This is a very shiny liquid gold lame' leotard like bodysuit that can be worn to the gym, or while outside or inside! This bodysuit can be worn with just about any shorts, pants, tights/leggings or skirt. It makes a good addition as a gold lame' top for any outfit while one is out on the town, at the club, while partying, or anywhere one would go!
The bodysuit's fabric content is 100% polyester with a shiny 24 karat like liquid gold foil on one side of the fabric and a glossy/shiny/silky/satiny black side on the other side of the fabric!
First you'll need to have 1 yard of 100% polyester liquid gold lame' fabric as well as a pair of scissors for cutting and anywhere from 3 to 4 yards of black elastic flat lining cord. (see pic)
Please note that the project took me 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete. I may take you longer or shorter than the time I've shown, depending on how fast or slow you measure, cut and sew!
To make measuring for the leotard pattern easier, here's a human diagram which I used windows paint to draw the pattern into! Use this diagram for refrence when measuring your own or someone elses size! Notice how extended the tops of the shoulder straps and crotch bottom are relative to the human drawings! Use that as a guide for this particular bodysuit/leotard design (especially due to the fabric content of the leotard/bodysuit)! The drawing represents the leotard/bodysuit pattern using the 100% polyester liquid lame' fabric that's used for the leotard bodysuit! Note the colors!
Blue=leotard pattern drawing scetch.
Light blue=fabric that needs to be folded inwards (towards the silky/satiny black (or other color)backing side and sewed in in order to prevent the fabric from running.
Red=The areas that will require the elastic band to be sewed in.
Black=Of course the drawing scetch of the human body. (drawed by someone else, of course!)
I hope this makes measuring much more simple! And remember, if you make the elastic loops too big or too tight (like on the neck opening fr example) you can always use a tool called a thread ripper or seam ripper to slowly and carefully rip the thread out of the elastic openings and remeasure the elastic loops again. And also, if you need, you can adjust the cut of the neck opening/ arm openings, and/or leg openings (thus making it a bit bigger or smaller)for comfort if needed! This scetch drawing is just a rough idea of what the pattern should be like (sizewise) relative to and compared to the actual human drawings!
Remember, when you go to do the stitching work on your sewing machine to follow these two guidelines on this pic when you sew!
Make sure you cut out the pattern as (almost) shown in the pic! (Please note that the fabric in this pic is silver and not gold.)
Also make sure you measure the pieces to fit your body type and size!
The female pattern.(showing the edging lines drawn in on the black backing side of the fabric.) Note that you'll have to fold the edges in using the innermost line as a guide!
The male pattern.(showing the edging lines drawn in on the black backing side of the fabric.) Note that you'll have to fold the edges in using the innermost line as a guide!
Make sure to sew in the leg, arm and neck opening edges inward towards the black backing side of the fabric first, then put the two pieces of fabric together with the gold side of each piece of fabric touching each other with the pieces matching as well (crotch bottom to crotch bottom, shoulder piece touching shoulder piece, etc.) and then sew the pieces that are circled as depicted in the pic. (also use the arrows on the pic as a rough guide when sewing the pieces together.
Now you'll need the elastic. Make sure to measure the elastic around your legs, arms and perhaps as a rule of thumb, loop the elastic around from shoulder to shoulder, first, (also make sure the loops are an inch or two tighter as well as the elastic is, of course, designed to stretch), then sew the ends of the elastic pieces you cut off together to form elastic loops for the 2 leg openings, neck/head opening and 2 arm openings and sew the elastic into the leg, neck/head, and arm openings of the bodysuit.
The measurements I used for the elastic on the leotard/bodysuit featured on this project was 32 inches for the neck opening, 24 inches for each of the leg openings and 20 inches for each arm opening. Please note that the measurements will vary depending on your size, so measure by your size!
When doing the elastic, remember to make sure the circumference of the elastic is about half to 1/3 that of the un-elasticised neck/leg/arm opening!
Use this drawing to give you a rough idea of how to stretch the elastic for the arm/neck and leg openings!
And always remember to make a small sewing four times in equal measurements per opening (neck/arm/leg)and to make sure the elastic band is hidden (by sewing it onto the edge of the openings on the same saide of the fabric as the inside backing)!
(Note that black equals the physical arm/leg/neck opening and blue euqals the elastic band loops!)
Then when you're sewing in the elastic, remember to stretch the elastic band as best as you can when sewing in the elastic band into the edge of the leg, arm, and neck opening!
After you're done with the steps above, the leotard/bodysuit should look something like this!
While not really part of the steps, this shows the inside backing of the leotard/bodysuit and how it looks like!