One of the nice things about the Sallie Jumpsuit & Maxi dress pattern is that it works with a wide variety of light to medium weight knits. As long as it has a nice drape and a decent amount of crosswise stretch, you should be good to go. Here are some pretty options from around the interweb.
Happy Sunday makers! I’m enjoying a Sunday afternoon inside, drinking tea and preparing to draft a slip dress for an upcoming wedding; I’m planning to finally use some gorgeous coral silk I’ve had in my stash for years. Speaking of the stash…. I had to clean it out this week to make room for some recent hauls. A haute couture fabric store in Westmount is going out of business this year and I scored a bunch of gorgeous silk and wool remnants for a song (go to Minks on Green Avenue if you’d like to do the same – thanks to Prue for emailing me about it!) Additionally, Monserratt, Vicki and I went in on an African wax print order from Vlisco. With the Euro exchange and customs it ended up being substantially more than we anticipated but I’m super excited to make a few dresses and a quilt out of my beauties. The Vlisco website is a blessing and a curse; it’s the best designed online fabric store I’ve ever seen but the stock is all limited quantity and sells out so quickly it can be dangerous to visit too often (please please please someone get this crazy sewing machine print).
Lets see what the sewing blogosphere was up to this week….
I need to refer to this tutorial for using iron-on images for baby leggings from Oliver and S; I’m in the middle of a veritable baby boom over here. Seriously. Everyone is pregnant. Everyone.
Did you catch this interview on Ginger Makes with knitwear designer O! Jolly? I’m so inspired by her career path! And her sweater knits (available to home sewists!) are gorgeous.
I’ve been waiting to hear more about the new Design Sponge book and Grace Boneey finally revealed the concept – she’ll be interviewing prominent creative women in their workspaces and sharing their advice, wisdom and inspiration. So. Stoked.
I had a #treatyoself moment when I bought a Ninja blender on sale this week; it’s essentially like a fancy Vitamix but about half the price. I know I am prone to hyperbole, but this thing has increased my morning moods by about 300% and I’m a little mad at myself for not having gotten one sooner. It’s insanely satisfying to get 3-4 servings of fruit or veg in one delicious icy cup and I’m having fun playing around with ingredients. New faves: 1) Pineapple, grapefruit juice, yoghurt, strawberries and mint, 2) Dates, frozen banana and almond milk and 3) Mango, frozen pineapple, kefir, coconut water.
Happy Friday guys! Thanks for the fabulous response to the Sallie Jumpsuit & Maxi Dress pattern this week. It really feels awesome to realize your ideas don’t exist a vacuum, and I’m super happy that this was a pattern some of you were looking and/or waiting for. #secretpajamas for the win.
As usual, I did lots of research when I was working on Sallie so I thought it would be fun to share some styling ideas.
I really love the wildly different directions a jumpsuit can take you in. A big wild print feels bohemian and summery while sedate solid colours feel super chic and modern. Knits are insanely easy to hack and modify (look ma, no darts) and I’m hoping to see some slashed up and personalized versions in the wild.
The Sallie dress is probably the easiest thing to throw on in my closet right now. I’m really feeling it dressed down with Converse sneakers but a wow-y print takes it to an evening level with very little effort.
I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I didn’t even consider the romper possibilities of this pattern when I was working on it, or else I would have drafted shorts for you! After a few comments hipping me to this reality, I’m going to make one up in the next week or so and share my results with you. These look as refreshing as a popsicle on a hot summer day.
The big day is here! I’m so happy to introduce to you my new baby. Please meet the Sallie Jumpsuit and Maxi Dress, a super comfortable and easy to make sewing pattern designed for knits. No joke, I’ve been wearing it pretty much every day for the last couple of months. Two words: secret pajamas.
The impetus for this pattern came from a few places. I love 70’s fashion, in particular the swinging, sexy, Studio 54 Halston and Yves St. Laurent years; they really nailed glamourous knits. With Bianca Jagger in mind, I was inspired to design a modern take on the jumpsuit since they are devastatingly chic and so easy to wear. I was also determined to design one that could be taken on and off easily, since wearing a jumpsuit with zippers and buttons when you really need to use the bathroom can be harrowing. Sallie is a breeze to slip in and out of. She’s also so comfortable it’s silly; lounge around the house all day and then throw on some lipstick when it’s time to go out – you’ll look smashing either way.
Did I mention how simple and quick Sallie is to make? After a few time intensive patterns like Carolyn and Ginger, I wanted to design something easy and breezy. Sallie can be made in an afternoon no matter your skill level. The instructions include direction for making this on a regular sewing machine, so don’t worry if you don’t have access to a serger.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR SALLIE
As per usual, this little lady has a number of options you can mix and match to suit your taste. Choose between a self lined V-neck kimono tee with tie neck closure, or a strappy tank with shoulder ties. On your bottom half, mix and match wide leg pants, culottes or a maxi skirt with side slits, all with convenient pockets and a comfortable elasticized waist.
Here is the kimono tee with the wide legged pants option:
The strappy tank with maxi skirt bottom:
And finally, crop the pants for a culottes jumpsuit!
Sallie is designed for light to medium weight knits like cotton and bamboo lycra blends, ITY and jersey. I really love her made up in a drapey lightweight rayon jersey (like the graphic print above) but she also works well with slightly heavier, denser knits. I designed this pattern for the warmer months, but I’m also excited to experiment with some ponte when the weather starts to turn. If you’re worried about the clinginess factor of knits, I would just like to point out that I am a size 12/14 and find this incredibly flattering, especially in black, navy and graphic prints.
As you may have guessed, this pattern is named after the inimitable Sallie Oh. Creative, idiosyncratic, master of watercolour and dye, hilarious, generous and kind, she’s one of the great internet loves of my life. Not only a wonderful friend since we met through our blogs and eventually in real life (where we shared a double futon the first night we met!), but also a constant source of sewing inspiration and general life support. We share a passion for knits and 70’s vibes and I could not pick a better muse or namesake than she. Sallie is the jam. And now also, The Jumpsuit.
The pattern is now live in my newly expanded size range (0-20) along with a French translation. I’ll be sharing a few posts over the next week or so with styling and fabric inspiration. Since this pattern is so beginner friendly, I wasn’t intending on hosting a sewalong but if you’d like one let me know and I’ll see what I can do.
So what do you think? Will you be getting your groove on with Sallie this summer?