Not a jumpsuit – McCalls 6083

After watching episodes of Love Boat in the 70’s, when I saw this jumpsuit I thought I could image myself as Julie McCoy, cruise director. Reality hit me when my toile fabric was way too short to cut out the pants pieces for view E, so I came back to earth and used the rest of the fabric and made a dress.

Yes, Julie was skin and bones so that part of my reality didn’t cloud my sewing judgement.
This fabric is another piece that I picked up from Pitt Trading last year. I liked the colours in this knit so it was always going to be a challenge to match the print, keep the style simple without becoming a clown suit.
I’ve used a thick black elastic piece to join the top to the skirt. This is definitely going to be a day dress when we on holidays in the tropics. The gathers at the top of the jumpsuit were easier for me to pleat, so I did 9 pleats per side. You can’t tell when you look closely, but it made the shoulder line sit nicely.

I’ve got some black sandals that I’ll wear with this when going through the local marketplace. There’s no lycra in this fabric so I know it will stretch and bag but it will do for a week on hols.


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