Flight Lieutenant Said&Done ready for service!
No mission is hard enough for her, ’cause you never know what nifty gadgets she has hidden down those enormous elasticated legs!
And look: She is fully qualified for walking down steps as well:
See, told you, now mission too hard for her!
And whatever you do, don’t mess with her, because you’re gonna get this kind of look.
Or has she just realised that she has rolled up in a Top Gun Style jumpsuit without the Aviator shades? Well never mind, she’ll just have to show you her second jumpsuit, a BHL Holly, soon.
If you feel the world – or at least this blog – has gone slightly mad, don’t worry. This post is in honour of #jumpingintojune, where a number of us has decided to sew jumpsuits for June.
Well, I say decided… In fact it might have been combination of late night posting, general silliness and social networking pressure that made me and some avid non-wearers of jumpsuits decide it might be a good idea to sew some… Read the comments to this post in order to make up your mind.
And if you have made a jumpsuit, make sure you leave a comment with the blog post URL in this post so that I can compile a list of all June Jumpers.
Now for the science bit:
I used Burdastyle 5/2010 #119 for this. The pattern has struck me when it first came out – I just really liked the idea of making up what is essentially a boilersuit in a dressy fabric and wearing it with heels.
But then, I don’t wear jumpsuits, you know, so I never gave the pattern a second thought. Apart from the fact that apparently now I do wear jumpsuits – I think. I cut the size 40 top/42 bottom and sewed without any changes. As you can see, the legs could be a bit shorter and maybe a little less full. I was surprised to see that the top doesn’t have all that much ease – if you are more well endowed than me you might want to check for an FBA.
I used a heavy washed rayon for this, which is actually a shade of lighter blue. I thought it might be a cool idea to do black topstitching on it – which then turned out so awfully that I died over the whole thing in black to hide the topstitching. This now makes the fabric come out in an almost black kinda shade of midnight blue. Result! The buttons I stole out of the notions pile for my son’s next shirt – clear case of selfish sewing…
I have to admit that this is the coolest things to wear – once I put it on all I want to do is lounging cooly on corners and make Top Gun style salutes. How all of that is going to translate into real life I’m not quite sure, but I’ll report. I can’t really think of any proper occasion to wear a garment such as this “in context” as it were. Moreover my life isn’t exactly rich of “occasions” anyway. So I’ve decided I will just wear this as a normal everyday garment and see how I get on with it. How well I’ll judge by the expressions on my students’ and colleagues’ faces when I first touch down with this in school 😉 .
How are your jumpsuits coming on? Or if you aren’t a jumpsuit fan just yet, what would convert you?