The “No, I’m not the Plumber” Jumpsuit
Fabric: 3 yds. gabardine
Pattern: Simplicity 2187
Notions: bias tape, thread (in about 4 different colors before I gave up and bought more green)
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: for these pictures
Wear again? Hopefully a lot in the spring
Total price: ~$20
When I saw the jumpsuit on the pattern envelope, I saw perfection. Here was the perfect way to put a sophisticated, unique (but on trend), easy-to-wear piece of clothing in my closet. I caught a vision for this fun garment I could throw on with a few accessories that would make me look put together, but still allow me the comfort I crave as a mom of two young girls. I saw this piece as THE staple in my spring/summer wardrobe.
But… some tapered legs and a husband’s comment while watching me try it on before the elastic was in the waist band have damaged my vision.
I thought the biggest challenges I would most likely encounter with this pattern would be the crotch curve and the length from shoulder to waist. I did, in fact have to alter those two things just ever so slightly, but the real curveball was the tapered legs. I made a muslin up of the top part of this, but neglected to include the legs past my thigh, because really, what could go wrong from your thigh to your calves?
When I had gotten it mostly put together and went to my bedroom to try it on with a belt before I put elastic in the waist, my husband was there lying on the bed reading and asked, as I examined myself in the full-length mirror, “Do you want my opinion?”
I quipped, “Only if you think it’s the best thing I’ve ever made.”
He went back to reading.
So then, of course, I HAD to know.
“I think the legs look like “mom pants” and the whole thing looks like you’re here to fix the plumbing.”
Long story short(er), I cut off about 3 inches, took the seams out of the legs and re-sewed them starting at the pockets, moving down and dangerously outward until I was at about 1/8 of an inch seam allowance at the ends. They are better, but still not wide enough for my pear-shaped frame, in my opinion… or maybe I’m just still seeing visions of the tapered catastrophe they were at first.
This one will have to hang in the closet for a while until those visions aren’t haunting me.
But that’s fine. Since I won’t be wearing it until the weather gets considerably warmer, so I’ll have a couple of months to recover.