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What I Made: Riley

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Can’t stop, won’t stop. Bodysuits. I’m on a kick, and I don’t believe this will be the last iteration.

I made my first me-made bodysuit, Allegra,  last fall and didn’t know how much wear it would actually get. It’s been about five months since I stitched her up, and I’ve worn it many, many times. Not so much as a show piece, but for warmth. Underneath dresses, blouses, and sweaters, she provides an extra layer that really does make a difference. The only issue I’ve had is wearing her with tight pants. As long as there is no VPL, she’s a go.

Fabric + Trims

Front, Back (undie portion only) and neckband: Italian velvet-flocked lace knit from Emma One Sock that I had left over from this project. I lined it with 2 ply stretch mesh from Fleishman Fabrics. Why 2 ply stretch mesh? Well, one, the fabric needed to be low stretch and the fabric was very stretchy with not a lot of rebound/spandex, I didn’t have power net, and I am trying to use what I have. Just an FYI – combining 2 layers of stretch fabrics reduced the stretch approximately 20%. I used temporary spray adhesive to spray baste the fabrics together prior to cutting.

Upper Back: Not sure what this fabric is another than a stretch something. I purchased from Jomar, a fabric warehouse where you never know what you’re getting. The prices are fantastic, and it’s on my way home from work, which makes stopping by too irresistible. The fabric has a great pattern and texture, and I’m actually using it for several other projects. It has no recovery/spandex, so it must be lined with stretch mesh/power net so that it doesn’t stretch out of shape.

Trims: 3/8” picot/plush elastic at throughout from Bra Making Supplies by Arte Crafts.

Pattern + Construction

For the most part, sewing was easy-peasy. This was not my first version. I made a muslin, which was a rub-off of a RTW/store-bought bodysuit. The fit was spot on, but I finished the back opening with fold over binding (FOE). Haters gonna hate, and I hate FOE. I have never been happy with the end result. Usually, it moves while sewing, even if I use glue to hold in place, and it always stretches out. Maybe it’s the quality I’m using, or maybe it’s one of those fabrics/trims I’m not good at handling. Can’t be perfect, and perfection is overrated. So, for this version, the back is finished with 3/8″ picot plush elastic and looks WAY better than the muslin. If anyone has tips on sewing FOE or sources for a good quality, help a seamstress out!

The neckband is underlined with 15 denier tricot. Did you even notice the neckband? I struggled with how to stabilize it and I wasn’t sure if it even needed it. For a woven or any other “normal” garment, interfacing a neckband is almost always a must, but lingerie? A bodysuit? I’m not sure if it made a difference, but I’m happy with the way it turned out. I applied the neckband the same way as a waistband.

Can we talk about the cut of the leg opening? This bodysuit has a bikini-cut leg opening, and I feel like Bo-Derek wearing it.  A big trend in the 80s and 90s, I’ve noticed it coming back in style. This swimsuit being all over Instagram and Pinterest lately. Side note – I kind of want it, kind of don’t. It’s more flattering, but I am more comfortable in a boy cut. What are your thoughts? What do you like wearing?

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I’m sorry to say (no I’m not), this is not the last time you will see this bodysuit. Riley is just a stepping stone onto the bodysuit I really want to make. I posted some bra-inspiration and there was a black Fleur De Mal bodysuit. It’s the simplest silhouette, but so sleek. I want it! Unfortunately, the price is cha-ching and there was no way in heaven or hell that I was going to buy it only to rip it apart (so that I could rub off the pattern). So I bought a similar and much cheaper one to start off. So I’ll sign off with… stay tuned for the next one. It’s going to be ow ow!

Skirt: Purchased at a boutique in Paris  //  Shoes: Free People  //  Necklace: Kate Spade  //  Watch: Apple

Gotta toot up my Spiegel 60609! This bodysuit was made using Spiegel’s newest sewing machine. Click here to read more about my partnership with them!

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    Debbie Iles

    This is cute. I’ve got some black lace and ponte on my cutting table right now – with a tank style bodysuit in mind – although at my age, I need some back coverage for a bra ;-). Although I do really love the back of yours. Maybe I can work out a compromise…I’ve never sewn a bodysuit before so I’m going to wing it by merging a one-piece swimsuit pattern with a knit tank pattern I have. I’m thinking I might leave the leg holes unfinished though for a smoother line under clothes… time to experiment.

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    Christine chin

    Lovely. I have some if that flocked lace in my stash and couldn’t figure out what to do with it– a bodysuit is a great idea!

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      maddie

      You have some of this fabric? Lucky duck! This was the last of mine. Maybe you can make a matching bodysuit? Twinsies lol!

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    Catia Silva

    Looks really cute!
    Can’t wait to see the next one.

    xx,
    Catia
    http://www.thepetitecat.com

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