Jumpsuits

30Aug14

After making four knit dresses in a row I finally feel like tackling a woven project. I am also still in need of interesting clothes that I can cycle in. I’ve been gradually improving my cycle friendly wardrobe over the last year, but I find myself wearing my Burda jeans a minimum of once a week. And then I need tops to go with them. Putting on a dress involves so much less thought than finding separates that go together.

Clearly the answer has to be a jumpsuit. All the convenience of trousers with the simplicity of a dress. Surely that makes up for the aggravation of having to take it off when going to the toilet.

So I went looking for patterns. This is the one that first caught my eye, from Burda April 2014.

burda 107-04-2014 tech drawing

I like the fact that it’s fairly smart, but that notched collar looks complicated. I’ve never made one, and tackling it for the first time with only Burda instructions for help probably isn’t going to produce a polished result.

Then there’s this one from Ralph Pink.

Ralph Pink jumpsuit tech drawing

I’ve seen a great version of this from Kazz the Spazz (sadly no longer blogging). I really like the style (click on the link, Kazz looks amazing in hers) but I’ll admit that the fact it’s a PDF pattern puts me off. I don’t mind tracing at all but I hate assembling A4 sheets.

I’m also not convinced I could do a good enough job with the fly on this one. The instructions say something brief at the end along the lines of ‘attach buttons and work buttonholes in your fly to match’. I’m not sure it works to wait until the very end to make buttonholes in a fly; wouldn’t you want to do it before the whole thing was assembled? Kazz left her buttons off altogether but I’d be worried about the whole thing falling open if I did that! I think this might be a pattern to leave until I’ve got some more experience.

Burda have produced many jumpsuit patterns over the last few years.

burda-103-10-2010 tech drawing

This is Burda 103-10-2010. It looked considerably less boxy in the model photo where it was made up in grey silk and worn with a belt. I think I’d take off the breast pockets. Who needs pockets right over their boobs?

burda-119-05-2010 tech drawing

And this is 119-05-2010. I like the elasticated ankles. This was styled as a safari look in the magazine. I think this one needs the pocket flaps to make the style work, but I’m not keen on sewing fiddly details that are not functional. Yes, I’m very lazy.

And finally the one I’m actually planning to make, Burda 130-09-2011.

burda-130-09-2011 tech drawing

I like the casual drapiness of this style and the turnups at the wrists and ankles. There are no really fussy details. It’s not very fitted, which is probably a good thing as I’ve changed shape a bit and will be trying a new size in Burda in future. The plan is to make it up in a brown cupro fabric I have that looks like washed silk. Fingers crossed!



11 Responses to “Jumpsuits”

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing the result. I love wearing jumpsuits but have yet to make one :)

  2. If anyones style can make me rethink my jumpsuit disdain, its you!

  3. What about McCalls 6083? You could add a sweater or shirt under it for fall and it has an elastic waist with a looser fit. Did you see that one?

    • I missed that one completely, thanks for pointing it out! A nice combination of features in that style, and not at all fussy.

  4. 5 jne4sl

    I’ll be watching your progress as I’d really like a jumpsuit this fall. I made a playsuit this summer and although a little precious I was surprised by how much more I enjoyed wearing this than a dress. I’d really like something along the lines of the Rachel Comey Glinda jumpsuit, I wish there were a pattern.

    • I’ve just googled that one. It’s a cute style! I’ve not come across any patterns with that style of front yoke. Also the legs are more cropped than the Burda jumpsuits I’ve seen.

  5. What a great idea. This will look fabulous on you, I foresee!

  6. The jumpsuit you chose should look good in your cupro, with its drapiness. I’m looking forward to seeing your version.

  7. I am really watching this one with bated breath. I, too, dreamed of a jumpsuit but had too few options on fabric here. I think this is very much part of your signature look, and once you master this pattern, I’m expecting one in silver lame for the moonshot to come.

  8. McCalls 6083 will give you the flexibility to cycle easily. Just get leg width right so the fabric doesn’t get caught in the bike chain.



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