If you’ve been a long time follower you know that I have a tendency to go “sewing rebel” and either go against a sewing tutorial, hack the pattern into something different or combine elements from various options to create a new view. In this case, I had been craving a button front jumpsuit that I’ve seen all over Pinterest and knew that combining both views of the Frisco Jumpsuit pattern would fill that need! The pattern designer has hinted at creating a “real” tutorial for combining both views but I’ll just explain in short how I made the modification for this jumpsuit. You can see the original post and modifications on my Instagram. If you want to learn more, let’s dive in…
The Pattern & The Hack
The Frisco Jumpsuit is the newest offering from Threadbear Garments and totally on trend for RTW fashion this season. The pattern has two views: a button front top or a princess seam front jumpsuit with an elasticated waist. Both views are drafted for multiple cup sizes. The pattern comes in sizes 0-20 and has both a copy shop and print at home file included. It is written for the advanced beginner and sews up smoothly.
The top version has a completely different bodice so it didn’t appear to be as simple as using the top pieces for the button front detail and attaching it to the jumpsuit bottoms. The top has a separate button placket piece. Because I was using a twill fabric, thicker than the recommended lighter weight fabrics, I wanted to avoid adding extra seams. I chose to extend the front center panel and band to allow for folding in a button placket rather than attaching a separate piece. I cut the extended front center panel and band as two mirrored images rather than on the fold. I folded in the extension to create a button placket, overlapped the placket at the bottom of the bodice and basted in place before attaching to the waistband/bottoms of the jumpsuit.
To match the ready to wear inspiration more, I slimmed the leg of the pants a touch on both the front and back through the hip. I added back patch pockets since that’s a great way to add detail to the backside and minimize the “mom butt” look from adding rise for my height (1″ added to the front and back rise). Lastly, I reduced the elastic for the waist belt to cinch the waist in slightly more.
I mentioned that I used a twill instead of the lightweight, drape-y fabric recommended in the pattern. I found this great sweet potato, stretch organic twill from Mood Fabrics and felt like it would be the perfect fabric to transition this jumpsuit from summer to fall. I love the shade- it’s a more updated take on the rust orange trend of last fall. Of course, at the time I totally wasn’t thinking about the thought of sewing myself an “orange jumpsuit” but I’m sure this is much more fashionable than the kind often pictured with that phrase HAH!
The Final Look
I styled the jumpsuit with some great booties and a new leopard silk scarf. Scarf hair accessories and leopard print are two huge fall trends, so I jumped in early and thought it was the perfect compliment to the sweet potato color. Don’t you agree???