But my favorite option for the Alley Cat is the Leo and it’s perfect now that my little one is starting gymnastics.Although this one is just for play as I’m not sure her coaches would appreciate a beaded train for class. haha! The Alley Cat has lots of great options. I bought the full pattern collection, which includes Romper, Leotard and Dress. To best suit your needs, you can buy the collection as a complete set, just the leo and top, just the romper and dress, or just the romper and leo. All options include long sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, short sleeve or sleeveless and the bodice is fully lined.I can’t remember where I got the teal cotton/lycra for this long sleeve leo. But I know I bought a bunch of these beaded lace scraps from Fabric Merchants Retail in LA more about Fabric Merchants here.The beaded lace is pretty heavy so I gathered and attached it to a piece of 3/4″ elastic (leaving about an inch of lace at the top) to help the bodice hold the weight of the lace and then when my Leo was fully constructed I just attached it by top stitching with a zigzag stitch from side seam to side seam. Maybe not the best method, but it got the job done and it looks beautiful. In the smaller sizes, the Leo is a great scrap buster! I used the little bit of lace for the bodice and appliquéd the extra little bits to the front and side of bodice. For the detail oriented seamstresses out there: I determined my daughter’s size as 3T using the pattern size chart . Chest 20.5″, Waist 20.5″, Hips 21. She is 36″ tall. I opted to sew a straight 3T. I’d love if you would stay tuned here, or follow me on IG @clothed.in.vermillion so that we can share our sewing projects, tips and tricks with each other.
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Pattern Description: Lil Luxe Collection Alley Cat Leotard
Pattern sizing: 18 months to Girls 10 (size chart available here)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes. Detailed information and line professional line drawings were provided for each step.
Fabric used: Cotton Lycra and Beaded Lace
Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes and No …pattern suggests Medium Weight 2-Way knits with good recovery. But judging by the tester photos and others in the group it seems people are using Cotton Lycras and Brushed Polys with success.
Did you alter the pattern in any way? I added the lace train and applique. Otherwise this is an exact to pattern 3T.
Was there anything you disliked or would change? My daughter loves it, so I am happy.
Would you sew it again? Yes
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginner
Seam allowance used in the pattern? 3/8″ throughoutSee you next time!