I was lucky to be a part of the tour (though my slot got delayed) for My treasured Heirloom patterns. Now, I am not one to make frilly girly stuff. It has never been my style unless my daughters ask of it. Annastasia challenged us to show how you can use the pattern in a different way and basically hack the pattern into a new look. After lots of pondering and idea scratching, I came up with a jumpsuit combining the pants and the wrap front dress bodice. The best part was that this was amazingly easy to do and the pants are a gorgeous fit, not like the normal oversized ruffle pants.
Here is all the info on how you can follow My Treasured Heirloom patterns and get the pattern, as well as a coupon code. And here is a list of the other bloggers on the tour.
Use the coupon code SIBLOGTOUR for $4 off a $10 or higher purchase, the code is good through the December 14th, 2015.
Link the the Sweet Innocence listing
Sweet Innocence pattern
Link to my etsy page
Link to my blog
Website & blog
Now, the pattern hack for this is so easy. You will cut out the pieces as directed on the pattern for the pants (cut 2 mirrored) Cut 4 of the front crossover piece mirrored or 2 main and 2 lining, 2 straps, and 2 back pieces. The only addition you need is to cut a 2 inch long by the width +1in of the pants waist. I also added button loops to the wrap pieces. You can add the sash for more control, sew it down, add snaps or lengthen it so that it fits across the width of the back piece. Also, if you want this to stand alone, you will want to tack it down and probably raise the neck line a bit. Mine was a tad too peekaboo, but also works great for layering.
Once your pants and your bodice are assembled. place the bodice and pants right right together. Pin in place. Sew the short end of the casing piece together using a 1/2 in seam allowance right sides together so that it forms a loop. Place the right side of the casing at the edge of the wrong wide of the bodice. You should have 3 layers: pants, bodice, casing.
Sew all the way around the waist using a 1/2 in seam allowance.
Once you have sewn it, you will need to iron a 1/2 inch fold all the way around the casing towards the wrong side. Then iron the casing down towards the wrong side of the pants. Make sure it lies perfectly flat.
With the elastic, you have 2 choices, you can sew the elastic together now and place in the casing so that you sew along the casing and pull as you sew, or you can sew the more traditional way leaving a 2 inch opening. Then insert the elastic through with a bodkin or safety pin.
Sew your elastic closed and pull through evenly.
Hem your pants if you have not done this already, and voila, you have a jumpsuit.
Sorry I do not have photos. This really came to me out of nowhere and I need to make another so that I can get proper photos. This was a “make it work” moment. Tim Gunn, are you proud?
Please feel free to comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions of confusion until I can work on getting a photo tutorial up.
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