Self Draft Linen Jumpsuit
Posted on Friday the 11th January 2019 by Jessalli Handmade
I’ve been wearing my In the Folds/Peppermint Magazine Jumpsuit an awful lot lately (See October’s post to see this jumpsuit in the beautiful Atelier Brunette Double Gauze), And I realised I might need another similar jumpsuit to add to my collection. I’ve seen a lot of Instagram adverts showing similar jumpsuits to the In the Folds pattern, but with a rounded neck, and I really liked them, so the idea struck!
I used the In the Folds pattern as a base to modify and adapt a new pattern, with a deep rounded neck on front and back, slightly lower arm holes and no fastenings. I thought if the neck was wide enough I can get in and out of it easily without the need of a zip. I love the shape and loose fit of the In the Folds pattern, and before I added back darts, but this one I left baggy and made the side seams even more curved to give it that cocoon shape.
I also added a little more length in the legs to make sure I could do some thicker rolled cuffs. Lastly I added pockets, I mean, it’s a dressmakers dream to add pockets to most things. But this jumpsuit definitely needed them. It does make the jumpsuit fall a little differently on me, but I quite like it.
The fabric I used for this jumpsuit is what makes it, it’s the Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Fabric
in Berry. It’s the perfect shade of pink. The quality is amazing, it’s got a beautiful weave and texture too. I’m just so in love with it. It’s also super soft and I can’t wait to wear it in a little and rough it up, as I love linen when it’s worn in.
I didn’t have any problems with the making process really, I think it helped that I’ve made the original pattern before. I did have to ditch stitch the facing in the front and back centre seams as well as the sides, as for some reason, even after edge stitching the facings, they still showed at the front slightly. The last thing I did was the leg cuffs. With the extra length I was able to fold a large amount to the inside and tack this before rolling up the excess (so the inside seams were all hidden) before tacking the sides seams again so they stayed evenly rolled.
So my summary; Have a go at adapting a favourite pattern to a different neckline, or add pockets. If you’re not sure if it would work, try it on some cheap fabric first. The Robert Kaufman Linen is gorgeous and I definitely recommend it for your projects. And if you haven’t downloaded the free In the Folds/Peppermint Magazine Jumpsuit pattern, you should, it’s great!
I hope you like this month’s post. I will be wearing this A LOT! Plus it will be great in the spring and summer months too! I wish you all success with your adapted patterns.
Happy Handmade everyone!