I am so excited to bring you my first post on the Minerva Crafts Blogger's Network! I'll be telling you about a new me-made item of clothing every month and I am so looking forward to sharing my continual adventures into the world of handmade fashion.

It's that time of the year friends, when the leaves are falling red and crispy to the ground, there's a chill in the air, and we start to think about festive sewing, of course! I'm a HUGE fan of this time of year. It just feels magical, doesn't it. There's usually more parties at this time of year too which is never a bad thing. I'm more of a separates kinda gal than a party dress gal to be honest. 

Separates seem to get more rotation in my wardrobe, I suppose because they're easy to mix and match, so my party season attire is usually trousers and a glitzy top.

When I laid my eyes on this metallic Velour Knit Fabric, I knew it would make a perfect festive item of clothing. As it's black, I figured it would go well with so many things that are already in my wardrobe, and the gold sparkle would add that little glam hit that I always look for in a party outfit.

I've wanted to try and making myself a bodysuit for quite a while. I had a few RTW bodysuits when I was younger and I wore them so much. They're easy to pop on with trousers, shorts or a skirt, and they even look great under dungarees or a pinafore. I happened to stumble across a Sewing Pattern by Simplicity - 8513, which was exactly what I was looking for. It has 5 different style bodysuits, from high neck to v-neck. I opted for view C, which is a faux-wrap bodysuit. I personally prefer a v-neck to a round neck on myself, and I loved the idea of the faux-wrap style too.

This fabric is of course made for knit fabrics - fabric with stretch to it. This is because the bodysuit is supposed to sit nice and snug against your body, so it has some negative ease built in so that the fabric can stretch around you. There is a stretch guide on the pattern envelope which you can use to check that the fabric you've picked has the correct amount of stretch to it. If it has less stretch than requires, you could size up and similarly, if it has more stretch than required, you can size down.

Luckily for me, the beautiful fabric I chose had the perfect amount of stretch, so I could pick the size to cut based on my body measurements on the size guide, which is a size large. I cut out all of the necessary pattern pieces and pinned them onto my fabric. I must admit I was dreading the cutting out part a little as velvet and velour fabrics are notorious for creating a lot of fluff when cut. Surprisingly however, there really wasn't much fluff or mess at all! One thing I didn't expect with this pattern, was for the back piece to not be cut on the fold. In this pattern however, the back has a curved centre seam which you stitch together. This is so that the bodysuit really follows the curve of your back and you don't end up with a lot of excess fabric at the back of waist. That's great for me as I have a sway back and this can be a problem area for fitting for me.

I sewed the majority of the bodysuit on my overlocker. I upped the differential feed a little so that the bottom and top layer didn't pull out from each other as I sewed, and it worked great. I didn't bother with a walking foot either on my sewing machine - the regular foot did the job perfectly. Altogether it took me about 1.5 hours to sew the bodysuit, from start to finish. That's pretty good going! The most time consuming part of the sew was adding the neck band, but even that was simple enough, it just took a lot of pinning!

The only thing I would perhaps alter next time would be to add a little length to the body. I do have quite a long torso and the bodysuit is a little snug on the length, but it doesn't make it uncomfortable or unwearable at all, but it is something I will think about for any future bodysuit makes. Alternatively I could pick a fabric next time that has a little lengthwise stretch to it, and that would be spot on.

I'm really pleased with the final result, and I know I'll get a lot of wear out of this bodysuit. I've styled it here with some black linen Tully pants (pattern by Style Arc) and some rose-gold pumps, and I absolutely love this look! The gold on the fabric really adds that glam party vibe to what is really quite a sophisticated and understated outfit. I think it would also look equally as cool with a pair of jeans for an effortless, more casual party look. So many options!