Hot! The “Settle Down” Jumpsuit

The Facts:

Fabric: Leopard print silky satin $12
Pattern: McCall 6533 (my fav pattern at the moment)
Year: Modern
Notions: Elastic from stash
Time to Complete: 4 hours, thanks to my handy new serger
First Worn: August 2012
Wear Again: Oh yeah!
Total Price: $12

My musical inspiration for this weeks challenge is Gwen Stefani/No Doubt, and Settle Down is No Doubt’s newest single. I love everything about Gwen. Her constant evolving is fantastic. I feel I relate a lot to that. I evolve my style every so often but still come back to my tough girl ska/punk roots. I’m a rudie at heart. Skankin’ in the pit is my comfort zone. The beat of that steady ska drum is in my head and feeding out of my soul into my limbs, and I just can’t fight it anymore – I have to jump in the pit and skank it out! (FYI: skank, rudie, all ska music terminology)

Gwen inspired jumpsuitSo for a month now I have been looking for checkered print sturdy or stretchy fabric to show more ska in my choice of attire, but no luck. I am still on the hunt for my own enjoyment though. But I came across a beautiful photo of Gwen wearing a leopard print jumpsuit at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. I could make that, no problem. This is a more grown up and classy Gwen style, I suppose it wont hurt to put some maturity and class into my wardrobe for once. BTW: I wear a lot of jeans and tee’s and slip on Van’s Shoes.

I wish though, I would have waited to see what their new album was going to look like, I would have imitated it instead. I love bright colors!  Settle Down

I really do love this jumpsuit. I’ts from the same pattern as my Holiday “Cover Girl” Romper, but as pants. Barbara has also used this pattern a couple times, once for herself, which looked fantastic on her, and another for her beautiful daughter. So if you don’t have this pattern already, go out and get it. It is so easy and quick, and it could look modern or it could look retro. I promise you wont regret it.

What you also wont regret is listening to the new No Doubt single, Settle Down. I totally relate to the lyrics of this song. It’s about going through a confusing time in life and being able to just push through it. I feel I encounter confusing life lessons often, and instead of giving into them and let them walk all over me – I choose to show life that I can make it through. I’ve been through hard times in my youth, whatever else is tossed my way, I’ll manage, I have no other option.

So as I mentioned before, I had been looking forward to this challenge and photo shoot for awhile, but it wasn’t until recently we got word that my Grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer. We made the decision to take a last minute road trip up to Lincoln City, OR to be with my Grandma after her surgery. I had a whole look planned out for the shoot, a huge gold waist belt, my hair in a big pompadour, my make up really dramatic, and a striking back ground. Of course due to family emergencies, I packed very quickly not completely thinking of what I would need for this shoot, if the shoot would be able to take place at all. A part of me worried that I wouldn’t be able to take part in this weeks challenge.

As we arrived Friday Morning, we were told that the Doctor found some fuzziness in my Grandma’s chest during x-rays and wanted to hold off on removing the tumor in her breast until more test results came in. In a way it was a blessing. We got to spend time doing things with Grandma instead of treading on her need for independence. As we leave, my brother and his wife will be heading in to spend quality time with Grandma as well. We are all taking turns to visit with her during this time of unwanted surprise.

So here I am finding 10 minutes away from our day to take photos of my awesome Gwen jumpsuit. Lincoln City is a very eclectic coastal town. Many of the buildings are bright colors. My options for a back drop was far and few in between, and we didn’t want to travel too far since our daughter needed to be tended to.

We found this recently abandoned garage type building just a block down from Grandma’s house. The building was a mint color, and the garage doors are this hunter green. Both colors look very nice behind the leopard print. And went well with my last minute packed mint wedges. Though I feel my wedges are too high for the length of the jumpsuit, and should have chosen my green canvas Chinese Laundry stilettos. Oh well. Though my presentation didn’t go as imagined, I love my jumpsuit and I got to spend quality time with my 90 year old grandma.




Bethany is a forever student in Fashion Design. She took a hiatus from her studies due to the fear of using a sewing machine and a long term illness. It wasn't until her daughter was born, she felt inspired to create again and dive headfirst into sewing by machine.


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  1. Bethany-I admit-I was wondering why you didn’t style your hair since that’s something you really enjoy doing for the shoots. And you have the right hair for a Gwen Stefani look. Quality time with grandma is way more important and you still look beautiful even if it was a quick job.

    It’s cool to hear about your youth and what you were like. Rounds you out more. I liked ska too-though I don’t think I was as into it as you.

    • I know! My hair is a mess! I am so not happy with these pics. Thank you though. It was nice to be with Grandma. I love ska…too much.

  2. I’m so sorry about your Grandma. If you read my blog you’ll see why I am a “kindred spirit” of sorts : ) Congrats on just pushing through and finishing, you’re suit is FAB! If I get to LA this fall to do the Rose Bowl flea market maybe the “Two Gwens” (us) can hang out for a bit. I hope your Grandma feels better soon.

  3. Hi Bethany, totally fabulous, I have this pattern and can’t wait to use it. Yours looks great and I hope all is well with your grandmother.

  4. As soon as I saw the first pic I knew what pattern it was! I love what you did with it this time. So sexy! Love the cute shoes too. Sorry to hear about your grandma. I hope you get to spend lots of quality time together.

  5. Love this Bethany, I really need to get me this pattern, with you and Barbara both sewing it up I think it’s a must for Summer you look great.

    Sorry to hear about your Grandma. Hope she’s feeling better and that the procedure goes well.

    If you lived in Australia I’d have you by my side skankin in our handmade outfits to The English Beat this Thursday night. :P

  6. Thank you so much Kazz. I love The English Beat. They were in my State a few months back and I missed them due to a wedding. Lame. I wish I lived in Australia for many reasons. But skankin with you would be the biggest of all on my check list.