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This week I sew up the bottom portion of my bodysuit and then attach it to my knotted top as well as set in the sleeves. I’m loving how this bodysuit is turning out and I can’t wait to wear it all summer long! Also at the end of my post I have a special announcement…

Pattern


Just last week I started sewing my June Mash Up, and I’m sewing up this bodysuit pattern. The only real alterations I did was to omit the crotch snaps – I know that they are practical, but I hate the discomfort of them while sitting. So on the pattern I eliminated the under/overlap on pattern pieces #26 & #28. Check out part 1 here to see my first sewing steps!

Step 1


Since the front neckline was already sewn, I needed to finish my back neckline edge before sewing the shoulder seams together. I serged elastic onto the edge, then flipped to the wrong side.

Step 2


To hold the elastic in place, I topstitched with a zig-zag.

Step 3


I then pinned the shoulder seams together, making sure that the neckline edges perfectly aligned.

Step 4


I pushed the shoulder seam allowances open to reduce bulk – and this is the view from the right side! Note: the front neckline edge is finished already with a fold on piece #23.

Step 5


Now it’s time for the lower parts of the bodysuit! I first grabbed my front pieces and placed them side by side. I love how I cut the side pieces in the opposite grain to create a control aspect to the bodysuit as well as visual interest.

Step 6


I pinned the side front panty pieces, right sides together along the princess seams to the center front panty piece.

Step 7


I stitched together and finger pressed my seam allowances open.

Step 8


For the back I repeated the process.

Step 9


Pin and stitch!

Step 10


Now to put the panties to the bodices – I first pinned the front panty pieces to the lower front bodice matching up the center fronts, and stitched together.

new Step 11


Then repeated for the back.

Step 12


Next I pinned my crotch seams, right sides together and sewed.

Step 13


Before I sewed the side seams together, I first had to install the sleeve. I pinned each sleeve to the underarm points of my bodysuit and also matching up the top notch of the sleeve with my shoulder seam.

Step 14


Once my sleeve was sewn on, I could pin my entire side seam together with my sleeve seam. I matched up my underarm points, sleeve hem, and waistline seams then sewed together.

Step 15


My right side front view of my bodysuit – I’m in love!

Step 16


I tried it on and had to bring in the crotch seam another 3/8" and then it was a perfect fit lengthwise as well as widthwise. So glad I cut and sewed a size 36 with this ultra stretchy fabric. I also decided to leave the edges raw, because sometimes when I elasticate leg holes they create a panty line, for a swimsuit it’s ok, but I didn’t want a visible line for this bodysuit when wearing bottoms overtop.

Step 17


For the sleeve hems, I left unfinished because I thought it looked ok, and since I didn’t serge my sleeve seams together I didn’t have to worry about unraveling serging tails.

STep 18


A closer look at my knot, and I’m so happy with how this bodysuit turned out.

I’m even happier now that the green jersey I used beautifully matched my new engagement ring!!!

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I’m so thrilled, and excited to photograph and share this bodysuit with you all next week for the reveal.

Happy Sewing!

Meg Healy Blog Signature


6 Comments

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    Jun 26, 2018, 01.21 AMby Evmorales

    Congrats!!!! Welcome to the club!

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    Jun 25, 2018, 03.48 PMby Sususews

    Congratulations on your engagement. I love that your ring has color! And I agree, it goes well with your bodysuit. Make sure we see it flashing in your reveal photos!

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    Jun 22, 2018, 03.34 PMby Joss55

    Congratulations Meg on your engagement! Love the ring. It is beautiful.

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    Jun 22, 2018, 01.42 PMby Cristty47

    Congratulations for your engagement Meg!!!!! I wish you a happy married life!!!! And what a gorgeous ring OMG!!!!!!!!

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    Jun 21, 2018, 10.29 PMby Maria Hayek

    Congratulations on the engagement!

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    Jun 21, 2018, 05.37 PMby LittleHead

    Congratulations!! I`m happy for you! (The ring is beautiful and fits your new bodysuit perfectly!)

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