This time I didn’t need an excuse. I’d been given a gorgeous pair of shoes which just happened to be the same colour magenta as some of the circles on this silky fabric that I recently bought from Abakhan when I met up with Jenny in Chester. This fabric was just crying out to be a jumpsuit!
The first thing I did was try on my first Jumpsuit. I knew I’d need to modify the pattern pieces to avoid making a modesty panel like in version 1. I’d also lost a few pounds too, so needed to check if any other adjustments were necessary.
I needed to loose 4 inches from the drape at the front.
It’s a bit tricky putting into words what I did to the front bodice piece. Do the photos make sense?
I basically removed the shaded wedge from the top which then created a side dart by cutting into the fabric and making a hinge.
I felt the crotch of the trousers needed raising as it was hanging a bit low.
I’d not marked any shorten/lengthen lines on my traced off pattern piece so checked on the original pattern. There weren’t any either there either!
I measured 4 inches down from the top, perpendicular to the grain line and used that line to reduce the crotch length by an inch. I also trimmed off the areas shaded which I thought would reduce the hips and waist to allow for my slight weight loss.
I whizzed the jumpsuit up in no time, not properly finished, I sewed up the main seams, and checked the fit.
Yay, it fit. Slightly snug on the waist, but wearing heals would suck in the tummy!
The instructions call for bias binding to finish off the top edges of the bodice back and continue to form straps. I made my bias strips, but they wouldn’t press too well and they were driving me a bit crazy, sliding all over the place.
I decided to use it single folded, sewed it to the right side, and applied it like you would a facing to finish the edges. I then made straps and sewed them on separately.
The guts of my jumpsuits aren’t too pretty. My overlocker wasn’t liking this slinky, slippery fabric so I gave up after I finished off the seams next to the zip.
It was weird when I wore the jump suit – all the mega frayed edges were stroking my legs! I think I’ll have to do something about them before I wash it, otherwise it’ll probably fall apart!
A close up,of my less drapey front, and the wider straps which I much prefer.
And here I am at the end of the night – I wore it to the golf clubs presentation night last Saturday. Unfortunately due to bad lighting, lots of dancing and rose wine this was the only photo taken. There was an official one taken with my trophies but I’m not sure when I’ll get a copy of it.
So today I took a few photos before I went to work. There’s no high heals and no make up but you get to see my jumpsuit in all its glory. I’m soooo pleased with it, and felt great wearing it and got loads of compliments.
Chilling in my comfy jumpsuit before I had to dash off to work…..
Were you tempted into buying a jumpsuit pattern last year when Jumping into June was in full swing?
If so, did you make it up, or is it still waiting patiently to reach the top of the to do list? And if not….why not?!?
Linking in with Sew It Chick Monthly – Gray All Day
By the way, I’ve just been adding some links to my post as I was in a bit of a rush when I wrote it yesterday. I’ve checked out the Holly Jumpsuit on the BHL website, and it’s the only one still available in paper format, and is a steal at £7! It’s worth it just for the gorgeous packaging to have it adorning your shelf! Click HERE to be taken to their site – no I’m not on commission!