Pink Marc Jacobs Jumpsuit

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs Floral + BHL Holly Jumpsuit

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your early autumn (or spring, depending on your hemisphere). Here in the Land of Endless Summer (a.k.a Texas) I’m still enduring the heat and humidity. Honestly, I can take the high temperatures, it’s the mosquitos that are driving me crazy!

However, as the weather hints at cooler days ahead I’ve decided to celebrate with a fun, and gratuitously girly make!

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs Floral + BHL Holly Jumpsuit

One day while I was trolling the Mood Fabrics website (like you do) I decided to venture into a new-to-me territory - polyester. I’ve always avoided synthetic fabric because of the heat and humidity issue mentioned above, not to mention one or two less than pleasant experiences working with the stuff early on in my sewing days. But I guess I was feeling a bit curious as to what I might be missing out on, so I decided to put my past poly-prejudices aside and look at the stuff with an open mind. And holy smokes am I glad I did!! At the time there were two colorways of this fabulous Marc Jacobs viscose print available (sadly, both are long gone now, but you can check Mood’s other poly prints out here). My first love was not this colorway you see here, but it’s sister fabric which was a lovely deep plum/blue color with coral flowers (if you happen to own that fabric know that I am very very jealous!!). However, my speedy ordering was not quick enough and I had to console myself with this bubblegum pink and green number you see before you. BEST SECOND PLACE PRIZE EVER!

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs Floral + BHL Holly Jumpsuit

I honestly had no idea what to expect with this fabric, what with my past experience with synthetics being so dodgy. Let me just say I was more than pleasantly surprised! This fabric is medium weight, but with a lovely fluid drape. The right side has a crepe-like feel to it, while the back side is slippery and silky.  I machine washed it and threw it in the dryer and it came out perfect. It did have that slightly ‘spongey’ feel when I cut into it that synthetic fabrics can sometimes have, and I found that it was a bit shifty when it came time to handle it. But my big worry was how it would press, because that was one of my main gripes with polyesters I’ve used in the past. Well, no worries there, because this stuff loved the iron!

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs Floral + BHL Holly Jumpsuit

My initial thought was to pair this fabric with a 40′s style day dress since it has such a fun, vintage-y feel to it. I still think this would be a great pattern + fabric combo, but honestly, not very me. So I scrapped that idea. Then the girls over at By Hand London released their Holly Jumpsuit pattern and I knew I had found my pattern to pair with this fun fabric. Not only do I love jumpsuits, but I simply can’t say ‘no’ to something with so much disco flair! I actually made two muslins of this pattern (very rare for me) to try and get a good fit through the bust and back.  However once I saw how much my fabric stretched when cut on the bias (the front bodice is bias cut) I scrapped all my changes and just went with the pattern as drafted. This was, indeed, the right move because in this much drape-ier fabric I have plenty of room!

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs Floral + BHL Holly Jumpsuit

Yes that is my ‘dance face’ and yes those are my dance moves. Don’t judge!

This pattern came together relatively smoothly. I muttered curses while finagling the bias binding at the top of the bodice into place, but we got there in the end. But I did make a big boo-boo when attaching the waist and setting in the zipper. I didn’t realize that the front of the bodice had stretched in length due to being cut on the bias so when I set in my zipper my waist seams TOTALLY didn’t match up! By, like, 3/8 of an inch.  Aaaand… I left it like that. I mean, who’s gonna notice my waist seam once I stun them with my sweet moves on the dance floor??

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs Floral + BHL Holly Jumpsuit

My final concern with this fabric was how it would wear in the heat, since it really is hot 3/4 of the year here, and once again! I was pleasantly surprised! If this photo shoot is any indication this fabric is possibly the most breathable synthetic I’ve ever encountered. So a total winner in my book! Maybe I’ve become a poly-convert? Either way, I’m pretty in love with my new, flirty jumpsuit. Maybe not the most practical of garments, but, you know, throw on a cardigan and it’s totally office appropriate!

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs Floral + BHL Holly Jumpsuit

No? Maybe?? Just a little?

What are your thoughts on polyester? What about polyester jumpsuits?? And can somebody please teach me some moves?!

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  • Debbie Iles
    September 29, 2014

    Super cute! I’ve been looking forward to seeing what your jumpsuit would be. This was not what I expected, but what an awesome surprise. I never would have guessed it was poly. I think some of the newer poly fabrics that mimic silk are quite amazing. I’ve been wearing my cami to death this year- I had the same reservations as you about heat, ironing etc, but it proved me wrong. I still try to avoid poly in knits though because of the extreme pill factor.

    • Sallieoh
      September 29, 2014

      Thanks Debbie! Oh yes, I hate pilly knits!

