Flannel with a touch of class.

I live in Alaska. I knew it would happen at some point. The inevitable flirt with flannel. And, if I'm being honest, this will probably be an ongoing affair. 

Too busy for reading? No worries, been there. Soon, I’ll add my video below! 

Part I: The Process

With one bodysuit under the belt it was time for try two. This time with a fabric with considerable less stretch. I had to make some adjustments - primarily lengthening the suit so that the closures would snap.

 

I also had to do some guess work on the sleeves - I didn’t want them as tight as on the 4-way stretch fabric.

Part II: The Reveal

This came out almost exactly how I pictured it. It fits (and is actually pretty snug) around my body without being too restrictive under the arms. A must when I am mountaineering and such - because nothing says outdoors(wo)man like a bodysuit. Nothing!

Part III: The Verdict

1. Would you make this piece again, as is?

Yes, I love it. That being said I like to tinker, so I can’t imagine myself not making some slight refinements (see question 3).

2. Top challenges.

Figuring out how to adjust my original pattern for fabric with way less stretch. This particular fabric does have some width-wise stretch, but not enough to use the same pattern, unchanged from my first bodysuit.

3. If you could change one thing about this piece what would it be?

I think I would change 2 things.

  1. This fabric would make a stellar skirt, but I would swap out this fabric for some black / gray / cream flannel. I haven’t found my “dream” flannel, yet, but I know that it’s out there - waiting.

  2. I would tighten up the sleeves a little bit along the arm seam. I like having space, but I think I went a little cra-cra in my quest for arm movement.

 

Part IV: The Newest Addition