The workout bodysuits of the ’80s are being reborn with a 2020 spin. The new trend we’re seeing features state of the art performance fabrics mixed with elegant lines and silhouettes fit for the modern athlete. Made here in a simple rib knit, the Almond Bodysuit is fit for anything from yoga to lifting and can be made in a variety of knit fabrics. Try a wicking option for Arm Day or a UV Protective tricot for your next run. However you choose to style it, you’re sure to achieve your New Year’s Resolution in style.
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 2 yards Navy Tubular Cotton Rib Knit
- Dritz Black Twill Tape with Silver Snaps – 17.5″ (44.5cm)
- Black Sew On VELCRO® Brand Fastener – 30″ x .625″
- MDF181 – The Almond Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
When sewing, the first thing you want to do is cut a 4″ slit at the center back of your bodysuit, from the neckline down. Roll the raw edges toward the wrong wide 1/4″ and edge-stitch. This will become a slight key-hole opening later on.
Next, hem the lower edges of your front overlay pieces. For mine, I simply folded them under once and used my machine’s stretch stitch.
Take the overlay that you’ll be placing on top, and hem the top edge that goes along the neckline as well. Pin the top overlay to the bottom overlay, leaving 1/2″ of the lower overlay free near the neckline so you can later attach your collar.
Aligning the shoulders and armscyes, stay-stitch your overlay pieces atop your front bodysuit panel. Attach the front and back at the side seams.
Create each of your sleeves by sewing up the inseam and the set each sleeve into its respective armhole, matching up the notches accurately.
Your bodysuit should now be mostly formed, like you see below. Next, take your collar piece and fold it in half along the length. Stitch along the short sides, like below, and then pin the raw edge long the neckline of your bodysuit. There should be a bit of overhang on one side.
Slip-stitch the bottom of the overhang closed and then add 1.5″ of Velcro on either end of your collar.
Lastly, hem the lower edges of your bodysuit and add a small length of snap tape to secure your bodysuit when wearing.