I’m a fan of the saying “everything ain’t for everybody“. For years I have thought jumpsuits jsut weren’t for me. I’ve just never felt they work with my body type. They seem to be best suited for the tall and lean type and I have a tummy and I’m only average height. Still I’ve noticed jumpsuits have been pretty popular the last few years and this year it looks like the trend will continue. I guess that’s why, while out with my mother and sister shopping, I decided try on this ivory jumpsuit that caught my eye. I was pretty positive that it wasn’t going to look cute on me, but it just looked so cute on the hanger that I had to give it a try.
Alas! I was right…the bottom actually looked fine, but the top top was too loose. I couldn’t do a smaller size because then the bottom would’ve been to tight. Sure I could’ve taken in the top, but I decided to just leave it. Then I thought to myself “Duh!!!, I could just make one to fit”
I picked McCalls 7099 because of the tapered leg and also because of the wrap bodice. I figured 1) I like my legs and 2) maybe the fitted leg wouldn’t appear as frumpy as a straight or wide leg. I went with a white ponte because I was still stuck on the ivory one in the store and white was the closest to ivory that I had in my stash. Plus white is great for spring and I can’t wait for spring to get here. Additionally a white jumpsuit was going to go with my B&W duster and my leopard jumper/dress in my submission to Pattern Review‘s Travel Wardrobe Contest.
The pattern sewed up very quickly. I did my typical “big booty adjustment” and added 1″ to the crotch line. I also removed about 1/2″ from the top front pieces to compensate for the adjustment. I did have to take in the pants along the outside edge, next time I may cut a size smaller. And the only other thing was the shoulders seemed a bit wide, next time I’ll narrow the shoulder.
I will share that after sewing the entire bodice together I noticed this…
…little holes in my front bodice piece!!!! I almost cried. Instead of trying to cover them with a pocket or applique I just pulled out my seam ripper took that piece off, cut another and sewed that whole side back together.
Pattern: McCalls 7099
Pattern Description: Loose fitting romper and jumpsuits have raised neckline, mock wrap, gathered, blouson bodice, front band extending to back neckline, elasticized waist and side pockets.
Sizing: 6-14, 14-22 I sewed a 10 bodice and 12 bottom.
Difficulty: 1/ easy
Fabric Used: White ponte from a remnant sale at a local fabric store
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? I think so, though a little more fitted.
Were the instructions easy to follow? YES, very
Likes: I like the tapered leg and wrap bodice.
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: None really except for I omitted the pockets because I hate when pockets show through on white garments. Next time I may cut a size larger bodice for a fuller look.
Would I sew it again? Yes. I’m thinking in a purple matte jersey I have in my stash.
Would I recommend it to others? I would. It sews together easily and quickly.
Conclusion: I finally like a jumpsuit
Total Cost: $3.99
McCalls Pattern $1.99
White Ponte $2.00 remnant*
*I actually think I paid $1 for this remnant but I can’t remember. The remnant was about 3.5-4yds so I still have more left.