Birthday (Jump)Suit

Happy Birthday for last month TMS!

Our mom always made sure our childhood birthdays were magical, memorable occasions, so I decided use one of my more memorable birthday cakes as inspiration for this sewing challenge.  This cake was for my 4th birthday and features a animated character that is just as popular now as it was (29yrs ago!) when I was 4.

Here are some clues….

1. The character and I both wear glasses and have curly red hair (I went hands off the hair straighteners for this photo shoot)

2. We are both British

3. Maybe, you can never be sure, there’ll be knock, ring, letters through your door…..

Yay, for Postman Pat!  So he wears a dark blue suit.  I didn’t think I’d have much use for a suit but I did remember that I had ‘favourited’ a jumpsuit while browsing the Lekala website during indie pattern month.

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The pattern is Lekala 4044 and I made it up in a drapy, dark blue cotton chambray.  That’s a guess at the fabric content because my local sewing shop doesn’t label anything apart from price.  On the plus side though, the shop does have a large cutting table in the middle of the shop floor and they let you bring in your pattern pieces and place them on the bolts of fabric so you only have to buy the exact length of fabric that you need for the project.  I love it!  My size in this pattern just squeezed onto the very, last 2m of 150cm wide fabric.  I also wanted gold buttons, just like Pat, but when I went shopping for them found I wasn’t really in the mood to be spending upwards of $2.50NZ per button.

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I was a bit apprehensive when I saw that the instructions consisted of only a single page of text with no diagrams.  It turned out fine and sewed up hassle free, however, I think a beginner or even intermediate sewer would find it difficult as the instructions were quite brief and the pattern pieces were labelled slightly strange.  The Lekala method of being able to order based on your measurements is fantastic though and I think the fit of this jumpsuit is pretty near perfect for me.  I love the top half so much that I may try and use it to make a dress.

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I did actually have this finished, as per the pattern, on the last day in August but found that even though I liked the legs, as drafted, I wasn’t sure they were the best or most flattering shape for me (being short).  I had an emergency meeting with my trusted advisors (mom and sister) and after a lot of umming and ahhing we agreed that a more tapered leg would be better.  I narrowed the legs down by 15cm and also created a larger elastic casing so that it ended up more visible.  Doing these alterations took forever, I kept being disappointed with my finishing and ended up redoing it numerous times.  Anyone else feel like they are just ‘fudging it’ when they deviate from the pattern?  Or is it just me being super obsessive about following instructions?  I also added some last minute belt loops.

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Anyway, I’ll be interested to see if this becomes daily cake in my summer wardrobe or if I will feel too much like a farmer/tradesperson/mechanic in glorified overalls for it to get much wear…….

I’ll leave you with a photo of my 4 year old self and the Postman Pat cake.

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11 thoughts on “Birthday (Jump)Suit

  1. I just found your post while searching to see if anyone had blogged about this jumpsuit and you’ve totally inspired me! I love your modifications and may well copy!

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    • Thanks! I’d recommend the pattern. Just make sure your fabric doesn’t wrinkle too much, mine does and it’s quite tricky to iron with all the gathering in the pattern etc. have fun!

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  3. It looks great! I love it. I made a jumpsuit last week and did a lot of fudging too. My problem is that I don’t often muslin so end up fixing on the fly as I go. You obviously sorted everything out perfectly though! Also interested in what you say about Lekala and achieving a good fit. I have a few of their patterns, but having worked with a customised fit design program not long after I started sewing… with poor results (probably due to my inexperience) – I’m a bit scarred and haven’t been confident enough to give them a go. This may need to change. You’ve inspired me.

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    • Thanks! I didn’t find any problems with the fit of the pattern. I too only muslin if the pattern is very complicated/fitted or the fabric very expensive. So hardly ever! Based on this experience I’d be pretty confident in sewing up another, more fitted Lekala. In fact I have one in mind inspired by another monthly stitcher. You should have a go at the patterns you ordered 🙂

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    • Thanks. I’m definitely keen to try another, perhaps more fitted, made to measure Lekala since the fit was so good on this one.

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