Saturday, 7 March 2015

White Tree lace jumpsuit

Functional and practical is what I've always strived for when I've sewn clothes for myself. The proportions have to be balanced and not swamp me because I'm short. Jumpsuits are really practical and if they're made using a knit fabric, that's the most comfortable option I can create and perfect for travelling.
White Tree fabrics asked me if I would be able to make something using this really open lace and I immediately thought 'jumpsuit' with a contrasting underlayer. This lace is really lovely to see and I wanted the lace circles to show up and not be hidden if I have used a matching blue under layer. #GBSB series 3 episode 5 featured lace in the semi final.

And here it is.

Ok, so you can't really see this jumpsuit too well when I'm sitting under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

Here's the close up view (McCalls 6969).

What about this view with the Sydney Opera House in the background.


Here's a close up of the collar lace detail. It clearly shows how lovely this lace knit is. I've hand stitched the collar facing to the contrasting lining. The fabric doesn't unravel so you could cut out the circles for other projects. 

The inside seams of the collar and lapel provide a strong blueness to emphasis these edges.

I've used satin bias binding to finish off the sleeve edges and on the back collar seam. Even the soft knit lining doesn't unravel but I did overlock the seam edges.
lace binding on the back collar
We (Mr V and I) were having such a ball taking photos along the harbour foreshores we forgot to take a photo of the back of the jumpsuit.
All the circle matched up.
There was definitely a lot of work planning how to cut this fabric. 
Here's an 'on the hanger' close up so you can see where the buttons were placed. 

The buttonholes are hand sewn because this fabric is quite textured and may have needed nerves of steel to machine sew them. This was the main hand sewing I needed to do.
So now you've seen my first White Tree Fabrics piece and you can certainly figure out how gorgeous Sydney's Summer has been too.

27 comments:

beajay said...

You do look great in those jumpsuits and this is no exception. Great fabric choice too. Love it.

Manju said...

Very cute look Maria.

Kirsty Bunfield (kbfield) said...

This is stunning!

Accordion3 said...

Another beautiful make!

Siobhan said...

Wow! I never would have thought of using lace for a jumpsuit but this is so beautiful and suits you perfectly.

Paulinakoss Bruce said...

Oh!!! How I love this!!! Beautiful jumpsuit and you rock it!!

MushyWear said...

Very precise and beautiful work you've done on this. The jumpsuit fits you perfectly and you look amazing in it!

oonaballoona said...

stunning!!

Sip the Diva said...

I want so badly to make this pattern but because I need to increase my back crotch depth so much I just could not figure out. I always have to adjust my back by at least 3 inches n reduce my front by iniches 😱

Yours looks fabulous!

Sam said...

This looks spectacular Maria!

theperfectnose said...

This is gorgeous. Looks like a lot of patient effor in matching up and cutting out everything to align perfectly. Very elegant look and the colour of the lace is stunning. Go you!

Velosewer said...

Thanks Oona!

Velosewer said...

Oh you! Thanks. Nice to see you're back sewing TJ.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sam. The view helps.

Velosewer said...

I know you'll work out your adjustment and come up with a rocking jumpsuit too.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Shannon.

Velosewer said...

That's so sweet. Thanks.

Velosewer said...

And it's really comfy too.

Velosewer said...

The Yoshimi version was really the test version.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Manju.

Velosewer said...

It's a fun fabric that doesn't unravel.

poppykettle said...

I've been wanting to try on a jump suit in the shops for ages now... to see if I like them enough to sew my own. After seeing yours, I really need to get on and do it!! It looks lovely, Maria! :)

Sip the Diva said...

I might need to consult some other sources I'm stumped. If it were a two piece yes, (top n bottom) since it's one piece I'm not sure. Yours Is Lovely

Allison C said...

Now you are just taunting us with those gorgeous Sydney photos! You really can rock a jumpsuit, I like how the lace looks like a print from the distance and then becomes lace - it looks quite delicate, did you find that it catches on things?

Fabric Epiphanies said...

Your jumpsuit in lace is gorgeous and your backdrop equally lovely.

Therese said...

Just lovely, and very unusual! Well done!

Amy T said...

Woooeeee! This turned out great. Lovely scenic shots too

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