Why did I wait so long to sew this fabulous pattern? The Closet Case Patterns Amy Jumpsuit is easy to wear and a pleasure to sew.
Forever ago, in the times when we were allowed to go in shops and to sewing workshops (I am writing this during the Covid-19 lockdown) my friend Suzi rocked up in a lovely loose black jumpsuit from Cos (something like this) with a stripey t shirt underneath. She looked so stylish and comfortable that I filed it in my brain under “outfits I covet”.
I have rather a lot of kindly donated fabric in my stash, and every now and then I pull out a forgotten piece and its like buried treasure. I usually know not what it is, nor what to sew with it, but the fun is in playing around and ending up with something I could never have planned.
In this case it was a medium-heavy weight black ribbed polyester jersey fabric I would never have bought. Black washes me out and I recoil in horror from most things polyester. That said, it drapes really nicely, and has a slight sheen. Its donor, my brother in law, only ever buys excellent quality fabrics so I knew it sew up well.
I made the straps out of denim as I thought the weight of the garment would soon stretch out jersey straps and I think they work well.
I think a thick, drapey black poly fabric would make an excellent jumpsuit – and it didn’t take long to find a contender. The pattern is designed for woven fabrics, but I took a gamble because this jersey is so stable.
I am very happy with the result! I didn’t dare press as one timid attempt resulted in me scrubbing burnt polyester off my iron with wire wool.
Looking at the photographs, I can see that its a little big around the chest. Of course as I have no zip in this version it needs to be roomy to pull on and off, but in its next reincarnation I’ll pop a zip in (she says, casually) which will allow for a closer-fit top.
I made the belt for fancy wears like date nights with Mr Z (currently a glass of wine at the bottom of our garden while little Z watches some animated Netflix).
Details for fellow sewists:
I made a Size 10 with no fit adjustments. My measurements: Bust 37″, Waist 29″, Hips 39″, I’m 5’6″ tall.
I didn’t need the zip in the side on account of stretchy fabric.
Next time I will lift the neckline slightly as there is some considerable bra-revealing going on when worn in fancy-format.