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Cotton Lawn Fun Jumpsuit

Hello lovelies,

I am back! I am Simona (Sewing Adventures in the Attick) and today I have another fabric review for you.

Ever since the project for the Sew Together for Summer 2019 challenge (Minerva was one of the sponsors) was announced I knew I wanted to join in. Well, I’ve been making jumpsuits before that. For this particular project I picked the midnight version of Lady McElroy Cotton Lawn Fabric. Cotton lawn is a lightweight fabric and can be a little sheer.

I started with washing the fabric first, to allow the fabric to shrink. I wouldn’t want my finished project to shrink on me when I wash it, considering the jumpsuit is fairly close to my body. I cut my pieces in fabric and interfaced the button placket, neckline facings and the under-collar.

For marking I used a water erasable pen. I prefer this method for marking on the right side of the fabric, because once water is added the mark disappears.

I even got a little help from my social media sewing friends on Instagram who helped me chose the buttons. Initially I wanted to use the buttons, but thinking of adding so many buttons will be time consuming, and I thought I could cheat and add snaps instead. But the majority of my sewing friends told me to go for buttons. Therefore, I put the lazy behind and made the buttonholes.

Although I understitched the neckline facing it would not lay flat, so I ended up catch-stitching it to the main garment to keep it form sticking out.

I forgot to mention that to reinforce the seam of the pocket, I used iron on bias tape on the pocket lining on the seam line before sewing it into the main garment.

And since I had a bit of left over from making my jumpsuit, I also made the shorts version of the Carolyn Pyjamas Pattern by Closet Case.

On most of my projects I tend to thread trace the hems using the basting stitch option on my machine. Once the hems are turned and topstitched I just take the basting thread out. This works best when the fabric is cut evenly.

Although my jumpsuit is not perfect, due to some mistakes I made when drafting the pattern, I just love the style.

This is a fun outfit to wear in summer. I just wish the English summer weather was filled with more sunshine.

Cotton lawn is the perfect fabric for summer makes. It’s ideal for shirts, tops or lightweight summer dresses. Because it is quite a lightweight fabric, it is suited for unstructured styles with a more relaxed fit.

My tips for working with Cotton Lawn:

  • pre-wash the fabric to allow for shrinkage to happen before you make your project

  • it is best suited to shirts, tops or summer dresses with a relaxed fit

  • use small stitches to sew the seams up.

  • Consider practicing french seams on projects made with this fabric as it’s a lot more stable than silk, viscose or crepe.

  • As with all fabrics, test stitches and marking methods to see what works best for your project.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @MinervaCrafts and/or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I love to seeing what you create.

Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick

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