Seamwork’s Ariane Bodysuit

I’ve got 99 problems, but fabric ain’t one…In the spirit of this year of sewing firsts, I decided I desperately needed a bodysuit.

That’s right… 90’s fashion has been ringing my doorbell over and over this year!


I settled on Seamwork’s Ariane and found some amazing nylon/spandex tricot from Phee Fabrics. I ordered it in both black and kelly green. I am new to lingerie and swimwear design so I knew that I wanted to make a muslin in black to ensure a proper fit. But I knew the green would be my showstopper!

I’ve never sewn with tricot before and was so pleased with the weight and overall quality of this performance fabric! It was a dream to cut and sew up. I used Phee’s Techsheen to line both the cups and the crotch of the suit. Techsheen is a perfect lining for anyone who needs extra built-in support.

So, the fabric was a total winner. The actual sewing of the bodysuit, on the other hand, is another story…

The Ariane was fairly simple to construct. It actually did exceed my expectations, having never sewn a garment like this before.

My troubles came with the smaller details.

Like that perfect “V” between the cups… Looks okay here, but it was a disaster on my muslin. I sewed and ripped and sewed and ripped and never could get the perfect finish! Honestly, I’m still unclear on the proper way to achieve this V. My method was pretty messy!


Then came the fold-over elastic… this was one rare occasion where my online community of sewers failed me. I took to the Seamwork Facebook group to ask for recommendations on the width of elastic required. Would 5/8″ work? Did I need 1″? The instructions were unclear and I needed guidance. Unfortunately, not a soul came to my aid. I decided to try both. I used 1″ for my muslin and 5/8″ for my final. The wider elastic is absolutely the way to go! If I needed any support at all, I wouldn’t have it with the 5/8″ elastic.


But it’s soooo cute! I found this serape stripe beauty on Etsy.

Even as a maker, it’s tough to sew lingerie for small busts like mine. So many patterns are drafted for a B-cup. Guess who’s barely an A? My muslin was a little too large in the cups so I downsized for my final garment. Unfortunately, it’s still a somewhat unflattering fit.

I’m sure I’ll appreciate my lack of boob-age someday… I’m not there yet, though.

Making this bodysuit was an exceptional lesson in lingerie construction. I learned so much about what does and doesn’t work – and can adjust accordingly in the future. And, I will. It only took a half yard of fabric to make so I can squeeze out another 2 with my leftover Phee tricot!

In atypical Rachel fashion, I’m not discouraged by the challenges faced with this bodysuit. I’m actually excited to break out my scissors and start again! Tell me about a challenging project that inspired you. I’d love to hear your stories!

Bodysuits and Suede….They’re back!!

Posted by Whitney “TEAMMASH” Decker

Petite Stitchery & Co Pattern Release

Juliet Bodysuit and Circle Skirt

I had the pleasure of testing the new Juliet bodysuit and circle skirt for PSCO the last couple of weeks. The bodysuit has so many options and both that and the circle skirt are flattering on everyone! They’re both still on sale through March 12 at Midnight.

Skill Level:

Beginner

Sizes Included:

XS – 3X

Pattern Features:

PDF Download Instantly and Layered Sizes

Options:

Bodysuit:Three height options petite, regular and tall
Two booty coverage cuts full and cheeky

Two front necklines crew and low cut
Two back necklines high and low

Five different sleeve lengths and a flutter sleeve

Two leg closures elastic or bands
Snap crotch option
Circle Skirt: Mini and midi length lines

Fabric Requirement:

A knit with at least 50% four way stretch

I made the circle skirt with the red faux suede, which is also stocked in black. Although it doesn’t have 50% stretch each direction it has just enough stretch for the waistband. The skirt features a fold over waistband, which I halved the height of!

I used a few different fabrics for the bodysuit but one of my favorites was supplex lined with techsheen HOLY SUPPORT and then I did a lace overlay. It has so much support I don’t need to wear a bra and it’s like wearing spanx AND I think I could eat a whole cake and no one would know haha.

I also made the bodysuit REVERSIBLE so I only have to bring one shirt on a long weekend. Winning! Haha. I just sewed it as the directions say but used another fabric as the lining. When you’re wearing it one of the ways the leg band seams will be exposed but I’m not walking around wearing just a bodysuit so I didn’t care!

      

This bodysuit would be peeerfect in circular knit especially for summer since it’s MOISTURE wicking. It’s nice because you can dress it up with the lace, wear it with jeans or any skirt, or even shorts. It is so versatile and would be perfect in so many of the Phee Fabrics. You could even make it in circular knit or nylon spandex lined with swim lining for a bathing suit!

For those of you with daughters there is also a girl’s pattern that is also on sale! I haven’t had a chance to make it yet but I’m sure the drafting is just as superb as it is in the women’s.