If, like us, you’re inspired by ABBA, Harry Styles, and everything 1970’s, then you’ll love The Pepper Jumpsuit. Our latest free sewing pattern features a single wrap-around shoulder with groovy flared trousers. If you’ve been on the fence about sewing a jumpsuit, this is the place to start! We chose to make it out of our featured collection of ponte knits, which are a great option if you’re dipping your toes into knits for the first time. It’s forgiving while sewing, doesn’t fray or wrinkle, and looks great on any body! Stitch up the Pepper Jumpsuit for a far out addition to your fall wardrobe.
All seam allowances are 3/8″.
How to sew the pants:
1. Transfer dart markings on the back pant leg to the wrong side of your fabric. Right sides together, fold on the center line. Pin and stitch along the outer dart line. Press towards the outer seams. Repeat.
2. Place the front and back legs right sides together, matching notches, then pin and sew up the sides. If inserting a zipper, sew until the last notch on the wearer’s left side. Press seams open.
3. Press the pant leg bottoms in by ½”, then hem. Since ponte knit fabric doesn’t fray and I wanted to reduce bulk, I did a single fold hem.
4. Place one pant leg into the other, right sides together. Pin and sew the rise.
The pants are now complete!
How to sew the top:
1. Transfer the two markings on the top front edge, and depending on your fabric, ease & staystich or insert elastic in the hem you’re about to sew in step 3. Given the weight of the fabric ponte, I inserted a 3 inch piece of elastic, which I secured on the inner/hemmed fold.
2. Right sides together (the single shoulder should be on the wearer’s right side), pin and sew the back bodice to the front bodice, up the sides. If inserting a zipper, don’t sew that left side yet.
3. Hem edges. Again, because this fabric doesn’t fray I did a single fold hem, which you can see pictured below.
4. Sew the two short edges, right sides together, and press. You now have the one shoulder loop.
How to complete the jumpsuit:
1. Pin the right sides of the bodice and pants, then sew around the waist. Press the seam.
2. If you’re using a zipper, insert it now. I used an 18” invisible zipper.