Okay, okay, I know what you might be thinking. There are pretty much two distinct camps when it comes to jumpsuits. There's the "Yay! I love them! I wear them all the time!" camp and the "Never in a millions would I wear one" camp. And it seems that never the twain shall meet.
But, guess what? I'm a convert! And I think sewing your own jumpsuit may make you one too.
Why, you ask? The biggest issue with ready to wear jumpsuits is the fit. As sewists, we know that every body is different, and this is especially true of the length of torsos and the distance from shoulder to (ahem) crotch. This means that when you try on a store-bought jumpsuit there's a decent chance that you'll either look like you have droopy drawers or you'll feel like you can't stand up straight without some sort of wardrobe malfunction (if you catch my drift).
That's why it's an ideal me-made outfit. And though it can feel like a big undertaking, the results are totally worth it. I'm wearing my jumpsuit everywhere these days and I plan on making more. I'm fully on the jumpsuit train. And with the four patterns we've chosen, I hope you will be too!
Sew Fearless Box: Joni Jumpsuit from Friday Pattern Company
Inevitably, when you think of jumpsuits, you think of the seventies. For good or ill, they are synonymous with the time period. And the Joni Jumpsuit, by Friday Pattern Company, captures the best parts of that period without the bell-bottoms and itchy polyester.
We've been wanting to use patterns from Friday Pattern Company for a while and we're so glad that we've found an opportunity. Their patterns are simple and elegant and capture a easy style that feels modern yet nodding towards the past.
Such is the case with the Joni Jumpsuit. With cleverly designed tank straps that tie in back to make them adjustable, you can customize the top to fit your body. Plus, the bodice is fully lined and features a back zipper for ease of getting in and out. The wide pant legs are fitted at the hips and have optional patch pockets and the pattern can easily be modified to match any inseam or shortened to shorts.
With all these great things in one pattern, we think you'll really love your foray in the world of jumpsuits. So now, let's talk fabrics!
Sew Confident Box: Sallie Jumpsuit from Closet Case Patterns
If you're looking for a jumpsuit pattern with options, look no further than the Sallie Jumpsuit from Closet Case Patterns. With just the right amount of 70’s mojo, the Sallie Jumpsuit and Maxi dress is a chic and comfortable wardrobe staple; it’s easy to wear, easy to make, and easy to slip on and off in the ladies room.
Plus, this pattern features a number of customizable options. Choose between a self lined V-neck tee with tie neck closure, or a strappy tank with shoulder ties. On your bottom half, mix and match wide leg pants, culottes or a maxi skirt with side slits, all with convenient pockets and a comfortable elasticized waist.
So, let's explore the fabric options!
*** Note: this pattern is PDF only. The deal we made with Closet Case is that we will send you the PDF copy of the pattern directly to your email. So that you can print your pattern, you will also receive a gift code for free printing with PDF Plotting ***
Sew Curvy Box: Anitra Jumpsuit from Style Sew Me
Say hello to one of our new pattern companies! As we add PDF patterns to our boxes, it comes with the added benefit that we can offer more voices to our offerings. Eryn, the company's founder, started her company as "a reflection of [her] vision of a versatile, comfortable, and stylish wardrobe... where [she] aim[s] to provide patterns that are straight forward, versatile, and flattering for all body types." With that amazing mission, it was hard NOT to use her patterns.
The Anitra Jumpsuit is all about style and comfort. This loose-fitting jumpsuit features a wide neckline (but not to wide to expose bra straps) using your favorite light to medium weight knit. A pull-up style, it features an elastic waist, gathered pant, and side pockets. The pant design is a fresh combination of wrap and harem-style for ultimate comfort and style.
Now, the fabric options!
Sew Indulgent Box: Sirocco Jumpsuit from Deer and Doe Patterns
The jumpsuit that started this month's theme, Sirocco is the first jumpsuit I made and loved. A mock-wrap knit jumpsuit, Deer and Doe balanced out the relaxed feel of the knit fabric with many office-ready details: legs are tapered, bodice and pants are structured by deep pleats, set-in sleeves create strong shoulders, and a wide band frames the neckline. Slash pockets, reinforced by clear elastic, bring sophistication and practicality to Sirocco. The proportions create a particularly flattering garment: the pleats in the pants mask the stomach, the high waistband marks the waist, and the strong shoulders balance the silhouette. This is the perfect garment to slip on when you don’t know what to wear to instantly feel cool and chic!
So, take a look at the fabric options!
That's it for this month. We hope you love the jumpsuits as much as we do! But if not, we are offering our ICYMI Classic boxes with the robes patterns from last February. In a week, we are going to NYC to pick out fabrics for the next few months of boxes and we can't wait for all the amazing textiles we can offer to you in the future.
Until next time...