Friends, I must confess that for a long time I thought that Jumpsuits were not for me. I’m not entirely clear on what was holding me back…but oh how the tables have turned. I’m fully Team Jumpsuit these days and it’s because I’ve discovered the joy of wide-leg jumpsuit (starting with my first Sallie Jumpsuit). The wide leg look combines my favorite silhouette with the comfort of jumpsuit goodness. I’ve decided to undertake a big sewing expedition and make multiple jumpsuits…one for every occasion. I’m starting with this Frisco Jumpsuit in Chocolate Linen as part of my regular posting for the Indiesew blogger team.
So, let’s dig into the details of this glorious addition to my wardrobe.
First of all, the pattern. It is the first creation from the inimitable Leslie of Threadbear. I made a few adaptations just because I can’t ever help myself.
1. Decreased the width of the shoulder straps by 1/2 and decided to create ties (they are tied in the back) so that I could have variability in the height of the bodice on my body.
2. Eliminated the d-ring at the waist and replaced it with a simple tie. I was a bit nervous the weight of the d-ring on this light linen fabric would droop and disrupt the visual line of the waist.
3. Lengthened the legs to hit my ankle. I just wanted them longer.
I’m happy with my changes and loved working with this pattern. It was all the things you want a pattern to be, clear instructions, easy to follow with a few new tips and tricks thrown in. I learned a few new things without feeling overwhelmed. A sewists dream!
Many of the Frisco Jumpsuits out there in bloglandia are admittedly dressier than mine. It all depends on the fabric choice, of course.
I really wanted a very casual, everyday kind of jumpsuit in this case. I used this stunning Chocolate Linen that I bought at Freeman’s Creative when I was in Durham teaching a workshop with Spoonflower. I just fell in love with the striking brown color and it’s woven with a luscious black. Mwah! I highly recommend stopping in at Freemans if you are Durham, they have a great apparel selection and fabulous classes.
I love fabric shopping when I’m in a different town, it’s such a great way to take a little bit of that place with you. My Frisco pairs beautifully with my Nettie bodysuit, don’t you think? As I mentioned, I’ve got even more plans to jumpstart my Jumpsuit loving life. So, keep an eye out for that. This is the just the beginning. Part of what held me back from diving into jumpsuits was they require a good fitting process. I don’t always feel I have the time or patience for that level of undertaking but I’m challenging myself to get over that…in a big way!
Note: The following project was made in collaboration with IndieSew. The pattern was provided by IndieSew but all opinions and thoughts are my own.
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