Fake Jumpsuit Review:
Hello all! Let me introduce myself, I'm Rudy. no its not short for anything.. all my nicknames are longer! I've been sewing about 2.5 years after my husband made a guess that I’d enjoy a sewing machine for Christmas one black Friday. He did good! My sewing escapades generally go on @roodles_runique head over and give me a wave if you like sewing, and dogs, but mostly sewing!
So for my very first blog post for Sew Me Sunshine, I ordered this beautiful crepe, with every intention of making myself a lovely Seamworks Alamanda to wear with jeans or for work. But then the fabric arrived (super quickly I hasten to add) all plans went out the window! The drape of this crepe is lovely and floaty so I just knew it needed to be something more. Plus a Alamanda uses a lot of fabric and I had images of getting more out of the large amount of fabric.
I saw @Suziela recently made a faux jumpsuit. She used culottes and a floaty t-shirt and it looked fabulous and it got me thinking! So I decided I would give this a go. I love jumpsuits, though my Mum doesn’t she says I look like Andy Pandy, but now I’m getting old I really hate having to take the whole thing off to go to the loo! Also as I was making this to wear to the Handmade Fair too I decided porta loos and jumpsuits do not mix!
I decided I would make an OgdenWinslow FAKE jumpsuit! I've used the Winslow culottes, which are a favourite of mine that I always get compliments wearing, but this time with full length trousers and the Ogden Cami which I'd never made before but I’ve been admiring for some time!
The Winslow’s are a great pattern for anyone that is new to sewing trousers because they are floaty meaning that fit isn't really an issue. I like to wear my Winslows high up on my waist, but I leave the crotch where it is so that if I ever wanted to wear them lower I could. Higher just prevents chub rub… ha ha! I made the full length version this time, and I think I could have made them a bit shorter as I keep rolling over my legs in my office chair, but when I’m stood up they are perfect for wearing with flats which is all I ever wear anyway!
The Ogden Cami is clearly going to become a staple of mine! I squeezed it out of a smaller amount of fabric than advised by shrinking the length of the facing, which I wouldn’t recommend as it can lie funny on my boobs, but needs must! I think this is going to be a great one for using up odd ends of fabric after I’ve made a dress or something.
Top Tips for Sewing with Crepe:
-Make sure the tension is right on your machine/overlocker. If it's a bit tight it ends up shrinking the fabric as the seams end up being short- not great for trousers
-Overlock/zigzag the life out of it! It frays like crazy so I overlocked each pattern piece once I had cut it out
-Pattern weights and a rotary cutter are better for this slippery beast or it'll slip slide everywhere
-Use a walking foot or I'm told a roller foot but I’ve not tried that. Just gives you a bit of extra control over the fabric
-I prefer to sew in interfacing, because it scares me getting the hot iron near crepe as if it’s too hot it just melts!
-Last one is a fun fact I learnt most recently, CLOSE the window. Otherwise it just blows everywhere and you end up prying pocket pieces from the pooches!!
So what do you think? I actually love it, because really it’s like 3 outfits! I can wear them as separates or together and all options are suitable for work too so I can show off more me-made in the office, as if I need an excuse! The pictures are a little from the Handmade fair and some more when I wore it to the office the following week. Happy Sewing!
Rudy's Fake Jumpsuit & Rudy's Top Tips for Sewing with Crepe Fabric
Fake Jumpsuit Review: