Well, I’ve gone and jumped on the jumpsuit trend, thanks to Chris at Said & Done and all the general silliness that led up to it. Y’know, a late night, one comment, and then another, and a dare and here you are! I have no memory of ever wearing a jumpsuit. Or romper for that matter, so the last time I wore one must have been before the age of two. And I have no photo proof of that, either, so for all I know, I never have worn a jumpsuit until today. Actually, I had an extremely artsy roommate during my undergrad years, and she had a beautiful jumpsuit with fish skin leather accents. I confess to stealing it when I knew she wasn’t going to be around once or twice. But it always looked better on her and I always felt like an idiot wearing it.
For this project, I decided to keep it simple and go with Burda 6/2010 #141. It’s a plus-sized pattern. Yup. I’ve officially crossed into plus-sized territory, and I wanted this to be a cut-and-sew make. So I measured twice and cut once.
You know I’ve loved Burda pants blocks, and this is no different. Every measurement matched mine from crotch depth to crotch length, hip width to inseam fit. Without tweaking. How lovely is that? And here’s the proof from the back. Even Mrs. Mole has gotta be happy with this one!
I did do a 1.5 inch FBA after I shortened the bodice by 3 inches. I could have shortened the bodice another inch – the blousing is a little too much for me, particularly at the sides. And I kept the super wide legs and left off the shoulder straps. I thought I may as well go the whole hog on this one. Since it’s a jumpsuit. And it’s red.
I delved deep into my stash for this washed red linen. It was washed and dried several times prior to cutting because I was hoping for that really washed linen softeness/drape. Although it still wrinkles and creases like linen. Looks best from the back!
I lined the bottom half with bemberg rayon to the knees. I cut the lining on the cross grain, so the selvedge is the lining hem. Less work for me and it doesn’t create unwanted ridges when the garment gets pressed.
I treated the lining and the trouser part of the jumpsuit as one and used the bottom edge of the bodice to create the casing for the elastic. Burda’s version calls for elasticated ties, but I’m always going to wear this with a belt, so I left them off and stitched down the ends of the elastic on either side of the CF, so that the CF waist is flat.
My favourite thing about this pattern? The pockets. I love them! It’s basically a welt pocket without the welt. A long rectangular opening about 2mm wide that is topstitched 3cm from each end, leaving an opening for your hand. I wasn’t going to bother with them, since pockets always add bulk around the hips, in my mind, but since fitting is almost non-existent in this pull-on garment, I thought I’d just keep them. Coolest pockets insertion ever. I’m super happy with them, and they don’t add that much extra stuff across the high hip…. I think.
The first of several dance performances for DD1 was tonight, and when she saw this, she insisted on my wearing it. I honestly wasn’t going to, as it screams RED JUMPSUIT. But I did, and it was surprising easy to drive in, sit in, walk up and down stairs in and it was cool in a hot stuffy theatre and warm in the cool evening dampness after the show. I didn’t lose the top. I didn’t trip over the super long-and-wide trouser hems and no one stared at me. (Well, that I noticed, anyway. People can be very discreet about side-long glaces.) My DD’s loved it (DD3 has asked for one). DH said nothing except, “Your pants are too long. They’re dragging on the floor.” And a good friend raved about it. Well, now I have a crazy jumpsuit in my closet.
Are you making a jumpsuit?