Posted in Projects on Thursday the 6th December 2018 by Vicki Ormerod
Well it seems I blinked and it was suddenly November! Luckily for me, Minerva have some awesome Christmas Jersey Fabric in stock, so I am now sitting in complete and utter Christmas cosiness!
I am always so jealous of the lovely soft onesies that my girls have, so I was thrilled to get my hands on the Simplicity Jumpsuit Pattern 8520 from Minerva, especially as it includes pattern pieces for both ‘Misses’ (grown-ups!) and ‘Girls’ (kids!). The reason I say grown-ups and kids is because I don’t see any reason why this pattern couldn’t be unisex, great if you wanted to go for matching family PJs! The fabric I selected was the Eyko Christmas Print Stretch Jersey Knit Dress Fabric in Red and Blue. I could not resist the cute little fox (the reindeer and polar bear is pretty cute too)! For an adults onesie you will need 2.5 to 3 metres depending on the size as well as a 22 inch zip, so don’t forget to add that to your basket too!
After spending a good 20 minutes trying to work out the difference between views B & C (turns out view C is just with the colour blocking!) I opted for view A, because let’s face it, who doesn’t love hoods and pockets!
I knew this make would get a lot of wear and therefore a lot of washing, so I was conscious to wash the fabric exactly as I would once made up at 40 degrees, then left it to dry as flat as I could on the clothes horse.
Now, I am usually a pretty reliable small/size 8 in ready to wear clothes, and I rarely make huge adjustments to clothes patterns, but looking at the finished garment measurements on this pattern, I could see that my hip measurements were on the top end of the Small size range and this would give me no ease at all. So I actually cut out everything on the top half, including sleeves and hood, as a Small, then graded out to a Medium at the hips, and I am so glad that I did, as the finished garment is a perfect fit.
Before attempting to cut into my fabric I spent a while painstakingly trying to line up the stripes. I began to get frustrated and realized I needed a new strategy so I just picked it up at the midpoint, lined up one row gave it all a good shake, and it all fell neatly into place!
Cutting out was all relatively straightforward using a rotary cutter, so with no drama I got to sewing straight away! I used a stretch needle, and as I sew with a Pfaff I used the IDT (basically a built in walking foot), but I don’t imagine you’d have any issues with this fabric using an ordinary sewing foot. For the top stitching around the pockets I used a triple stretch stitch, which is my favoured stitch with Jersey, I think it gives a much neater finish than a lightening or zig zag stitch. My inside seams were all overlocked (and yes I am lazy, I don’t change my overlocker thread unless I really have to, so it’s all black inside!) and then I used a twin needle around the neck line, as I like having the extra stich line holding down the seam allowance on the neck.
I was so surprised with how quickly the onesie came together, it’s a real easy sew, the pattern is simple to follow, and there are no real tricky parts. With hindsight, I would have done only two things differently. Firstly. I would have used some interfacing for the zip, as it’s a little bit wavy where I allowed the fabric to stretch whilst inserting the zip. Secondly, I would have read ahead and considered how the zip was going to be finished at the top, as it is not as neat as I would have liked. It seems I didn’t leave enough of the zipper tape to turn over the seam allowance at the top of the neck.
Luckily for me, when I did need my seam ripper the fabric held up really well to being unpicked! There were no real visible marks left, which I think just shows the quality of the fabric. The jersey seems like it will be very durable, and hopefully stand up to family life, and being pulled around my the kids on those Christmas Movie nights on the sofa!
Overall, I am absolutely thrilled with the make! The pattern is awesome, and I will definitely be making matching onesies for the girls’ before Christmas (and maybe one for Daddy too, if I have time!). The fabric is gorgeous, and I will be looking out for more of the same in different prints, or maybe I will go for the Grey & Taupe version of this one for some PJs! (Did I mention how cute that fox is!?)
Until next time!
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