Combine Two Summer Patterns to Get a Cute Fall Jumpsuit!
It's no secret that I LOVE jumpsuits. Some people find them annoying to get in and out of. While they're not always the easiest things to get on and off, I consider it a small price to pay for how good it feels to wear them. I often find myself combining different elements of patterns I love to make jumpsuits. Keep reading to see how I combine two Summer patterns to make this jumpsuit that is perfect for Fall.
The Two Patterns I used for this are the Allegro and the Tempo Sundress. Both patterns are pictured above incase you have something similar in you pattern stash you want to use. I used the capri length pants of the Allegro with the bodice of the Tempo. The bodice has shirring or elastic pannels in the back. Both patterns are by Love Notions. I will put more info about these at the bottom of my post.
The Bodice Adjustment
I like things that I can pull on with no buttons or fiddly closures. Because of the shirred or elasticated panel on the back of the Tempo sundress, I knew I would likely be able to pull it on over my hips. To make sure I could do this, I went up two sizes to an XL for the front bodice width, but I used the size medium for the darts and height. For the back of the bodice, I used a size medium.
The Bottom Adjustment
The Allegro’s are one of my go-to patterns for projects like this. I always know the fit is going to be great. Plus I still had the waistband piece attached to the pattern from another project so adjusting it a bit more would be easy.
I measured where the bodice would fall and where the waist of the pants would sit. I found that I would need to add 5.5 inches to the waist rise. That way they would be long enough to work as overalls. Pictured above is the waistband attached from my previous project so I just added another 3.5 inches on top to equal the 5.5 I needed to add.
Next I needed to make sure the bodice and the pants were the same width so they would be able to attach correctly. I compared both pieces where I would be attaching them and found that I needed to add a bit to the front bodice to make it fit with the Allegros and to be sure to fit over my hips.
To check the back bodice to the Allegro bottoms I needed to draw the seam allowance lines on the shirred panel template and the back bodice piece. You can see those lines in orange in the above picture. It’s kind of light so it may be hard to see. I matched those up and compared it to the bottoms to see what adjustments needed to be made.
Now for the pockets, because the Tempo and the Allegros both have pockets. I decided to go with the Tempo’s inseam pockets. I needed to fold down a small corner at the top of the pocket so it would match up better with the Allegro waistline.
However, if I could go back I would just draft totally different pockets altogether. Or even just use the pocket piece from another jumpsuit I made (pictured above). For this jumpsuit the pockets should have been bigger and the opening should have been lower. They looked fine when I finished, but I just would have preferred them to be more roomy and lower.
I was able to cut all this out with two yards of fabric. I also had enough to make a cute little tie for my waist too. This fabric had a slight bit of stretch and it was about 58 inches wide.
I’m actually really happy with this little experiment. I think it looks super cute and I know I’m going to wear this a lot once it cools off. I especially like the tie around my waist. I think it’s really flattering. I do feel like I need a bodysuit to wear with this as a t-shirt gets a bit “bunchy” and it’s hard to keep down. Although it does look cute without a t-shirt too. I would just never wear it that way. My permanent Arizona t-shirt tan lines are not a great look.
I took a few pictures seated for those who need to see a seated picture. I’m trying to do that more lately. Hopefully it’s helpful to someone.
Well that’s really all there was to it! I can see myself loving overalls and jumpsuits for quite a while longer.
Do you combine patterns to make things? Let me know in the comments.
Happy Sewing my Friends!
The Patterns I Used
The Tempo Sundress is just what you need for hot summer days. This design is meant for woven fabrics and features a soft v neckline, thick straps to conceal bra straps and two tiers of skirt. In-seam pockets are included and are anchored at the waistline to keep them securely in place. The dress can be made with one tier that hits just above the knee or add the second tier for a mid-calf length.
The back of the Tempo features a panel that can either be shirred or elasticated to make this very easy to fit and fun to wear! No need to worry about what bra to wear- the thick straps and mid-back length bodice makes it easy to wear with just about any bra.
Tempo Sundress Features:
- Meant for woven fabrics
- 2 lengths: knee and midi
- Optional inseam pockets
- Full bust option
- Back panel can either be shirred or elasticated
Sizes: XS-5X (See Size Charts here)
Skill Level: Confident beginner
The Allegro pattern features 7 bottom views. All views feature a pull-on style with front slash pockets, back patch pockets, a faux fly and elastic waistband with drawstring. The pants and shorts have a semi-relaxed fit through the hips and thighs, tapering down to the ankle. Both can be hemmed or cuffed. Two skirt options are included- knee length and ankle length. The ankle length skirt features two slits up to the knee. This pattern is meant for light to medium weight apparel woven fabrics.
Allegro Bottoms Features:
- Meant for woven fabrics
- 4 lengths: full length, cropped, 9″ shorts, 5″ shorts
- 2 skirt lengths: knee & ankle
- Jogger option
- Optional cuffed shorts
- Front slash pockets and back patch pockets
- Drawstring & elastic waist with faux fly
Sizes: 0-32 (See Size Charts here)
Skill Level: Intermediate
- 2 yards stretch twill fabric (Joann Fabrics and crafts)
- Tempo Sundress (https://www.lovenotions.com/product/tempo-sundress?affiliates=452)
- Alegro Bottoms (https://www.lovenotions.com/product/allegro?affiliates=452)
- 1/2 inch Elastic
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Fabric Markers
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