I had this floral fabric sitting around forever, so I decided not to buy more fabric and instead–use what I have! Annnd, I decided to make a fun jumpsuit!
Pattern: New Look 6373 View A/B (B for the straps, A for everything else)
- Floral polyester fabric
- General: I cut out a size 8 bust and a size 12 waist/hip. I am what you call pear-shaped. 🙂
- Bust/Shoulders: The smallest bust size is 31.5 inches, which is 2 inches too big for me. It really is a bummer when I need to do a small bust adjustment because the smallest size doesn’t fit me. However, since this isn’t a fully fitted garment, I decided to play with things a bit… since I normally have to adjust the shoulders (as I have narrow shoulders), I took off 1/2″ off the center and back seams. I have no idea if this will work, but I’m willing to give it a try, especially on this leftover fabric. This means I had to take 1/2″ off the front/back bodice pieces, flounce pieces and facing pieces.
- Bodice length: As per usual, I took off 2″ off the length of the bodice. Thankfully the pattern indicated where to adjust the length. Since the pattern called for a 16.25 inch back and my measurement sits at around 14 inches, I just took off 2 inches.
- Pant length: I’m not confident about my leg measurements, so I’ve decided to simply cut out the pattern without modifications and then later hem to the appropriate length.
- Elastic casing: For some reason, it was really hard for me to fold over this particular fabric for the elastic casing. I tried it out three times but every single time, either my stitches looked really uneven or I didn’t fold it at a nice 1/4″. Instead of folding the pant seam under 1/4″ and then sewing at 3/8″, I decided to serge the end of the bodice seam and then simply fold it over and sew at 3/8″. That was way easier for me, and it looks a lot better inside. I’ve done the other method before on a rayon, and it seemed to work out better. This fabric is a little bit delicate and frays quite a lot.
- Finishing the facing and bodice seam: I had a little bit of trouble finishing the seams, but it wasn’t too bad. I learned how to maneuver my serger over the v-neck, but I’m sure there is a much tidier way to do that.
- Lining up the spaghetti straps: I’m still not totally happy with the placement as they aren’t really in the very center; however, I believe I followed the pattern images very carefully… maybe I’ll just budge them a little bit before I make this for next time.
I think the fit is pretty good in the bust, and the elastic casing rests right on my waistline! Yay! My measurements worked out. However, I feel the hips are just a little too big for me, so I might revisit that later and take them in a little. While I’m at it, I might as well make pockets. It could be intentional ease that the pattern maker included. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m more or less done with this pattern!
What I found helpful:
- I find that the best way to pull the drawstring inside out is to use a safety pin on one end of the drawstring and simply channel it through the fabric.
Mini Sewing Victory:
- Learned thin straps!
- Made more buttonholes! (Quite happy with the symmetrical placement)
- Learned how to sew a button with my sewing machine!
- Made a drawstring!
- Minor adjustment to the bodice that seamed to work out