July 5, 2011

On My Sewing Table - 1970s Jumpsuit

You know, I remember wearing a certain purple jumpsuit when I was kid in the 80s. I also remember how much I truly disliked it. And not because of the way it looked, but because every time I would sit down, the crotch area would, well...pain me. I have that problem. I knew I had a long torso, but to be more to the point, I have a very long crotch depth. With pant styles, its a good 1-2 inches that has to be adjusted in this area.

With all that said, I've avoided jumpsuits and jumpsuit making because of this very thing. It's that psychological thing where it stems from your childhood and you know the reason why you dislike something which doesn't really having anything to do with the sytle, but somehow that makes you avoid that certain style like the plague. Yeah, I don't get it either. So here I am overcoming my aversion to jumpsuits by actually making one.



Enter Simplicity 6904. I love this pattern. I really do. It's terribly sweet and of course, its 70s - one of my favorite eras (if not my favorite, though the 80s is right up there - yeah, I'm nuts!). This cotton seersucker is tagged and bagged for it too - and Mr. S is not convinced that this fabric will look good in this style. You might need to help me convince him. I'm pretty excited about it, having already finished up the muslin, of which I won't forget to show you. Some serious adjustments, nearly all the pieces were affected. Sigh. But, I'm determined to have a perfect summer romper - maybe even a few since I just ordered a few more peachy lovelies from Etsy and Ebay.



And no, I haven't forgotten that I need to play a little catch up with my adventures with my self drafted skirt. Geez! Its a gorgeous number. It's completely finished, but I'm doing up a special blouse for it and then I'll show it to you. You'll absolutely hate it, its so gorgeous.... I'm quite sure you want something of a sneak peek too, so here you go:





What's on your sewing table? Ever delved into jumpsuits? I've got some sweet inspirations for you too. Jumpsuits are in! In fact, had lunch with Mr. S on Saturday, and I saw at least 2 or 3 on some of the other ladies around. Crazy! Its jumpsuit or bust!

xoxo,

Sunni
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18 comments

  1. I'm not a fan of most modern jumpsuit styles, but I also don't think a lot of people really know how to wear them. But I love the jumpsuits from the 70s, can't wait to see yours!

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  2. Oh goodness, I already love your new skirt and haven't even seen the whole thing. The colour is stunning.

    I’m sure that the jumpsuit will look absolutely adorable on you and I respectfully disagree with Mr. S - the seersucker you chose is perfect. I don’t think I'm a jumpsuit girl myself. I’m too short and too wide at the hips, so maybe in another life. I do look forward to seeing yours once it’s finished.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your crotch depth and "pain". HAHA. I really love the pattern and I would love to make the short version for myself. I think the seersucker is adorable and you will look a little bit like a candy striper.

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  4. I think the red seersucker would be adorable in a jumpsuit! Perhaps Mr. S is confusing jumpsuit with overalls & thinks you're going to look like a train conductor?

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  5. I had a jumpsuit (shorts version) that I bought at a flea market in Brooklyn, NY a few years ago and particularly loved wearing it around the house, really comfy! Hey, that's kind of cool that I was a little ahead of the trend on that one :) I look forward to seeing yours!

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  6. P.S. I did a similar tab closure at the back of a self-drafted skirt I recently completed. I'm using a button next time like you did instead of the hook & eye closure I used! So time consuming...

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  7. i'm not a big fan of modern jumpsuits, but i think vintage ones are cute! maybe it's the fabric? i don't know! i think the seersucker will be perfect, though! and ooh i can't wait to see your finished skirt in all it's glory.. the color looks so yummy!

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  8. I've never attempted a jumpsuit, but I definitely think you should go for it! Sometimes we have to get over the hurdles in our minds. LOL And I totally think it would be great in that fabric, don't listen to the Mr.!

    On my table is a sun dress that I spent forever working on yesterday, but I can now say I've made my own bias tape (though haven't used it yet). Yay!

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  9. I'm all about the jumpsuits now! So far I've made 2 and just finished one for the 4th of July. My next project (no surprise here) is another jumpsuit! Coincidentally my sister used that same seersucker to make a romper for the 4th of July. It turned out great!

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  10. I can't wait to see this jumpsuit! I have the same pattern and I have been wanting to make it. I love the fabric too!

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  11. I'm contemplating a 70's jumpsuit too! It's quite different to yours though - a midi tweed version as it's winter here. I posted it on my blog a couple of weeks ago and am still picking up the courage to cut - I'm not sure if I'm being crazy or not!
    Your skirt looks beautiful!

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  12. Currently I'm in the process of making several skirts and blouses to celebrate my new job, trying desperately to use fabric I currently have in my stash before buying more (phew).

    Being nearly 6 feet tall I fear a jumpsuit will make me look like a big baby, but I love them on other people. That pattern and fabric is too cute, I can't wait to see the final pics! Oh, and that skirt is just fabulous!

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  13. I can't wait to see your jumpsuit! I think the red and white fabric will be fabulous. I can't wait to see how it turns out, perhaps it will inspire me to make a jumpsuit. :]

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  14. Cute! I have a playsuit/shorts jumpsuit pattern sitting in my stash right now that I still need fabric for (or just use something in my stash... though I'm not really crazy about anything I have for a playsuit right now)! I adore the seersucker; I think it'll look cute and very summery. Can't wait to see it made up! :)

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  15. Tell Mr. S... I love the stripe seersucker..I think it is going to be wonderful... Cant wait to see it.. Happy sewing, Judy

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  16. I'm convinced seersucker is perfect for just about anything and most certainly your 70s jumpsuit. It is adorable and need to be made...with seersucker.

    You are right, your skirt is a knock out, absolutely beautiful. The color alone puts me in a state of complete happiness!

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  17. I love, absolutely LOVE seersucker. Seeing your idea for a seersucker jumpsuit (the short one looks really cute) makes me want to go out and make one for myself! I don't like the rompers I've seen in stores this season, the fabric seems shoddy and the styles aren't very flattering. Plus a lot of girls wear ones that are too short. Proportion!!!

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  18. I have some seventies jumpsuit patterns as well. One of my favorites is from a Mary Tyler Moore pattern. I can't wait to see the finished product. The hand stitched zipper on the skirt is lovely too.

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