Jumpsuits..a sign of the times, who’s copying who?

I wasn’t much of a fashionista when I made this 25 years ago.  But, I tell you I was a pretty good sewist by anyone’s standards.  
And I did know fashion, also by  the looks of it, I also had a good handle on the moonwalk.  Life was so much fun back then. 
Erica B.  on her blog, says she wants this cutie. Of course the up-to-date version…Kwik Sew 3898
 I just know, from past experience, she will rock this jumpsuit. 
As comfortable for the tom-boy as it is stylish for the fashionista. This jumpsuit, suits all styles.  Dress it up or down, and you have a tough little outfit to do anything in.  I made mine back then, I think, out out a grey brushed cotton twill.  But you have to remember, if you are old enough, that back then there wasn’t much in the fabric department to choose from. So, I can’t wait to see this made up in the silk crepe de chine she is hoping to find.
I know I wouldn’t wear this again, my rump roast is way to big for this type of look.  Something, I just didn’t notice back then. But, oh yeah, people didn’t really worry so much about that, because just the fact that you sewed something yourself, brought on all the ooo’s and awwww’s.  It was a part of life to sew for yourself.  Now, it almost seems that you have to prove you can do better than the designers out there.  (Thats another ranting blog..) Cause, I believe what people are so call copying from today’s designers, they could just find in their mom’s closets and just be-dazzle the stuff a little and accessorize and you have a “look”.  
Not to step on anyone’s toes, but if you are not copying Carolina Herrera and the likes of her, you are just remaking the same old stuff from back when mommy taught us how to sew.  With that said, just make what you like, and trust, it has been made before.  Nothing is new, and trends are what you make of them.  Use the patterns provided by our lovely pattern designers as a springboard to do what YOU want and enjoy your creations as your own.  Not so you can say I copied a designer original…cause you didn’t.  What you DID do is save all that rediculous money they try to charge for the garments.  
OooooK…sorry, I just had to get that out.  No offense to any of my lovely friends in sewing blog land.
Sew til later.. luv ya! 

Vogue 1249- My birthday suit…jumpsuit that is.

Project Birthday Jumpsuit…is a Badgley Mischka for Vogue Jumpsuit. V1249..
Line Art
Close-fitting (through bustline), partially interfaced, lined jumpsuit has back invisible zipper.
Pattern Sizing:
Size 14-20, I cut a 14/16. But I actually should have cut the 12/14 up top.

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The drawing didn’t fall in the front, but she was standing pretty straight and tall. Also, I don’t have much curve definition in the front. I am really straight, and my bust are small. So my garment tends to collapsed a little. Next time I wear it, I will wear a padded bra to add to the front curves. I don’t want to take out anything there, I want to give the illusion of more…which is why I liked the addition of the ruffles up front. The garment on the pattern envelope was obviously belted a little tight, cause the front on the model actually looked liked gathers, on mine it was plenty smooth with the acceptation of the pleats.

For the boning I used a technique that I invented (at least I think so…) that makes for a really straight seam.
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I removed the plastic boning from the channel after initially measuring, I then sew down the channel sides and around bottom. At the curves in the princess line, I always curve the fabric in a cup like fashion thereby shorting the channel to force it to curve with the fabric. So when I reinsert the boning (making sure to have it curl with the direction of the princess seam) the bodice will curve in naturally around the bust and will form right into the chest above the bust at the neckline. So, even with the weight of the ruffles, the neck edge will not try to flop out to the front. (I have found that edge stitching doesn’t always stop this from happening.)

You have to remember to determine the direction the boned foundation will face before knowing which way to curve the boning insertion. I faced the right side of the foundation to the wrong side of the bodice…not what the pattern instructions suggest… I wanted to make sure the outside of the garment did not show any signs of boning. It worked..as my classmate (a fellow designer) did not realize I had boning until she hugged me.

For the zipper- I used the Threads article “Sew Invisible Zippers like a Pro” from the August/Sept 2011 issue for the instructions. For the remainder of the garment I used the pattern instructions.
I am happy with the back alteration. I shorted it by 1/2 inch to allow for a short back from shoulder blade to waist. I raised the crotch by 1 inch in the back.

I liked the overall design and construction. I felt absolutely comfortable in the jumpsuit all night!!! I really forgot I was in a strapless outfit. The corset foundation was extremely comfortable and secure. I never worried about the top falling, and the fit was terrific in the crotch. I really don’t normally get that straight out the gate on any pant pattern. I think I will use this pattern as my pant and bustier slopers for sure.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

When shortening the crotch, the pleats are moved off grain, they have to be re-adjusted. “Please return your pleats to the upright position before take off.” lol536
I shorted the front crotch 3/4 inch. The pants had enough ease to take care of any extras on the thighs. I didn’t need to do any full seat adjustments. I could see that as soon as I cut the pattern tissue. But, of course I had to shorten the front length.537

I also lengthened the bottom of the bodice by 1/2 inch in the front and side seams. I will take that out next time, as I believe it may have something to do with the folds forming in the front under the bust.

I also lengthened the pants by two inches. May need to remember to wear the shoes I made the garment to match. They just weren’t comfortable to wear all night during the party. A hostess must be comfortable.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I would definitely sew this again with narrower pants.

Even though I DONOT drink, I must do my Captain Morgan pose. “The joke of the day.” I had a lot of fun, and still never was concerned about the fit of my jumpsuit. I literally forgot I was wearing a strapless garment.

It appears that even leaning over, I had no worries. I raised the upper front 1 inch. I never tugged on my bodice anytime during the night. It was a very long night at that.

By the way… the beautiful cake was compliments of my very talented daughter Jennifer..