Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Charlie Jumpsuit


Project Sewn's newest season is now underway and the first challenge is titled Leading Ladies. Well, let me tell you first that all the ladies in this season are leading ladies in their own right! Their creations for this challenge are phenomenal! Be sure to go vote for your favorite and good luck choosing just one!

I decided to sewalong this season and was excited to start the first challenge... I would usually choose a project based on some forties or fifties era movie but I couldn't seem to stop thinking about the Charlie's Angels TV show from the seventies. Gosh, I loved watching reruns of that show as a kid! Besides...is there ever going to to a better excuse to make myself a jumpsuit?! Yeah no. Probably not. 

Here is an eyeful of jumpsuit inspiration for you to feast upon! Your welcome.




While tempted to make a most flattering sequined jumpsuit... I opted to make what I hoped turned out to be a more modern version.




Warning: This is not a tutorial. Not even close.
 This project is a mash up of two patterns but one pattern was hacked up almost beyond recognition. Oh the fun! For the bodice, I used Simplicity 2444. Anyone who follows here knows my love affair with this pattern runs deep. Real deep people. This bodice being a tried and true pattern for me made it a perfect start. Besides, if this jumpsuit thing flopped then I could always fall back on making it into a dress.

The pants are this Newlook pattern. I know... the finished product looks nothing like the drawstring pants of the original. This is where I played around and added front pleats and back darts (that are kind of long, I realize..). I tried the two on together and measured what I would need for a waistband.... you know to fill that gap. I used an invisible zip of course because I actually don't know how to insert a proper lapped zip. There. I said it. I stink at lapped zips.



This project was pure fun for me both to make and I'm sure to wear. I can think of sooooo many ways to wear this jumpsuit. Don't forget to vote for your favorite designer over at Project Sewn as  well as your favorite sewalong contestant!

34 comments:

  1. no. way. brilliant.

    What a gorgeous jumpsuit Margo! Wow! It's sleek, it's tailored, it's modern, it's YOU! Now, you would rock a sequinned number too, but this is much more versatile. Good 'ol 2444 rides again. And I actually think the longer back darts are a really cool design feature. What kind of fabric did you use? PS There doesn't seem to be a link to the pants pattern, not that that really matters!

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    1. Oops, thanks for bringing that to my attention Sue! I'll fix the link for the pant pattern asap! I wish I knew what the fabric content is...I have been hoarding this piece for quite some time. I think that it will wear very well though.

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  2. I knew I recognized that bodice as Simplicity 2444, even before you mentioned it. :) Great job, the jumpsuit looks great.

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  3. Thanks! 2444 is so recognizable due to those unique darts.

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  4. This is amazing Margo! You've really brought your style inspiration bang up to date & you look so stylish! I love seeing creative pattern mash-ups like this.

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    1. Thanks Kathryn! It was a fun project.

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  5. Holy cow, Margo! Your romper is incredibly flattering. Beautifully done! I love how the bodice darts line up with the pants darts.

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  6. Love your jumpsuit! Great pattern hack and it has a great modern look to it! I'm all for invisible zippers, I think they look much better than lapped ones. Certainly stink at those too because I never sew them in :)

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    1. Thanks! I should learn to do a proper lapped zip but I'm kinda lazy about it....

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  7. just WOW! I love your suit. And the best of all: You absolutely can wear it!

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    1. Thanks! I do hope to get some wear out of it. I think it would make a nice date night outfit this spring and summer.

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  8. Wow! Jumpsuits are normally one of those things I'm really not sure about, but this is gorgeous!

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  9. I have to admit, I have never been a fan of the jumpsuit - but, WOW, this is absolutely fantastic!! I am so impressed with your pattern hacking and vision to make this. And the colour is just divine.

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    1. Thanks! Who IS a fan of jumpsuits... really?? It could have gone horribly wrong....;)

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  10. You look stunning and gorgeous and fantastic! What a great idea using the 2444 bodice! So beautiful Margo!

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    1. Thanks Nessa!! You know how much I love that 2444 pattern.... :)

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  11. BEAUTIFUL!!! It fits you like a dream :-D so chic and modern. I love it!

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    1. I was a little worried about the front pleats looking a little 80's...so you saying it looks modern....whew!! Thanks!

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  12. Great jumpsuit pattern hacking!! It's so sweeet!!

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  13. Love the front pleats in combination with those bodice darts!

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  14. Oh my gosh. This is the kind of garment I want to sew!! It's immaculate. Bravo!! And you look fabulous;)

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    1. Thanks! You make one too and we'll be twinsies!

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  15. Wow, this is the classiest jumpsuit (never thought I'd put those words together) I've ever seen. Beautiful!

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    1. Ha! Classy jumpsuit...is certainly not what first comes to mind!

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  16. I LOVE this Margot. It's smart yet fun. I'm heading over to vote.. hopefully I'm not too late.

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  17. Knowing myself I would have gone for the sequinned jumpsuit. It is great that you have better judjement than me and planned this gorgeous number. Love what you´ve made with the patterns. I think jumpsuits are really hard to get right. The solid colour plus the pleats make for a very stylish look. And you look great in it!

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    1. Merche you could make anything look beautiful! Thanks lady!

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