My first Sallie Jumpsuit was such an instant favorite that after two days of wearing it non-stop I had to start a second one (and do laundry). Now that size and fit were mostly figured out I was ready to risk a nicer fabric. I had my mind set on this ultra soft mystery knit I got for $2/yard from L.A.'s Fabric District (I know I know, us L.A. sewists are so lucky and spoiled, it's sickening). It appeared to be some sort of rayon poly mix with great recovery and a thick and very spongy/bouncy feel. It also screamed "I will pill like crazy if you just look at me the wrong way". But you can only ask so much for $2/yard. Most importantly though, it had a fun print! And by fun I mean the kind that inevitably drives you to homicidal rage fantasies against its unknown designer. But we'll get to that soon enough.

First I want to say that I love my Sallie #2 even more than my Sallie #1.  I have probably worn it 10 out of the last 14 days. Everyone is getting sick of seeing me in it. I don't wash it often enough (at least I am saving water! #CAdrought). I just don't care, I don't want to take it off because it is literally the most comfortable thing I own. There is only one downside to the Sallie Jumpsuit, or any jumpsuit for that matter: peeing naked. But it is so worth it!

This time construction was much easier. Because of its sponginess the knit traps a lot of air and I was worried a double-layer bodice would be too stuffy. So I used the leftover thin jersey from Sallie #1 for the lining. As a result Sallie #2 took up less than 1.5 yards of 60" fabric. Making the lining out of a cheaper solid knit is a great solution if you are sewing with a pricey fabric you want to use sparingly.

As before, I lengthened the bodice, but this time I added 3 in rather than 2. I marked the sleeve seams carefully and joined them without much of a fight. I used knit stay tape to stabilize the neck opening with great success. I was so busy congratulating myself that I sewed the bodice to its lining the wrong way so my careful 2 mm stitching around the neckline had to all be unpicked. Took 1 hr 45 mins to fix. So I strongly suggest pinning things together then flipping the entire thing inside out to make sure you have joined everything as intended. I also, AGAIN, forgot to sew in the back ties. So I had to unpick 2 inches of the second neckline seam to add them. When it rains errors, it pours.

One issue with my Sallie #1 was a bunch of horizontal fabric excess in the lower back caused by my sway back. For this version, I drew a curved line across the lower back that pulled up the pants by an inch at the CB, tapering to nothing at the sides. I curved both the elastic casing and the pants joining seams. I forgot to snap pictures but I made the same adjustment for my Sallie #1 (that poor waist seam has now been redone 3 times and I am contemplating another fix). It still pools a bit but it is much better than before. Also, as before, I eliminated the pockets. I really don't need them.

All in all, the bodice took me just a few hours, mistakes and all, and I was rather happy.  The real pain began when I started matching the seams. To be fair, as soon as I laid the pattern pieces onto the fabric I thought "Uh oh. These chevron stripes are insane". They are uneven both vertically AND horizontally. Meaning that as you look top to bottom some stripes are closer together than others (which is noticeable immediately). But also, as you look left to right, the lines get closer and further apart by as much as an inch (which is only noticeable when you are mid-crotch seam). Seeing as I'd NEVER matched any sort of pattern before, Crazy Chevrons were obviously the perfect place to begin. When life hands you lemons, make an impossibly tricky lemon meringue soufflé.

The pants' center back and side seams worked pretty great, right off the bat. Of course they are not the most noticeable seams either, unless someone is looking at my butt for way too long. And if they are, well then they fully deserve my mismatched back seam! I am quite proud of it though (the back seam, not the butt).

But my good luck ended there. By far the most mismatched seams were the front crotch and waist, Which are incidentally the most visible ones too. GRRR! The worst part was that it really wasn't my fault! It was Crazy Chevrons' fault. And their sadistic designer! You can see that the very middle of the CF seam is well-matched but as you move up and down it all goes haywire. You can also probably see that the zig zag lines on the top left of the CF are much further apart than those on the top right. After MANY attempts of fixing the situation shown on the left, I ended up with what you see on the right. Not ideal but I decided that I can live with it. My boyfriend however cannot. The mismatched zig zag is all his OCD physicist eye can see. Oh well. 

I usually wear it with a belt anyway so it mostly hides the waist seam, which is the single thing I don't love about this make. I do think I will avoid chevrons for a while though. Lastly, I'd like to return to a point I made in my previous post. Namely, that Secret Pajamas Sallie can be worn with equal success at home, at work, or at happy hour. Allow me to demonstrate!

Is it any surprise I am already plotting a Sallie #3??? I am a woman obsessed!


Patricia Bennett
07/07/2015 3:59am

I LOVE your Sallie #2!! I think you did a fantastic job! Plus you are a hoot!!

07/09/2015 9:04am

Looks fantastic !

07/09/2015 10:06am

You have convinced me to try a jumpsuit! Both versions are pretty. Thanks for the tip on swayback.


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