There was a time when the sight of a jumpsuit was rare. Unless you were a fan of disco or a nightclub regular in the 70’s. But in the last couple of years, jumpsuits are everywhere. Why they are suddenly so popular, you might ask? Well, we think it has something to do with the fast pace of the modern life where women just don’t have the time to spend picking matching separates. We love jumpsuits for the same reason we love dresses: they are a one item outfit, which makes getting dressed a no-brainer.
Our Dana jumpsuit is the perfect one-piece to make you look fabulous without overthinking it. With its fitted bodice, a detachable belt to cinch the waist and slightly tapered cropped legs, this sewing pattern has a flattering fit that can be easily adjusted to suit your body type.
Follow this easy tutorial and get summer-ready with a handmade jumpsuit.
For our sample US size 6 pictured in this tutorial: 2.5 yards of IL019 COBALT FS Signature Finish Medium Weight linen.
Refer to the yardage table in the PDF pattern to determine the exact amount of fabric you will need for this project.
Matching sewing thread, fusible interfacing, 4 small (3/8″/1 cm) buttons.
Scissors, pins, ruler, seam ripper, fabric marker, chalk, buttonhole foot, measure tape, needle, sewing machine
You can access the multi-sized printable PDF pattern by following this link HERE. All seam allowances are included. The model is 5’6 tall and wearing US size 6. If you need help adjusting the pattern for a fuller bust, we have a great Full Bust Adjustment tutorial HERE.
Remember to transfer all the notches onto your fabric.
Note: Prewash your fabric and tumble dry it until it is still slightly moist, dry at room temperature. Iron the fabric so it is easier to work with.
Let’s start with the bodice.
1. Sew the front bust darts as explained in this tutorial. Press the volume of the darts downwards.
2. Pin the bodice front and back pieces right sides together at the side seams. Sew at a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance, then finish the seam allowances using your preferred method (serge or zigzag the raw edges together) to prevent the fabric from fraying and press towards the back.
3. Stitch the front and back facing pieces right sides together at the side seams. Press the seams open and serge or zigzag along the outer raw edge.
4. Pin your straps right sides together and stitch at a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance along the sides and the front edge, leave the back short edge open.
5. Grade the seams, clip the corners and snip along curves to release the tension, then turn right side out, press and topstitch 1/8” from the edges.
6. Pin the facing to the bodice along the upper edge right sides together matching the side seams, then insert the raw edges of your straps between the bodice and the facing at the back between the notches and pin in place.
Make sure to place your straps correctly: facing away from the center back, underside facing you.
7. Stitch along the pinned edge at a 3/8” seam allowance.
8. Grade the seam allowances down to 1/4″, clip the corners and snip into the armhole curves to release the tension. Then turn the facing to the inside, press and topstitch 1/8” from the edge.
Your bodice is almost complete, you’ll just need to add buttons and buttonholes to the straps but we’ll do it after we’ve attached the pants. It will be easier to adjust the straps if needed once you’ve tried your finished jumpsuit on.
Time to sew the pants!
9. Attach the inseam pockets. Follow this step-by-step tutorial and place your pockets between the two pocket notches provided in the pattern.
Note that each pocket should be “sandwiched” between each pant front piece and the corresponding pant back. Notice how the front and back are a little different. The back is cut a little deeper in the crotch to allow for sitting.
10. Sew along side seams and the pockets all in one seam at a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance. Serge or zigzag the raw edges together to prevent the fabric from fraying. Press the finished seams and pockets towards the front.
11. Once you’ve attached your pockets and finished sewing the side seams, pin and stitch front leg to the corresponding back leg at the inseam right sides together. Finish the seam using your preferred method and press towards the back.
12. Turn the right leg right side out and slip it into the left leg.
13. Pin the crotch seams together matching the side seams and inseams.
14. Sew along the crotch seam at a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance. Serge or zigzag the raw edges together and press towards left leg.
15. Pin the pants to the bodice right sides together matching the side seams. Stitch at a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance and finish the raw edges together. Press the seam allowance towards bodice.
16. Hem the legs. Fold the fabric twice to the wrong side, first 3/8” then another 1/2″, press, pin and edgestitch.
Now that your top and bottom are assembled, try the jumpsuit on and see what is the most comfortable strap length for you. Mark the level where straps and bodice overlap and sew the buttonholes on the bodice and buttons on the straps.
For the buttonholes, you can follow our detailed tutorial HERE. As for the buttons, check our tutorial HERE for instructions. Overlap the straps and bodice and place a pin into the center of each buttonhole. This is where you’ll need to attach the button.
Stitch your buttonholes horizontally.
18. Sew the detachable belt, fold your fabric in half lengthwise with right sides touching. Leaving one end open, stitch along the long edge (1/4” away from the raw edge) and then pivot at the end corner and finish the end. Backstitch at the start and finish of the seam. Clip the corner.
19. Turn the belt right side out, use a sharp tool or a chopstick to turn the corners and press. Tuck in the raw edges into the opening, then stitch along the perimeter of your belt 1/8” from the edge to close the opening and prevent the belt from twisting in the future.
Lastly, sew the button loops and attach them to the jumpsuit.
20. Fold your loop fabric in half right sides together and stitch ¼” from the raw edge. Remember to backstitch at both ends.
21. Turn the loop right side out, roll the seamline to the center of the underside and press.
22. Tuck in the ends and attach one belt loop to each side seam (where the sides meet the waist) by stitching a small bar tack at both ends of a belt loop.
23. Give your jumpsuit one last press and you are all done!
We love seeing what you make! Don’t forget to share your pictures and tag your creations with #FabricsStoreDanaPattern hashtag.
This one piece wonder will make dressing for warmer weather seam like a breeze. Solids, stripes, heavy or light… pick your pleasure from our selection of linen fabrics!