I was told when I was considering my latest project that the only people that should be wearing a jumpsuit are babies that are still in nappies. Not one to be deterred, I waited until the said naysayer was away on holiday to put my plan into action. I did have a venue in mind to wear my planned jumpsuit and that was a work Christmas function. I could never be accused of being too flamboyant in my choice of dress as the venue was a drag queen cabaret show. In fact I may have been a little under dressed in a navy pants suit!
The fabric I had in mind is a lovely drapey crepe that I had found in the op shop. Yes, I know, this is starting to get a little boring and I really need to find some new fabric buying outlets! But, if it aint broke don't fix it I say! Also, I wasn't 100% convinced I could pull off a jumpsuit so given I hadn't invested great amounts of money in the fabric I was of the opinion, nothing ventured, nothing gained!
I had the choice of two My Image Patterns and my Insta friends chose Spring/Summer 2013 M1311. I drew up the pattern to size 38. I was not all that sure of the sizing because the patterns I have made so far have been a bit of a mixed bag size wise. I chose the 38 because I figured I could always make it smaller if required.
I didn't really follow the instructions which is a good thing because like Burdastyle there really aren't many. In fact, I even chose to line the front of the bodice because one thing I can't stand with a cowl neck is when the facing flips out. The lining I chose was a Bemburg satin lining so it is nice and light and while it holds the facing in position, it doesn't add to the weight or bulk of the bodice. I cut a facing for the back neck and made bias tape in the outer fabric to bind the armholes.
Before I attached the top to the pants, I tried it on. After inserting the most perfect invisible zip ever, I found I needed to unpick it and run in the back seam because the neckline was falling off my shoulders. Oh well, I just had to insert the second most perfect invisible zip ever after that!
My biggest challenge came when I wanted to hem the pants. Because Courteney was busy swanning around Australia at the time, I had to enlist my husband to pin the hem. With a million instructions I entrusted him my pin cushion and he set to work. I don't think he did too bad!
As far as the pants go, this is the first pair of wide leg pants I have made since the early 1990's and although I briefly considered narrowing them, I am pleased I chose to leave them in their drafted state. Yes, this does mean I need to wear heels, but I think I may be a convert. I am a little late to the wide leg pants party but good things take time. I finished the entire outfit of with a wide elastic belt. I don't think I have been out for dinner and felt this comfortable in a long time. They really are secret pyjamas!