Jumpsuit – McCalls 6083

Happy Australia Day. Can I take you back to the 70s with a simple jumpsuit?

This pattern was a fail for me when I initially tried it four years ago. With all the playsuits and jumpsuits around I thought it was time to try again. McCalls 6083 has a some great views and I chose View E.

Then it was time to test this with a left-over knit and the opportunity to glam up our national holiday.

When I first tried this pattern  I added 2cm to the body length so it would billow over the waistline. I appreciate how McCalls patterns print the actual garment width on the patterns for the bust, waist and hips. Once I checked these measurements, I decided to use the 10 size.

My test fabric is light weight and dark print, so it’s perfect for a wearable toile.
A bit of ‘Seams great’ on the shoulder seams and for the pockets were a must to keep their shape stable. I have noticed RTW use clear elastic now for stability. This does the trick just as well if you can’t get ‘Seams Great’.  Two snaps are the only bodice closures needed.

I cut this out in an hour and sewed it up in a bit over 2 hours. I had no fabric left for a belt.

The next version will have
– wider elastic at the waist, so that means increasing the waist hem for the top and trousers
– smaller arm holes, so I have to raise the arm holes of the front and back bodices
– I might cut the ’12’ size and 
– cut the base of the pocket bag off. The pockets end at mid-thigh level.

Here’s a view along King St wharf looking towards the Maritime Museum. It was a muggy, wet night so my jumpsuit was the right look for kicking back at the start of our Australia Day weekend. 

Uh-mm, I have another jumpsuit pattern (McCalls 6362) to test while the weather is warm and balmy. View A for weekend running around during the day.

I think I found the test fabric now after meeting up on Saturday (clearer weather too). Charityshopschic dubbed us the Australian Spoolettes. How cute. Is there anyone you know in this group shot? Thanks Amy for arranging this shot.

Put a scrimp on the barbie and celebrate this weekend. 


  1. Happy Australia Day! I celebrated by having pavlova – chocolate cream, coconut, passionfruit and mango! Love!! Now settling down for the tennis with a class of Aussie sparkling. BTW, cute jumpsuit. I made one back in the 80's in lime green. Wonder if I still have the pattern…


  2. I love jumpsuits and have been itching to make one… Absolutely love that second pattern. It's exactly what I've been searching for so I've tracked down an Etsy copy!


  3. I wasn't sure about a jumpsuit when you said you were making one but your finished version is stunning, very classy. We spent the morning in Hyde Park at the Australia Day celebrations and unfortunately for my eyes I saw way too many very 'unclassy' jumpsuits around!


  4. I love your jumpsuit and the print. I have that pattern but after buying became hesitant about making it. You have renewed my interest when summer returns here.


  5. Agree wholeheatedly with all of Kirsty's comments! Great Oz Day outfit. Thanks too for suggesting we stand with the fabric behind us in the photo!!


  6. Your jumpsuit is perfect colouring for Australia Day.
    We had fun at an Australia day music festival with headline acts Hoodoo Gurus! Perfect for the '80s jumpsuit. Funny, I have had this cut out for nearly 2 weeks but i cannot find the pocket bags!!! I cannot find the paper pieces so I guess I threw them out. I just have to bite the bullet and draft them. I've taken note not to make them too long. How timely.

    (Funny my pattern is on of the Stitch and Save cheap ones M6533 but the same!)


  7. Looks like this version is a total SUCCESS! Congrats! I wore these jumpsuits back int he 70's but hated having to “undress” for the ladies room. Showing my age, I know.


  8. > Can I take you back to the 70s with a simple jumpsuit?

    The 70s? I was wearing jumpsuits well into the 80s!

    This one is fantastic. I love the color and print. And that watch for cyclists poster.


  9. Oh YES! I love the jumpsuit! It really flatters you. I am in the process of making one at the moment, with some trepidation I must admit, until I saw yours! And I'm looking forward to seeing the next one too.


  10. Hey, I have this pattern! I plan on sewing it for (our) spring. I love your version. LONG LIVE THE JUMPSUIT / ONSIE!! 🙂


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