As the temperatures are slowly rising, so are my temptations to create this jumpsuit. I mean, a ruffle front and a low back?! This is officially the hot outfit for summer 2021. Wear it as-is on those sweltering days, or pair it with a bandeau or tee for more modesty. If you aren’t a linen person, other fabric options include chambray, lightweight denim, or even sateen. You could even do a wool suiting and a sweater for the winter!
1. Cut out the pattern and label all notches.
2. Sew your straps with right sides together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Turn right side out and press flat. When turning right side out it might take a little longer than expected so be patient. For some extra help, try a loop turner!
3. Fold ruffles, right sides together. Sew most of the way around, leaving a small opening at the end. Trim to a 1/4″, turn right side out, and press. On the side with the opening, pin shut then make two rows of gathers along the long edge.
4. Place your bodice pieces right sides together. Grab your straps and insert them into the bodice at the top edge, sandwiching them in between the bodice pieces. Sew around the top and sides of the bodice, leaving the bottom open. Flip right side out, press, and topstitch across the top of the bodice.
5. At the bottom of the bodice, sew two rows of stitching for gathering but wait to gather until you have done the waistband in the next step.
6. Get the main waistband and the waistband overlay. On the overlay piece, do two rows of gathering on both sides as well as a temporary gather single stitch in the center. Now, gather the top waistband to fit into the height of the main waistband. After, pin around and stay stitch. Press the gathering in place and remove the center gathering stitch.
7. Gather the bottom of your bodice to the length of your waistband and attach it to the waistband face to face. Put a pin in the middle of each piece in order to match them. Evenly distribute the gathers from the bodice to the waist band.
8. Sew the center back seam of the pants together.
9. Press seam open. On the wrong side, fold the top edge 1/2″ down, then fold another 2 ½” down and pin. Edge-stitch the bottom fold. After you have edge-stitched, sew 1.25″ above that stitch line to create the elastic casing.
10. Cut elastic to be 1″-2″ shorter than half your waist measurement, depending on your desired fit. Feed the elastic through the back waistband casing, securing the edges at either end.
11. Sew the center front seam of the pants together.
12. Pin the bodice to the top edge of the pants, matching the center front bodice/waist at the center front of the pants.
13. Matching the crotch seams together sew the inseam of the pant legs.
14. Pin and sew your side seams. Make sure the top of the back matches with the top of your waistline.
15. Grab your ruffles and pin starting from the top of your waistline continue up and sew. The ruffles should end just a few inches past the shoulder.
16. Trim threads. If it bothers you, you could also remove your basting, but either way, it will be semi-hidden behind the bodice.
17. On the inside of your garment, press the waistband seams towards the inside. Get your other waistband and fold under 1/2″. Pin and hand sew all around, making it a clean finish.
18. Double fold the hem up 1/2″ followed by 1″ and hand sew.