At the beginning of the pandemic, I needed a creative project. Philadelphia was on full lockdown and the only place I was going was my house, the studio, and the grocery store once a week. Yes, I have a creative “job”, but I needed a personal project that would be fulfilling, easy and boost my mood, and distract me from what was going on in the world. I whipped up this Madalynne X Simplicity 8435 using fabric from the webshop. When I wore it, I kept being asked, “Did you make that?“, “What is the pattern?“, “Can you put together a kit?” Even though the pattern is discontinued and the bodysuit I made didn’t follow the instructions, it was clear that you LOVED bodysuits. I made a mental note – the next pattern MUST be a bodysuit.
OVERVIEW + INSPIRATION
The hardest parts about fitting a bodysuit are torso length and different bodice and hip sizes. Some people have a short torso, so bodysuits tend to be too long. On the flip side, some people have a long torso, so bodysuits tend to be too short. Also, some people could measure a 2XL in the bodice, but measure a medium in the waist/hip. I wanted to offer a bodysuit that would have a waist seam that would allow for easy adjustments if needed. The waist seam also offers the ability to split the bodysuit into a crop top and panty.
The bodysuit pictured above on the right is a RTW style that I found online and served as a base pattern. Just like I usually do when creating a pattern, I bought two, took one apart, and drafted a pattern with the changes that I wanted.
You can learn more about my design flow in this video.
The Lawren Bodysuit View A is an ultra femme, form-fitting, semi-sheer lace bodysuit with cap sleeves, princess seams and a waist seam to accommodate difference bust sizes and torso lengths. View A also has a gusset with a snap closure.
The Lawren Bodysuit View B is the same as View A, but has no snap closure at the gusset.
The Lawren bodysuit is available in sizes XS -4XL and cup sizes A-B, C-D, DD-F, and G-H for each alpha size. The bodice is based off of the Barrett bralette and the panty is based off of the Noelle panty. It is extremely important to me to offer consistent sizing across patterns and both of these styles are tried-and-true patterns for you.
SEW ALONG, FACEBOOK GROUP AND IG LIVE
The PDF pattern comes with a full sew along that will walk you through each and every step. If you’re a visual learner like me however, you need not only pictures, but video.
Click here to join the Lawren Facebook Group – a private group where you can ask questions, post what you’ve made, read about other sewist’s who have made the Lawren.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll also be going live on the Facebook group to do a full sew along as well as cover more topics like how to adjust the torso length, common pattern alterations, and more. Each one will be recording and saved so you can watch it later.
DIY BODYSUIT KITS
When I first started sewing lingerie, there were too many times I got frustrated trying to source all the supplies for a lingerie project. Game changer was when I discovered DIY lingerie kits. I know how useful they are – I want to set you up for success so you have all the right materials and trims to make the Lawren over and over.