Saturday, January 27, 2018

Made by a Fabricista: A Blouson Bodysuit

Happy New Year! Did you spend some of your holiday break sewing? I did! Though, as usual, I didn't complete everything on my "To-Sew" list. I enjoyed every minute with family and friends...and my sewing machine. I hope by now you're back in the groove because 2018 is already in full swing.


I've have been so excited about the bodysuit trend, but it took a while for me to find the right bodysuit pattern. When Simplicity released 8513 I thought "woohoo! This is it!". I loved all the options especially the bell sleeve, wrap bodice and mock neck.

Simplicity Pattern 8513 Misses' Knit Bodysuits
from Simplicity.com

However, after I sewed up View B, I realized I don't (currently at least) have a bodysuit body. LOL In my opinion my tummy is a little too big right now to rock it. Which really sucks, not because I'm carrying a few (ok ten) extra pounds from the holidays - I still love my body - but because I really wanted to rock a bodysuit. I love bodysuits because tees and sweaters have a tendency to ride up when you sit and I hate when a burst of cold air hits my lower back, especially in the winter.


From kommatiapatterns.com


Thankfully I stumbled across the Ferri bodysuit pattern from Kommatia patterns while swiping thru Instagram. Turns out a blouson bodysuit is my perfect bodysuit. It offers the "stay tucked-in-ness" of a bodysuit, but the fullness of a loose tee. Raglan sleeves are already a fave of mine and the wide scoop neckline was a great bonus.

I can raise my arms without worry that I'm going show some belly!

I've been eyeing the Black Superwash Wool Jersey since it was listed and this seemed like a great application for it. It's light weight gives the full top some drape but the wool content should be enough to keep me warm.



When I first pulled the fabric out of the packaging I thought it was going to be too sheer, thankfully I was wrong. Also when I went back to look at the listing it is clearly described as Semi-Sheer.  The Semi-wool feel was accurate as well as it isn't itchy or irritating, though I do not suffer from sensitive skin.  Also, it has a slub like texture that doesn't show well in photos.



Sewing the bodysuit was pretty easy, especially if you've ever sew a swimsuit before. The trickiest part was attaching the elastic at the leg openings. The rest of the construction was the same as any raglan tee.


I really love the bodysuit, though I which it draped over a little more. When I make it again I will add 1.5" to the bodice hem and hopefully that will result in the look I want.

I highly recommend this fabric and this pattern. I think I'm going to order the gray as well. I'm thrilled with my results!

See you next month.

Tiffany
TipStitched

4 comments:

  1. Love this, Tiffany! I was wondering about this pattern- I'm so happy to see someone has sewn it up with such great results!

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    1. Thanks! I had never heard of this pattern maker, gotta love social media!

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  2. I love bodysuits and this one is fabulous on you. I love the zipper pockets on the front of your jeans too - they are too cool!

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  3. This is cute! And making it in black is such a smart move. I'd be looking for all the bottoms in my wardrobe that I can wear it with.

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