Sallie Jumpsuit

Ah, guys. I made the Sallie jumpsuit and I’m feeling a lot of feelings.  I think it might be a Wonder Woman suit or a power suit or secret pajamas.  Or all of these things.  It’s comfortable and wide-legged and a little bit amazing.

Are you feeling the 1970s vibe these days like I am?  I’ve been in a love-hate relationship with skinny jeans for the last decade. I love for them for only one reason…they are great for showing off tall boots. I hate them for how they squeeze my substantial hips into unnatural shapes and always seem to be falling down.  I’m the girl yanking them up every time I get out of the car.  And, you know what?  The 70s wide leg style is exactly the opposite. Wide leg is like full hip freedom.  Sit down, stand up, move around and my hips are still happy.  This is how it should be.  Add to that the fact that this jumpsuit is made in super soft jersey knit and it’s fancy pants comfort all around.

I wore this to my book club recently and could sit cross-legged on the ground and still felt like a lady. I’m pretty sure I am reliving my mother’s days in her twenties. Plus, pockets!

Check out how stunning the back tie is!  This might be my favorite part. (P.S. Look at how free my hips are!! )

Here are the details:

Pattern is from Closet Case Patterns, the Sallie Jumpsuit and Maxi-Dress.  It was easy to understand, clear and straightforward. It was my first time using a Closet Case Pattern and I’m in love!

Fabric is a jersey knit, cotton and spandex combination, from Urban Sewciety.  The fabric is fantastic because it has lots of drape and weight but I might try a laguna knit for this next time because it’s a tiny bit thin, which has resulted in droopy-ness in the knee area after a small amount of wear.

The other issue I have is that the pockets are a bit visible from the outside.  I’m not sure if it’s because of the thinness of the fabric or just a result of the tight fit at the hips? I guess I will find out when I make a second jumpsuit in a thicker knit.

One thing I love about the thin, drape-y jersey is that the elastic waistband isn’t bulky and the fit overall is slimming.  A more structured jersey knit would definitely change the look a bit.  Choosing jersey knit fabric is just always so fraught, isn’t it?

Regardless, I will be making this again. For a brief moment I considered making seven of these and just making it my full-time uniform.  That impulse did pass.  You now that excited moment just after you have made something you like and your brain plays crazy, over-excited tricks on you? Maybe I’m alone in this one but that’s when I just can’t stop myself.

I did make a dress mash-up version of the Sallie Jumpsuit. This combined the jumpsuit top with a shorter skirt portion for an easy to wear dress.

It’s incredibly wearable and versatile and comfortable.

It has the same visible-pockets issues, sadly.  And, it’s missing the va-va-voom of the jumpsuit but it’s a great addition to my closet.

Speaking of wide legs and the 1970s, I recently bought the Lander Pants pattern AND purchased 8 yards of Cone Mills denim after reading that Cone Mills is shutting down.  Watch for more wide leg coming soon!

15 Comments on Sallie Jumpsuit

  1. Buffy
    November 3, 2017 at 12:03 pm (2 months ago)

    I love you in the jumpsuit. It looks amazing! My only issue with jumpsuits is the whole “getting naked to use the bathroom” but in this case it may be worth it

    • Melissa Q.
      November 3, 2017 at 12:06 pm (2 months ago)

      You are so sweet! You bring up an important issue, though. It is a tough one and I’m still getting used to it when I wear this. I love everything about rompers and jumpsuits except for how vulnerable I feel when I go to the bathroom!! It’s a real issue. 🙂

  2. Nathalie V
    November 3, 2017 at 3:11 pm (2 months ago)

    You look gorgeous in that jumpsuit!

  3. Carla // small + friendly
    November 3, 2017 at 5:23 pm (2 months ago)

    I love love love it!!!!! I’m a sucker for a good one piece, I might have to try this one!

    • Melissa Q.
      November 3, 2017 at 8:06 pm (2 months ago)

      Girl, you are a vixen in a jumpsuit/romper! I still intend to make a Salme Playsuit one of these days but I”m scare of the ‘no seam allowances’ thing. #truthbomb

  4. Meghann
    November 3, 2017 at 7:46 pm (2 months ago)

    Hot damn, girl! This jumpsuit was MADE for you! I’m also super excited about your venture in to jeans. I’m also secretly avoiding the lander pant patterns because it’s so close to a design I have of my own! Reminiscent of my fave pair of vintage Calvin Kleins, and very Kamm pant. Perhaps we should do a joint Ginger Jean sew along? That’s another pattern I stalk weekly:)

    • Melissa Q.
      November 3, 2017 at 8:05 pm (2 months ago)

      I adore you! This entire comment made my day!

  5. Patricia Burns
    November 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm (2 months ago)

    Fabulous! You look foxy

  6. Dianne
    November 6, 2017 at 11:44 am (2 months ago)

    It looks stylish as well as comfy, I’d make a few more if I were you while you’re in the mood. x

  7. Stephanie
    November 7, 2017 at 9:41 am (2 months ago)

    Oh dear Lord!!! The skinny jean fight!! Girl I’m right there with you. You and I have body types and when I decided that I want to sew more for myself I thought of your blog for patterns. That jumpsuit looks AMAZING on you. Although I’m still afraid of jersey fabric. Aaaah!! Maybe I’ll be ready by summer. Thanks for the post.

    • Melissa Q.
      November 7, 2017 at 10:52 am (2 months ago)

      Stephanie, this comment made my day. I’m so thrilled your are thinking of sewing for yourself, it’s really satisfying. And, it so fabulous to know I have a sister in the fight against skinny jeans!! <3

  8. replicatethendeviate
    November 10, 2017 at 2:22 am (2 months ago)

    Both so gorgeous. I have never really wanted a jumpsuit until this post.

  9. Karen Shearer
    January 6, 2018 at 11:24 am (1 week ago)

    & your jewelry is spot on…where did you get your necklaces?

    • Melissa Q.
      January 6, 2018 at 3:23 pm (1 week ago)

      Hi girl! Thanks. The lariat style necklace I made by unassembling two other necklaces and the other one (pac-man-ish.) is from Etsy…shop rare bird. I love their simplistic jewelry.


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