With (30) Days of Sundresses over, we get Blank Slate Sewing team posts again, hooray! Today Shannon has a really creative pattern hack that is easier than it looks – read on.
My fashion philosophy is definitely quick, cute and fun! Quick because I'm always on the run. Cute because, well, why not? And, it's gotta be fun or it will end up in my "finish it later" pile.
One of the reasons I love Blank Slate Patterns is because they truly are a "blank" slate. When you don't want to draft a pattern from scratch, these patterns are perfect as a base for any idea that you can dream up. I remixed the Wild Flower Top pattern by combining it with the Oceanside Shorts pattern to create a super comfy jumpsuit. "Where's the Wildflower Top?", you say. Ha! Ha! It's in there, trust me.
Here's a glimpse into how I made this pattern my own.
Wild Flower Top pattern by Blank Slate Patterns
Oceanside Pants and Shorts pattern by Blank Slate
1" Lace Seam Binding
SUMMARY OF STEPS
* Important. Before beginning, determine the finished measurement of your short's waistline and adjust the bottom of your top pattern pieces accordingly, so they will match when attaching them. Also, this is just a brief summary of the steps I took to remix the pattern. It's important to follow the pattern instructions as written.
For the Top (Front)
Use the Inner Bodice and Bottom Bodice to create one front piece. To create a looser effect for the top, I widened the line from the base of the armscye to the hemline of the front piece.
For the Top (Back)
Instead of cutting the back pattern piece on the fold, cut two separate pieces. I marked the center of the back piece and sewed to that point.
Next, for the back opening, start where you ended the center seam line, (You should have a "V" here), fold the side pieces under and sew 1/4" from the edge.
Sew the front bodice piece to the back bodice at the shoulders, added lace seam binding to the neckline (making sure that approximately 6" were left to tie at the neck).
Attach your preferred sleeves per instructions. I created puff sleeves by using the bell sleeve option and gathering. Sew bodice side seams.
For the Shorts
Since I was using a knit, I went down one size on the Oceanside shorts pattern. I added 1 1/2" to the waistband for the casing and left it (waistband) unfinished. I sewed the pants as instructed.
To Attach the Bodice to Shorts
Turn bodice inside out (and upside down). Slide over the top of the shorts (right side out) and match waists (Shorts should be inside of the bodice). Sew 1 1/2" from edge. Both pieces should be connected. Turn the entire jumpsuit inside out. Iron seam allowance down for casing. Sew 1/2" from bottom edge of casing, leaving a small space open to insert elastic. Once elastic has been inserted, stitch the casing opening closed. Hem pants or leave unhemmed.
That's it! Quick, easy and painless.
This is such a comfortable jumpsuit. I wear it around the house as a lounger or add a belt if I need to run a quick errand.