When I started sewing, a bodysuit was probably farthest from my mind in terms of what I wanted to make. It never struck me what a great garment it is, until I saw Heather Lou’s pattern (total girl-crush on this cool lady btw). It really reminds me of my mum’s 90’s wardrobe – full of snap-crotch ‘bodies’, as she called them. I guess they were always a bit alluring – a proper ‘grown-up’ garment, to go underneath delicate silk blouses and snug, high-waisted trousers.
I was a bit daunted going fabric shopping for Nettie. Heather Lou’s very clear instructions, ‘It must be very stretchy 4-way stretch fabric!’ were ringing in my head, which is why I ended up with this ridiculously stretchy pink Acetate/Elasthane fabric. It’s very shiny and reminds me of children’s gym/ballet costumes. As gross as the fabric sounds, it is SO SNUG and soft against the skin. I have a feeling it will be a bit sweaty in the summer though.
It is also pretty see-through, which is why I didn’t take any pics of me wearing just the bodysuit (trust me, you would have gotten a whole lot more than you bargained for). It is also very clingy, and not very forgiving on yer lumps and bumps (totally sucking in my stomach in these photo’s – silly me).
I decided to add 2.5″ to the length of the front and back pieces, but I think 1-1.5 inches would have been enough due to my stretchy fabric choice. You can see in the photo below that the back especially has quite a bit of excess fabric. I was planning to make a snap crotch, but as the fabric is more than stretchy enough to get in without one, and I was a bit rushed, I decided to skip it.
Am looking forward to wearing it with high waisted trousers and skirts!
The only thing I find tricky with this pattern is the fit on the shoulders – they constantly feel like they are about to slip off. I am pretty sure this is thanks to my insanely wide shoulders, in combination with a very slippery fabric. Does anyone have a tip for how I could adjust the pattern for my next version?
Because there are sure to be many….
- Pattern: Nettie pattern (£7)
- Fabric: A bargain £2/m fabric from Walthamstow market (£3)
Total cost of project: Approx £12 (including sewing thread, needle etc)