Monday, June 9, 2014

Meh! Cutout Jumpsuit Flop!

I had high hopes for my cut-out jumpsuit using retro Simplicity 8244. I was very excited about adding a jumpsuit to my wardobe and worked on it this weekend. Unfortunately, it did not turn out as I would have hoped. The construction was easy and the instructions clear. That was the extent of the good on this one. 


Initially, after looking at the pattern pieces, I thought the crotch would be too low and the cut-out to high, but they were fine. It turned out the shoulder seam at front and back were too low and I had to raise them by 5/8 of an inch to prevent drooping in the front. I thought the length of the legs would be long enough to accommodate moderate heels, but alas, it skimmed the top of my bare feet without being hemmed. This is a fact I did not discover until the pattern was cut. I ended up adding a cuff to the bottom to extend it. 

There were very few construction steps, so I pressed on hoping it would all come together in the end; it did not.This ill-fitting jumpsuit is not flattering at all! I almost did not post this project. As matter of fact, it is wrinkled in the photos because I left (threw) it to a pile on the floor and did not iron it before taking pictures. ;p Hillary inspired my transparency with this project by boldly posting her project fail last week (If you look at her failure, be sure to stick around and look at all of her wonderful successes). 


Here we go:
 

Meh!
 
The long darts in the back do nothing to add shaping to the back.

Possibly the only redeeming angle.
    
Seriously, look at the bunching in the middle!


You may ask why didn't I fix these problems as I went? Well, this was to be a wearable muslin to figure out any problems for future sewing. I wanted to see what would happen out of the package so to speak. Also, there were only two main pattern pieces to this jumpsuit. I could not anticipate the butterfly effect of one tweak here on an adjustment there. 

My husband likes it as does my son. Both think it is hilarious to have open "tickle access". I will wear it around the house for kicks. Life is short; it is only fabric. If we cannot laugh at our failures are we really growing?

 

(Un)happy Sewing,
Bianca


 

17 comments:

  1. You win some, you lose some!
    I just had a flop this past week. It went in the garbage! I posted dress form pics on my blog so all can glory in my failure.

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  2. awe, since this was a muslin you can try again. Don't give up.

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    1. thanks, but I think I'm done with this one. I have a few Vintage Vogue jumpsuits that I may tackle next.

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  3. Oh my God, I think I'm in love. I mean special tickle access? How can you go wrong with that? :) You make everything look great with your wonderful attitude Bianca and how fun to laugh at ourselves and our creations. Such a good lesson.

    Hillary

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    1. They were so funny! My 2-yr old was drawn to the cutouts and had a blast tickling me with his cold fingers! My hubby had other plans ;p

      I got my attitude on this one strictly from you! You laughed at your mishap and I knew I could too! Iron sharpens iron :)

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    2. How nice that your husband is so supportive of your creative ventures. Ha! ;)

      Hillary

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  4. I like it but I can understand that you consider it a fail.
    I love your hairdo :)

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    1. Thank you! I thought I would mix it up!

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  5. I love it when people post about their troubles with patterns, then you can see what challenges might be ahead if one attempts it. Thanks for taking the time to post about it!

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    1. You are welcome! You don't really appreciate the sunny days more than after a storm :) Let's hope the next project is great!

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  6. I'm looking a your hair in these pics. Success! Simply beautiful. Love the jumpsuit style too. One of these days I will take the plunge and try one. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much! I thought the hair would be a good distraction :) I have not given up on jumpsuits yet, I would love to yours if you make one.

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  7. I admire you for picking up on this project. I have never found jumpsuita flattering. I have never made one.
    It is not so bad - you can make few small adjustments and still wear it - at home.
    I am sure your next one will be perfect! GO FOR IT!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement! I had high hopes for this, but like you never thought they were flattering. I am trying to branch out, but his one was a bust. I have one more cut, so stay tuned.

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  8. Omg! You must not give up on this ! Just a suggestion- but try it in a knit or jersey in a fabulous print. On your figure you could really rock it. TFS

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    1. Thanks Maureen. I think you are right. Funny thing, I had the knit fabric from my DVF wrap dress reserved for this jumpsuit, but made that instead. I may revisit this one in time.

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  9. You know...it may be really cute out of a medium weight ITY knit after some tweaking at the waist line...just a thought.

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