Early 90s Workout Leotard

Added Feb 2, 2014

by nrobson

Auckland, New Ze...






Leotard – Butterick 6541 Fast & Easy Misses 1992

Looks like I’ll have no more excuses to work out now, lol! I used a super stretchy medium-light weight polyknit which I’d found just enough of for a few bucks in a fabric store remnants bin. This leotard can be worn as a bodysuit under shorts, and it can also be used as a swimsuit, albeit one without any ruching or bust support. In fact I drafted a deeper back neckline scoop for tanning, as the original pattern had the back as high as the front neckline. I should probably line the bust and crotch in black stretch knit just to give a feeling of security. The straps might be a bit lumpy. I could have made it in the next size down as the fabric is so stretchy.

I should stay tape the straps tighter as they can be easily pulled way down below the rib cage, and the leg openings can be pulled up almost to the armpits, lol. Yet I tested the leotard/one-piece swimsuit down at the beach by swimming today and they weren’t bad. They didn’t pull down with the motion but, along with the strong elastic, the fabric clung in place quite sufficiently. It dried quickly too, considering its not lycra, and its light as a feather. I used a zig zag and straight stitch combo but twin needle would probably prove more durable.

Material Notes

polyknit four-way stretch fabric in animal print, elastic underwear lace in skin tone




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Other, Beach, Casual, Rock, Punk, Geek

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    Feb 3, 2014, 01.01 PMby Winnie Nkosi

    Hey I’ve been also been meaning to make 1 for myself,as im always doing splits when im bored,lol…its lovely,nice print

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      Feb 4, 2014, 12.23 AMby nrobson

      Haha thanx. Leotards are great for doing the splits in… not that i can do them lol

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    Feb 3, 2014, 01.33 AMby zsyzu

    Very nice! I like the fabric. A bathing suit is something I have yet to try. Great job!

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      Feb 3, 2014, 07.12 AMby nrobson

      thank you my dear x

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    Feb 2, 2014, 10.40 AMby liliv-1

    I’m sure it looks very sexy on you!!

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      Feb 2, 2014, 12.23 PMby nrobson

      haha! thanks but hopefully not in a ‘lets get physical’ way lol

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    Feb 2, 2014, 08.57 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    This is fabulous Nadia! I would love to have one like this :)

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      Feb 2, 2014, 12.24 PMby nrobson

      thanks, thats a compliment X

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