An Unexpected Ensemble

mood sewing network | oonaballoona by marcy harriell | rayon jumpsuit + denim cropped jacket

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).

mood sewing network | oonaballoona by marcy harriell | rayon jumpsuit + denim cropped jacket

I fitted, I pressed…

mood sewing network | oonaballoona by marcy harriell | rayon jumpsuit + denim cropped jacket

I changed thread colors, I topstitched with care…

mood sewing network | oonaballoona by marcy harriell | rayon jumpsuit + denim cropped jacket

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.

mood sewing network | oonaballoona by marcy harriell | rayon jumpsuit + denim cropped jacket

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.

mood sewing network | oonaballoona by marcy harriell | rayon jumpsuit + denim cropped jacket

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?!

mood sewing network | oonaballoona by marcy harriell | rayon jumpsuit + denim cropped jacket

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!

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Comments


  • Southwest Mary
    September 22, 2016

    Darling outfit! I hope you wear it a lot. The floral ponte would look great as a jumpsuit. Since you asked… Tatitas want to be neither squished nor melted. Stretch the ponte over your chest front to test that it stretches enough to use the same formula. Also ponte (except the few that contain cotton) is too hot to wear here in summer’s heat, and the colors look pretty summery or spring-like, so think about when and where you’d wear it and, therefore, whether to add a lace inset in top and leave legs loose for air. Love all your work!

    • marcy harriell | oonaballoona
      September 22, 2016

      thanks Mary! i love the idea of a lace inset on the floral flares i linked to– in fact, i have some coral neon lace handy! maybe i could use the wide legs of the pants for the “top”.

  • Lori
    September 22, 2016

    I love this outfit on you, you have the most incredible fun style. It just exudes from you, in your personality, smile and clothing. Thanks for sharing such fun garments.

  • Erica Bunker
    September 22, 2016

    I love this! Such a fun outfit!

  • Corinne
    September 22, 2016

    I vote to keep it strapless!!! Looks amaz!

  • Peter
    September 22, 2016

    It’s time to invent a strapless jumpsuit for men. Great outfit!

  • Sarah webb
    September 23, 2016

    What a fabulous outcome! That’s the beauty of dressmaking- you can evolve and change things as you go along.

  • Suzanne Marquart
    October 8, 2016

    Smashing. I like it strapless but if it feels “precarious” that way perhaps an sheer illusion or stretch lace treatment above the current bodice would keep it sexy and secure.

  • Fiona
    October 11, 2016

    Congratulations on being so stubborn and coming out the other end of that process with two such lovely garments! I adore that jumpsuit

  • Amy
    October 15, 2016

    I love how you change the design. It is really a cute jumpsuit and your double stitching really makes it look professional.
    Love the strapless look, but for comfort, you must add a thin
    1/4 ” strap or criss-cross matching material strap, (or even a loose braide between the ‘plexes, would be cute, possibly.)

  • NeldaB
    October 19, 2016

    UnaBallona,

    I really love your style choices and sewing technique. But how do you handle topstitching and how are you able to get your seam so straight and uniform?

    Thanks