Get your back bodice ready for the elastic and draw straight lines across the inside of the bodice with a 1/2″ distance. The amount of rows you need can be found in the download. To add the elastic to the back bodice, secure a small safety pin to one end of one of the elastic pieces and insert it into the top casing.
Secure each elastic strip with a straight pins as soon as it comes out the other side. Once they are all inserted, sew both sides to secure the elastic.
Place front and back bodice with right sides together, pin and sew the sides. Serge/zigzag stitch the raw edges.
To sew the shorts, cut 2 piece according to the chart. Fold over one piece and place the crotch template into the upper left corner. The fabric fold should be on the right. Pin template in place and cut around it. Repeat with the second shorts piece.
Place both shorts pieces with right sides together and pin along the upper curved edges. Sew and serge along the dashed lines.
Now it’s time to sew the bodice to the shorts. First, place safety pins to each of the sides to mark them. Then slightly gather the shorts along the top edge while they are right side out. Adjust the width to match the width of the bodice.
Insert shorts into the bodice, both with right sides matching. Pin and sew around the entire waist. Serge/zigzag stitch. Watch the video at 16:15 to see the exact steps.
Turn the sunsuit with right sides out, fold the seam allowance up on the inside and press it. Then top stitch in place. Also top stitch the sides of the bodice.
Now we are finishing the shorts. Serge or zigzag the leg hems. Turn the sunsuit with wrong sides out and pin, then sew the crotch area. UNLESS you want to add snap button tape. You will find a separate tutorial on that in the download.
If you are adding snap button tape as instructed in the additional tutorial, you want to sew in the elastic around the leg hems as you can’t make a casing anymore. For this example we are making a casing. Fold up the bottom hem 1/2″ and press. Sew in place along the dashed lines. Leave a 1/2″ opening at the inseam to insert the elastic.
Before inserting the leg elastic, you have the option of adding a ruched look to the front of the shorts. In this case you want to cut your two pieces of elastic to the length that is listed in the chart (via download) and pin it to the center of the leg (measured from crotch seam to side) on the inside. Pin the end of the elastic to where the casing starts and pull it upwards as much as you can without too much stress. Place a second pin at the top and place pins in between. Sew the elastic down using a straight stitch. Backstitch the beginning and end. Repeat on the other leg.
Last step is to insert the leg elastic. Do this the same way you added the back bodice elastic. Close the openings with your machine.
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