I finished my Cheetara costume today! I thought it was going to be really easy and quickâ€”just buy a leotard, tights, and orange bootsâ€”but it turned out the leotard I mail-ordered was 4 inches shorter than my torso and too small across the bust. It was unwearable! It tugged uncomfortably and looked like a full-body sports bra (i.e. flat everywhere). After trying to cut it up and re-shape it, I concluded that it was a lost cause. So instead I made my own!
As usual, leotards are another piece of clothing simply not designed for women with a large bust and small waist. So here are instructions for how to make your own from scratch, based on panties (or a bikini) and a tank top that you already own. I wouldnâ€™t recommend using it for gymnastics or other extreme exercise, but itâ€™s great for costumes and light wear!
Materials: 1 to 2 yards four-way stretch fabric (must be four-way, not two-wayâ€”a high spandex content is your best bet), thread, needle, measuring tape, white chalk
Time: 2 hours to 2 days, depending on your sewing proficiency
Click below for illustrated instructions (and a picture of my costume!).