My handmade wardrobe – New Look K6291 viscose jumpsuit.

I don’t know about you but plans for summer hols always prompt a desire for a few new wardrobe additions. This year in the months leading up to my holiday every time a new sewing mag dropped through the letterbox it contained a pattern that I fancied making for my holiday. I had quite a stash planned, but I’ve been so busy that it was all left to the last minute! Luckily most of them were super quick with easy fitting so I managed to get quite a few made up in time.

New Look pattern K6291 arrived with Sew magazine, The pattern included a short play-suit, a couple of dress options and this wide legged trouser version. The trouser version was shown on the pattern with halter neck ties, however I decided to make the shoulder tie straps that were shown on the short play-suit.

I wasn’t sure that this style would suit me very well. I don’t have anything like it in my wardrobe, though I am a fan of wide leg trousers. As it relies on elastic for fit I didn’t feel the need to make a toile. I know a toile might have helped me work out whether I liked the style (on me) enough to bother making it in ‘real’ fabric but I wanted a quick make and decided I could live with the outcome if it didn’t work.

I used soft toasted pink paisley print viscose which worked perfectly for this style. The fabric is light and drapey, meaning the ease in the bodice is soft rather than bulky and the trousers hang gracefully.

It was also amazingly quick to make. The only thing I changed was shortening the front tie length. It bothered me that when tied the front tie hung lower than the back.  I admit I didn’t really read the instructions so I may not have done what was asked. I was on a determined mission to finish a bundle of garments before going away. I knew if I didn’t get them completed in time they would become part of the dreaded unfinished project pile. Something I am hoping to completely banish!

I am quite happy with the completed piece. I don’t think it’s the most flattering garment in my wardrobe but I did pack it and I did wear it. It’s very comfy and easy to wear.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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