Finished - the Super Ninja Jumpsuit or M7099 (plus bonus dress!)


This garment here has super powers. I put it on and it's like a switch flicks. Instant fabulousness. I can't explain it and if you'd said to me a few months ago 'thou shalt make a onesie and it shall be awesome', well, I would have said you were dreaming. I bring you the final piece of the 2015 Resort Collection. 





This is McCalls M7099, made in a lovely black viscose lycra knit from the Cloth Shop in Ivanhoe. I first saw Beth's version, also in black and loved it. I began to think why not? Why not make myself a giant stretchy jumpsuit for my jumpsuit-less life? I knew there'd be some mocking from the husband's corner, but had warned him waaaay back when this sewing caper was taking hold, that one day he'd come home and find me wearing a onesie.... 





So, this pattern. It's designed for knits only, and I'd look for something with some elastane or else those knees will bag out fairly quickly. There is a lot of ease. My measurements put me into a 12 or 14. The top is meant to be drapey but I made a 6 shoulders and 8 everywhere else and there is plenty of ease.  I compared the cut of the trousers to my Hudson pants and knew the 8 would be fine. The calf fitting is very narrow and almost identical in all sizes so if you have some muscular calves you may want to check this. It is also extremely long in the bodice - I normally have no issues with bodice length.  After attaching the top and bottoms I found the waist seam was going to sit around my hips. I removed 2cm of length from the bottom of the bodice which helped, but as you can see from the back view of this pic the waist seam still is maybe 1cm too low. If I was to make this again I'd add 1cm to the top of the trousers to lift it up a bit. Without the belt it looks ok, and I think if I add another belt loop to the centre back it will be fine (belt loops are just thread loops made using the Colette zigzag method). 



The style of the bodice is lovely - gathered shoulders, a loosely crossed drape front (that does need a snap for modesty) finished by bands that form a cute detail at the centre back neck. I took it in a little at the side seams by about 15mm at the top tapering to nothing at the waist. I also hemmed the sleeves in the flat before sewing up the sides. I basted the neck binding first on the machine then used my overlocker and I'd highly recommend this especially at the centre back unless you are super confident. 




It's comfortable, it's fabulous and yes, it's easy to go to the loo - it stretches, but you need to be prepared to be sitting there in just your underwear holding the whole shebang up. So probably not the best thing to wear camping or to east Asia. 




I've already worn this a heap of times and felt perfectly dressed for each scenario - drinks and dinner on our island holiday, my brothers 40th, drinks, Star Wars and shopping (with Anna who was kind enough to take these pics for me)! Tres versatile! 



And just to show how versatile this pattern can be I decided it would be the perfect bodice pattern to add to a basic skirt for my bestie. Her little Bebe is about 10 weeks old now and that loose crossover top gives perfect feeding access. 



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 knew with a little narrowing of shoulders and leaving the elastic in the waist until last I'd be able to make the bulk of it without needing her to try in on and it was pretty much bang on! I was thrilled. I used another lovely printed viscose from the a Cloth Shop, very similar to my Olivia dress fabric. Instead of adding the trousers I just measured the bodice circumference and made a tube skirt to fit it with an elastic channel. Very very easy! 







I can't recommend this pattern enough - it's one of my favourite things I've made ever! Who'd have thought it - turns out I didn't! 


and ps the husband does rather like it, especially when I do ninja kicks....




















Comments

  1. This is so utterly fab. And that's coming from one who has not yet been sold on the onesie, I gotta admit. I do still think the toileting issue is enough to have me running scared. But I can see why it is a favourite. It really does look incredibly chic and able to be worn on many occasions with aplomb. Winning!

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  2. Glad husband is on board, it is mighty fine sweet lady!

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    1. Thanks so much Nicki - it does make him laugh.

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the Streetstyle photography too. If I ever made a onesie and I am tempted, I would definitely make it in black too as it really does look classic and versatile. Also what a nice friend you are!

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    1. Thanks Kate - it was a lot of fun taking the photos.

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  4. Fabulous! So worth juggling at the loo ;) And your bestie is a lucky girl!

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    1. Thanks Marianne - I think I've got it perfected.

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  5. You look amazing! There are a few black jumpsuits I've seen that make me wonder if I need one, and this is definitely one of those! The dress is lovely too, lucky friend :)

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    1. Black is the perfect colour I think, or navy would be great too! You should try one!

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  6. Where's the ninja kick pose?? Love the jumpsuit!

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    1. Dammit! Totally should have done one!

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  7. I think you just kicked off the Australian chapter of jumpsuits for everyone. You look stylish, comfy & ready for any ninja attacks. Happy days.

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  8. This is great! Seriously, every wardrobe should have a black jumpsuit. Why don't I already! I think you've just added to my summer sewing queue.

