Sometimes you plan a sew in your head and the final product is just not what you’d imagined.
But sometimes… sometimes it turns out way better than you could’ve imagined!
This is definitely one of those later ones! EEK!
When Kristi posted the bodice she’d made for her vacation I immediately started wishing and hoping she’d make it into a pattern. And here it is!
The Fever Bodice.
The Fever Bodice is a staple princess-seamed design MUST-HAVE for any sewist’s pattern collection! … Strapless and strap options are included!
The pattern is drafted for stable knits and comes in Petite, Regular and Tall lengths, has multiple cup size options, and comes with an adjustment guide to help us get the perfect fit.
The bodice is fully lined, has optional straps, and is a lot easier to sew than it looks 😉
This type of bodice is such a key piece in the wardrobe. It can be paired with pretty much any type of bottoms and be worn on any occasion.
Attach it to a fancy skirt and you have a gown, pair it with shorts and it’s the cutest summer top, make it in swim, wear it under a suit, with jeans… the sky is the limit!
I paired it with the Puff Pants and it’s a match made in heaven!
The Puff Pants are wide-leg and flowy–complete with a flattering and comfortable, quadruple-elastic waistband! Choose from straight leg or tied options! Oh–and it has POCKETS.
The Puff pants are drafted for lightweight, flowy wovens, has optional ankle ties and side seam pockets.
The ties are so much fun because it really changes the look of the outfit! 🙂 I love both, but with this outfit the straight down has my whole heart!
So let’s talk about sizing and grading.
For the bodice, I don’t need grading.
Following the size chart, both my bust and waist put me in range 10 and the difference between my high and full bust makes me a B cup. So that’s what I’ve sewn 🙂
For the pants, grading is definitely needed. My waist is range 10 and my hips are range 19.
Because this is a gathered look, and I was using a lightweight fabric, I decided to cut a straight 19 and use the range 10 elastic measurements. Worked like a charm! <3
For the bodice, I used faux leather for main and binding and cotton lycra for the lining. The faux leather was a bit of a pain to topstitch, but so worth the hassle 😀
For the pants, I used a poly-rayon. It’s lightweight, has a beautiful drape, it’s breezy and it doesn’t wrinkle just by being looked at. 😛
I did hack/modify one aspect of the Puff pants… the pockets.
I’m not the biggest fan of side seam pockets, so I made a stitched-on front pocket using the Foxy pockets from Pattern Emporium’s Vacation Vibes Palazzo Pants. It’s my favorite style pocket to sew and wear as it doesn’t add bulk to the garment.
I love this outfit so much!
Even as I write this post I’m getting all hyped up to make another bodice. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do! lol
I believe a dress is in order, don’t you? 😀
If you want to join me in the fun, here are the pattern links:
Lace and CL
I had a ton of chores to do yesterday, so logically, I made another bodice instead 😂
I used a medium weight lace for main and cotton lycra for the lining and bindings. ￼
As I don’t need a lot of support, this fabric combo worked fine. If you need a bit more support, I’d suggest adding a layer of power mesh or use a more stable fabric for the lining.