Somehow this year I got enamoured with bodysuits and now I want to keep making them, therefore I chose to go for a bodysuit for this Minerva project. There are quite a few options to pick from, but I settled on Simplicity 8789.

As we are dead in the middle of winter by now, I felt that View D just what I need to wear during these cold months. I made my bodysuit using an oriental fish print cotton poplin with matching black jersey for the panties.

After considering the finished garment measurements, I decided to cut a small (this corresponds to sizes 10-12.  Also, as I am only 5ft2 I shortened the sleeves by 5 cm as well.   I did not change the panties pattern because my body tends to be longer than the standard between my waist and hip anyway.

After making the Nettie bodysuit (Closet Case) a few times, I feel that their method of finishing the panties opening is the best one for me. Using the panties pattern piece I created a little rectangle to work as a pattern for the scrap fabric I used to add my press studs onto. As a result I did not use the instructions with the pattern for this part at all.

Making the bodice was quite easy and I did not follow the instructions apart from checking the construction order, in case there was anything that needed to be made in a certain order. I used some buttons from my stash for the sleeve cuffs.

Look at that pattern matching on the cuff. It was purely accidental. I only just noticed it as I was putting the pictures together for this blog post. I tend to avoid this kind of pattern matching on the fabric because doing this can lead to wasting fabric unnecessarily.

I love bodysuits! Gone is the fear that your blouse will come untucked from your skirt or trousers and make you look dishevelled, while you can move as you please.

My project came together pretty fast and I’ve been wearing it quite a bit since I made it. 

I’ve already made plans to make a few more versions of this body suit both with sleeves and without sleeves.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern:    Simplicity 8789 - Misses' bodysuit blouses with a knit bottom feature a snap-crotch closure, front and sleeve variations, and gathers to give you that perfect tucked-in look.

Sizing:  US XS-XL, European XP – XG or French TP- TG

Fabric:   1.3 m oriental fish print cotton poplin and 0.5 m back jersey

Notions:  6 buttons, 2 snaps, 1.2 m elastic (1cm wide), interfacing,

Modifications:  I made view D and cut a US size Small. I shortened the sleeves by 5 cm. I used a different method to finish off the panties opening – Closet Case’s method used on Nettie bodysuit.

Instructions: I only glanced at the instructions to check construction order and see if they might have anything in particular that I needed to keep in mind. Apart from that, I did my own thing and did not follow them ad literam.

Fit: ok

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?:  yes

Watch out for:   

Make Again?: Oh yes. I want to have a sleeveless version as well.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @Minervadotcom and/or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I’d love to see what you create.

Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick