Behold, my first jumpsuit! And as I informed my husband when I made this one, I might be wearing a lot of jumpsuits this summer. I”m a year late to this pattern, but I’m in love!
This is a wearable muslin, with no adjustments except shortening the leg. I’m really pleased with how well it fits! Good crotch curve, good neckline. I think next time I’ll cut up a size in the bodice to add more ease in the sleeves and a bit more length so that it blouses at the waist. I used a lightweight rayon, which works well. I think rayon (or bamboo or model) jersey is ideal for this – I can’t imagine it fitting or looking as nice in another fabric!
Speaking of fit… This is one of those garments that can feel frumpy or sexy, depending on one’s confidence that day. Is it classically flattering on my figure? Probably not. But on the other hand, I’ve got a round belly and big bootie not matter what I wear, and it feels radically feminist in a fun way to just wear what I want.
I didn’t love the ties when this pattern was first released… but then I remembered a Japanese shirt I had a decade ago with an open neckline and thick ties that made a bow in the back. I used to love how the bow sat over top of a cardigan and added pizzaz. I’ve decided that the ties are a cool, sexy detail – except that mine got all tangled before I took these photos and I didn’t notice to fix them! Ooops! I think I’ll put beads on the ends of my next version so that they always hang down straight.
As per the instructions, I did the neckline with clear elastic, which seems to be holding it’s shape well… I made the waist channel a bit too skinny, so it has fold-over elastic inside because it’s the only thing that would fit! I burrito-d the bodice to finish the sleeves instead of following instructions, becauseI find it simpler.
One last gift from the Better Pictures Project: An action shot taken in full view of my new neighbourhood! Once the camera starts clicking, I forget that people can see me…
Have you come around to jumpsuits yet? I think this is a really lovely intro pattern – looks like a maxi from afar, and the dress is a perfect start for lots of summer looks. I’m looking forward to sewing a few different versions: maxi dress with the tank bodice, romper with the kimono bodice, and who knows what else. I wonder if I can convince my mom or sister to give it a try?