Pattern Review//Rowan Bodysuit

They may very well be back 'on trend' but keeping up with the latest fashion has never been something I was good at. Recently however, I decided that a bodysuit would be an wardrobe staple and that I should try make one. I had my eye on the Nettie pattern by Closet Case Patterns but the Rowan Bodysuit was dropped into my Instagram feed at just the perfect moment so alas the purchase was made.  I have been wanting to try a Megan Nielsen pattern for the longest time so I immediately took the opportunity to try this one out.

Rowan Bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Rowan Bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Rowan Bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns featuring Morris Blazer by Grainline Studio

Rowan Bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns featuring Morris Blazer by Grainline Studio

Rowan Bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns featuring Morris Blazer by Grainline Studio

Rowan Bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns featuring Morris Blazer by Grainline Studio

Fabric  

The pattern calls for fabric with minimum 40% stretch as it is designed to be close fitting. I used some stripe jersey  that I had in my stash. I don;y usually make a toile for knit garments however I did for this and it was a good thing.

Adjustments:

Bust: I have a larger bust to waist/hip ratio so normally need to do a full bust adjustment (FBA). For knits, I don't bother with a FBA. Instead, I cut the size correlating with my bust and grade down one size in the waist and hips which I have done with this pattern too.

So I cut a LARGE bust and graded to a MEDIUM at the waist which worked out well (as it usually does ).

Torso length: I lengthened the torso by about 2cm as the toile was very "pully" in the crotch which is not too comfortable!  I did find this surprising as I believe Megan's patterns are drafted for height 5'9" and I am only 5'5".

Skills learnt

  • Installing elastic around a crotch line- its actually not hard and kinda fun! (*nerd alert)
  • Constructing a crotch with a facing. 

I love a project that teaches a new skill. I now feel ready to tackle underwear one day.

What I would do different next time:

The bodysuit fits really well and definitely hugs the body the way it is supposed to. I don't normally feel comfortable with tight clothing around my midriff so next time I will be cutting out a straight LARGE to gain a little more room. I am hoping this will fix the length problem I had too.

Final Thoughts

I am pretty happy with this make and will definitely be making more. This pattern is a perfect staple item that can be adapted to both the summer and winter wardrobe.