Here is a little tutorial on turning a boring and flat leotard into a pretty and way more dancer-like ruched front leotard.
How come a ruched front looks totally dancer-like? I don’t know , I don’t make the rules.
Ok let’s define terms:
Ruche, pronounced “roooosh”, basically means gathering in the middle of something. Like, as opposed to gathering along the edge. Which would create a ruffle not a ruche.
Also, ruche is French for beehive.
A lot of dancewear manufacturers refer to ruched-front leotards as “pinch front”, which I think is a cop-out because if we can all learn ballet French why not learn fashion French too.
Ok let’s go.
I’m using a really boring grey scoop neck t shirt that I bought like five years ago, way back before I’d ever taken any ballet, because it looked dancer-y to me.
And I’m going to transform it using the same construction as my totally basic Capezio ruche front camisole leotard, which really is dancer-y.
So boring ahmahgahhhd!!!
Find your center,
I used my dress form, you can just fold your leo/shirt in half and iron the fold so you have a nice crease to mark your center.
Cut a piece of 5/8ths inch ribbon at 4 1/2 inches. If you don’t like inches, just use the other side of your tape measure where the centimeters are.
Press 1/2 inch on each end
Pin to your center on the inside of the garment
Sew both long edges and along the center
Use a tiny safety pin to thread a narrow ribbon through the channels you’ve created. My tiny safety pin is red. I don’t know why.
Pull the ends and tie a knot
Bam. Now you are totally a dancer.