I really do believe that any woman, regardless of her size, can wear anything as long as the fit is on point and you’ve got confidence! And I think this jumpsuit is proof!
I’ve always been drawn to jumpsuits but never in my life have I been able to find a RTW jumpsuit in my size. Every store I tried I found the fit to be so awkward and weird. I just assumed that I couldn’t wear jumpsuits! RTW options were either too short in the crotch and leg, too big in the waist, too tight on the thigh, etc. So you better believe that now that I can sew I will be sewing up every jumpsuit pattern I come across. This makes my second jumpsuit and I’ve got a third (the By Hand London Holly Jumpsuit in the queue!)
As a sewist I don’t have to let what’s available in stores hold back my style or creativity! Sewing is absolutely liberating!
To make this jumpsuit I used Mimi G’s latest PDF pattern. You can find both the pattern and a super detailed video tutorial here: Jumpsuit PDF Pattern Video Tutorial I love that Mimi included the video tutorial as part of the pattern. I am definitely a visual learner and it is SO helpful to have the video to guide my sewing along. In fact I didn’t even read the directions. I just followed along with Mimi and understood every single step. Seriously, from now on I might only buy patterns that come with a video!
This pattern goes from a size 0-18, or a 48inch hip. My bust and hips are just a bit larger than the pattern so I graded out at both the bust and the hip then graded in to a size 16 waist. I used a hip curve ruler to get the grading really smooth.
To add some additional shaping to the jumpsuit I added two fish eye darts starting just below the shoulder and ending just above the butt. Hello curves!
I believe the straight leg version of this pattern (which I used) is drafted as a capri length. Since I’ve got long legs and wanted it longer than a capri I really had to add a lot of length. I added 6 inches overall in length to the pattern, all in the legs, and had the cuff stop at about an inch above my ankle (just so I could wear the jumpsuit with these boots!). I distributed the inches throughout the leg of the pattern. I also lengthened the body of the jumpsuit the teeniest bit by letting out the shoulder from a 5/8” seam allowance to a 1/4” seam allowance which gave me just a bit more room. Per Mimi’s suggestion in the tutorial, you put the entire jumpsuit together and then baste the side seam in order to make fit adjustments. I adjusted the side seam several times to get it just right.
I should also note. I RARELY ever do a test garment, also called a muslin, first. I know, you think I’m crazy! I get it. But I am just too damn impatient! Unless I’m using super special fabric I just go for it and hope for the best.
The fabric I used is a stretch denim that I found at my local fabric shop, Gaffney’s Fabrics. It’s a super dark denim with just a bit of lycra stretch across the grain. I used a heavyweight universal needle and my Singer 4411 didn’t flinch when I mowed through 4 layers of denim while doing the cuffs.
The buttons were salvaged from my sewing school—free to a good home! And of course I coordinated my necklace with the buttons. Come on now, you know how I roll!
I styled the jumpsuit with my Toms Peep Toe Majorca Bootie*, a geometric multi-color necklace from Century 21 and my gold and tortoise pave link bracelet from BaubleBar*.
Sooo on to my special announcement! If you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook you already know, if not, drumroll pleaseeee. I’m teaming up with Mimi G and Norris Danta Ford to join the Sew Sew Def editorial team! Sew Sew Def Magazine is a brand-new, multi-cultural, fashion-forward sewing magazine for men and women. Each month the magazine will be jam packed with stylish sewing ideas and projects and will include PDF patterns. You can read more about the launch here: Sew Sew Def Magazine Launch
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Happy Sewing and Styling!
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