I decided that to keep improving as a dressmaker I need to keep trying new things. When this pattern came out a couple of months ago, I really liked it, and thought it would be a little different to the rest of my wardrobe. This is the Rowan Bodysuit by Megan Nielson, and is one of a couple of new patterns I have purchased recently.
I made this in the same heather gray cotton spandex from Girl Charlee as one of Matt’s latest t-shirts. The pattern calls for a fabric with quite a bit of stretch in both dimensions, and Girl Charlee helpfully list the stretch percentages of most of their fabrics.
There is a whole range of variations included in this pattern, and also some additional advice and options in a series of tutorial posts on the Megan Nielson website. I did find the one about sewing the crotch lining and snaps particularly useful.
I think I might be a bit Megan Nielson obsessed- this summer there have been quite a few of their patterns making their way into my wardrobe, including my Flint Shorts and Darling Ranges Dress. One of the reasons that I like them so much though is that the instructions and drafting are top notch. Everything works and is clearly explained. This was my first attempt at a v-neck, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.
The advantage of a bodysuit is that when you wear it tucked in, it stays there! I did take this away to Italy and wore it with shorts and with my Sew Over It Carrie Trousers, but the pictures were taken a bit late at night, and ended up a little grainy.
Still, I had lost of fun trying to take these pictures- turns out, it is quite tricky to photograph cartwheels!
I would love a few more of these for layering in the autumn. There are loads of options included in the pattern, including both sleeve and neckline options. I think a long sleeved turtle-neck version would be great layered with knitwear or dresses. I do like the sample shown by Megan Nielson in a lovely deep navy.