Handmade Bow Ballet Leotard

Bow Ballet Leotard

My daughter started taking ballet lessons in last October and I made a lace ballet leotard for her back then. It’s been nine months and I already had to make a second one since she’s grown out of the first one! Although the leotard had some stretch, at the end her nipples were exposed and its time had passed. I already made the pattern, so I made simple modifications on the pattern and didn’t need to change much (here is a good alternative PDF pattern on etsy). I added 5cm in bodice and few centimeters around chest and waist. It turned out that chest is a bit big for her but I have no doubt that she will grow out of this leotard very soon.

She did not like the last dress I made for her, but thankfully she received this leotard with much love and gratitude. So funny that a child has preferences over what she wears at this young age.

The fabric is a leftover from the jazz dance costumes I made back in 2012.  It’s some kind of spandex mix two way stretch fabric I bought in the second floor of Nippori Tomato, knit section. After making her leotard, I still have a ton left so I’m thinking of making myself bathing suit for this summer. I’ve been eyeing this vintage inspired one piece number by Ohh Lulu Sews. Has anyone made this?


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Bow Tie Dress from Girls’ Clothes by Fu-Ko basics

Polkadot Dress from Japanese Sewing Book

Our local library has many great sewing books. Kiko and I go there once a week since they have a story telling program for little kids. While she is in the program, I wander around the sewing and crafting section and usually end up taking out one or two sewing books.

My recent sewing project for Kiko came from  the book, “Heart Warming Life Series: Girls’ Clothes by Fu-Ko basics” by Mayumi Minowa (Japanese title 作ってあげたい、女の子のお洋服).

I made Bow Tie Dress in size 120. Japanese kids clothing size goes 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120… and they point to the kids’ height in centimeters. Kiko is little over 110cm right now, but I made it in a bigger size so she can get the most wear out of it.

The fabric is cotton with pink dots. I bought the fabric back in 2012 and made curtains for her nursery. It looked cute in the room but it did not cut out the light so later on I bought light shielding curtain which cuts the outside light completely. It comes handy for naps when she used to take one or summer nights when the outside is still bright at 7pm. Since we no longer need the polkadot curtains, I recycled it to make the bow tie dresses.

I love making clothes for her at night and surprise her in the morning. It’s like a mini Christmas. I hang the new clothes in her room while she is asleep and she finds it when she gets up. I was convinced that she would love this dress. It’s 1)dress, 2)pink and 3)bow tie. What more can a girl dream for?

Contrary to my expectation, I did not get a good reaction out of her. She did not like it at all and told me I can give it to her friend! I was furious. I thought about giving it away so she can’t wear it but she kept insisting that I should give away, so I thought maybe I should demand that she wears it even though she does not like it to teach her to appreciate things that she is given. I think she got my point.

If you sew for your children, do you get a reaction “I don’t like this”? When that happens how do you react?
Close up of the Dress Bow Tie Cute! Japanese Sewing Book for Little Girl Japanese Sewing book Matching Little Girls Dresses Matching Little Girls Dresses2 Polka Dot Dress from Old Curtain
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Watson Bra in Black and White Dots

Dot Print Watson Bra A32 via Vivat Veritas Blog

Soon after I made my first Watson Bra by Cloth Habit, I found left over fabric in my closet that had been used to make this dress (now on sale for $20!) back in 2013. I still had a meter or so left. It has stretch, and there are apples hiding among the black dots. Since I already had the notions and power net in black I decided to make another bra.

As before, I added bra pads and lined the cups with power netting. for my previous attempt, I enclosed the pads completely. However, this time I left a small opening so I would be able to take the pads in and out. After a number of washes, the pads can get old. This way I can replace them easily.

My second try went much quicker. I really had fun making it. I usually listen to podcasts while I sew, and my current sewing/crafting podcast favorite is Elise Gets Crafty.

Pattern: Watson bra pattern from Cloth Habit
Size: 32A
Fabric: Stretch poly mix fabric from Nippori Tomato
Notions: Flora’s Garden on etsy
Modifications: Added bra pad and lined the bra cups with power net.How I added a bra pad on Watson Bra (Click through for more)

So what’s next? I’m continuing to collect inspirational images for bra here. Lacey back, burgandy lace for fall, white racerback… Variations are endless. I’ll soon be back to stretch knit section in Nippori.


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