I quickly found out there's a lot of options out there! Some pattern companies I hadn't even heard of. I didn't check out the Big 4 patterns because I didn't want to deal with a muslin. The Jalie swimsuit I made this summer fit well, so I focused on choosing one of the many Jalie options. With the pattern I chose, I should be able to sew view B for a ballet leotard if we need it.
Pattern: Jalie 3136
Sizing: I sewed an I (5) and lengthened the front and back by 2" according to Stella's girth measurement.
Material used: Performance/swim nylon/spandex from Jo-Ann's.
Notions needed: 3/8" elastic for the leg openings.
Appropriately rated: This could easily be tackled by someone who has made a couple knit projects.
Time spent: 1+ hours on cutting out the pattern and material. 2.5 hours spent on the actual sewing.
Construction/instructions: The instructions were complete and concise. However, I didn't like that the written instructions were on a separate page from the illustrated instructions. Maybe it's an older Jalie pattern? I prefer the format of the other Jalie patterns I've made.
Comments: Very cute leotard! The shoulders stayed up fine during Kindergym, I was a little worried they would slide off. Stella was often picking at a wedgie, but I think that was because I didn't line it and had her wear underwear underneath.