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.
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.
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.