Indigo Chambray Jumpsuit
Posted in Projects on Saturday the 11th May 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
Hello Makers! This month I have made a jumpsuit with this Indigo Chambray Fabric.
I used the Simplicity 8610 Jumpsuit Pattern as a starting point and adjusted the pattern to make it more my style. That is the great thing about making your own clothes, you can make something that you’ve dreamt up. Since making it I haven’t taken it off, a testament to the versatility of the garment. During winter I’m wearing it with a roll neck and boots, whilst in summer I will wear it with sandals.
The pattern calls for something with drape to accommodate the gathers, but structure for the fitted bodice, making this chambray a good match for the pattern.
It was my first time working with chambray, it was easy to work with and pressed well. It looks and behaves similarly to denim, but it is just a little softer. Chambray is a great sustainable fabric made with 100% natural fibres. The fabric feels great to wear and is breathable. I chose the indigo wash, as it looked like denim and I knew I would wear it all year round. Considering the amount of time I spend making a garment, the amount of wear I’m going to get out of it is really important to me.
I made a lot of adjustments to the pattern, so I made a toile to test it out, before cutting into this quality fabric. To create a simpler silhouette I removed the band around the top of the bodice and lined the bodice so it looks as neat on the inside as it does on the outside. Next I removed the buttons from the shoulder straps and attached the straps by sandwiching them between the lining and the bodice. For a better fit, I moved the darts so they would fit my figure more and took out 8cm on the back bodice piece for a closer fit. I tapered the legs of the trousers and opted for turn up’s around the trouser cuffs, to make the trousers a flattering 7/8th length.
Staying true to the original pattern, I kept the deep pockets on the front, gathers at the waist band and the thin straps. If I were to make this project again, I’d replace the zip at the centre back for a side zip, as the line from the zip does break the style line of the project.
This jumpsuit has become my go-to uniform, it’s easy to throw on, comfortable, practical (it has pockets) and the fabric feels great to wear. The chambray comes in a whole host of colours, so there is definitely one that will fit in with your wardrobe. I can see more jumpsuits on the horizon and I will definitely be using chambray again.
Keep on Making!
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