Jumpsuits! Do you love them or hate them? I’ve heard those in the “love” camp express appreciation for the style and comfort. Many in the “hate” camp feel jumpsuits are not very practical.
Where do I fit in? I’m going with the “love” crowd. I think jumpsuits are adorable, and appropriate for almost any occasion. While the majority of jumpsuits are worn as casual wear, we’re seeing a lot more special occasion suits, like the white one I made in the photo below, for an All-White Jazz Event in 2016. Some brides are even opting for the jumpsuit instead of a wedding gown. I don’t follow trends or always know what’s new on the runway each season. However, I’ve heard that jumpsuits are the THING right now.
I also love the fact that most of them are so versatile, making it easy to dress them up or down. This black one I made below some years ago would look totally fine with a pair of sneakers or flip flops. AND it looks amazing styled with a pair of high heels and floppy hat.
Regardless of what your position is on the jumpsuit topic, the BIG question always arises during this particular garment conversation. How do you go to the bathroom?
ANSWER: First, I don’t wait until the last minute to go. Hahaha! Yes, it can feel a little vulnerable removing the upper half of the garment when visiting a public restroom. I just do it. I don’t have any magical advice or tricks. If you’re very uncomfortable with disrobing your upper body in a public restroom, just limit jumpsuit wearing to the privacy of your own home.
DIY JUMPSUIT – McCall’s 7910
I absolutely love McCall’s 7910. In fact, I like it so much that I made two in one week. I’ll share the other suit in next week’s blog post, after I get some photos. What I appreciate most about this pattern is the simple design and the lined bodice.
I’m rating this an EASY sew. As an intermediate sewist, I was able to sew the jumpsuit with no issues. For a new beginner, there may be a little confusion with the positioning of the straps. However, if you transfer the markings from your pattern onto the fabric bodice front and straps precisely, study the illustration for that step, and place your straps exactly as you see them pictured, it should be fine.
The possibilities for this pattern are absolutely endles. If you want to make a jumpsuit with designer or special occasion fabrics, this is a good choice. You MUST use a stretch fabric though, unless you install a zipper at center back, below the keyhole opening.
I used a lightweight knit with ruffles and chevron patterns. What a combination! It’s a beautiful fabric but there was a defect in the print which made it impossible for me to match the patterns at all the seams. By the time I realized what the problem was, I had already spent two hours cutting and re-cutting. Therefore, I decided to just go with it. Lesson learned: ALWAYS check your fabrics before purchasing clearance items. My fabric was purchased from the Michael Levine Loft a while ago.
Before I leave, I have to thank you for the amazing response to my last two sew-along videos. The feedback has really encouraged me. I’m very grateful to have your support. As I continue to learn this whole videography thing, I will continue to improve and bring you more content. My main goal, as I prepared to come back to YouTube, was to provide quality videos. I’m very proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished thus far. I appreciate your support, with all my heart.
Now, I’d like to hear from you. How do you feel about jumpsuits? Are you team jumpsuit: YAY or NAY? Leave a comment below.
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