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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Back on track, the Yari jumpsuit

Now folks I realize my blogging has had its ebbs and flows this last six or months or so. If you have been reading you know that we have had our adjustments to make this year. Lately my focus has been even more so on family. That slowed down my posting. I have been sorry about that. I feel I have a relationship with my readers and I think about you a lot.

Things are settling down. 

My daughter's MS diagnosis has been finally definitely confirmed and all that stuff they say about the new normal is in fact true. She is strong and smart and her medical care is excellent. We are going to be fine.

During this period in my life I have sewn a lot for everyone else. It has been a way of keeping myself on an even keel and of, without words, a way to say to people I loved them.

So this has meant that my writing as had its busy times and its quieter times while I have sewn instead. And because many of the things I was making were "surprises" I didn't show them or talk about them here.

I have decided however that sharing things on the blog with other sewing people is different than sharing the real thing in person. As a result I am going back to show and tell as I make things, while the process is clearer in my mind.

So here we go.

My daughter-in-law's birthday is in June, but I will be seeing her in Nashville next week. So I asked Maddie what she would like to me to make her for her birthday. She sent back a picture of a jumpsuit she had just bought and a note that as a mother of an infant, she really liked the pockets. Here is my version:

My daughter also is interested in jumpsuits (never thought I would see those again in my lifetime) so I had a pretty good idea what was out there. In this case the pattern I found that looked most like the picture Maddie sent me was the Yari jumpsuit by True Bias.

Here is the pattern picture:

Maddie's choice was not belted so I didn't do that but otherwise made the pattern as per instructions. 

I used a linen with some rayon added that I washed and dried on a low heat because I knew this garment would be going into a household where that made the most sense.

This was an interesting pattern. 

It has a lot of long pattern pieces, front, side front, back side and back, seamed. This meant a lot of long but easy seams and a lot of top-stitching but I kind of enjoyed that. The big and useful pockets were easy to do of course because the sides were contained in those seams. They are nice and large.

The only issue I had was with the bottom of the front placket.

 Always these days now my daughter is sewing too, very competently as she does every thing, I eye instructions wondering if a newer sewist would find it hard to do. 

The bottom of this placket, depending as it does on some pretty precise clipping, really is a potential Danger Zone. I managed, but even while doing exactly as instructed and it turned out as it was supposed to, the many layers of fabric in that small area make a bit of a lump that shows up under the soft linen more than I would like. I pressed as much as I could, to the point that more pressing might make it worse, but mentally figured out a better way to do it.

I think your eagle eyes will be able to pick out what I mean in this shot - no mistake here but the layers do distort. (I am thinking as I write this that this is exactly what every sewing person does - only see what they are not happy with first in any garment).

I am pretty interested in plackets at the moment. I have been reading a lot of old sewing books and am amazed at how many really nifty ways of sewing plackets, in the days before zippers were always the default, there are and how many of them are so easy to do - much easier than the technique used in this pattern.

I think I would have used a placket that was more of a patch than and clip, twist, and turn for this linen and probably will next version I make. (I know I need to do some blog posts on some of the cool techniques I have unearthed!)

All that said I am really happy with how this looks. Who would have thought a jumpsuit would look elegant?

Well maybe not on me but on Maddie this will look elegant.

My daughter has added two more jumpsuits to my queue so there will be more of these coming up.


Kansas Sky said...

Greetings from the heartland! I don’t understand the jumpsuit craze and am happy to let others wear them. But this one is pretty terrific ....

Carol in Denver said...

I like the look of the jumpsuit you made but I don't understand the appeal of jumpsuits. Lots of buttons to open, and the whole garment rests below your knees when taking a bathroom break. Today my boss, who wears designer clothes and looks gorgeous in them, had on a jumpsuit that zipped up the back! No doubt she will always have company when she takes a bathroom break.

Sarah Wale said...

I am sorry about the confirmation of your daughter's MS but am confident that you will get through it and adjust to the new normal. It isn't what you wanted to learn but at least you now have certainty and know what you are facing. My thoughts and good wishes are with you. Thank you for your observations on plackets; this is an aspect of sewing which I find tricky and I actually think twice before using a pattern which included this process. I have usually managed to make them work and look good from the outside but dread anyone seeing the wrong side! I was taught by a perfectionist that the inside should look as good as the outside but, well, I'm human enough to admit that it ain't necessarily so! I will certainly welcome any hacks you can come up with either here or on a You Tube video. Thanks as always for your excellent advice and friendship.

Anonymous said...

I have had some very bad placket mishaps and actually avoid them for that reason so will look forward to your research results. The jumpsuit looks great; I can't imagine wearing one, having had one of those "dip in the toilet" disasters with one 4o+ years ago, but I'm sure your offspring are more coordinated and elegant than I ever was.

Enjoy Tennessee!


Galica said...

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. I'm posting a link in case it helps. Internet information - well, my autofill brought it up as inform caution, and never a truer word. But this is from the (Australian) ABC, and it has also been reported in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend. I hope as an ex-resident you will understand the degree of credence this gives.


Jean Shaw said...

I too am old enough to remember the '80s jumpsuits. The only one of the current crop that has caught my eye is Paper Theory's Zadie jumpsuit. Still not planning to make one.

Jan said...

I'm sorry about your daughter's diagnosis. My mother also had MS. As with most autoimmune illnesses they don't often show on the outside so family support and understanding is so important. It sounds like you have that covered perfectly.