Jersey Bodysuit

This is my first time sewing and owning a bodysuit, in particular. It was fun and easy to make, and I like how it gives a nice tucked-in look with jeans. The bodysuit is very form-fitting though, which can easily result in one’s bra outline showing through. I found the fabric on clearance at the supermarket, and I really like the soft handfeel and warm color. I like the 3/4 sleeve length okay, but I think I would prefer long sleeves if I made this again.

Pattern: Rowan by Megan Nielsen
Version: bodysuit with crew neck and 3/4 sleeves
Fabric: jersey, polyester/spandex blend

While cutting out, I made the small mistake of clipping some of the notches along the neckline. Afterward, I realized that clipping this material could cause a vertical run in the fine gauge knit. I’ll know better for next time!

I set up my overlock machine to sew a four-thread mock safety stitch for the mainseams, and I managed to sew a small piece of clear elastic into each shoulder seam, which was tricky to do with the overlocker.

For the sleeve hem finish, I initially tried to use coverstitch, but I kept having issues with the thread not unwinding smoothly from the spools (they weren’t thread cones, just small spools). So ultimately, I used a twin needle on my sewing machine. It was my first time using a twin needle, which was very easy to do. It worked sufficiently for the sleeve hem, but twin needle lockstitch definitely does not provide as much stretch as coverstitch.

The snaps I used were just hammered on, but ideally an anvil or handheld snap setter would be used if one had to apply snaps regularly. The hammering method has a tendency to bend the male side of the snap out of shape. I bent one of my snaps slightly, but thankfully it still snaps together.

Overall, this was a fun project, and I learned a few things along the way!


  • steelbreeze

    I remember these being fashionable in the 90s when I was at uni. They looked great, but they weren’t so good after a few beers! šŸ™‚ I’ve not really sewn much with stretch knits, you’re braver than me! Well done!

    • Suzanne Alise

      Thanks! Knits are a lot of fun to sew with if you ever get an itch to try it! I hadn’t realized that bodysuits are a revived trend from the past until someone I know said something very similar to your comment about the 90’s. It’s interesting how the tides of fashion are frequently circular!

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