How to make leotards from a shirt

Written by courtney clark
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Leotards for dance, gymnastics and various other sports can be expensive, often because they can be only bought in speciality and athletic stores. As frustrating as this might be, a leotard is essential for many activities. One way to beat the system and get an inexpensive leotard is to make one at home. Most people have some old T-shirts around the house that aren't being used. With basic sewing skills and a few common sewing supplies, these old shirts can be turned into custom leotards.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • T-shirt
  • Tank top
  • Underwear
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Lay on a table a T-shirt that is big enough to reach from your shoulders to your mid-thighs.

  2. 2

    Lay a tank top directly on top of it, lining the straps up with the shoulders of the T-shirt.

  3. 3

    Lay a pair of underwear on the T-shirt directly below the tank top.

  4. 4

    Cut around the outline of the tank top and underwear, adding 1/2 inch all the way around for seam allowances. Cut through both layers of the T-shirt material so that you have two identical pieces of fabric when your are finished.

  5. 5

    Lay the two pieces of fabric directly on top of each other, right sides together.

  6. 6

    Sew the pieces together up the sides, along the crotch area and at the top of the straps, leaving the arm holes, collar and leg holes open.

  7. 7

    Fold the collar, arm holes and leg holes under about 1/2 inch. Hem them by sewing over the folded edge, tucking the raw edge of the fabric under as you go.

Tips and warnings

  • To make a leotard with sleeves, replace the tank top with a tight-fitting T-shirt.

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