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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Jumpsuiting into a New Year!

The "Hostess Pyjamas" of yesteryear-- What could be more charming?


My friend and I have been dreaming about a Hostess Jumpsuit for her next party, one that would accent her lovely presentation of culinary marvels.  I don't yet know what her Hostess Jumpsuit will be; it may manifest as a playful romper or some uber-glam evening luxury piece.  In the meanwhile, I am perusing all sorts of jumpsuits, past and present.

To be sure, full and flowing jumpsuits don't exist only in the past.  I am creating new such beautifulness!

One example is this stunner in vibrantly printed soft rayon challis.


There are so many ways this festive garment could be incarnated. Shall we dream up some version of my new jumpsuit for you?

Mine (here illustrated) opens fairly deeply in the back, secured only by self-fabric ties at the nape of the neck (my Etsy listing can show you more).  With its short, cut-on sleeves and long, full, drapey legs, the open back doesn't open *too* much.  If I were to make your edition of this little number with long sleeves, I think I would cut the back more generously, for more coverage and thus more stability on the shoulders.  Perhaps your jumpsuit could be sans ties, in that case.

The dropped waist seam supports the lovely, soft gathers in front and in back; very flattering.  The bodice is an easy, boxy shape, fitting loosely.  You know what I want to do as I craft the bodice on your jumpsuit, though?  I want to create several long, shallow, diagonal (so flattering!) darts to encircle your shapely waist.  The jumpsuit would retain its easy-fitting, comfort-to-the-max aspect, but would be extra shapely.  Shapeliness is good, oh yes.... 

Thank you for dreaming jumpsuits with me!  -Kathleen

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