Tools and materials:
- Linen fabric
- Fabric chalk
- Sewing machine
- Overlocking presser foot
- Invisible zipper
Honestly, is there anything more comfortable than a good jumpsuit?! They’re so cute and so fun to wear. So, naturally, I had to try my hand at making my very own jumpsuit. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the steps I took to make one. Keep reading to see the final result. Spoiler alert: I love it!
The first thing I did was mark and measure the front of the jumpsuit. With the fabric folded in half, I drew a rectangle. To get the width, I measured my hip size and multiplied it by 1.5. For me, that was 35 cm (13.8”). The length was 140 cm (55”), which is the length from my shoulder to my ankle. Starting from the top left of the rectangle, I measured in 75 cm (29.5”), which is the length from the shoulder to over the crotch, and marked it. Then, also from the top left corner, I measured down 15 cm (5.9”) and marked there as well. I then drew a diagonal line connecting those two points and drew a curved line below it to make the crotch.
Next, starting from the bottom left corner of the rectangle, I measured in 20 cm (7.9”), which is the distance from the shoulder to the armpit. From the same starting point, I measured up and marked 5 cm (2”) and connected those two points with a curved line. Then, from the end of the curved line, I measured up and marked 6 cm (2.4”) and then marked 20 cm (7.9”) on the crotch line. Again, I connected these two points, giving me the neck area. Lastly, starting from the top right corner of the rectangle, I went down 15 cm (6”) and connected that point to the end of the crotch line.
Making the back of the jumpsuit is similar to the front, with a few changes in the measurements. The width was 35 cm (13.8”) again, but the length was 142 cm (55.9”), which was the length from my shoulder to my ankle + 2 cm (0.8”). Then, starting from the top left corner, I measured in and marked 77 cm (30.3”), which is the distance from the shoulder to over the crotch + 2 cm (0.8”). Starting again from the top left corner, I measured down and marked 15 cm (5.9”) then connected those two points with a diagonal line. I drew a curved line under that line to create the crotch and made sure to make the curve big, as it needed to fit the butt.
Next, starting at the bottom left corner, I measured up 5 cm (2”) and then 22 cm (8.7”) onto the line. I connected these two points with another curved line. I then measured up 2 cm (0.9”) from the end of that curve and 20 cm (7.9”) from the end of the crotch line and connected them with a diagonal line, giving me a neck area similar to the one in the front piece of the jumpsuit. Moving to the top right corner, I measured down and marked 15 cm (5.9”) and connected that to the end of the crotch curve with a diagonal line.
With all my measurements in place, I cut out the fabric along my cut lines. Since my fabric was folded over, I was left with two identical pieces for the front of the jumpsuit and two identical pieces for the back of the jumpsuit. I then overlocked the edges of each piece with a zigzag stitch and overlocking presser foot to keep the material from fraying.
Once all my pieces were cut out and overlocked, it was time to start assembling the jumpsuit. First, I took the two front pieces and pinned them together at the crotch line. I then sewed along where I had pinned, removing the pins as I fed the fabric into the machine.
Once my front pieces were sewn together, I opened it up and lay it down on my work surface. From the end of the arm area, I measured down 11 cm (4.3”) and made a mark. Then, starting from that mark, I measured up and marked 9 cm (3.5”). From the second mark, I measured 5 cm (2”) to the left and made a third mark, which I connected to the first mark with a diagonal line. I then marked two more lines on either side of the first mark, 1 cm (0.4”) in each direction, and drew diagonal lines to connect them to the third mark, as well. I then folded the lines together and pinned them. After repeating the same process on the other side, I sewed the darts in place and trimmed off the edges.
Taking the two back pieces, I measured and marked 40 cm (15.7”) from the top of the crotch line. From that point, I pinned the two pieces together until the end of the crotch line. I then sewed the two pieces together, removing the pins as I sewed.
To make the back pockets, I took the leftover fabric and drew a rectangle with a 25 cm (9.8”) length and a 17 cm (6.7”) width. I then cut out along the lines and cut the edge of the rectangle, leaving me with two rectangles to work with. I overlocked the edges of the rectangles before continuing.
I drew a horizontal line at 6 cm (2.4”) from the top of the pocket rectangles, then folded down the top to that line and sewed it in place. Then I folded the edges of the pockets and ironed on the folds to create the foldings for the pockets.
The pockets’ position was in the butt area, so taking the back piece of the jumpsuit, I measured down 32 cm (12.6”) from the end of the arm area. From that mark, I measured up and marked 6 cm (2.4”). I then measured the width of the pocket onto the jumpsuit and marked up 6 cm (2.4”) from there. I placed the pocket on those marks and pinned it down. I repeated the same process on the other side for the second pocket, then sewed them both in place.
To make the side pockets, I took some fabric and drew a rectangle of 25 cm (9.8”) length and 17 cm (6.7”) width. I then drew a small curved line on one side, and a big curved line on the opposite side. Next, I cut out the fabric, following the curved lines. I did this twice so that I ended up with four identical pieces.
The side pockets go under the belly, so I measured and marked 27 cm (10.6”) from the end of the arm area. I then placed the pocket there and connected it by placing pins only on the outer line. I repeated this on the other side, then sewed both pockets along the pinned lines. Then I did the same thing on the back side of the jumpsuit.
To connect the front and back pieces of the jumpsuit, I laid them on top of each other, right sides together, and pinned along the sides. When I reached the pocket areas, I pinned along the curve of the pockets and then continued down. I then sewed along the pinned areas and also sewed along the inner leg seams.
Now that my pockets were in place, it was time to make their openings. I laid out the jumpsuit and measured 16 cm (6.3”) from the end of the pocket and made a mark. I repeated this on the other side, then sewed from the mark I made to the other end of the pocket.
Having reached the end of the project, I had to hem the legs. I folded up the edges on the inside and sewed all the way around the bottom of the leg. Then I pinned and sewed together the front and back of the shoulders, sewing slightly down from the edge and from the inside to the outside.
The next thing I did was cut four fabric strips with a 3 cm (1.2”) width. I then connected one strip along the neckline of the jumpsuit and repeated this on the other side. Next, I took another strip and pinned it along the armhole, then pinned the last strip along the other armhole. Once all four strips were pinned in place, I sewed them all down. Then, to finish the seam, I took the strips and double-folded them out then sewed them.
It was finally time to install the zipper to the back of the jumpsuit. I used an invisible zipper to make it look nicer. I pinned the zipper in place, then used my zipper foot to sew it. Once it was secure, I hand-sewed the ends of the zipper to the fabric.
The last step was to make the belt for the jumpsuit. I cut out a long strip of fabric with a 10 cm (3.9”) width. I then folded the strip lengthwise and pinned the edges together. I sewed along the edges, leaving a small unsewn opening in the middle of the belt. Then I used a stick to turn the belt right side out and ironed the belt to straighten the seam. Once that was done, my jumpsuit was complete!
I love the way this jumpsuit came out! It’s so comfortable and completely adorable. I know I can’t wait to wear it out and about. You can customize this jumpsuit to your liking by choosing a fabric color or pattern that you like. I hope you give this project a try because it’s a really fun one. And, of course, I’d love to see your results, so definitely leave me a comment down below!
Whether it’s an old sweater that needs some new life or a really cheap piece that requires some...
To celebrate the start of the sewsustainablefabric challenge we're running with Candice from...
The last few weeks (months, really) I have been sewing up countless samples of the Dany Two Piece,...
I can’t be the only one with piles of old clothes waiting to be worn. It’s time to make the most of...