Monday, December 7, 2015

Embracing A New Trend


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! 



12 comments:

  1. Very elegant jumpsuit. Looks both classy and comfortable at the same time.

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  2. Wow. Looks really good. I had a jumpsuit back in the early 90s and always felt pretty swish wearing it but you know um there are certain practicalities that were an issue especially being an intern in a busy hospital . I really like the cowl neck variation and you have teemed it well with the bright heels and wide belt. Very stylish .

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  3. The jumpsuit looks great on you!
    Sounds like you have a cool workplace that would choose to have a Christmas party at a drag queen cabaret show...

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  4. See. Whoever told you you couldn't wear a jumpsuit was wrong, wrong, WRONG! :) Looks fantastic on you!!!

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  5. Precioso!!! Los monos son prácticos y cómodos, y el modelo y color que elegiste va para cualquier día y horario. Besis!!!

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    1. Thank you Roxy! It is more practical than I expected.

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  6. Agreed, this really suits you.

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  7. It looks very smart and stylish! especially in the perennially wonderful navy blue. Yay! for stretching yourself to try something new!

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  8. The jumpsuit looks fantastic on you. I love the wide leg, perhaps looks more like a tapered leg in the photos, but either way what a great job. Enjoy them!

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  9. I'll say it again...you look great in this jumpsuit. I hope you like it!

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  10. Never say another negative word about jumpsuits. You look fabulous!!!

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