Learn how to make a bodysuit using 4-way stretch vinyl. Great for cosplay, Laura Croft, dance wear, swimsuits, and even casual fashions.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
- 4-way stretch vinyl, 1 yard red and 1 yard of white:
- 27 inch red non-separating zipper:
- Rolling foot presser foot:
- Thread snips:
- Cutting mat:
- Rotary cutter:
- Tailors Chalk:
- White Thread
Step 2: Cut Out Pattern
Layout your pattern pieces on your fabric so you know the appropriate spacing for cutting them out. Next, cut out the pattern sections from your fabric.
Step 3: Make the Piping
Measure, the sides of the front bodice for the (white) piping. Make the piping 1 5/8 wide (folded). The white piping should be folded right sides of fabric together and stitched together.
Step 4: Pin Piping to Sides and Front
Pin the piping to the sides and front bodice. Stitch the sides to the front with the piping in-between.
Step 5: Attach Collar / Sew Shoulder
Pin the front and rear collar and then sew to the front and rear bodice.
Sew the shoulder seams next - starting at the collar and working your way down.
Step 6: Mark / Cut Rear for the Zipper
Mark with your tailors chalk on the back of the bodysuit, the length and width of your zipper. Cut down the middle of your marking.
Step 7: Stitch Zipper
Fold back the fabric by 1/8 an inch on each side and baste your zipper into place.
Using a zipper foot, stitch the zipper into place.
Remove basting stitches.
Step 8: Stitch Crotch
Serge the crotch seam for a professional finish or zigzag stitch over the unfinished edges and you're finished!
This style bodysuit is great for Cosplay, dance, swimwear, and even casual fashions. Enjoy!