Sunday, 18 January 2015

Birthday Jumpsuit

For my 18th birthday party (which was yesterday) I decided to round up all of my friends for a Who's Line is it Anyway party. If you're not familiar with the programme, it's a TV show based around 4 actors who play lots of improvisational games.  I found it on the plane to Perth, and just might have woken all of the sleeping passengers up because I was laughing so loud! I thought it would be great fun to re-create the TV show with my friends. And obviously I had to make my own outfit.
This party was going to be pretty active, so I decided that I would be better off wearing a jumpsuit than a dress, and that it would need to be made out of a knit for max comfort and move-ability. Of course, this was decided after I'd started birthday dress no.1, but I'm sure it'll get worn another time! I then ordered 2 metres of viscose jersey from Ebay for around 8 pounds and got cracking.
I started with True Bias's Hudson Pant pattern as a base for the bottom half. I added a fair bit to the top of the front and back pieces to make them high-waisted, then I added 5cm more for a bit of jumpsuit ease. Next time I'd probably take that 5cm out because the crotch on this is preeeetty low. I had to put the pocket under the front pattern piece to get the correct shape for the side seam.
 Then I cut a line straight down the front and back to the knee and across. Then I moved each side out a bit until it equaled the measurement for half of the coordinating bodice piece. The shaded bit is the new bit!
For the bodice I used the gathered bodice pattern that I made for the V&A dress. I made a mock up to check the fit. It does look a tad silly because I didn't have enough fabric to have lower legs but it did the job! From the muslin I ascertained that the back was pretty baggy so I lifted that up a bit. Apart from that it was fine so I went for the real thing!
 When I put the real thing together, it sewed up really quickly! I overlocked everything. The neckline and armholes were neatened by bands. Overall, I'm so pleased with how it turned out. It's a fairly big departure from my usual style, but I feel great wearing it. The fact that it's so comfy is an added plus. It's honestly like wearing pj's!
Thanks to Ed for taking photos, and to you for reading!
Lauren xx

24 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Lauren!! 18 is a big one, too! Do you feel like a grown-up now? (I'm 10 years older and can tell you that I still don't!). Love the jumpsuit, and how you pulled this together :)

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    1. Thank you! I really do not feel grown up in the slightest. Maybe when I move out I'll feel more grown up?!

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  2. Happy birthday Lauren! I hope you had a blast! I love your jumpsuit, I seriously want to make myself one like this, it looks great on you!

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    1. Thank you! I feel the need to make another one already!

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  3. Happy Birthday Lauren. The jumpsuit is a definite winner and the colour is beautiful on you. Enjoy your year!

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    1. Thank you! I'm really liking burgundy as a colour this year!

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  4. Happy Birthday! your birthday jumpsuit rocks!

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  5. I’ve been silently following you for some time now, but with an 18th birthday I guess congratulations (i. e. my first comment) are in order. And I really like your jumpsuit especially the colour. Happy birthday Lauren, Kat

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    1. Aww, well thank you for your first comment! I'm having a bit of a burgundy phase at the moment!

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  6. I love the jumpsuit! The color is so luxurious, but it must be amazingly comfortable at the same time. Happy birthday!!!

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    1. Thanks Anelise! There's just something about the colour burgundy.

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  7. Nice jumpsuit! The color is amazing! :) it's a good present for a B-day... Happy birthday Lauren!

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  8. How cool! Fun style, love how you showed how you came up with the patterns yourself, and Who's Line is soooo much fun! I would totally go to that party! Happy birthday!

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    1. Haha thank you! The party was hilarious. We got some great pictures!

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  9. Happy Birthday!! That is an awesome jumpsuit, it really suits you and anything that feels like wearing pyjamas in public is a big win!

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    1. Thank you! I really need to make more secret pyjamas!

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  10. oh lady be GOOD! this is inspired, i want one too!

    and a very happy birthday to you as well :))

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  11. Happy birthday! I love this jumpsuit! Brilliant idea and the color suits you really well!

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to make more burgundy things!

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  12. I usually don't even like jumpsuits but I think that looks fantastic on you! Good job! :-)

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    1. wow, that's a pretty high compliment! Thank you!

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