Pattern Review: McCalls M7217 Bodysuit

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It isn’t very often that I find a pattern that I love. I usually have to tweak them somehow. Today’s post, though, is about a pattern that I have been looking for for nearly a year.


I didn’t know I needed Yaya Han & McCall’s bodysuit pattern M7217, but after three different attempts at making a bodysuit for my Mara Jade costume, I was ready to try just about anything. Yaya Han’s pattern came out, and I purchased it, thinking what’s the worst that could happen?

This pattern is incredibly versatile and customisable. In addition to having a number of options to start with, it also has a customisable bust line by cup size, something that I wish more patterns had. Its perfect if you want or need to use more than one type or colour of fabric, like so many superhero costumes do.

The pattern itself is well written and easy to follow. The handy stretch guide on the back makes it easy to find suitable fabric and the fact that it only requires 2-way stretch material made sourcing material infinitely easier.

I think the only thing I wasn’t keen on was the zipper instructions. I didn’t like that they had the zipper put in last, as that’s not how I like to do my invisible zips, but the pattern still worked just fine when I put it together my way. Had I actually done it their way, they still had very clear and easy to follow instructions that would suit even beginner stitchers.

If you weren’t certain what you were doing with it, the McCalls Cosplay Blog has a string of entries to help you figure out the best way to deal with stretchy materials, hints on adding extra details like piping, and general tips to make the construction easier. You don’t have to read the blog to successfully put together the bodysuit, but if you have questions, they’ve covered just about everything.

Would I recommend this pattern? Absolutely. It is the best bodysuit pattern that I’ve tried, and I have tried several including making one specifically to my body measurements from scratch.

I would especially recommend this bodysuit pattern if you’re not a standard sizing or want to alter the seams. The customisation available is just fantastic. I’m a lot curvier than many and I’ve tried a number of catsuit patterns, all of which looked like I’d just wrapped myself in a tube of fabric which was just unflattering. Yaya’s pattern entirely fixed that problem with its bust size choices.

As for my project, the Mara Jade costume I made with it has been a huge success so far. Its comfortable, movable, and hugs in all the right places. I really can’t ask for anything better than that.

~ eliste

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