The Jalie 2105 Leotard (and another skirt)

I’m taking ballet twice a week now to meet my en pointe goal. And, I love it. My Thursday night class is full of women my age. Awesome. None of us can do splits and we all grunt through the stretches. Saturday class is me and a 16 year old. A very flexible 16 year old. A very flexible 16 year old with some long legs. We’ll be dancing the recital together in December. It’s quite remarkable how her knees make absolutely no popping noises in plies. It’s a funny thing. I have the mental discipline in my 30s for ballet but not the physical. She has the physical ability, but not the mental discipline. It’s really a balancing act, isn’t it?

The photo below is totally illustrative of my body type. Big sway back, protruding seat and muscular front thigh.

The reviews for the Jalie leotard on PR are all for small children. Everyone thought the legs were too high cut for a small child. I made up the pattern using wicking material from Montreal. I think the legs as drafted are too high for a ‘ballet cut’ leotard. That being said, the pattern does not profess to be a ballet leotard. My RTW leotards have a lower leg and more rear coverage. In truth, overall a high cut leg is more flattering on me, it just doesn’t feel ‘ballet’. It feels more ‘dance’.

This pattern also has raglan sleeves. I have since discovered I prefer sleevelees. I’m also not a huge fan of the neckline and it’s interesting that the back is much lower than the front. (Ugh. Back fat.)  I *have* to wear a sports bra or two when I work out, so I think I want a a higher back or a t-strap back to my leotard and lower in the front. I don’t want this to sound like a negative review as it’s not. It’s just not what I need for a leotard pattern. That being said, the instructions are excellent and it’s perfectly drafted.

I'm jumping and look so much like my mother I was startled

I have two Kwik Sew patterns that I hope to make up next weekend in some cotton interlock from Joann Fabric. A new leotard runs about $21 through my dance studio. Making my own is about $15. No great savings. But, they are fast and I can get them in colors I really like this way :)

The skirt is Jalie also and from silky something from Joanns. I wanted something a little more see-through. The skirt is around $8 to make. I still like the skirt pattern with a self drafted belt.

Pattern Review: Jalie 2105, Ballet Skirt

I am terribly spoiled. Pretty much everything I want to do is within 15 minutes of me. So, last year when I started my Saturday morning adult beginner ballet class, it was ambitious of me to drive 40 minutes each way at 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning. So, I took a break this summer. Luckily, a new dance studio opened three miles and 10 minutes from me and I started my new class last Thursday.

In honor of the new studio, it was time for a new ballet ensemble. I decided to finally whip out my Jalie 2105 pattern and take a stab at the skirt. I mean seriously. There is no way I will ever dance without something covering my thighs. Today, three versions. The fabric is probably too busy for class. But, it was in the stash. At $1.50 a yard, this skirt couldn’t be cheaper. Consider  that ballet skirts in the store *start* at $15.

For the skirt, I used a rolled hem on my serger to finish the edges. The first attempt, I made the skirt with the blanket binding by Dritz. It’s too wide and makes it tough to tie neatly. Plus, I imagine the wide ribbon will drive me a little nutty in class.

The second version I went back to the regular waistband. But, I drafted my own. I found the included waistband pattern pieces consistently too short. Maybe I was missing something. Or the bias stretched beyond repair. But, it just didn’t measure right for me.

My third and final version I added two inches of length to cover my rear end. ** This is by no means a ballet jump. I just wanted a vertical shot :) If you want to see a beautiful ballet pose, check with The Selfish Seamstress. Who also has a free downloadable ballet skirt pattern.

Perfect.

I have the leotard cut out and will sew it up when I get around to changing my serger thread to a matching color :) I told my new instructor my goal was to have dancer’s legs *and* go on point by 37. She smiled patiently at me. Let’s see what happens.

It’s funny. When Jalie first came out. I didn’t ‘get’ it. But, I now have about 10 of their patterns stashed and have loved everything of theirs I’ve made. I’m totally in love with Jalie’s new dress pattern. But, have reminded myself that it’s all wrong for my body type. I think I need to remind myself again!