The Glossy Jumpsuit | Adey Lim
Fabric: Black cotton with stretch and glossy finish from Shanghai US$19.70 for 4 yards
Patterns: McCalls 5366
Year: c. 1970s
Notions: Zipper US$0.70
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: February 2011
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost: ~$20.40
My family and I spent most of last week feasting and welcoming the new lunar year so I knew I wasn't gonna get much sewing time for this week's project.
I chose to sew a plain black jumpsuit from a 1970s sewing pattern. Solid colored fabric is not very me as I've always preferred sewing with printed fabrics (see part of my stash below) which is probably why this fabric has been in my stash for the past four months. Given that I have only been sewing for 8 months, that's half my sewing history. The pattern has also been in my stash for around 4 months as it often got pushed aside when I see a new dress pattern. I can't help it, I just love sewing dresses!
With jumpsuits, you either love it or hate it. I have always loved them and didn't know why until I went through some old photos at mum's place last week. I practically grew up in them! Here's me in a red jumpsuit in the 1970s at granny's house. I have absolutely no recollection of this red garment but remembered that I wore quite a few shorter versions during my university days. Recently, I have also been wearing my Merry-Go-Round Jumpsuit a lot. I just love its fit and color!
The pattern is a typical 1970s jumpsuit with the full length of the jumpsuit cut as a piece- two front pieces and two back pieces, finished with a front centre zipper and tie belt. I did take the sides in quite a bit for a better fit as this was a pattern that came with no darts. Having sewed four stand collar outfits for my family and I in the month of January, I didn't want to sew another stand collar and instead finished the neckline with bias tape and top stitching. The 'most complicated' detail on this jumpsuit is the gathers on the front, a wee bit below the shoulder seams. Thank God for this fast and easy pattern, now I have a project to share with you and more time with the family.
My sewing room used to be my study but the computer has been pushed to a corner to accommodate all my sewing stuff. The two plastic containers on the desk contains my modern day and vintage sewing patterns respectively.