Breaking Ground with Jalie

Welcome to my stop on the Breaking Ground Tour hosted by Melissa Evans of Mahlica Designs.  If I’m you’re first stop on the tour let me tell you a little about it.  We were to choose an Indie pattern company new to us, choose a pattern, and sew it up.  We could have added to the ground breaking by choosing something we’ve never made before, or make something using a technique we’ve never made before.

I chose to make Jalie 2792.  My daughter has been in (gym)nastics since September and she LOVES it.  So much so we have to stop her from using any and everything as equipment.  I have heard nothing but good things about Jalie.  Majority of the time when people ask about athletic sewing patterns I always see a handful of comments recommending Jalie.


I have made swimwear for her in the past, and I also made her leotard for (gym)nastics, the pattern I used for that is a good pattern, but it’s a bathing suit/leotard. This is a true leotard (also referred to as a nastics by the 3 year old.).



A little about this pattern: there are 22 sizes included, 3 different views, but you can certainly mix and match, so your options in that regard are almost endless, and the directions and graphics are very clear and concise. The instructions and diagrams for measuring the body for the nastics (leotard)are great.  They take the trunk into account, which that other pattern didn’t do, which is very important.  Her chest and waist put her into size F, but her girth/trunk measured spot on size H.

I chose to make view A with the 3/4 sleeves.  I see why so many recommend Jalie’s patterns.  Everything goes together beautifully.  Once the longest part was over, for me that’s choosing the fabric, I sewed this new nastics (leotard) up in about an hour.  I loved the fit. Without her “I just had lunch belly” it fits perfectly.


She loves it and I love it. She announced to anyone that would listen that I made her a new nastics (leotard). I will now be one of those people singing Jalie’s praises from every rooftop.


I hope you enjoyed my stop on this tour.  Check out the other stops today.  So many amazing things were created.

Rainy Day Sewing, Anne-Mari Sews, Sprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La Carte, Tales of a Tester


Missed a day? Catch up here.

Monday March 20- Anne-Mari Sews, Sewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Tenille’s Thread, Couturious, Embrace Everyday, Sewing A La Carte

Tuesday March 21- mahlicadesigns, Kaleidothought, Ronda B Handmade, Elizabeth Made This

Wednesday March 22- Rainy Day Sewing, Anne-Mari Sews, Sprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La Carte, Tales of a Tester

Thursday March 23- mahlicadesigns, Lulu & Celeste, Very Blissful, Sprouting Jube Jube, Ronda B Handmade, Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Friday March 24- Anne-Mari Sews, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Harper + Lu, Sewing A La Carte

10 Comments Add yours

  1. dawn says:

    That’s really cute!!


  2. She looks so cute and sweet in this gymnastic suit. The color blocking is well done. You can see she loves wearing it.


  3. It looks fantastic! A couple of years ago I bought a bathing suit and a bikini pattern from Jalie but still haven’t sewn them because I’m sort of terrified at the thought of sewing swim fabric. This leotard looks fantastic! 🙂 Lisa


    1. melkitho says:

      You should just go for it. It’s just fabric. You should get yourself a fabric glue stick or a school glue stick and use it to hod the pieces in place as you sew them. Better than any pins or clips.


  4. What a cute leotard! I read somewhere that the Olympic team had $1200 leotards… looks like you’re on track to have her dressed even more adorably!


    1. melkitho says:

      Thank you! Fun fact the bottom fabric is from the company that made the Olympic leotards!


  5. Ronda Bowen says:

    So so so cute 😀 I may have another go at making my Miss Diva a leotard… now that I’ve been keeping your handy glue stick trick in mind since you shared it with me!


    1. melkitho says:

      Thank you!! You know I used my glue stick with this too.

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  6. I’m so glad you gave this a try. If she continues in nastics you can save yourself quite a bit by making your own leotards. Praises for Jalie.


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