Thursday, 27 February 2014

Minerva make - Jumpin polka dots

After making a summer work wardrobe, I chose to go easy and enjoy celebrating summer with this top and pants. Actually, this is a jumpsuit McCalls 6083The fabrics including the interfacing are from Minerva Crafts UK. These were ordered before Christmas and arrived in Australia from the UK before New Year. You'll find a few jumpsuits at Minerva.
Pretty plain looking on the hanger right? These fabrics washed nicely and were easy to work with. I used 'Seams Great' to stabilise the shoulder pleats. The pockets have swimwear elastic to give the gathers. 

You don't need a super duper sewing machine to sew this successfully. Just a normal sewing machine will help you achieve this easy, breezy piece. Being knit fabrics, seams don't need to be finished. These fabrics have been through the wash a few times now and the seams edges remain intact. This such an easy jumpsuit to wear.
Invisible snaps at the front will keep you in (and get you out) of this comfortable jumpsuit. The sleeve edges and back neckline are folded down once and zigzagged. I did use the coverstitch machine for the hems on the pants but you don't need a coverstitch machine to finish the hems.
This was taken outside the Amory buildings in Sydney. Summer is coming to an end.
The kit from Minerva includes McCalls pattern 6083 (sizes 14-20), spotty jersey cotton knit fabric, plain jersey fabric and woven interfacing. This is the perfect project if you only have a sewing machine and aren't confident sewing in a zipper.
You can see how flowing the pants fabric is. It's gorgeous to sew with too.
This version has
- pleats at the shoulder line. Pleats suit the cotton knit used for the top.
- wide elastic at the waist. I added more seam allowance on the top and on the pants to do this without distorting the pattern.
- smaller arm holes. I raise the arm holes of the front and back bodices
- The base of the pocket bags have been cut off. The original pockets ended at mid-thigh level.

Wear it will a cute belt and flat shoes.
Or wear it will heels in a similar print. I decided to wear these heels and not the flat shoes.
When I took these indoor photos, it was a Friday night after a busy week and I was about to catch up with friends, so I wanted to feel comfortable but look sharp. I'd be happy to see you in this outfit too. Grab the kit and make your version today. Thank you Minerva Crafts.

And that's my Sew Grateful project brought to you by Minerva Crafts!!

22 comments:

Cherrypix said...

Pulled-together (literally), comfy AND b+w! ...a perfect make!

beajay said...

You certainly do look smart. Very nice. Doesn't look like a jumpsuit at all but very professional slacks and top.

prttynpnk said...

I wouldnt have imagined a work friendly jumpsuit that didnt look like a biohazhard suit- you look great!

Sew Little Time said...

lovely. it looks great and bet it is super comfy too!

Lori said...

This looks wonderful on you. Great job.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Lori. This has been fun.

Velosewer said...

It is comfy :)

Velosewer said...

Maybe I should work on a biohazard version?

Velosewer said...

i love B+w for some reason...

Velosewer said...

Mmm. Maybe I should now work on a peplum version?

Sharon said...

You wouldn't know it is a jumpsuit, great outfit!

Gail said...

Great look. See you tomorrow!

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sharon.

Velosewer said...

Looking forward to catching up Gail.

KaSchu said...

Lovely outfit. I would never have considered a jumpsuit but this looks like separates. Plus black & white and spots. I'm in love :)

Kirsty Bunfield (kbfield) said...

I just love this! Great matching with the spots on top!

disqus_de1eWWrhH2 said...

What a lovely variation on the one colour jumpsuit - it looks like a blouse and pants, very smart - and without the inconvenience of the blouse riding up and coming untucked. And it looks lovely on you.

disqus_de1eWWrhH2 said...

I didn't realise this was disquis - I must update my profile there - but I'm sure your know I am Sarah Liz :)

Velosewer said...

Thanks Kristy:)

Velosewer said...

Thanks. Jumpsuits are amazing.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Liz. I know you're busy with your studies too. All the best:)

Joy said...

A knit jumpsuit sounds really comfortable, and the fabric combination is fabulous! Almost nautical...

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