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Jumpsuit Sewing Patterns
Anybody else been loving the jumpsuit trend? One comfortable item of clothing, no matching required other than shoes and a bag.
I have been of fan of jumpsuits for quite some time, and I’m loving how much easier they are to find being more popular. But regardless of the many jumpsuits available to buy – I still prefer to make my own – especially since leg and strap lengths can vary. Almost all shop bought items have shoulder straps too long for me, so I end up knotting shoulder straps on garments. Hence why all 3 of the jumpsuit patterns I have designed have adjustable shoulder straps! I have loved designing and making these, and wear all 3 x styles regularly. They have been perfect during Covid-19 lockdown to take me from gardening, to yoga, to working and well, a little bit of lounging.
The Surya Jumpsuit (shown here in blue a blue linen/cotton blend in ‘Moonlight’ from Fabric Godmother) has been a best seller on my Etsy shop this year. a cross over back with straps that tie at the shoulders. For larger busts, I would recommend lengthening the shoulder straps a bit. But it’s very generous through the hips and the leg ties mean the jumpsuit doesn’t ride up when going upside down in yoga. This jumpsuit was conceptualised by myself, and the pattern drafted by bridalwear designer Emma Underwood. Grading done by myself.
More recently, one of my lovely customers who loved the Surya Jumpsuit, contacted me to ask if I considered designing a harem style jumpsuit pattern – and I thought what a great idea! I fancied something a bit more floaty – and since overcoming my fear of sewing with stretchy jersey fabrics when designing the Half Moon Top, I was up for the challenge.
Thus the Paschima Harem Jumpsuit Pattern was born. Must admit, to date it has been the hardest sewing pattern to draft – purely because of the width required for the legs, and because I loved the spaghetti straps and top so much that I wanted to do two leg styles (who doesn’t love a multi design sewing pattern right?). So I set out to do a wide leg version, with little bit of a side leg slit, and also a more draped low crotch harem style. My lovely Etsy customer who recommended the idea has of course been gifted with a free copy of the pattern available to buy here.
The Paschima Harem Jumpsuit is shown here in charcoal for Style A, made from Knitted Cotton Jersey fabric that I buy from Richer Fabrics Ltd on Ebay , and I must admit it’s my favourite! I simply knotted the ends of the spaghetti straps where they tie together, and i adore the floaty wide leg style that moves when I walk.
The Style B, harem style leg is shown here in Dusty Pink, is equally comfortable, and seem to be everyone else’s favourite because I get lots of compliments when I wear it. I added little tassels that I made to the ends of the straps for embellishment.
Both these jumpsuits have hidden pockets, because I cannot NOT have pockets! End of. It’s possible to shorten or lengthen the legs on this pattern by simple extending or cutting back a bit on the seam allowance, but the best way is to shorten the front and back panels just below the pockets. The Surya jumpsuit is most definitely better suited for beginner to intermediate sewers, wheras the Paschima Harem jumpsuits are probably more intremediate because they require interfacing panles that are understitched. It’s poissible to make these in a non-stretch fabric with a good drape, but I would recommend sizing up to compensate for loss of stretch across the bust area.