Summer is finally here! If you don’t live in the southern hemisphere. what I love most about this time of the year, is the amount of sewing inspiration everywhere; on the highstreet, Pinterest and of course other people’s makes on Instagram. I have decided to come up with a series of posts I have called ‘sewing for summer’. I will be focusing on an individual piece of clothing and sharing with you my tried and tested patterns. So today’s focus will be jumpsuits and rompers.
I will be sharing with you four of the jumpsuits patterns I have sewed up and love. I will also show you their lines drawings, the special features and of course the pictures of my makes.
Sunday Romper by Love Notions
The Sunday romper pattern by Love Notions is a newly released pattern which I had the pleasure to test. I can not tell you how much I love it and it comes with 5 variations. I have sewed up the romper and the knee-length version already.
Size range: 0-32
Variations: 5 which include 3 pants lengths options- shorts, cropped & full length and 2 skirt lengths – knee & full length
Features: Dolman & tank bodice options
Fabric: Light to medium weight knits such as rayon/viscose jersey, cotton jersey, modal and cupro
The Sirocco jumpsuit is mock-wrap knit jumpsuit with short set-in sleeves and pleated pants. It is greatly loved in the sewing community. I have made the jumpsuit version already and I have another one planned out.
Size range: 34 to 46 (printed) and 34 to 52 (PDF)
Versions: Two – Version A has tapered legs, version B is a romper.
The New Look 6446 is one from the big 4 which is a favourite of many. We both know that getting the right fitting with the big 4 patterns it is not the easiest thing. But once you get it right, you are sure to sew it up more than once. And I have made this pattern twice already.
Size range: 6-18 (UK), 2-14(US) & 34-46(EU)
Variations: 4 which include a jumpsuit, a playsuit, a knee-length dress and a maxi.
Features: Sleeveless and squared neckline.
Fabric: Woven fabrics such as cotton, chambray, lawn, linen, corduroy, denim
The Zadie jumpsuit is relaxed and easy to wear jumpsuit. It wraps around the body with just strings with no need for zips or buttons. Which is a win for any sewist who would rather skip those steps. I made the sleeveless version in a tie and dye Ankara / African wax print fabric.
Size range: 6 -28
Versions: 2 included; sleeveless with dropped shoulders and 3/4 sleeves.
Features: Wrap which fastens with ties and wide legs.
I love all the jumpsuits I have made and they all offer unlimited possibilities. They can all be dressed up or down which is greatly determined by the fabric you choose. Have you made any of the patterns show before? If not, which one would you like to have a go at making?
If you sew your own clothes, I am sure you know what Me Made May is. However, if you don’t, no worries I have got you. Me Made May was started by SOZO from So, Zo What do you know. It is a personal challenge among sewists, knitters, crocheters (basically anyone who makes items they wear) to wear their handmade items more often throughout the month. The challenge is meant to encourage makers to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. Everyone is free to set their specifications on how they intend to go about it. Majority of the participants go ahead and document it on their social media especially over on Instagram.
This is the third time I have taken part in Me Made May, however, it is just this time that I have been able to document what I have won every single day. I have done this daily on my Instagram Page and also a weekly roundup on my Youtube channel.
Here is a playlist of my Me made may videos from my Youtube channel if you prefer to watch.
I was on the fence about taking part until the first day mostly because the whole world has been on lockdown. I rarely look that presentable if I am staying home with nowhere to go. However, I took the plunge and I have successfully worn either an item or complete handmade clothes for the entire month of May. I should say May is also my birthday month (1st May).
Here is a round up of what i wore the entire month grouped into weeks.
This challenge is meant to help you develop a better relationship with your handmade wardrobe, however, it also highlights the gaps you have in your wardrobe. It also helps you identify what you may need to improve in regards to your handmade wardrobe. By the end of the challenge, I have identified two key areas I need to put more attention to.
Firstly, I need to deep my toes into jeans making. A well-fitting pair of jeans is an item I struggle to find in the stores and when I do they are quite expensive. I realised when I wore a blouse or top, I could only pair it with my RTW jeans. I have recently purchased the Meghan Nielsen Ash Jeans sewing pattern which is a step in the right direction.
Secondly, I plan to be more intentional whenever I sew up separates such as a skirt or pants that I plan or sew up an item I would be wearing it with. Unless I do this I will be left with wardrobe pieces I have spent time making but never wearing.
All in all, I have enjoyed taking part in me made may and I can not wait for next year. Did you take part in Me Made May? And if so, what lessons have you learnt from the challenge?
When the Deer and Doe Sirocco jumpsuit came out early in the year, it was embraced by a number of people in the sewing community. I was not about to miss out on the opportunity considering how much I love jumpsuits. I decided to sew up this amazing jumpsuit out of a knit fabric which I was gifted to by Fabrics for all. Fabrics for all is on a family-owned fabric store located in Leeds with an online presence too. And as a member of their makers’ team, I receive fabric every month in exchange for a blog post.
Jersey fabric with 60 per cent stretch is recommended for this pattern. I chose this gorgeous colourful viscose fabric for the jumpsuit. I was under the assumption that viscose jersey is a lightweight fabric. However, this particular one is medium weight and quite flowy too.
This Fabric sewed up well without any issues on both my sewing machine and overlocker. And It was such a pleasure working with it because it washed and ironed pretty well too.
The sirocco pattern is a mock-wrap jumpsuit which comes in two versions: version A a jumpsuit which features tapered legs and version B which is a romper. It comes in a number of sizes ranging from 34 to 46. And I cut out size 36 for the bodice which I blended into size 38 to both the band and trouser pieces. In hindsight, I should have cut out size 36 throughout the pieces.
I sewed up the Sirocco jumpsuit using mostly my overlocker and only used my sewing machine to reinforce a few seams. I also used my coverstitch machine for the hems which sewed up really well too.
After I had put the jumpsuit together I realised that that the fit was quite big on me. And I spent a considerable amount of time adjusting almost every piece before achieving the best fit.
Made a swayback adjustment to the back bodice piece.
Shortened the trouser legs by 3 inches considering the hem is meant to be folded over. I preferred to have mine coming up to the ankle which I found to be smarter.
Took out a considerable amount of excess fabric from almost every side seam and some from the inner leg seam too.
If for any reason you prefer watching the review instead, here is the youtube video where I review this jumpsuit.
The finished project
Despite the numerous alterations I made, it came out exactly as it appears on the pattern in the end. I love the final fit I achieved and I can say that this jumpsuit is a secret pyjama. It is not tight in any areas while keeping a good fit and look.
I will definitely be making another Sirocco jumpsuit since I have transferred all the alterations to the pattern pieces. And my recommendation to anyone planning to sew up this jumpsuit is to consider sizing down if using fabric that has more than 60% stretch.
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Josephine is an entrepreneur, blogger, public health professional who loves sewing, baking and is passionate about a healthy and natural lifestyle.