Mommy and Me Jumpsuits for The Girls’ Birthdays
The girls’ birthdays were only some days apart and although it was Chizzy’s 10th birthday, I wanted a not-so-fancy look.
The squeal of delight that Chizzy let out when she tried out hers (I made hers first), was probably the most fulfilling thing throughout the entire process. She looooved it! Now, this reaction was in stark contrast to the shrugging of her shoulders when I showed her the flat drawing of the jumpsuit pattern before I started sewing.
Then Ama could not wait to have hers completed! At least that gave me something to bribe her with for the next day. Yep, you guessed right! I sometimes bribe my 3 year old to get her to eat..lol!
Getting this pattern for myself was an afterthought as I had planned on a different pattern. Chizzy convinced me to make one for myself after she had tried hers on. I made a size 18 for myself. There were a few adjustments that I had to make to the pattern.
No alterations were required for the girls’ patterns however, I lengthened mine around the knee area and then trued the pattern.
I also found that the armhole was gaping so I fixed that by shortening it at the shoulders and also taking some excess out at the underarm side seams to nothing at the waistline. The front armhole required more adjustment than the back. I think the fabric might have stretched out a bit also, so staystitching the armhole might help when next I make this jumpsuit.
Constructing this jumpsuit was pretty easy and fun. You have mostly 3/8” seam allowance and so I used a serger mostly. Although the sewing instruction did not call for it, I decided to understitch the front and back necklines the whole way through and then only went as far as I could go with the armholes. This helps the neck facing and armhole facing roll nicely to the inside and also helps keep the edges sharp without any “lips” forming when you press.
Rather than stitching in the ditch, I finished the shoulder seams by hand using slip stitches because I find that I have more control when I sew by hand.
I used non-roll elastic for the waistline and the ankles.
Fit and Comfort
I like the fit of this jumpsuit and it is absolutely very comfortable to wear. Because the pattern has a lot of wearing ease in it, I would go down one size when I make this again.
I would recommend the Nova Jumpsuit if you are looking for something easy to make and easy to get into. I will definitely be making a few more of these in the near future.
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