Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Made By a Fabricista: A Jumpsuit In A Classic Blue Chambray



Jumpsuits! They are so hot at the moment. I love the look of many of them but wasn't sure if they were too trendy for my casual, weekend wardrobe.  So to make the look more classic I went for a blue with white chambray from Fabric Mart. I used Simplicity 1158, View A for my pattern. After looking at the finished measurements listed on the pattern I went down a whole size-- and actually smaller yet after sewing it up.  I found this pattern runs really large especially in the bodice... like HUGE! I wish I started off by going down two sizes on top. All the gathering and the excessive design ease made it a tent on top, ugh! According to the envelope, I should have made a 16 bodice and a 20 hip.  I would say I ended up with between a 12/14 bodice & waist with an 18 hip... with plenty of ease leftover.


I think this jumpsuit is a great alternative to a comfy summer dress.  The fabric is so light and airy against the skin, it will be great this week as the temps hit the low 80s here in the city of Baltimore.




To get a better fit for my figure, I made a few alterations to the pattern prior to cutting my fabric. I'm 2" taller than what Simplicity drafts for, I always often need to add about 1" to my bodice length and another inch or two to my pants somewhere. My particular figure likes it when I scoop out the back crotch curve to accommodate my full backside. After sewing the whole shebang up, the bodice was a hot mess! It was so poofy in front and freakishly so in back.  I took some impromptu selfies in my mirror so you can see the ridculousness some. It looked even worse in person. Blech! Actually the 'before' shot is after running a quick basting stitch to take in the bodice length about an inch in to see what that did for me. Not much. I looked like I was stowing a ham back there and ready to stuff another one in front.


So I ripped out the back waistline, removed over 2" from the bodice length and sewed it all back in place.  This helped pull up some of that front poof as well. Check it out in the comparison pics below for reference. Even the way the hem of the shorts hung looked better.


So moral of this pattern's story, it runs really humongous.  But on a good note, this is a really simple garment to sew up. It's very easy to slide on and off for needs in the ladies room-- just untie that back neck tie and I'm good to go. TMI? Likely not if your as obsessed with reading pattern reviews as I am.


There is a 1/4" elastic in the waist (hence the ease of getting this thing on). I like that the shorts are quite full and have an a-line skirt look to them, it's more flattering on my figure that happens to be fuller at the thighs/lower hip area.  I forgot to add any length to hem so I just sewed up a super narrow hem.


And pockets! Functional pockets! Okay, now that I've made a jumpsuit that I feel I will actually wear, I'm now eyeing some other versions for me of this trend. I live in swishy, comfy dresses all summer long, this is a perfect stand in for one.

Happy Sewing!!
~Kathy
Kathy Sews

2 comments:

  1. Yay! This looks great!! I really like the crossover bodice and you got it fitting perfectly!

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  2. So cute! I really appreciate your info on original fit and the changes you made as I am thinking about making a jumpsuit in a similar style .

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