I opted to sew the Sallie Jumpsuit by Closet Case Patterns for my first jumpsuit pattern; I’m something of a fangirl of CCF, so it seemed an apt place to start. However, the resultant make has proved to be somewhat of a divisive garment in my household! The verdict is split strictly down the middle between the sexes – my daughter and I love it; in fact when she first saw me in it, she insisted that I demonstrate it by strutting my stuff, catwalk-style, across the Lounge! But my son’s verdict was “it’s a bit weird” and my husband said he wasn’t sure he liked it. Does this split-verdict make me feel differently about it in anyway? No, it does not. Frankly it almost feels immaterial what I do or don’t look like in it, or what anybody else thinks about it because, in wearing it, I feel absolutely bloomin’ fantastic..
… a totally empowered Sassy Lassie, if you will!
I think this is a great pattern and you’re getting quite a bit of bang for your buck … there are several views, two lined bodice options and a maxi dress version! I’m totally wanting to make another jumpsuit with the tie shoulder and a couple of dresses too, the jumpsuits are perfect for Spring and Summer evenings and the dresses perfect for those balmy days!
It’s also a very simple and quick sew; here’s that word again…perfect!
That’s not to say that my first iteration is in itself perfect! I messed up early on – I always sew my knit patterns with a stretch stitch and realised once I’d sewn the shoulder seams at 5/8″ that I should have done them at 3/8″ – there’s no way I’d attempt to unpick a stretch stitch in the lightweight French Terry fabric I was using (I was gifted this fabric last year from Girl Charlee UK – unfortunately I don’t think this particular one is in stock anymore. However, they are offering a 10% discount for all #sewtogetherforsummer makers, just enter the code TOGETHER at checkout).
This meant, of course, that I’d lost 2/8″ in length from the bodice length. Not that big a deal in itself. However, I really wished I’d added at least an inch, maybe more, to the length of the bodice so that the bodice overhangs and hides the elasticated waist. The alterations I did make were to grade down at the waist and hip and I removed 2″ from the length of the leg; I did this once it was sewn up, preferring to judge the length when I was wearing my heeled sandals.
The bodice is lined (there are separate pieces for the lining); the ‘V’ neckline is stabilised with elastic both front and back…I strongly recommend stretching out your elastic before you stitch it in using a tricot stitch, if you have one – a zigzag if you don’t. It comes together in no time at all!
And talking about that elasticated waistband – if you can get your hands on one of these bodkins, I highly recommend that you do – it really does make threading it through its casing soooo much easier!
There’s not much more I can tell you; family divisions aside, haha, I love my Jumpsuit; its the ultimate in Secret Pyjamas! Oh but, whilst we’re here, shall we address the ‘toilet controversary’ regarding jumpsuits?!
I can’t speak for all jumpsuits, but having worn this one loads (including on a night out involving wine, and the resulting extra trips to the loo that necessitates!), the verdict is : this jumpsuit is incredibly simple to shrug down; you don’t even need to untie the back strap – you can just pop them straight over your head!
The next garment I’m planning to sew for the Challenge is another Closet Case Pattern; I told you I was a fangirl – I’m sewing the Jenny Overalls; I even got the hardware from them!
I’ve also just sewn up a test pair of Overalls for a Soon-to-be-Released pattern, which I’ll share with you later but for now, how are your jumpsuit / dungaree / overalls plans coming on?
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