  • Peter
    September 29, 2014

    Love it. I think viscose is rayon, and I’m wondering if your fabric isn’t a rayon crepe, especially given the way it stretched on you. Excellent matching of fabric and pattern!

    • Sallieoh
      September 29, 2014

      Thanks Peter! I think you’re probably right – or at the very least a blend. It was marked as viscose, but categorized as polyester online, and sadly I don’t remember the makeup anymore. But it was pretty fun to work with!

  • katie
    September 29, 2014

    Utterly gorgeous! Best Holly yet! Rayon/viscose is breathable and semi-natural, hence why it’s still cool to wear.

    • Sallieoh
      September 29, 2014

      Thanks Katie! I always knew rayon was breathable, good to know I can add another fiber to my list!

      • katie
        October 1, 2014

        I think viscose is just what we usually call rayon in the UK, so they are the same? Could be wrong! It does get unfairly lumped with the polys often though.

  • Angela
    September 29, 2014

    love love this statement piece!! I always love MJ’s prints- sounds like they go fast! Great pattern and print combo!

    • Sallieoh
      September 29, 2014

      Thanks Angela! Yes they do go fast, but they are so fun!

  • Heather Lou
    September 29, 2014

    This made my day/week/month. All dopey and undercaffienated this morning – instant cheer in the way of your sweet poly dance moves! And kind of giggled at all that muslinmaking going straight out the window!
    Amazing fabric and pattern combo!

    • Sallieoh
      September 29, 2014

      Dawww Thanks Heather! And omg if I could get those hours of muslin making back…!

  • Kelly
    September 29, 2014

    Wow, babe machine!! It looks so great on you. I have always avoided poly but lately have picked up a few prints that I just couldn’t resist. I think the modern poly is so much better than it used to be.

    • Sallieoh
      September 29, 2014

      Thanks Kelly! Yes, I had read somewhere too that modern poly’s are actually so much better than they used to be – and they do sometimes have the BEST prints!

  • carolyn roemer
    September 29, 2014

    Looks great on you. The pattern placement for the best use of the flowers, great. What’s wrong with wash and wear?! I love it if the fabric feels right to the skin. That’s the hardest part of computer shopping. And samples often take too long.

    • Sallieoh
      September 29, 2014

      Thanks Carolyn! The pattern placement was a complete happy accident, but I’m pleased with the way it came out!

  • Mary Beth
    September 29, 2014

    You know I’m always hesitating on poly fabrics for the same reason (too hot!)…and I live in the Midwest. But we do have your Texan humidity especially during the summer. But I do love your jumpsuit!

    • Sallieoh
      September 29, 2014

      Thanks Mary Beth!

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 29, 2014

    You just showed everyone a new side to polyester – great job on the jumpsuit!

  • Idle Fancy
    September 29, 2014

    Gorgeous! You were made to wear a jumpsuit, lady. This one looks fabulous on you! Also, I’m not usually a poly fan either (Texas heat!), but beautiful prints can be so hard to pass up. I’m glad this one worked out so well! Love it.

  • Sandra J
    September 30, 2014

    Totally cute! I love the Holly jumpsuit. Good to put the poly pester fears to bed! Great choice of pattern for the fabric.

  • janet
    September 30, 2014

    I like it not a pink lover myself but it was a trip down memory lane for me. made one late 60s early 70s I also used polyester
    mine was in blue had sleeves and zip up front a boon when breastfeeding and I loved it thought I was the bee’s knees
    you look great and very cool
    janet

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    September 30, 2014

    I adore that you made two muslins and then discarded all the changes and made up the pattern as is! Now I don’t feel so bad about the lack of muslins in my sewing life LOL
    I love the holly, it’s such fun and I love how girly this one is. So pretty again the lush tropical background

  • Sew Well
    October 1, 2014

    First, I can’t help but be enamored at how long your legs look in this jumpsuit. Seriously, your legs look like they are a mile long! Also, sorry about all the muslins. I guess you can add them to your 10,000 hours of sewing time in order to be a jedi master?

  • Lori
    October 1, 2014

    Fabulous look on you and the color is gorgeous on you. I really like the fabric combination and the pattern, you did an incredible job. I am heading over to check out the polyester!

  • Cennetta
    October 2, 2014

    2nd prize is not bad at all. You look fantastic as always and the jumpsuit is super cute.

  • Lorrain
    October 9, 2014

    You look gorgeous, your jumpsuit suits you to the T, lovely fabric, wish you well to wear it.

  • Fiona
    October 12, 2014

    You are rocking that print! I do sometimes love a bit of poly I have to say! Sometimes it feels, wears and sews really great although I have to say I’d be a bit apprehensive ordering it online without the chance to manhandle a sample first. I have had plenty of poly disasters though, usually involving the iron!