You know that feeling when you get/make a new piece of clothing and instantly wonder what on Earth you wore for 27 years before this was in your wardrobe…? Well, that’s exactly what happened with these. I made the first in a lightweight denim a couple of weeks ago and it became an instant favourite. Frankly it’s barely seen my wardrobe because as soon as it’s washed I’m wearing it again, and as soon as I’ve worn it suddenly blue washing becomes a priority…
So yes, I love this pattern. And you know what I love most about it?! It’s free.
No, frankly I couldn’t believe it either. But it’s true. Here’s the link, so you can’t call me a liar. I’d been crushing hard on this one for a while. After it was released, my Instagram feed started filling up with beautiful versions from all over the world. I’m a sucker for jumpsuits anyway – I’ve made one before which I wear a lot, and these two bring the total number of jumpsuits in my wardrobe to seven. One for every day of the week.
My only modifications were to add an inch onto the bodice length (I’ve got a long body and short legs – weird) and add infinitely practical inseam pockets from the offcuts (Yay! Pockets!). Other than that I was able to stay true to the original sizing, which is unusual for me but the loose fit and wide cut on this pattern was very accommodating on my big bum. Plenty of trunk for the junk in this one.
I’ll admit my first one isn’t perfect, but I love it anyway. It’s made from a lightweight denim I bought on Walthamstow Market a few months ago. The bust darts don’t quite sit in the right place on me – they’re a bit high and pointy, but I don’t think it matters too much. I somehow put the pockets a little too low too – its not a big problem because they’re still perfectly serviceable, it just means a have to do a little stretch every time I need my phone. So I’ve probably done myself a favour – stretching’s good for you right?
Both these faults were corrected in my second version, which I think is practically perfect. This one’s made from a dreamy purple Liberty Tana Lawn which I bought in the sale last year for £9 a meter! Gorgeous isn’t it?! The print is called Sandy Ray, and it’s a lot of little mountain/beach scenes in a one-way repeat. I’d been scared to use it because it was so beautiful and precious, but after making this jumpsuit in denim I knew it had to be done. I love how the simple shape really showcases the fabric, and wearing it from top-to-toe makes a bold statement. Part of me wonders whether I should have pattern-matched down the front, but I think this would have been pretty hard given that the repeat is big but highly detailed. Plus, I couldn’t be sure that perfect pattern-matching would have allowed me to squeeze this out of my 3 meters – I didn’t have an awful lot to spare, that’s for sure!
The pattern itself is a total winner. Admittedly, I’ve never done a full-size PDF download before and taping it all together took ages and was actually quite boring. To speed things up a bit I invested in one of these paper trimmers from The Works, which took some getting used too but once I’d got the hang of it was so much neater and quicker that cutting the edges off each sheet with scissors. It took two full evenings of quality time with the sticky tape at my dining table, but now that it’s done I’ve got it to use forever.
The instructions were nothing short of sexy. I know, weird choice of words. But I’m telling you, the written stuff and diagrams are so damn clear that I was in raptures. There was even a perfectly concise and well illustrated explanation of how to insert an all-in-one lining, which has previously had me banging my head against a wall because I totally didn’t get it, but with these instructions I got it right first time. First. Time.
I just love them. They’ve been an absolute god-send in the recent heatwave because the cut-away back and loose fit give such great ventilation, and my fabric choices have made them super breathable. Like all jumpsuits, they combine all the effortless glamour of a dress with the comfort and practicality of trousers (which is why I love them so much!). Plus, they’re really easy to dress up or down – the denim one in particular looks just as good in town with a rucksack and slides or on a posh night out with fancy earrings and heels. It’s sort of like an LBD, except that it’s not black or a dress. Or even particularly little actually.