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Made by a Fabricista: Velvet Holiday Jumpsuit

Hey friends!  So glad to share one last make with you.  Hope you've enjoyed wonderful holidays, even if they have been a bit different than normal.


I'd been wanting to try making Deer & Doe's Sirocco Jumpsuit for a while, but was afraid it wouldn't be flattering on my mom-tum.  I finally got over that with a romper this Summer (oops, never got around to blogging that!) and decided to follow up with a velvet jumpsuit for Christmas!

When my hubby saw it he called me an elf.  Bahaha.

 

But I love it; I even wore it for our Christmas card photos.

I used a green stretch velvet I picked up at Fabric Mart a couple of months ago.  The particular deep green velvet I used is sold out now, but I just love these alternatives: Rosewood, Ocean or Obsidian (or you can find even more options here!)  I think the marriage of stretch velvet and this pattern is really excellent!

I didn't have to make many pattern alterations:  I often need a full bust adjustment (FBA), but didn't need one here.  I did decide to add 1/2" more overlap where the bodice meets the waistband on this iteration to make sure it doesn't gape when I lean over.


I went one size up in the waist because there is a LOT of negative ease in the waistband, and am super happy with how it turned out!  There is a bit more room without looking sloppy.

  

Plus:  pockets.  Pockets are always worth mentioning.  And these are actually pretty generous pockets, unlike many in women's patterns (and RTW clothing).  Yay!


I also had to shorten the legs a couple of inches (I'm 5'4").  With the pleats in this pattern and knits in general there is a lot of grace to be had with fitting.  I do think I might have a bit much volume in my hip and leg and may try going down a size there in future versions.


I only made one design change for our Wisconsin Winter weather, and that was to turn the short sleeves into 3/4 sleeves.  I added about 9" in length and played with the taper of the sleeve a bit and am happy with the result!

 

Love and light to all of you this holiday season, and a very happy upcoming New Year! May 2021 be a beacon of light at the end of this challenging tunnel.

Jess
The Sometimes Sewist

 

*Pro photos by the wonderful Irish Lane Photography*

Comments

  1. Beautiful! I never would have guessed 5'4", this jumpsuit really lengthens you! Inspiring work, thank you!

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  2. Such an elegant look. I love the front pleats and the pockets--so pretty in the velvet!

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  3. You did a great job on the fit. Terrific fabric choice too.

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  4. I scrolled too fast and then saw you and then scrolled back and then OMG WHY IS HE SO BIG!!!! :) The kidlets grow up too fast! LOVE your sirocco!

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  5. So pretty! I made one for Christmas too! It's a new favorite.

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