T-shirt Bodysuit: Studio Calicot Jimmy

Overview:

I tested the Jimmy a while back, but the pattern has recently been re-released. A great basic tee is a necessity in any wardrobe and I love that this one is a bodysuit too. It works great with high waisted jeans and stays tucked in with skirts and shorts.

  • Skill Level*: 2.5 Advanced Begineer
  • Sewing Time: half day
  • Pattern Rating*: 9
Pattern:

I’m a fan of Studio Calicot patterns and I love bodysuits, so it’s no surprise that I’m pleased with the Jimmy T-shirt bodysuit. I love that this pattern finishes the leg openings with fabric bands versus elastic enclosed in the hem. In my opinion this makes for a more comfortable wear.

Another feature I haven’t sewn in any other tee was a neck binding for the back neckline. I’ve seen this featured in RTW tees and I believe it is for comfort and reinforcement. At first I was a little confused, but I followed the steps and it worked perfectly.

Close up of neck binding

The Jimmy is a pdf pattern that comes in sizes XXS-2XL. Both a A4/letter (just 12 pages) and a A0 file are included in the download and have layers so you can print just your size. Illustrated instructions are included as well as a sewalong.

Fabric:

This green ponte knit is remnant piece left over from a previous project and thankfully I had just enough. This is a great scrap buster project as it requires just over a yard of fabric. Thankfully, I had just enough to squeeze out these pieces.

Modifications:

At the time of testing the size range was XS-XL and I was a tad past the XL measurements so I added 1/2″ to the width of the front and back. I also use snap twill tape instead of installing individual snaps.

Summary:

Pattern:  Jimmy bodysuit by Studio Calicot

Pattern Description: Our Jimmy bodysuit is a tribute to the iconic white T-shirt made famous in the 1950s. Its design is straight to the point and features a simple crew neckline, short cap sleeves, and a brief cut fastened by snaps. With its relaxed silhouette, the Jimmy bodysuit will look great with your favourite high waist jeans and much more!

Sizing: XXS-XXL

Difficulty: 2.5 Advanced Beginner due to the neck binding and snaps.

Fabric Used: Army green ponte knit from a local store

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, choose from pdf illustrated instructions or a online photo sewalong.

Did I make in alterations? I added width, but now that an XXL is offered I will sew the XXL

Would I sew it again? Yes!

Would I recommend it to others? Yes if you love bodysuits like me.