It’s rare I find myself in a Joann Fabrics, so I made sure to check out the Simplicity/Burda/New Look patterns when my friend brought me there last month. As is my way, I bought four or five patterns and ended up making only one — Burda 6789. It’s a two-piece jumpsuit, which initially didn’t appeal to me. But the silhouette was just right and the pattern came in my size, so I gave it a whirl:
Totes adorbs! I was so smitten with my new make that I wore it to dress models at a local fashion show that same night. Aside from a very low neckline, I found the outfit to be very comfortable and not constricting at all. (Dressing models is a pretty physical job.)
The top, as I’ve made it, looks like hospital scrubs — but I skipped some key steps. I didn’t sew the back and front double pointed darts, nor put an elastic in the shoulder to ruche them, hence the boxy look. It’s free-flowing and comfortable, but not a look I’d care to repeat. I don’t see myself trying the top again with the necessary fitting details, not the least because I have patterns for similarly loose tops with less fiddly shaping techniques. And I’m starting to think I don’t like or look good in V-neck tops.
But the pants — the pants had potential! So I made a second pair, with a number of adjustments:
-lengthened the leg by 1.5″ between the knee and the ankle
-added 3″ to the back crotch curve
-removed 1.5″ from the front crotch curve
(these last two adjustments basically rotated the crotch point forward and lengthened the overall crotch length, a pretty standard pant adjustment for me)
-lowered the back waist by 0.5″
BAM! I adore these pants. I finished them a few weeks ago and have already worn them twice. Loooove. They are so comfy! A few more adjustments are needed, but I’m too busy loving these pants to make a third pair right away. Eventually, I’ll need to:
-add 0.5″ to crotch depth in front and back
-lower center front by 1.25″
-cut a shorter elastic (do you overestimate certain body parts? I always cut elastics like I’ve got a Humpty Dumpty waist)
-widen front at hip by 0.5″
I would say the only drawback of these pants is that it is hard to make them without sufficient yardage. I pieced the back leg of the second pair, and would not recommend doing that, at least in a light weight fabric, because you feel that seam acutely while wearing the pants. So definitely follow the yardage requirements on the back of the envelope, they are accurate!