easy as possible.
This pattern can of course be used for skating. We made a stunning skating dress in black velvet with black mesh yoke and sleeves. Because the skirt is sewn to the right side of the leotard (no waist seam), it can easily be lowered or changed as the skater grows.
Because we do not have the time and patience to glue all those stones one by one (there are over 200 stones on the yellow leotard to give the flowers a "little" sparkle), we used a hot-fix rhinestones and transfer paper that works very well for this type of project. You simply have to put the stones face down on the paper and then iron them on the garment!
The next pattern is a pattern that will surprise a few people and will be a good inspiration for your next Halloween party!