Every recent runway has reminded us that the ’80s are back in a big way, the biggest trend (literally) being puff sleeves. From adorable princess-esque sleeves to the billowing bishop trend to the powerful shoulder silhouette, 2019 can’t seem to get enough volume. Our Davallia Bodysuit free sewing pattern allows you to step out in a striking mutton sleeve to stay on trend, with a large back cut-out to help you stay cool and comfortable from summer into fall. While we’ve optimized the pattern with one of Mood’s exemplary new metallic knits, this bodysuit can be made from a variety of fabrics. Turn your project into a wardrobe staple with a basic rib knit or play around with prints and try out a striped jersey!
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.
Begin by finishing the raw edges along the cut-out on the back of the bodysuit. Since this fabric doesn’t fray, a simple single fold does the trick!
Using a stretch stitch or serger, attach the front and back of your bodysuit at the shoulders and side seams. Hem the bottom edges of the suit the same way you finished the back cut-out, this time using a stretch stitch as well.
Create each of your sleeves by sewing up the inseam. Set them into their respective armscyes, matching up the notches in the process. Evenly gather the excess fabric toward the shoulder. I recommend using six or seven 1″ pleats. Hem the bottom of your sleeve as you did the back cut-out.
Matching up the notches at the center front, sew one edge of your collar to the front of your neckline, like you see below. Fold the collar in half along the length, right sides together, and sew along the two short edges and the lower edge until you hit the front neckline of your body suit. Clip your seam allowance, turn your collar right-side-out, and slip-stitch the remainder of the collar closed along the front neckline. Sew a closure along the center back, such as this super easy snap closure like I used! Simply top-stitch one half to each end of your collar and you’re done!
Add two sew-on snaps at the crotch of your bodysuit and it’s ready to wear! How will you be styling yours? Be sure to tell us in the comments!