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I can't believe you don't either!

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  9. This looks great! I love the jumpsuit look, though I've yet to actually go there myself. And using the bodice for a dress is a fantastic idea!

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  10. "It's comfortable, it's fabulous and yes, it's easy to go to the loo - it stretches, but you need to be prepared to be sitting there in just your underwear holding the whole shebang up. So probably not the best thing to wear camping or to east Asia."

    What an awful thing to say ... I'm Asian and from East Asia ... And I think it's just not right for anyone to say things like that ...

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    1. Oh Jess - I am so sorry I've upset you but I truly mean no offence, but if one was to use a squat toilet it would be an extremely impractical garment to wear and that was what I was trying to convey.

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  11. You look gorgeous, Sarah! And I agree with Kate, I love the background you chose for the photos!
    I’ve wanted a jumpsuit for quite a while now, but I can’t really decide on a style. Didn’t think I would be tempted by a knit jumpsuit, but now I am. I’ll really just have to try a pattern, any pattern, at some point! (:

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    1. Thanks Jana - I certainly wasn't keen on any jumpsuit until I saw this!

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  12. Man, that's great! All these jumpsuits might be winning me over.

    I noticed Beth's version has quite a bit of blousing in the bodice. Maybe it's drafted to be that way? In any case, I also like the smaller amount of blousing yours has.

    I love the idea of a resort collection for a trip. You should do a roundup post -- would love to see them all!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Yes it is drafted to be blousey but I'm pretty sure Beth added extra length to hers as she describes herself as long waisted.

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  13. This looks amazing. I think all jumpsuits have superpowers. I just made the named Ailakki jumpsuit and feel similar when I wear it!!! I like the idea of a more casual one though, so Pinning this!!

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    1. Oh my Helen it's fabulous! What a knockout!

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  14. Suuuper glamorous! Glad you got the last laugh on your husband :) I'm totally into the look of jumpsuits but haven't found the right one.

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    1. Thanks Morgan - maybe this is the one for you........ You'd look awesome in it!

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  15. So chic and so modern! I love how you accessorize the jumpsuit with the belt.

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    1. Thanks Maya! And thank you for coming by - I've enjoyed looking through your blog!

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  16. Hey! I have this pattern too! By the looks of your success, it'll be a Sew.

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    1. Oh yes - I'll be so sad if you Throw!

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  17. Gorgeous jumpsuit! I'm so happy I was able to see it in real life! And that we were on the same jumpsuit brainwave ;-) In that black jersey, this jumpsuit is a wardrobe staple. PS: can we see some of those ninja kicks in action?

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    1. Thanks Meg - yes we were rather fab in our onesies weren't we? I'm gutted I didn't do some ninja kicks - I guess I'll just have to share some on Instagram next time I wear it!

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  18. gorgeous Sarah! i love the back neck detail and not only how it looks but also seems very clever construction ... look how those bands lay flat over the shoulder !

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    1. Thanks Sasha! It's beautifully drafted!

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  19. This is gorgeous Sarah!! You look amazing in it! Who knew a jumpsuit would be such a staple?

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    1. Not me, that's for sure - it's been a such a surprise success!

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  20. this is a great style on you! and I also like this photoshoot a lot, so chic:-)

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    1. Thank you! It was a lot of fun, yet also rather embarrassing being in the city at lunch time! But it's nice to get away from my garage wall!

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  21. Looks fabulous! The back neckline detail is a very cool little detail... and how on earth do you find time to sew for friends???

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    1. Thank you Lizzy - yes it's a great little feature. So simple but very chic! And TBH I never usually sew for friends, but it was her Christmas present so I made an effort! ;)

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  22. I do believe this is what they call 'effortlessly chic' - That dress looks great too ;o)

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    1. Thanks Colette - it is what one strives for..... If only I could be effortlessly tidy too! 😝

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  23. Yes Yes YES to this jumpsuit of awesomeness.Thanks for such a detailed pattern review. Will be so helpful when I make it (with large calf adjustment!)

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  24. Yes Yes YES to this jumpsuit of awesomeness.Thanks for such a detailed pattern review. Will be so helpful when I make it (with large calf adjustment!)

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    1. Yours will be fabuloso I am certain!

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  25. I am also a jumpsuit convert! Who new that they could look so good! I do like the idea of a knit. You have me thinking now!

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  26. Ha! A onesie never looked so good! It's absolutely incredible and you look like dynamite in it. I love the delicate little gathers along the shoulder line. Epic win lady xxx

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  27. Very chic! Ninja achievement unlocked!

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  28. I love this and am a little crushed that both my recent jumpsuit pattern purchases have wide legs.

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    1. Thanks Gail - a wide leg gives a whole different relaxed beach pyjama vibe though..... Can you narrow at all?

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