An Unexpected Ensemble
To be quite honest, I think sewing is making me more stubborn, yet, more patient.
Both pieces in this combo were intended as something completely different than their outcome. First up, the jeans jacket, which was meant to be a peplumed affair, Simplicity 1919. I was ever so patient with this jacket, so patient my hands literally turned blue (oh, yeah, the dye on this one is strong. It’s sold out now, be grateful– but there’s a heap of Ralph Lauren denim just in).
I fitted, I pressed…
I changed thread colors, I topstitched with care…
AND THEN RIPPED OUT AN ENTIRE FULLY LINED, CLIPPED, GRADED, TOPSTITCHED, CURVED FIVE PIECE PEPLUM WAIST WHEN THE VIEW FROM MY DRESSFORM SAID NO.
Happy with my decision. Mad at those lapel wrinkles, which don’t show IRL as much as in these photos. Or do they? Must check that.
As for the jumpsuit, well. WELL.
THE JUMPSUIT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PANTS.
Burdastyle’s 119 Jersey Track Pants pattern was the candidate, and my vote proved very ill advised when I threw them on for the initial fitting. The waist gathers were way too frumpy, the thin waistband was out of proportion, the length in both the crotch and leg were of supermodel stature. In short, they were a hot mess, and not the chic little pair of pants I imagined.
But I was far too stubborn to abandon this dreamy Italian rayon Jersey to the loungewear shelf. So, I quite patiently made a laundry list of mods:
· hacked off 4″ from the hemline, gathering the new length into cuffs
· took away 1″ from waistline
· increased the crotch curve by 3/8ths
· removed gathers from waistline
· added 6 evenly spaced inverted box pleats to front and back waist
· stitched each pleat closed about 3″ down from the waist line
· cut 16′ of jersey on the crossgrain, folded to equal an 8″ band when attached.
QUE ORGANIZED THOUGHTS! I’m keeping a notebook filled with my sewing adventures now, the better to explain myself later .
I thought that the ridiculous foldover band width would add adjustable proportion at the waist: wear it scrunched up high, wear it slung down folded low…but lo and behold, when I pulled them on and tried them at “high” height, I found that the double layer of waistband was also juuuust enough to serve double duty as a top! Did I just make a jumpsuit? I maniacally breathed to my mirrored reflection. HEY YOU IN THE MIRROR. Are you kidding me?!
Well, the answer is: I ALMOST did. I DECIDED TO BE PATIENT HERE AGAIN! You see, although the top stays up on its own in my stomp-around-the-house-test, I’ve got two pieces of doublestick tape aiding and abetting in the frontal boob tube area for the photos (the better to avoid flashing the streets of New York). Before going permanent on this unanticipated path, I wanted to see the back shot of this jammy in pictures, and not just in a mirror. We all know mirrors lie!!
Now that we’ve got pictorial evidence, I’ve decided ME LIKEY. (I like it so much, I’m now eyeing already finished garments in my closet, wondering how to turn them into jumpsuits. Technicolor floral ponte onesie, anyone?)
For this one, I’ve got rayon leftovers for options…maybe wide gathered straps? Or leave it strapless with an elastic casing? Suggestions welcome!