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The big day is here! I’m so happy to introduce to you my new baby. Please meet the Sallie Jumpsuit and Maxi Dress, a super comfortable and easy to make sewing pattern designed for knits. No joke, I’ve been wearing it pretty much every day for the last couple of months. Two words: secret pajamas.

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The impetus for this pattern came from a few places. I love 70’s fashion, in particular the swinging, sexy, Studio 54 Halston and Yves St. Laurent years;  they really nailed glamourous knits. With Bianca Jagger in mind, I was inspired to design a modern take on the jumpsuit since they are devastatingly chic and so easy to wear. I was also determined to design one that could be taken on and off easily, since wearing a jumpsuit with zippers and buttons when you really need to use the bathroom can be harrowing. Sallie is a breeze to slip in and out of. She’s also so comfortable it’s silly; lounge around the house all day and then throw on some lipstick when it’s time to go out – you’ll look smashing either way.

Did I mention how simple and quick Sallie is to make? After a few time intensive patterns like Carolyn and Ginger, I wanted to design something easy and breezy. Sallie can be made in an afternoon no matter your skill level. The instructions include direction for making this on a regular sewing machine, so don’t worry if you don’t have access to a serger.


As per usual, this little lady has a number of options you can mix and match to suit your taste. Choose between a self lined V-neck kimono tee with tie neck closure, or a strappy tank with shoulder ties. On your bottom half, mix and match wide leg pants, culottes or a maxi skirt with side slits, all with convenient pockets and a comfortable elasticized waist.

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Here is the kimono tee with the wide legged pants option:

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The strappy tank with maxi skirt bottom:

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And finally, crop the pants for a culottes jumpsuit!

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Sallie is designed for light to medium weight knits like cotton and bamboo lycra blends, ITY and jersey. I really love her made up in a drapey lightweight rayon jersey (like the graphic print above) but she also works well with slightly heavier, denser knits. I designed this pattern for the warmer months, but I’m also excited to experiment with some ponte when the weather starts to turn. If you’re worried about the clinginess factor of knits, I would just like to point out that I am a size 12/14 and find this incredibly flattering, especially in black, navy and graphic prints.

As you may have guessed, this pattern is named after the inimitable Sallie Oh. Creative, idiosyncratic, master of watercolour and dye, hilarious, generous and kind, she’s one of the great internet loves of my life. Not only a wonderful friend since we met through our blogs and eventually in real life (where we shared a double futon the first night we met!), but also a constant source of sewing inspiration and general life support. We share a passion for knits and 70’s vibes and I could not pick a better muse or namesake than she. Sallie is the jam. And now also, The Jumpsuit.

The pattern is now live in my newly expanded size range (0-20) along with a French translation. I’ll be sharing a few posts over the next week or so with styling and fabric inspiration. Since this pattern is so beginner friendly, I wasn’t intending on hosting a sewalong but if you’d like one let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

So what do you think? Will you be getting your groove on with Sallie this summer?

  • Tatiana

    OMG,you did it again! I just loved this pattern! Very stupid question, can I make it in a woven fabric? I would like to make the kimono tee version with the skirt, and I am thinking about going two sizes bigger, do you think that could work? I just have this perfect fabric, I am looking for a pattern like this for ages, and this is just perfect!

    • Francesca Amodeo

      I’m not Heather, and she would know, but whatever you do, make a mock up first in fabric you don’t like or love!

    • Hi Tatiana,

      Hmmmm! I think it could work with some thoughtful planning. I would suggest looking at the finished garment measurements to find a size that would give you enough ease (at least an inch in the hips and bust). You’d definitely have to go up a few sizes. Please let me know how it goes if you try it!

      • One thing…. I would not line the bodice unless you’re using a very fine fabric like voile or batiste. I’d do a facing or bias tape neckline instead.

  • and bought. brb.. on my way to make a booty shorts jumper

  • Oh good. I was REALLY hoping you’d bring some 70s jumpsuit realness with this newest pattern!

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! And this pattern is sooo Sallie!

  • Andrea Tursini

    Oh, yes, I think so. I have not understood the jumpsuit trend until now. Brilliant. Can’t wait to make this!

    • The secret to the trend is that they are the most comfortable things ever in knits, hahaha

  • Mandy Varelis

    Congratulations on your newest pattern release! Not my personal style, but some of my friends will be all over it.

    • They’re not for everyone…. although a few of my testers felt similarly and then were won over with its secret jammies goodness so ya never know!

  • truebias

    congrats! looks great. i especially love that black v neck jumpsuit. so chic and comfy. and so sallie.

  • yessssss thank you for answering my prayers with the jumpsuit of my dreams ! I also love Sallie’s style on her blog and think it’s really sweet how you name you’ve been naming your patterns after sewing blog muses 🙂

    • Thanks Jess! You guys put the gas in my motor.

