Wattlebird Jumpsuit in Blush Linen
I am slowly building my jumpsuit wardrobe but have been reluctant to sew a bib style for various reasons. The main reason I have held off from the bib style is the loose fit, no definition along the waist with ties or elastic, other reasons include the small front panel, the cross back , the wide midsection and slim legs, I could go on and on. However I think they look adorable on those who wear them and they exude the effortless vibe I am trying to achieve! Maybe I don’t want to look “adorable “ either as I am still trying to define my style. I decided to give it a try regardless of my preconceived notions of bib style jumpsuits. I have to say I am pleasantly surprised how much I like the bib jumpsuit!. Do I love it? Not necessarily. But slowly warming up to the fit. I also see how the bib style can become a versatile wardrobe staple in hot climates, throw over your suit and go! Going with a heavier fabric such canvas, denim or even heavy weight linen, it could be a season-less staple. Overall the bib style jumpsuit is super comfortable and no fuss.
With so many bib styles out there, I went with new Australian Indie Pattern Designer Common Stitch and chose their Wattlebird Jumpsuit. I chose the Wattlebird simply because I love the wide front panel, wide legs, the deep front pocket design and the bias shoulder ties that don’t cross in the back. I wasn’t sure what what I was going to wear underneath, I did know I could not go bra less ! A simple tee or tank works perfect or a turtle neck for cooler temps. I can see how this will easily become a favorite for a beach cover up this summer!
I will discuss my sewing experience with you going over:
Instructions and Design
Fabric and Fit
Common Stitch recently upgraded their instructions to a digital format, they were gracious to send the new instructions my way! The instructions were easy to follow with step by step digital photos. I had no problems understanding. I followed the layout and cut out my pattern pieces as instructed. Including cutting the binding on the straight grain instead of the bias. Common Stitch stated that cutting straight on the grain minimizes fabric waste, which I agree, and it works will with linen type fabrics that they tested. I went ahead and cut on the grain, but next time I will cut along the bias. Cutting on the bias allows more shape and curve, I think this jumpsuit was missing. Easy to fix for next time. The invisible zip instructions were very precise and easy to understand. It especially clicked to roll the zip teeth back to get as close a possible to the teeth. I would not be intimidated by sewing in the invisible zip. There are so many tutorials out there, that make it a breeze!! I recently found a tutorial on ninaleelondon blog which is very helpful.
I decided to use some beautiful blush linen I recently purchased from JoAnn fabric on sale. The tag read 100% linen, it was not a blend, but the quality is a tad sub par. This linen is very light weight and opaque with a crisp hand. Unfortunately when sewing pants or a skirt bottom I would not recommend this linen because of the opaqueness, unless you are willing to line it. Knowing this , I went for it anyway, with the intentions of wearing it over a bathing suit for summer.. Sewing linen is fairly easy to do no with little slippage, it does wrinkle a ton, but a good steam iron helps while sewing.
I used all French Seams for the inside, taking twice as long but well worth the effort. The instructions require you to finish your seams with an overlock, if you decide to use French Seams there are no instructions here, but so many tutorials and you tube videos out there to help! . If you overlock your jumpsuit you will be done in a flash! I missed using my Juki Serger, as it’s in for repair, but extremly happy with my french seamed insides.
The fit…. Ok so the fit is suppose to be loose. It will take time to warm up too. But next time I will size down. After constructing the entire suit and straps, I tried it on. To my surprise I was swimming in it. I cut out a straight size medium based off my measurements. The length was ok I am almost 5ft 8” nothing pulling in the crotch area, but swimming and bagging in the arm cycle. This happened with my McCalls slip dress too- my conclusion is- its way to big. Fixing the issue was a bit of a pain, because I had to pick apart my freshly sewn straps. I went ahead and took it in almost 2’ on each side. It fits much better now with less bagging around the chest and arms, but feel I could take it in even more. There is so much ease with the finished jumpsuit, it would be wise to size down. I would look at the finished measurements to get a better idea of how this will fit. You could almost get away with not even using a zip, I can pull mine up and off without even using the zipper, most likely because it is one size too big. I may get the strength to go back in and adjust it some more, but for now I can live with it.
Overall this was a pleasant experience to sew! I loved slowing down and making the french seams, I love the sweet invisible zip ( hooray for getting it right!) and the back ties. I do wish my linen was more heavy weight, I will be making this again! Its a wonderful adventurous beginner pattern, I wouldn’t let the zip intimidate you. Next time I will cut the straps on the bias and size down to a small . Embracing the bib style jumpsuit I hope to add a few more to my wardrobe.
What about you? Yes or no for the bibs? Do you feel too cute or adorable wearing them or effortless and free? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Thanks for reading
Pattern- Common Stitch Wattlebird Jumpsuit
Fabric- JoAnn Fabrics blush linen
Fabric- Thrifted linen at Goodwill Stores
Shoes- Sandgreen Clogs