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90s Leopard Print Leotard

Added Feb 2, 2014

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






Leotard – Butterick 6541 Fast & Easy Misses 1992

Looks like I’ll have no more excuses to workout now, lol! I used a super stretchy medium-light weight polyknit which I’d found just enough of in a fabric store remnants bin. It may be worn as a bodysuit, and even as a swimsuit. 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 or support. If I were very creative I could sew on some appliqued shapes or even cut out slash patterns on the sides, to nip in the waist. The straps might be a bit lumpy. I could have made it in the next size down as the fabric is so stretchy, because I am able to easily yank it very immodestly in all directions lol. Yet I tested it down at the beach by swimming today and they didn’t pull down with the motion but, along with the strong elastic, the fabric clung in place quite sufficiently. The modern fabric dried quickly too and is light as a feather. I used a zig zag and straight stitch combo but twin needle would probably prove more durable. Location: Pt Chevalier

Material Notes

poly-knit 4-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 sewing fanatic

      Haha thanx. Leotards are great for doing the splits in… not that i can do them lol…. lets go do outdoors stretching haha.

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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 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 sewing fanatic

      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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