  • Jessie Gridley

    Heather, you beautiful unicorn! Always jumping my sewing queue with your latest concoction. I loathe trying things on in store but have been eyeing friends’ jumpsuits over the past few weeks and now I have a new weekend project…

    • This is the thing with RTW jumpsuits – they’re always WRONG! Too short or too long. I’ve heard horror stories from friends trying stuff on at F21. At least now you can modify it to your body instead of being crippled by RTW wedgie!

  • This is great and I really appreciate the extended size range. I love that kimono sleeve top option!

    • It’s my fave too, although the tank is keeping me pretty cool in the humidity today…..

  • Oooh, the very best of the seventies vibe with a strong dose of hip and now! Well done!

  • sallieforrer

    YAY!!! Congratulations!!! *Tears* I’m so proud! Little Sallie is all grown up and out in the world!! 70’s glamour for all!!! I couldn’t ask for a better namesake! Love you, Heather!

    Okay, how much am I DYING over your versions?!? SOOOOoooOO Good!! The geometric culotte version is just slaying me! And the classic black!! I actually really love seeing the jumpsuit versions made up since I made the maxi version. I’m so excited to see more Sallie’s start rolling in!! High fives, babe! You knocked it out of the park again!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

    • I love you. Wind beneath my wings, etc etc.

  • Bethany

    Did you read my mind??? I have been looking all over for just this.

    • I did Bethany. And now I know all of your secrets 😉

  • Rachel Oughton

    Ooooooo I love it! And I love that it’s in a knit! How easy do you think it would be to adapt to maternity?

    • Knits are easy to modify! You’d have to shift the elastic channel up or down I think depending on where you wanted it to sit on your belly….. I haven’t had to do many preggers hacks myself but I imagine its doable!

  • Emma Reilly McKay

    DUDE. YOU ARE IN MY HEAD. I was just pinning patterns for jumpsuits the other day and coming up empty. Thanks for being a great mind-reader!

    • Hahaha I KNOW ALL YOUR SECRETS!! There are no good knit jumpsuit patterns so I’m glad you’re on board too!

  • Tor Freeman

    I looooove this! Can’t wait to get going on it as soon as possible!!

  • OMG!!! I’m drooling over here! Off to the fabric store tomorrow! I HAVE TO have my own Sallie ASAP!!!

    • Yes, I can DEFINITELY see you in this pattern!

  • Nicola

    Oooh, payday on Thursday and I’ll be on it! It’s perfect ☺

  • I want to make all the versions!! Seriously Heather – this looks so incredible! I can’t wait to make this pattern!

    • Yay! So glad you like it! You’ll kill it, as per usual.

  • 70’s jumpsuit meets knit fabric… I’m totally sold! In fact, I’ve been perusing ebay and etsy’s vintage patterns looking for stuff just like this… You must’ve read my mind 🙂 thanks

    • They’re surprisingly hard to find! Glad we’re on the same wavelength 😉

  • Nettie

    BABETOWN!!!! I love it! VERY Sallie worthy! So happy for your continued success, dude!

  • Congratulations you’ve done it again! I absolutely love this – especially the black version with the back neck strap – amazing! So glad you named it after Sallie – she is awesome 🙂

    • Thanks Kate! And agreed about my Sallie Sal. Couldn’t imagine an internet without her!

  • Natalie

    I’ve been in a bit of a sewing slump lately but seeing this made the little seamstress inside me start dancing. I love it! As many other people have mentioned I am pretty sure you are a mind reader and are somehow able to predict what pattern I am looking to make next before I even realize that it’s what I am looking for. Can’t wait to get started!

    • That makes me feel great to hear! Not a mind reader, thankfully. It would be impossible to leave the house 😉 (Sneaky Buffy reference….)

      • Francesca Amodeo

        Are you another Buffy freak? Spike or Angel?

  • alice chambers

    Ahhh! this is insane, i love this pattern, i’ve never ventured into jumpsuits, but the black wide legged pants has me thinking up ways i can channel Audrey Tatou in the Chanel advert she did a few years back. It’s winter here in Aus but sure, it’s not really that cold….I could totally whip this up! Another great pattern Heather! 😀

    • I think it could be totally winter happening in a good drapey double knit. I’ll be working on that this fall 😉 Wool knit? HEAVEN!

  • Amazing! Have always wanted to try a jumpsuit, also thank you for the introduction to Sallie Oh too 🙂 how exciting…

  • Francesca Amodeo This one, I can’t and won’t wait hopefully for the one day maybe paper pattern, like the others (which I am still hoping for – I only caved and bought Nettie). You look toooooo hot! I cannot believe I actually want to make a jumpsuit. I think I actually commented on your BHL one saying I would never wear one. But I love the sound of this, and you had me at easy on and off:)! Totally Studio 54 in the best way possible. Glam and cool at the same time. The side of the 70s that I love…. Heather, you are a genius and you rock big-time!
    I salute you…
    ps why didn’t I get a thing about this in my inbox?

