Mommy and Me Jumpsuits (Nova Jumpsuit)

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.

I had always wanted to make a jumpsuit for them and then I found the mini nova jumpsuit by True Bias, it was the perfect pattern for the look I was going for.

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.

Pattern Alterations

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.

Construction

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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~Nnenne

Our Happy Dress

 

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This, I call our happy dress! Sometimes I am drawn by the fabric that I use, other times it is the design of the garment itself that determines what fabric I use. This is my first blog post and I am pretty excited about this project not just for the fabric but because it’s one of the first projects to open our MOM AND DAUGHTER CLOSET adventures. The fabric is African wax print which usually comes in vibrant, and rich, beautiful colours.

 

I drafted all of Chizzy’s pattern. I remember trying to fit the sloper on her body and how she kept asking if I was almost done. Probably not a good idea to do fitting on an 8 year  old. I think it might be best to use a store bought pattern and modify to suit your design. Notice that the skirt part is gathered at the side front. It starts from the front waist dart and goes all the way through the side seam to the back waist dart while the front  center remains flat.

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For Ama’s own, I used a New Look for kids pattern #6796 for the bodice but used the remaining rectangular fabric for the skirt. I didn’t  really need to draft it since it required a simple rectangle. This New Look pattern was the same pattern I used for her romper  I made in the summer. I found and bought this pattern from my local Goodwill Store (a thrift store) for $1.00 CAD

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For my dress, I used a Burda Style bodice sloper which I adjusted for a good fit. I drafted the skirt myself from my self-drafted straight skirt sloper.

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Sometimes, when I sew, I like to match the patterns of the designs on the fabric where there is a fastening or closure. In this case, I did that with the center back invisible zipper application. In the past I had done that for bolder patterns or stripes, and diagonals but this one had more intricate designs and I enjoyed the challenge of matching the two sides. I did not do the same for the girls own because the fabric quantity wasn’t sufficient to allow for that.

 

 

So one mistake I made was that out of excitement about pattern matching the CB zipper, I forgot to finish up the armscye first before closing up the side seams and attaching the zipper so I had to finish up the the armhole with bias binding because there was no way I was going to undo everything and start afresh. The old perfectionist me would have done so. I am on a journey of unlearning perfectionism thanks to Jon Acuff and his book, Finish.

I would like to state here that if you tend to be perfectionist like me (but I’m working on it now) I would highly recommend this book. You certainly are not alone and there’s someone who understands you well and has been able to describe those challenges in words that only a perfectionist would understand and he has also proffered solutions or actionable to do’s. It’s a brilliant book! By the way,this is not an affiliate post just that i will share with you whatever has helped me so that you can get help too if you need to.

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So I’m new to this whole ‘putting yourself out there’ thingy and new to blogging so thanks for stopping by and don’t hesitate to let me know what you think.

 

Nene – The Mom and Daughter Closet

 

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