When the June 2020 BurdaStyle magazine arrived I knew I wanted to sew the jumpsuit on the cover. And I don't even like jumpsuits.
Then I picked fabrics that were not even suggested! I know, a sewing rebel, right? LOL.
The jumpsuit is designed to be sewn in lightweight wovens, like a rayon challis. I loved the fabric of the sample shown on the magazine cover and really, really wanted to sew mine in something similar. Well, truth be told I wanted that exact fabric!
When I realized I wouldn't be able to find something even close, I put the idea of sewing this jumpsuit out of mind.
That is, until a sewing challenge on Instagram popped up. It was called a #sewingbowlchallenge. When you expressed interest in participating, the organizer pulled out components of the challenge from six little fishbowls (which is how the name came to be). My challenge was to sew 1) from a magazine or book 2) a suit, 3) in a neutral, 4) using colorblock, 5) with my choice of fabric, 6) in three weeks.
I was stumped at first as I kept thinking business suit.
But then I had an ah-ha moment and decided to make it work by sewing a jumpSUIT (#2) from BurdaStyle MAGAZINE (#1), in BLACK (#3), using both a sequin and solid knit COLORBLOCK (#4 and #5).
I love this jumpsuit! And as I eluded to earlier, I'm not a huge fan of jumpsuits. In fact, the 80s was probably the last time I wore that trend.
However, the knit makes this one very comfortable, and the sequin on top makes it pop!
The top of the jumpsuit is not attached to the waistline, something that was not obvious to me when I first looked at the photos. The top portion is attached to the side seams and the front ties are crossed once the jumpsuit is on. As you see in the above photo it does leave a small gap of skin showing. But hey! Cutouts are supposedly a trend for Fall 2020 so I'm right on trend, right? LOL.
The pant length is designed to be cropped, just above the ankle. Construction is simple with the neck and sleeve edges finished with a knit binding and an elastic casing at the waist.
The back is scooped with a small slit opening that closes with a hook and eye. Yea, let me tell ya...that is not exactly easy to re hook when you need to use the restroom. I may change that to a small invisible zipper which I think would be easier for me to use.
The sequin fabric was a "mystery knit" from Fabric Mart Fabrics. The black ponte knit was also purchased from Fabric Mart Fabrics.
While its an impractical garment for the current environment we're living in, I do love it. I can hardly wait till all restaurants reopen so I can wear this out to dinner with my hubby.
By the way, this jumpsuit was included in my July Makes video on YouTube if you want to see it in action.