Sewing My Stash | McCall's 7908
Whew! I’m sliding in on the last day of the month with my final make for 1st Quarter. I wasn’t sure if I’d make it but here she is. This is pattern #4 of my personal challenge to sew 22 patterns that I already have in the year 2022. But before I get into the details, did you catch my first Tea Time Live Q & A and GIVEAWAY on YouTube last Sunday? If you missed it, make sure you get signed up to my PRIVATE EMAIL COMMUNITY for the next one. We had a blast! Great conversation, giveaways and company! You can catch the REPLAY HERE. If you were there LIVE, thank you so much for attending. I can’t wait for the next Tea Time Live.
Sewing My Stash | McCall's 7908
When I first saw McCall’s 7908, I was drawn to the center front zipper, the front pockets on the pants, and the cropped length. I’ve pulled it out to sew many times, but always changed my mind. But when I pulled it again a couple of weeks ago, I decided to get started, and I’m so glad I continued this time because I love the jumpsuit so much. It’s very comfortable and I’m in love with all the pockets, even though I don’t use them. I just like the design element they add to the garment.
Before I started sewing, I knew I would need to make pattern alterations. I’ve mentioned several times before that I like to check Pattern Review to see what others are saying about the patterns I’m planning to sew. I’m really happy I checked on this particular pattern because there were a couple of warnings from others that helped me to avoid lots of drama while creating the garment.
I don’t always make muslins (practice garments) before sewing a new garment, but this project needed a test fit because there were a lot of adjustments needed based on the finished pattern measurements. In fact, I actually made three muslins before achieving the fit I desired. I cut a size 14, which is larger than usual. However, that was the size I needed to get my desired fit. I’ve shared all the alterations I made to the pattern below. I sewed the jumpsuit with my Baby Lock Soprano, and finished the seam allowances with the Baby Lock Vibrant Serger.
WIDTH & LENGTH ADDITIONS
- 1″ Bodice Length
- 1/4″ Bodice Front & Back (at side seams)
- 3/8″ Bodice Front & Back (at waist – this was in addition to 1/4″ already added at sides)
- 1/2″ Hip Side Seams
- 1/2″ Pants Waist at Side Seams
- 1/2″ Pants Back Crotch Point (full seat)
- 1/4″ Pants Back Crotch Curve (full seat)
- 5/8″ Front Pants Pocket at long, untouched edge
- 5/8″ Back Pants Pocket & Moved Fold Line Up
- Reduce Pants Back Dart Width by 1/8″
- Reduce Bodice Back Princess Seam 1/8″ at Waist
OTHER CHANGES TO PATTERN
- Stitched 1/4″ Seam at Bodice & Pants Side Seams
- Interfaced Zipper Area
- Installed Invisible Zipper
I got so involved with all the alterations that I forgot to add the front pockets to the pants. It wasn’t until I had already completed the topstitching that I realized my mistake. Initially I decided to leave the pockets off. However, when I tried on the jumpsuit, I really missed the look of those pockets.
I set the garment aside for a while before I went back to remove the stitches in the areas where I needed to insert the pockets. I dreaded this work because I had to remove serger stitches and topstitching. It didn’t take long at all though and I am very pleased with the finished garment.
Fabric & Notions
I used a mystery fabric that I purchased from Michael Levine Loft in Downtown Los Angeles many years ago. The Loft was a department where they sold remnants and discontinued fabrics. The fabrics were thrown into boxes and you could pick through to find gems for a very low cost. Unfortunately, the Loft closed years ago. I thought Michael Levine had closed last year. However, I found out during my Tea Time Live that they’re still open, just under new management. I will have to take a trip there to see if they still have the same amazing fabrics.
The fabric is a lightweight stretch woven with a nice drape. I used an exposed zipper that I shortened to accommodate the length of the zipper opening. I also added a zipper ring to the pull. The interfacing I used for the zipper area was a lightweight woven fusible.
STYLING THE JUMPSUIT
The color of the fabric is what drew my attention and I knew it would pair well with the jumpsuit for a soft Spring look. I’ve paired it with a pair of gray pumps and a pink, straw, bucket hat. I also added a scarf around the neck and a DIY Clutch purse to dress it up a bit for a nice dinner outfit.
For cooler evenings I would add a button down shirt underneath. I also think it would look nice with a turtleneck and pair of boots. And to dress it down even more, a pair of sneakers or flat sandals would look cute.
I would wear the jumpsuit out to lunch with my girlfriends, and on a movie date with my sons. It’s also a lovely piece for just lounging around the house. And I don’t know about you but when I’m sewing I like to wear something that’s easy to change in and out of easily. When it’s time for a fitting, the jumpsuit is super easy to pull off and on.
Another thing I love about this particular jumpsuit is easy access for the ladies room. The center front zipper is easier to operate than having it center back. Overall, I’m calling this jumpsuit a WIN!
Now with 4 patterns completed and 18 to go, meeting my goal looks promising. With nine months left in the year, I can finish by sewing 2 stash patterns per month. YES! This is a very attainable goal. I plan to add in sew alongs and other more recent patterns too, so we shall see what happens. I’m really committed to meeting my challenge goal of sewing 22 stash patterns this year.
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