The versatility of patterns is one of my most favorite parts of sewing; I love figuring out how different fabrics will change the look or vibe of a piece. For the Thyme Bodysuit, I wanted to make something that can transition through each season effortlessly. This lace version is perfect for the summer and fall, but you could easily make it with a heavier knit for the cooler months. Plus, pair it with one of Mood’s many adorable tricot prints, and you have a new swim suit!
Fabrics & materials used:
- 1 yard Port Royale Rosy Re-Embroidered Stretch Crochet Lace
- 1/2 yard Burgundy Stretch Ponte Knit
- Natural and Gold Snap Tape
- Aubergine Gutermann Sew All Thread
- MDF062 – The Thyme Bodysuit Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
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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.
First, cut your front bodice panels from both your main fabric and your lining. Attach each half to its counterpart to create two bodice cups. I chose to use French seams and sew both layers as if they were one fabric, as you can see in the image to the left.
To finish the front of your bodice, fold the raw edges of your lining inward and sew along the scalloped edges of your lace to tack the lining into place.
Next, attach your lower front and back panels at the sides. I recommend using a serger, or a regular zig-zag stitch on your machine to avoid losing any stretch.
You can also use this step to try on the lower section of your bodysuit and take in the sides if need be. Roll the hem of the leg holes, secure with a zig-zag stitch, and overlap the crotch about 1″ to be sure it isn’t too loose. Once it’s a comfortable fit, add 2 snaps of your snap tape to either end to secure.
Lastly, form the back of your bodysuit bodice by connecting your two pieces along the center back seam. Attach to each of your front bodice cups at the shoulders and then roll the top edge of your lower bodysuit. Pin and zig-zag stitch the top of your bodysuit to the lower half.