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Bodysuit Sewalong: Beginning the Assembly

Beginning the M7217 bodysuit assembly

Here we go! We’ve got our bodysuit pieces all cut out and any appliqués applied, and we’re ready to start assembling the bodysuit. You can choose either a sewing machine or a serger for most of the steps, but I like to use a serger for basic assembly and a sewing machine for details and precision sewing.

We’ll also talk about one more decorative option, which is to add stretch piping to your seams. If you do it in matching fabric it’s a great way to add a little detail and depth to your bodysuit, or you can use contrasting fabric for a bold, graphic look.

Bonus: did you notice we’ve got a new batch of Vault Collection patterns out? Lots of accessories in this batch, including these hats and an adorable frilly parasol pattern. Check them out, and tell us what you’d make with them!

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Embellishing your Bodysuit with Stretch Appliqué

Appliqué techniques for spandex from cosplay by McCall's

Now we get to the fun bit: decorating your bodysuit to bring your character to life. Appliqué, either standard or reverse, is a popular way to add color and texture details. A standard appliqué is simply cut to the desired shape and sewn on top of the fabric, while a reverse appliqué is sewn with the detail fabric underneath the base fabric, which is then cut away. You can also appliqué in layers, mixing the techniques as needed for multi-colored designs.

There are several tricks for getting good appliqué results on stretch fabrics, so let’s take a look!

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Bodysuit Sewalong: Seam Details, Pattern Layout, and Cutting

M7217 cut out in yellow and green matte milliskin

One of the great things about the M7217 bodysuit pattern is the number of seams, which give you lots of options for adjusting the fit. But if you’re trying to accurately replicate a character’s look, you may find that you want to add even more seams or move some of them around. Once you’ve finished making style changes, you’ll be ready to lay out the pattern and cut into your fabric!

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