Sallie Jumpsuit

Sallie Jumpsuit

Behold, my first jumpsuit! And as I informed my husband when I made this one, I might be wearing a lot of jumpsuits this summer. I”m a year late to this pattern, but I’m in love!

Sallie Jumpsuit

This is a wearable muslin, with no adjustments except shortening the leg. I’m really pleased with how well it fits! Good crotch curve, good neckline. I think next time I’ll cut up a size in the bodice to add more ease in the sleeves and a bit more length so that it blouses at the waist. I used a lightweight rayon, which works well. I think rayon (or bamboo or model) jersey is ideal for this – I can’t imagine it fitting or looking as nice in another fabric!

Sallie Jumpsuit

Speaking of fit… This is one of those garments that can feel frumpy or sexy, depending on one’s confidence that day. Is it classically flattering on my figure? Probably not. But on the other hand, I’ve got a round belly and big bootie not matter what I wear, and it feels radically feminist in a fun way to just wear what I want.

Sallie Jumpsuit

I didn’t love the ties when this pattern was first released… but then I remembered a Japanese shirt I had a decade ago with an open neckline and thick ties that made a bow in the back. I used to love how the bow sat over top of a cardigan and added pizzaz. I’ve decided that the ties are a cool, sexy detail – except that mine got all tangled before I took these photos and I didn’t notice to fix them! Ooops! I think I’ll put beads on the ends of my next version so that they always hang down straight.

Sallie Jumpsuit

As per the instructions, I did the neckline with clear elastic, which seems to be holding it’s shape well… I made the waist channel a bit too skinny, so it has fold-over elastic inside because it’s the only thing that would fit! I burrito-d the bodice to finish the sleeves instead of following instructions, becauseI find it simpler.

One last gift from the Better Pictures Project: An action shot taken in full view of my new neighbourhood! Once the camera starts clicking, I forget that people can see me…

Sallie Jumpsuit

Have you come around to jumpsuits yet? I think this is a really lovely intro pattern – looks like a maxi from afar,ย and the dress isย a perfect start for lots of summer looks.ย I’m looking forward to sewing a few different versions: maxi dress with the tank bodice, romper with the kimono bodice, and who knows what else. I wonder if I can convince my mom or sister to give it a try?


61 thoughts on “Sallie Jumpsuit

  1. Gillian, I love this look on you! Sassy & classy! You’ve convinced me to buy this pattern and make my first jumpsuit (at least the first one since I was a teen in the 70’s LOL!)

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    1. Thank you! You should definitely make one – and dig up some old pics from your childhood, while you are at it!๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. I love it. You look fantastic. This jumpsuit definitely doesn’t look frumpy. If I get some time during baby naps this might be one of my next sews. I love the versatility of the pattern.

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  3. Gillian it’s so cute! I love that material – it’s festive. Great job – I find these very scary to consider sewing yet anyway. You have pants to deal with along with a bodice at the same time. Not yet๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. You know, the beauty of these pants is that they are wide (no fitting) and the crotch curve is long enough that it doesn’t have to be precise, either. I thought I’d have to tweak that pattern, but I didn’t!

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  4. you got me at:”it feels radically feminist in a fun way to just wear what I want.” I had this pattern since the day was released done it as a dress, but never as a jumpsuit (too chicken I guess) as of today you just gave me the courage!

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  5. It looks great! I bought the pattern last fall and haven’t made it up yet but yours is so cute that it’s jumped ahead in my “to make” list.

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    1. Dig out the pattern and give it a try! I always love sewing Closet Case Files patterns, and this is no exception!

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad jumpsuits came back into fashion – it’s refreshing to have a whole new (to me) genre of clothing to sew!

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  6. This is a jazzy jumpsuit! The fit is good on you and it looks great. I made denim dungarees (Marilla’s ‘Roberts’ pattern) but am thinking about making her jumpsuit too.

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    1. I really love Marilla’s style! Her patterns always look cool without trying. And yet somehow, I’ve never bought or sewn one…

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    1. Ooh, a fancy jumpsuit would be so fun! You could cut the neckline a bit lower in front and back for some added flair!

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  7. Love your jumpsuit! I think the vertical print works great to elongate the shape. I’ve made the Sallie maxi dress, but did not dare to go for the jumpsuit because I fear the trouble to go to the bathroom! And I drink a lot of tea, so…

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      1. I’m happy to report that it’s easy to get in and out of this! Although if the neck ties were too heavily knitted, it could get awkward…๐Ÿ˜›

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  8. This looks great on you! Definitely not frumpy at all!! I like the idea of jumpsuits, but haven’t taken the plunge myself. Will need to give them a try sometime!

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    1. Thank you for being one of the people that convinced me that a jumpsuit could work on my figure! I love that black and white one you made!

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  9. Wow, I have always thought of jumpsuits as being too hard for normal people (i.e not 7 foot tall and a size zero) to pull off but you look bloody fabulous in yours. This looks so comfy but very chic. I love your fabric. This pattern is definitely a keeper. Xx

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    1. I’ve always felt the same! Which is funny, because I think maxi dresses are so flattering… so why not a jumpsuit?

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  10. I think this looks fantastic on you!! I muslined one up, and I found it a tiny bit small in the bodice too – even in my regular CC size. My husband hated it so it never made it past the muslin stage. LOL

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    1. Hahahaha – husband advice is hard! I always appreciate Jamie’s input, but if I’m determined to make it anyway, I just won’t ask his thoughts until I’m done!๐Ÿ˜‰

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  11. This jumpsuit is a thing of beauty, let me tell you! I find it very flattering on you! I love it and I shamelessly covet it! I have plans to make a printed chambray jumpsuit from Simplicity 1355๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Gillian, this is lovely on you! Don’t be so hard on yourself – besides being very cute, I’ll bet it is very comfortable! Great choice of fabric for that pattern.

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    1. Hehehehe – I made sure to get a close up of the fabric to prove there is some colour in there, somewhere!๐Ÿ˜‰

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  13. Love love love !+ And that first picture….you are rocking the heck out of that jumpsuit! I have made some jumpsuits and the comfy elastic waist is the way to go. I can see you wearing this in the fall with a cardi or jacket too.

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  14. OK – haven’t read all the comments yet so I don’t know if someone beat me to this but: Isn’t it a pain to pee when you’re wearing a jumpsuit?? That’s what I can’t reconcile myself to because I’m constantly drinking water๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. This is so fabulous and I agree with everyone else — looks amazing on you! I’ve been tempted by this pattern and you have totally sold me. Great fabric, too!

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  16. Yes!! So good! If I may be so bold, this piece really shows off your shapeliness. I really love how jumpsuits look on other people, but I think my torso might be a few inches too long for them.

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  17. You look fantastic! I am actually making a faux jumpsuit right now. Totally not sure how I feel about it, but we’ll see. I am crossing my fingers I can pull it off like you!

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  18. DEFINITELY sexy! In general, I love how bonkers women’s summer fashions are this year – so comfortable and such interesting silhouettes. Not geared exclusively for male consumption. : )

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  19. I’ve seen various cute jumpsuits around. I never thought it was a trend for me to follow, but it sure does look cute on you! Hmm. We’ll see what summer has in store for me…๐Ÿ˜‰

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  20. I think this looks great โ€“ I’m just starting on my first Sallie now (so well over a year late to the game!) I hope it turns out as well as this.

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