I have been searching for a good jumpsuit pattern that not only fits my hips, but is somewhat easy to make with a simple design. It’s been hard to find! Jumpsuits are not made to fit a short curvy Woman’s body – but the GIA Jumpsuit really does check all the boxes.
With the versatility of this jumpsuit design, I wanted to choose a fabric that was classic and comfortable. Since I chose to do the sleeveless version, a lighter weight linen was what I had in mind. I chose the IL042 889 FS Premier Finish Midweight 100% Linen fabric and was amazed by how luscious and soft this linen is. It got even better after the first wash and I was so excited to have a garment made out of it!
If you haven’t purchased a Fabrics-Store.com pattern yet – let me be the one to tell you that their patterns are high quality. Expect to get a large cardboard tube that contains your pattern pieces printed continuously on thick paper, an instructions booklet with images in full color, plus a pattern hook to professionally hang your pattern pieces once you have them all cut out. I don’t know about you, but I’m used to printing my patterns at home, taping it all together with scotch tape, then cutting it out… Definitely a welcome step up!
I’m short, 4’11” to be exact. So, I decided to do the cropped version as I assumed this length would be almost full length on me – I was definitely right! This length would be perfect as a cropped version for a taller person, but it was just the right length for my short legs. I really appreciate this option as I normally have to hem everything I make like crazy! The legs are slightly wide, but not too wide. This makes for a great fit.
The pattern itself was very easy to follow. If you’re sewing a jumpsuit for the first time or nervous about it like I was, this pattern really makes it super simple and breezy. I just followed each step in the well-written instruction booklet and didn’t really hit a snag anywhere.
One thing that really drew me to this pattern is the buttons down the front. I have trouble wearing any jumpsuit that doesn’t have some sort of opening because I can’t ever get it over my hips, but I really hate zippers! Buttons are the perfect way to easily take the jumpsuit on and off while having a really nice front detail. Plus, who doesn’t love some front button action?
Overall, I am very happy with the way this jumpsuit turned out. I think it could be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and fabric chosen. This jumpsuit would look amazing in Fabric-Stores’ Heavyweight linen as well for the Fall/Winter months, layered with a long sleeve underneath or the long sleeve version. You have the option to do sleeveless (like me!), short sleeves, or long sleeves, making this jumpsuit pattern very versatile for any Season.