RTW Inspired Striped Jumpsuit


As soon as I saw this Be Stripe Back jumpsuit from Kosmios I knew I wanted it, I just decided I could make it. It has a little bit of everything I love; black and white, stripes and one piece.

  • Skill Level*: 2/Beginner
  • Sewing Time: took me a couple of days because I made the bodice twice
  • Pattern Rating*: 9

McCalls 8047 was a close match right out of the envelope. I immediately thought of it as I’ve made it twice before (here and here). The bodice on the inspiration version is symmetrical, looser and drapey-er so I:

  • cut the bodice on the fold
  • added 1″ to the center fold (this also made the neckline wider, but I prefer that)
  • added 1.5-2″ to the side seam starting at the hem and dropped the bottom of the armhole 1″ and graded between the two
  • 2.5″ to the bodice hem
Bodice Modifications

Additionally I cut two 4″ strips by the circumference of the armhole plus 1″ for seam allowance (for me this was 18″‘) for the cuffs. I feel these mods closely mimic the inspiration jumpsuit.

All in all this jumpsuit, with or without the mods, is a straight forward sew. The pattern calls for a lining that I eliminate because it I don’t feel it’s necessary. I think they call for it for clean neck and arm openings, but I don’t mind finishing those with a zigzag stitch, double needle or coverstitch. Also this fabric is polyester and two layers would be quite hot!


Finding the right fabric was really important to the look of the RTW jumpsuit. Fabric Mart always has a great selection of knits so I check their site first. Thankfully there were several striped knits at the time. I selected this vertical, black and white stripe double brushed polyester jersey. I love DBP because it is so soft, super stretchy with great recovery, never wrinkles and doesn’t fade.

I knew I wanted vertical stripes because I wanted the greatest direction of stretch to go around the hips. The bodice isn’t fitted so the stretch isn’t needed horizontally. Also I wanted an uneven stripe like the RTW fabric. This DBP was spot on!


I think my copycat jumpsuit looks very similar to the RTW version. Do you ever see something online or in store and decide you can make it instead of purchasing?

Pattern:  McCalls 8047

Pattern Description: Strapless, off shoulder, wrap front and back bodices. Full leg shorts, pants and elastic cuff pant leg.

Sizing: 8-16, 18W-24W

Difficulty: 2/Beginner

Fabric Used: B&W striped double brushed jersey from Fabric Mart Fabrics

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? yes, though I didn’t follow them.

Did I make in alterations? Yes I added about 1/2″ from the waist to the hips of the pants

Would I sew it again? Yes! I’m sure, this is my third version

Would I recommend it to others? YES!

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