    • I was tardy with my newsletter, sorry darling. As for print…. hopefully I’ll start this fall but I probably won’t be printing this lady since it’s more of a summer thing.

      • Francesca Amodeo

        Cool! So happy to hear that – I see Carolyn pyggies in my future :).
        Yeah, I got the newsletter – actually I was wondering if I was subscribed..

  • Francesca Amodeo

    and oh wow my latest find of black linen jersey is coming tomorrow (all 15 metres of it – yes, I’m a greedy pig) and I know just what my first make is going to be…..

    • YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! Please send me pictures! That sounds like being wrapped in heaven!

      • Francesca Amodeo

        Sure :). First I have to mock it up – can’t risk my linen till I’m sure it’s right even if it was a score;)
        Pattern already put together, yay!

  • elisalex

    Woo hooo! So beautful Heather! Snapping this baby up immediatement xxxxx

  • View A looks like the most comfortable piece of clothing ever invented. Ever. And thank you for adding another amazing Indie Pattern to the market. I love that I can create my own wardrobe and buy my patterns from small pattern companies pretty much exclusively. It’s like living in a global village! Score.

    • Yes! That’s why I loved Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow’s MMMay posts – around the world in 5o indie designers!

      ps. It IS the most comfortable piece of clothing ever invented.

  • Sylvie

    What a cool pattern for the summer!
    I immediatly imagined a short version 😉

    • YES! A little romper. That would be super cute! *wheels turning as she eyes knit stash*

  • But Heather…. I was just promising my husband that I won’t buy anymore patterns! *reaches for credit card* Seriously, tho, how’s a woman not supposed to go and buy this right now?

    • Hahaha. He’ll understand once he sees you in it 😉

  • I LOVE that you work from home because my embroidery studio is on my property so I work from home too. I do have clients coming and going so I can’t run around in sweats all day so having comfortable, stylish clothing is a must (not that I’m always stylish, but I try!). The jumpsuit looks perfect!

    • I had one too many days walking to get milk in gross sweats and was like “THIS CANNOT CONTINUE”. So basically I just live in a onesie 24/7 now, haha.

  • Samantha Loye Nickerson

    Sweet! I loved the high waisted Gingers so so much, hopefully I can try a few more:)

    • GINGER SALLIES! That’s gotta be a thing, right?

  • julie d.

    love this so so much. that black kimono wide leg version is amazeeeeeeing. i’ve been waffling about jumpsuits, but i can’t really pass up secret pajamas.

    • SECRET PAJAMAS FOR THE WIN! Thank goodness for knits.

  • Katherine

    Heather you are so freaking talented!! I love this pattern! So versatile…and hot!!

    • Thanks so much Katherine! I hope everyone looks wearing secret sexy pajamas as much as I do 😉

  • Becky Burke

    this is it! this is the jumpsuit I’ve been waiting for! I’ve been looking at the same two ‘other’ patterns, and looking, and looking…but just couldn’t commit. THIS is what I wanted. Thank you.

    • I did a quick scan this spring and couldn’t find “it” either which was why I went for it… glad I wasn’t alone in my search!

  • Micalah Thayer

    That black jumpsuit is amazing! It would make a cute romper also!

    • I was brainstorming ways to do this on my morning walk today…… I think I could rotate out teh side seam to create fuller “shorts”.

      • Micalah Thayer

        Yes! I’m excited to check this off of my to buy list soon! I have ridiculously long legs (like I’m 5’6, and my legs are as long as my 6’1 husband) and store bought rompers look indecent, and the jumpsuits are always culottes, which looks cute, but sometimes you want the length ya know?

  • Ezmae Watson

    I LOVE this! It looks super comfy & so stylish. I think it might actually be a jumpsuit style that suits me. Yay!

  • I have been looking for this exact jumpsuit pattern, thank you for reading my mind. Have you tried a Romper/Shorts version yet? I think that would be super cute too. Can’t wait to try it out.

  • So rad!!! I think the culotte tank version would be ideal for my working-from-home wardrobe!!! Love it! Congrats sweets!

  • Congrats on the new pattern release! I’m not much of a jumpsuit girl myself, but I could see the tank-jumpsuit version hacked into shorts to be more of a romper, and that would be insanely comfortable during the summer!

  • Amy

    Congrats! You know I love all of these! (And those necklaces are my favorite!)

  • Ashley

    love love LOVE!!!

  • Just a little question please! Can’t wait to try it out – I’m just hunting for ‘clear elastic’ – is this elastic thread, or tape, and what size/width does it need to be? Ebay search got me all confused! X

  • Katja

    You knocked it out of the park! I was so looking forward to your next pattern but that’s even better than everything I could have imagined!!

  • Laura H

    I would love a sew along , I’ve only been making clothes for a year so still a complete (but now not completely clueless) beginner and could use all the advice I can get. couldn’t resist this pattern though , it’s the answer to my summer wardrobe dilemma !

  • honigdesign

    This is so fab… Just ordered mine and can’t wait to get stuck in!