I never wore jumpsuits before I started sewing but now I can’t get enough of them. Weird how that happens, huh? I think it is because RTW jumpsuits were always ill fitting; the bodice was too short, pants too long, pants too droopy, etc. The benefit of sewing for yourself is you make it specifically for you and your body.
On first sight I loved the criss-cross halter top and the wide leg short/pants. I typically love short shorts and short skirts, so my first intention was to make View A, but I decided that I really loved the wide full legs of View C. Instead of using a border print I went with this gorgeous Blueberry Polyester Crepe. I loved the color and texture (I’m learning I love crepe) and I felt this would have amazing flow and drape (it did not disappoint). There’s a still few yards left so don’t miss out! Order here. I think this fabric is amazing for blouses, dresses and wide legged pants.
I only have one issue with the pattern so lets start with that. The bodice did not fit well straight out of the envelope for me. The sides gaped on the bodice at the side bodice seam. This is an big issue since the bodice is backless as there is a risk for side boob exposure. I had to take in the side seam of the bodice about 3/4″ – 1″ from the top and grade down to the waist. In these photos the seams are just basted for the sake of getting this post done on time. I plan to properly fix this later and I may take the seam in a tad more.
If you follow me on Instagram you know another change I made was creating a semi-lining to hold removable cups in place on the bodice straps. I was concerned about coverage in the bodice so I decided cups would help and maybe offer some support. I cut another piece of the bodice pattern but cut it off slightly above the height of the cup (so I omitted the tie portion) and sewed it to the main bodice pieces. I forgot to add them before taking these photos but I did try them and they worked fairly well. I do believe the best thing to do would be to find the right placement and sew the cup to the lining so it stays secure.
The pants on this jumpsuit fit well. I love the pleats and fullness, especially in this flow-y crepe. The length was good but could have been a tad longer. I am 5′ 5″ and I did a 5/8″ hem. I would have loved to have a 1″ hem but I was trying to maximize length as I think I will mostly wear heels with this outfit. A 1″, or maybe even 1.5″, hem would have been fine if I planned to wear flats.
Aside from the bodice issues (which are easy enough to tweak) I really like this jumpsuit, the criss-cross bodice, the halter neckline and the very full pants. In this gorgeous crepe and color it can lend itself to being dressy, but in a patterned challis or denim tencel this jumpsuit could be casual.
Pattern: Vogue 9259
Pattern Description: Close-fitting through the bodice romper and jumpsuit have halter neckline that ties at back of neck and length variations.
Sizing: 6-14, 14-22
Fabric Used: Blueberry Stretch Crepe from Fabric Mart
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes
Likes: Halter top, wide leg pants
Dislikes: None but I do need slight adjustments to the bodice at the sides.
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: I took in the side bodice about an 1″ and added lining and cups to the bodice
Would I sew it again? Yes, I want to make the shorts, View A.
Would I recommend it to others? Definitely just do a test fit of bodice.
Conclusion: Great jumpsuit that might need some tweaks to the bodice.