Understanding how leotards are made

Dancewear Universe is a business with over 30 years of experience. We have a passion for offering the greatest products, particularly in terms of girls gymnastics leotards. We put so much effort into finding the best that we even take the time to understand how the products are made.

Olympic Gymnasts are at the very top of their sport. You won’t be surprised to learn that a lot of work goes into the creation of leotards for the athletes. Rigorous preparation is vital as the gymnasts perform their routines to a global audience. The designers want the gymnasts to feel confident in what they wear, comparing the leotards to formal dresses. It is of the same importance to the girls.

So, what goes into the process of making these leotards? Firstly, sketches are done to get an idea of how they should look. After a design is chosen the next step is to create prototypes. Months before the competitions, the girls all get measured. As there is such a diverse mix of athletes, it is important to gain feedback from them and decide on what design is good for everyone.

Some of the designs are very highly decorative; there are leotards that can have around 5,000 crystals on them. This is why it is important to make sure all the previous decisions have been agreed and finalised, including the style and fit.

Wardrobe malfunctions are generally unheard of because of the amount of effort that goes into creating the leotards. After-all this is the biggest stage of the world. Cameras are showing the performers to the entire world so it is important the leotards fit correctly and look elegant. Some of the athletes, such as Simone Biles, are so muscular the fit of the leotards has to be custom made.

The fabrics used to make the leotards have advanced in the past 20 years. A lot of them are made with more stretch and recovery. The finishes on leotards, such as holograms, foil and shine, are made using the sublimation technique; a printing process used by top graphic designers.

The products we stock are made with the same great focus on quality. We stock girls gymnastics leotards from the biggest brands, never compromising. If you have any further questions for us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.