My #MakeNine2018 list was designed to be full of wardrobe basics this year so I wasn’t surprised that the Rowan body from Megan Nielsen made my list.
I’d been dreaming of a black turtleneck to wear under, well, everything – it would be perfect tucked into skirts and under dresses as well as dungarees. The perfect base layer for winter!
I opted to make the version of the Rowan with long sleeve turtleneck bodysuit with long sleeves and I used a fine black rib knit I picked up from Barry’s Fabrics in Birmingham. (It was £1/metre and an absolute steal!).
This has been one of my quickest makes to date. I think it helped that I’m quite familiar with Megan Nielsen sizing and could make my usually adjustments right off the bat. These involved shortening the bodice and grading out slightly at the hip.
The instructions were clear and easy to follow. I sewed it all up on my overlocker as well which definitely helped to speed the process along!
I actually prefer the fit of this to my beloved Nettie bodysuit. It’s the hips! The Nettie provides loads of coverage on the hip/bum area – it’s more like a long t-shirt with an extra closure in the middle – but I find on me the sides tend to just roll up. Plus it’s much harder to wear under things as there’s just more fabric there. The Rowan hits me at just the right place on the leg to be really comfortable.
The only thing I would change for any future Rowan bodysuits would be lengthen the back crotch and shorten the front. This is just for the sole purpose of making them easier to do up! 😂
I have a feeling this pattern is going to be base of a lot of future hacks. It’ll be a great basic knit block for lots of other designs!