I've seen some really cute ones around this season. I thought to myself it couldn't be that hard to make one. I asked Aimee if she wanted one, "no thanks" came her response, quick as a flash. I asked Betty if she wanted one, there was a moment of silence. "You can choose the fabric" I said. "OK then" she said.
I do love the fabric she chose. My sister gave it to me a couple of Christmases ago. It was a three way present. Fabric for me to sew (she knows how much I love to sew) some clothes for Aimee and Betty. It feels like voile, soft as butter, mmmmmm, but I'm only guessing.
Anyhow, so I wanted to make a jumpsuit.
I could see in my minds-eye exactly how I wanted it to be.
So what I did is use a basic pants pattern for the bottom half and for the top I took some measurements of Beths torso. I cut two rectangles using these measurements, trimmed abit off the top corners to allow for arm holes. I made facings for the armholes, then turned down the top edge front and back to make a channel for some grosgrain ribbon I had in my stash.
This makes the shoulder straps - abit like the pillow case dresses you see all over blogland.
I then turned the top inside out and slipped it inside the pants so right sides were facing and sewed these two pieces together. I then sewed another piece of matching grosgrain ribbon to the right side of the waistline over the seam, not only for decorative purposes but also to make a channel to run some elastic through to cinch in the waist.
I added some elastic around the ankles of the pants too.
If I were to make another one, I'd add a couple of inches to each side of the garment to give it a bit more of a billowy, casual look. This one is quite fitted and although Beth has room to move and jump around with ease it won't fit her for long.
After I made this one, I decided to have a look around on the internet for a pattern or tutorial and come across afew beauties.
What else is a jumpsuit good for if not jumping?!