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Semi-Universal Leotard Pattern by TifaIA Semi-Universal Leotard Pattern by TifaIA
Note: Patten is for personal use only. Please do not use or distribute for commercial/profit/material gain. Thus the ugly arse watermark. I do make my own patterns. This is the first time Iíve translated one to a digital medium. Commercial patterns and I do not get along. I canít remember the last time I looked at one, to be honest.

The semi-universal leotard pattern~ This is something Iíve refined over the years and can easily be modified for your shape/purposes. Iíve been able to use this for several projects, all with positive results (see end of write-up for links of itís use).

Recommended fabric: Spandex, jersey, or anything that gives at least a 5% stretch (2 or 4 way).

Translating onto fabric:

This is the side view of the leotard, top and bottom. By folding your fabric and pinning the front to the fold line, youíll create the full shape during cutting.

Iíve tried to label the pattern to be as easy to understand as possible. Serging is recommended but zig-zag stitches work. The dotted line is for smaller sizes.

How to print: Print as is in Microsoft Paint. It will use up to 12-16 pages in your printer, so you might want to number your pages before piecing it together with tape/white glue.

For best results, cut out the bust line and lay the top piece over the bottom until you reach the desired length (matching your height). Then place the bust line wherever you wish.


How do you get in? Itís a pull over that snaps in the crotch region.

Can I add a zipper? Yes you can! Instead of snapping at the crotch, sew it up and put the zipper in the back seam. If you want it in the front, move the fold to the back of the pattern.

That bust line is kind of low. Itís adjustable. Take it up high or low as needed, or donít use it at all. Itís there to accommodate any lines that need to be added to the garment.

I think the butt area is too big. Take in as much as you need. I have a tendency to make my patterns with seam allowance and for any alterations. Easier to take in then it is to let out.

Do I need anything extra? Elastic (for leg holes), 8.5x11 copy paper.

Any questions? Please comment! Iím always happy to help where I can. ^^

References of use:

Back zipper, seam at waist: [link]
Back zipper, seam under bust: [link]
Sailor Fuku, snaps, seam under bust and back: [link]
No seam, front zipper: [link]
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BakaCircle Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
ohmy thank you so MUCH :D !!!
TifaIA Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to help out! XD
VariaK Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh thank you!!!! hahah Occasionally I use commercial patterns like for a big cloak...oh and the first time I sewed a kimono......oh the first time I made a lined jacket...and thats ab it.
TifaIA Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

I have nothing against commercial patterns. They just don't like me in return. :D
Celyddon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you do a wide cutout of the back area, like a swimsuit, you don't need closures at all--you can just step into it. :)
TifaIA Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
True true. I haven't been so lucky yet. I've needed all of my leotards closed up, so I haven't had that luxury to just step in. lol
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