Simplicity 8513 Misses’ Knit Bodysuit

As I mentioned in my Tania Culottes post, I was a bit intimidated by the Sew My Style 2020 bodysuit pattern so I decided not to make it. One of my worries was that a bodysuit would need to have a lot of stretch and I wasn’t that confident sewing it without an overlocker or a zigzagger. But then something joyful happened – I discovered this wonderous overlock machine which fits onto your normal machine! It’s called the Rubylock, and it’s from the 1990’s, and I found one on ebay – I will do a proper post and go into a bit more detail on it, but suffice to say that I am very very happy with it. For this post I’m just going to focus on the bodysuit though.

1. The fabric

I thought a plain black bodysuit would be the most practical for my wardrobe, and I found this wool-viscose jersey with 8% elastane from SewEssential. The pattern only needed 1.5m of fabric, and actually now I’ve made it I could have probably got the size 14 that I made out of a metre.

2. The pattern

I decided to go with this Simplicity bodysuit pattern instead of the Korney Bodysuit which was recommended by the SewMyStyle for 2 reasons (1) I loved the flared sleeves and (2) it actually worked out cheaper as they had a 50% sale on Simplicity patterns. I sewed the size 14;  my measurements were a bit bigger in the bust for the size 14 but I decided to make it in the hope that the elasticity of the fabric would make up for it.

3. The challenges

This pattern was nice and simple and I found the instructions quite clear – again this was helped by the lots of lovely people on YouTube who have recorded sewalongs. I didn’t really have any challenges with this but I made a bit of a mistake with the sleeves and I forgot to cut the seam allowance so the shoulder seams have ended up a bit bulky.

4. The final result

This is such a great pattern and I’m really happy with my bodysuit. It’s really versatile, it’s nice and cosy warm, and I love the sleeves. It’s a tiny bit tight around the bust, but the stretch in the fabric makes up for it; all in all a good fit. I can’t wait to try some of the other bodysuit variations in the pattern.



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