I’m back with some more pattern testing! This is the new Closet Case Pattern Amy jumpsuit, which is a quick PDF release that they squeezed in this summer. It is meant for light-to-midweight wovens, but lucky for me, Heather let me test it in a knit!
Amy is the jumpsuit equivalent of a swing dress: fitted at the top, and all kinds of volume below. I have about a million photos of me striking ridiculous poses, because it’s just so fun to wear! It is a bit of a fabric hog, because the bodice and wide legs are cut all as one piece. I shortened mine 6″ and it took 3m of fabric. I sewed a straight size 18, even though my hips fell into a size 20. There is plenty of room.
Speaking of fabric – this print is fun, right? I got it at Fabricland on by birthday, and thought I’d make a Charlie Caftan…. but this jumpsuit works equally well to highlight the large scale stripes and floral. I got a bit of doubling at the centre front and back seam, but that’s not the worst this print placement could have gone!
To make it in a knit, I really didn’t change much. I skipped the side zip, but did sew the bust darts. I narrowed and shortened the bodice lining piece, and added elastic to make it into a shelf bra. (Speaking of bras, you can see my full-cup bra peeking up at the underarm in a few pics, but generally I’d say it is quite well hidden!) I did shorten the straps to raise the neckline. I considered reinforcing the neckline with elastic like in the Sallie Jumpsuit, but decided the ITY wouldn’t bag out, and in fact it’s easy to get on and off.
To be honest, I wear this as homeclothes (aka. all-day pyjamas) more so much out and about… it’s stretchy, comfy, and the shelf bra makes it perfect for lounging! I do feel quite chic in it though, in that “yeah I look different but I look good” kind of way. Definitely couldn’t buy this in a local shop! I do think it could be quite elegant in a solid colour though, and perhaps a tie belt if the volume is too much for you. I’m wearing it with a cardigan right now, and it looks a lot like a sundress until I walk!
Finally… don’t you think this pattern will make a lovely camisole when shortened? Like everyone’s favourite Ogden cami, but with darts and wide straps to cover a bra. Or a romper… or a full-length jumpsuit…frankly, it would also be dead easy to cut off the crotch extensions and just make it into a dress. Am I convincing myself to sew more? You bet! (Spoiler: After I wrote this, I sewed a dress version! I’ll share it soon.)
This is why I love pattern testing. I might not have known I needed this in my life, but I do love it! Is it for everyone? No, I doubt it… but it is awfully fun!