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.