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jenoriginal | Posted in Patterns on

I am wondering if there are any dance recital costume sewers who would share their tips on making a pattern for nice fitting “boy shorts” from spandex. (or using/modifying a current pattern you use). I am looking at an age range of 8-12 year old girls.  I would like to develop a nice system or pattern so that I may sew multiples of these.  Thanks!


  1. Ocrafty1 | | #1


    I'm not sure about dance pants, but I was asst. wardrobe mistress for our local youth circus, so I'd bet they are similar.  We made almost 100 pr. of pants.  We adapted patterns fairly easily. Make sure that the pattern is very simple. Here's a link to the circus site....There are lots of pix.  The leotards are all purchased and then embellished and fitted to each performer. As you can see, there is a wide range of sizes from 7 - 21 yrs. old.  They are quite easy to make. If you use spandex be sure to use a stretch stitch or surger.

    Hope this helps, I'm not sure exactly what your question is.



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    ThreadKoe | | #2

    Are you looking to design your own to sell, or do you need to make costumes? The reason I am asking is because most of the major pattern companies, esp. Kwik Sew, have some great two way stretch patterns that are easily adapted to what you need, either in their costume or sportswear sections. There are also a couple of online companies I have come across that deal in patterns for sports and dancewear as well, but for the life of me I cannot remember the name. They came up when I Googled sportswear patterns. Kwik Sew has a book with sportswear and bathingsuit patterns that deals exactly with what you want. It is for all sorts of sizes. I would look into that. Cathy

    1. jenoriginal | | #3

      Thanks Kathy! I am currently sewing for a studio. I can custom make the outfits but I am always looking to improve the "shorts". I will look into the book you spoke of.

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        ThreadKoe | | #4

        The other style of boy shorts I have seen is a variation on the tap pants. Perhaps you could check out the lingerie sections of patterns as well. You might have some success with those as well. The lines of the garment would be similar, and then you could construct them according to your needs, by adding seam allowances and hems, rather than using lingerie elastic, perhaps. Cathy

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