9/10/13

I Made a Jumpsuit!

Butterick 5073, to be exact:


Butterick 5073 was my half of a barter agreement that I made with my friend, the lovely Terri Falvey.  Terri is a graphic designer and copywriter.  I wanted a new logo for my business cards, clothig labels (still working on those), and website, but didn't have the cash to pay for it.  I did have the time, however, to sew something.  We found the pattern in Maddie Mod Patterns (lots of cute patterns - you should check it out!) on Etsy and the fabric came from Girl Charlee (now sold out).  I must admit that Terri completed her side of the bargain long before (as in months) I completed my half of the bargain.  But I did indeed get it to her in time for the end of summer and transition into fall.





The collar really makes this jumpsuit.  I debated if I should follow the direction on the collar closure and finally did.  There are four hooks and eyes that close it up the back, and I sandwiched them as far as I could into the seam allowance.  I wanted to make sure that the closure was as invisible as possible from both sides (you turn the collar over), and I didn't think an invisible zipper would fold nicely.  I'm somewhat happy with the way this turned out, but any suggestions would be appreciated!

As for the WIP Elisalex dress, I did manage to squeeze in some work this weekend in spite of having a fair amount of family stuff on the schedule.  To my everlengthening list of completed tasks on this dress I can now add:

  • Received 1/8" cord.
  • Made piping.
  • Handstitched and then machine sewed piping to bodice.
  • Hand basted skirt to bodice.
  • Took out stitches and stitched again to get a better match up.
  • Repeat.
  • Repeat again.
  • Almost gave up and did it one more time for a good match.
  • Sewed in stay tape to neck and shoulders.
  • Sewed shoulder seam.
  • Sewed center back seam to bottom of zipper.
Please excuse the one-handed photos.  I needed the other hand to hold the dress closed.






Next up, more piping then sleeves and zippers!  I watched these two sections of the class at 6am the past two mornings so that I'm all ready (and now raring) to go.  For now, I'm back to wedding dress construction . . .


11 comments:

  1. I haven't admitted this to anyone, but I have been thinking jumpsuit lately. I loved them in the 70's and I still do:)
    The dress is legally coming along and what a difference in the skirt!! This is really going to look lovely on you.

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    1. You should! I'd love to see what you come up with for a jumpsuit! And thanks for you advice on the piping - I will definitely follow the rule of three.

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  2. Both look great! and what a groovy pantsuit :-)

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    1. I'm so pleased I earned a "groovy" comment!

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  3. It's so wonderful to work in trade! The jumpsuit is really funky! I'm not sure I could pull it off, but your friend definitely does!

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    1. Not sure I could pull it off, either! I love the top part, however, and I was wondering if it would work as a dress . . .

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  4. Dress progress is looking awesome. And I love a good 70's jumpsuit. Don't have the guts to wear one but I think they are very cool.

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    1. Yeah, same here. This friend is much more hip than I am. I think I need to see them around for another six months before they become normal to me.

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  5. Hey that Elizalex is cute! I love the colour and the piping really addds to the sophisticated look of it!

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  6. I had a crazy week and somehow missed this post until now! I'm so excited to see the progress on your Elisalex! It's looking fantastic!

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    1. Thanks, Gail. I had a set back today, so we'll see what happens . . .

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