30x30 Project: Bodysuit (Sewing) #1
And it only took six zillion tries.
Part I: The Process
This body suit was my first sewing "refresher" for clothes. Let's just say, it has been a little bit since I last started sewing clothes seriously. You know, that feeling. When somehow you let time pass and suddenly you think ... it's been three years? No way.
And then you look at the calendar again and suddenly it's been four years?!
Yep, that was me. And so I decided to take it easy. I mean, how hard can drafting and creating a body skimming pattern from scratch be? I mean I sorta did that already - that one time.
Umm...how about six painful drafts.
Trying to fix everything from "tented fabric" in the front. (Meaning that my boobs pushed the fabric away from my waist creating a very sexy square shape.) Or what I will affectionally call the butt bubble. (A pocket of fabric ballooning away from my body, right above the start of my bum.
Let's just say that the rotary cutter was a life saver for cutting stretchy, clingy finicky knits. How can I ever go back to scissors ... at least for knits.
I used a previous pattern that I had drafted for the basic shape and then went C-R-A-Z-Y and to measure out the princess seams I used measurements from the best dress drafting book ever:
**One word of warning, though, the book is a beast to get through (and pricey) if you are just starting - think lots of math, some old school language (that I had to google), and some serious sewing terms. I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone looking for some quick pointers...I have a used book haul (most of which are drafting books - AHHHHH) that I plan on doing after my 30 x 30 challenge via a youtube video. YES! Stay tuned.**
Part II: The Reveal
Okay, so confession: Modeling clothing is no longer natural (after a long hiatus from my kitschykrafter.com days) and Anchorage is a bit tricky to go do a solo shoot. But, I will hopefully get better as I go, right?
Part III: The Verdict
1. Would you make this piece again, as is?
YES! And, a little secret, this pattern will be used again in the very near future. I love this piece. The multiple drafts were TOTALLY worth it.
2. Top challenge.
Fitting. And again, fitting. I really am at a stage where I want clothes to fit my body - and getting even very stretchy 4-way knit fabric to hug my curves was definitely a challenge and learning experience.
3. If you could change one thing about this piece what would it be?
Hmmm ... I would probably make this in a fabric that is less see-through and not as shiny. The knit fabric selection at my big box store is limited. Fleece and quilting fabric, there's a million options, but high-quality garment making fabrics are a bit of a hit or miss.
Overall, though, minimal complaints. Onto the next, I say!
Part IV: The Newest Addition