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Emma's Sirocco Jumpsuit

As soon as the Deer and Doe Sirocco jumpsuit was released I knew it was a pattern I’d make more than once. I just love it. The first time I made it using a viscose crepe jersey and I’m not going to lie, it was a challenge!!! The fabric was so slinky! So, when the ladies at Sewalicious asked me to choose my blog fabric I thought I’d give the playsuit version a whirl and this time sew it up with scuba. Scuba is easy to sew and it doesn’t fray, theTribal Fun scuba that I used had slightly under the recommended 60% but it was close and thankfully, it has worked well.

The Tribal fun - scuba pattern from Sewalicious is great, it hugs the body well and as such gives this playsuit great shape. I had 2m of this fabric but at 150cm wide I think I could’ve got away with 1.5m. The fabric is 95% Poly and 5% Spandex which does offer good stretch and recovery. It is priced at a very reasonable £12/m and is available in half metre increments.

The reason the stretch is so important within this pattern is because there is only one way in and out of the jumpsuit and that is through the top…there are no buttons or zips to assist you and therefore the waistband needs to be able to stretch over your hips in order to pull it on!! Lots of people have asked me if it is easy to get in and out of (mainly for toilet visits…haha!) and I’m not going to say it is because it isn’t – however, it’s not pain enough to not make it or wear it.

The jumpsuit itself has great detail and is a surprisingly straightforward and quick sew. Once the pleats are in the front and the darts are in the back – it really is just a case of overlocking all the pieces together! I absolutely love this as its so satisfying to be able to complete a project in one sitting!!

There are so many jumpsuit patterns available out there at the moment and although I love them all, this one is unusual in that it is a knit pattern. Both the play suit and jump suit versions that I have made literally feel like PJ’s to wear! It is so comfortable. I will 100% be making more of these. I would love to make one in a plain jersey fabric to highlight the stunning detail within this pattern, the pleats to the front create a really flattering panel and just look so sophisticated. The darts in the back add shape so it’s actually quite tailored…..and the icing on the cake? It has pockets!!! Yes, nice deep pockets. Honestly, I can’t recommend this pattern enough – it’s stunning. If it’s your first time making something like this or you are relatively new to sewing I would 100% recommend that you sew it in scuba first, just because it is so much more manageable.

Right, I’m off in search of a nice plain jersey to sew up my next jumpsuit…!

Until next time

Emma

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