Hot! The “No, I’m not the Plumber” Jumpsuit

Trying to think "palm tree" among the pine trees

Hope the sash and glasses are making a summery statement.

The Facts

Fabric: 3 yds. gabardine

Pattern: Simplicity 2187

Year: current

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?

Trying to look all Marilyn Monroe to convince my hubby I don't really look like the plumber.

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.




Sara is a dance teacher by degree and at heart, but has currently set that aside while her husband completes his radiology residency and she raise their two little girls. Her interest in sewing began when she had her first little girl four years ago and she began sewing for herself just last year. Sewing is her creative outlet and is also becoming an academic endeavor as she attempt to educate herself further in this new pursuit.


Comments are closed.

  1. It’s so cute! I love it 100%, as is! The scarf at the waist and the sun-glasses make you look very chic and non-plumber like.

    I’ve found that sometimes husbands/men aren’t quite as fashion savvy. I’ve been asked by my hubby all too often “Is it supposed to look like that?”. Don’t let him dampen your spirits. It’s awesome!

    I worry that if you were to make the legs wider, your ensemble wouldn’t look as slimming as it currently is. I could only see you altering the length of the ‘pants’ to just below your knees, for a cooler summer look.

  2. Thanks so much.
    I do want to clarify, that it did, in fact, look like reminiscent of a plumber or construction worker’s outfit without the elastic and I think my hubby was right-on about the previously very tapered and weird length legs. I might not have been able to pinpoint why I didn’t really like the way it looked on me if not for an outside opinion.
    Thanks for saying it looks slimming. I’m just so uncertain about the things I make sometimes, since I’m no fashion designer.

  3. I think you look great. Comfortable yet chic- what a winner!

    • Thanks! I think I might make it again in a light floral fabric and cut to the length of shorts. It really is a nice little pattern.

  4. I think it looks great! Cool and comfortable but chic! The sash is a nice touch.

    • Thanks, I was unsure about the sash when I went to style it for the pictures. I was originally thinking “belt” but I wanted it to look at summery as possible.

  5. Even though this attempt didn’t work out to your liking, at least it photographs well and gives you a better idea of how to improve it. Love your styling, btw.

  6. Ohh it’s so cute! It’s totally past the mom-pants/plumber vision now (I’m only imagining it from before). I love it!

  7. Sara, no worries. My husband ruins my visions with his unwanted comments all the time. I feel for you girl! I think it looks great, and you should rock them this Spring/Summer! You will be the envy of all mom’s who think they can’t pull off a jumpsuit like you do.

    • There are times when he does make me unsure of my taste. I’m so afraid of my clothes actually looking home-sewn, but sometimes it’s hard for me to imagine whether or not what I’m sewing could blend (at least somewhat) in a rtw shop. This time, he was right-on about why the lower half wasn’t flattering and without his insight, I think the whole project might have become a wadder.
      Thanks for your kind words.

  8. My husband once told me something I made looked ‘teachery’. I complete disagreed, but I haven’t yet worn it out of the house. : )

  9. I think you’re super brave to make a pants-suit. They’re so on-trend, but I’ve shied away because of the difficulty of fitting them properly. Yours looks great and I just love the shoulder detail.

  10. We have a rule in my house where my husband can only make comments on my clothing if 1) his comment is entirely positive, 2) I have explicitly requested his opinion, positive or not. It’s a useful rule to have.

    • This is actually the first time he has done the “Do you want my opinion?” dealy. He usually says, “very nice” or “sexy” and other good things… or nothing. I guess he felt this one particularly needed an intervention. haha!

  11. Totally chic and what a fabulous color on you! Love jumpsuits:)

  12. No plumbers here! I do like the floral tie against the green. Constructive criticism from my man is useful (I just wish it was occasionally put more kindly – or with less weird expressions on his face)

  13. Jumpsuits are the best!!! I love it. Definitely not a plumber.

  14. This is really cute! I had no idea jumpsuits could look cool! Nicely done :D

  15. I think it’s adorable and the sewing is impeccable! Husbands….I don’t know, they have some strange ideas.

  16. I have discovered in my travels of life that most men, most of the time, consider clothing on a woman an inconvience. So they are not very good judges of what we like :-) Your jumpsuit looks wonderful!

  17. I think the fit looks great on you! All too often I see people wearing jumpsuits with insufficient body length, if you know what I mean.

  18. Sara I think this is tres chic, the colour and the sash teamed together make the perfect union, hopefully by Spring you can recover and wear this beauty it would be a damn shame if you didn’t.

    • Aw thanks, I think after all this wonderful feedback, my confidence will be built up to wear it, especially on our beach trip.

  19. you tell husband to PIPE DOWN. i have come to realize that husbands do not always get the complexity of fashion. i love the color and the shape! if the haunting continues, i know someone in california who will wear it heedless of her husband’s looks :)))

    • HAhahaha! I think you and everyone else that have been so complimentary have convinced me that it is as good an addition to my closet as I originally thought. And I’ve learned a lesson about trying things on in front of him before they are totally finished.

  20. It’s gorgeous! I have learned never ever to listen to my husbands opinion on what I am making, for his own good. It only ends in tears. And screaming, and occasional bloodshed. All his, I should add.

  21. I ADORE IT!!! So fabulous with that sash – and the color is superb! I say wear it everyday – you rock that style with your sunglasses and sandals!