Sometimes you just gotta drop everything you’re doing and focus on that one idea you can’t stop thinking about. Such was the case with our latest PDF pattern, the Amy Jumpsuit. As I mentioned in my summer sewing plans post, I spotted an uber-chic wide-legged jumpsuit in London this spring and couldn’t get it out of my mind. After producing the first draft in the studio, we basically all started swooning at the same time so I made the kinda last minute decision to get this into your hands as soon as I could, yearly schedule be damned.
The Amy Jumpsuit is comfort and breezy elegance all in one tidy, minimalist package. With a figure-skimming silhouette and ultra wide, cropped legs, it’s got the soul of a floaty slip dress in the body of a jumpsuit you’ll never want to take off. It features a flattering V neckline in front and back, with wide shoulder straps designed to conceal bra straps; an invisible side zipper makes it easy to get on and off. Add function with optional inseam pockets, or cinch the waist with a classic tie belt for a more fitted shape. Ideal for warm weather, we’re also keen to wear it layered under cardigans and jackets this fall.
I originally intended for this to be worn unbelted and loose fitting (for max comfort) and love how simple and easy it is to wear and make. I sewed up a few for myself (more on that in the coming weeks) and always feel very casually glamourous whenever I’ve got one on. Here is View A, sans belt in a sandwashed silk:
When we went to testing, a few people made matching fabric tie belts and we loved the idea so we made it an option. A belt adds a little extra detail in addition to shaping at the waist, perfect for those of you who like to highlight this area of your body.
The pattern has optional pockets and a side seam zipper to make it simple to get on and off; we suggest in the instructions doing a quick baste fit if you’re a straight size or narrow hipped because you might find the zipper unnecessary. We also suggest choosing a size based on your bust measurement; there is a lot of ease built into the waist and hip so you probably don’t have to worry about grading between sizes unless you span more than 3 or more sizes between bust and hip.
As for our muse this time, I named the pattern after Amy, a dear friend and the newest addition to our small team (she’s written so many great blog posts this year!) When we made our first sample I basically had to pry it out of her hands, and this design very much sums up her style and spirit to me. As an ex-dancer, she was a lot of fun to shoot this summer up at the cottage, and since we hang out all the time I’m pretty sure we’ll be the dorks in matching floaty jumpsuits you see wandering around Montreal.
Please note this pattern is available as PDF only; at the moment I have no intention of going to print for this design. We love our print patterns but doing digital only releases from time to time gives me a chance to quickly execute ideas when I’m feeling inspired, and it’s something we’ll probably start doing a little more often going forward. I’d also like to point out that we made one change to the drafting after our final samples were sewn, which was to raise the bust dart to a better position; this has been modified on the final pattern. If you would like a French translation, we should have it available within the next few weeks.
We have no plans for a sewalong for this pattern, but we will be doing a tester round-up in addition to a full tutorial on sewing the invisible zipper. We used an innovative construction method for the zipper that creates a really beautiful finish with the lining so we’ll be showing you how to do that here on the blog. I’m also keen to share my Amy jumpsuits with you; I made one in a wildly printed rayon challis and another with a gorgeous striped linen and they’ve been in nearly constant rotation – it’s been so hard not to share them on Instagram.
Hope you’re as excited about this pattern’s potential as we are!
Details: Black sample in sandwashed silk (similar here), Rust print fabric is from the Arizona After Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics