Jumpsuits have definitely been having A Moment for the past couple of years, thanks in part to the minimal cool-girl style of brands like Ilana Kohn, Black Crane and Horses Atelier. I’ve always liked jumpsuits, but never tried them out because I didn’t think they would look good on my curvy and definitely non-statuesque figure. Thankfully, I realized that I was being stupid and I should just make what I want!
“Jumpsuit” covers a lot of ground, from totally baggy and sack-like (see the afore-mentioned Ilana Kohn) to super form-fitting and tailored, with all kinds of other details that make them all totally unique. I wanted something that was more like a flight suit or mechanic’s coveralls, very workwear inspired. I couldn’t find a pattern that fit my vision (McCall’s M7330 is close, but I didn’t like the waistband/fly situation), so I decided to start with Kwik Sew K3389—a true coveralls pattern. Perfect, except that it’s a men’s pattern!
I started with the smallest size, which actually wasn’t a bad match for my hip measurement. The first modification I did was to remove the extra opening near the side pockets that gives the wearer access to the pants he would be wearing underneath. Since I wouldn’t be wearing these as coveralls, I didn’t want any easy access to my underwear! I wish I could give exact directions on how I got the rest of the garment to fit, but it was really just a lot of pinning, taking in the sides, and raising up the waistband by a good 3 inches. The chest pockets from the original pattern became the back pockets and I used snaps instead of a zipper in the front.
I’m incredibly happy with how this turned out! The booty and hip area fits amazingly well considering that I didn’t know what I was doing and I think the good fit there makes the overall slouchiness a bit less sloppy-looking. The linen is European 100% Linen in charcoal grey from Fabric.com. I bought a bunch of this stuff a while ago and I’m glad I waited to make it into something, because it was perfect for this project. It’s nice and soft after washing, but still has a little weight to make it appropriate for bottoms.
I get a ton of compliments whenever I wear this and it makes me feel really cool. It also satisfies my butch/femme balance because I can dress it up with a scarf and heels like here or wear it with my beat-up Converse and feel like I’m off to go paint a house or change the oil in a car. (haha, as if I know how to do that!!) It also has further proven that Sewing is Magic because I didn’t think I would look good in something like this and probably would have never bought a RTW jumpsuit like this (also because they’re like $400 lol) but I think I look pretty damn good ok!
Speaking of jumpsuits, have you seen the new one by In the Folds for Peppermint Magazine? It’s totally dreamy and I think I’m going to have to make one. And it might have to be made out of my photo backdrop! It’s a super lush silk hand-dyed by my amazing friend Ailee (of this dyeing adventure). Wouldn’t it look beautiful as a jumpsuit?
Where do you stand on jumpsuits? I love that I can get dressed in one garment, but I hate that I have to basically get completely undressed to pee!