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Gemma’s Ogden/Marigold Jumpsuit

We all know how much I love a jumpsuit. And dungarees. Given the choice (which is usually most days) I will happily relive my childhood wardrobe days and wear an all-in-one outfit. I love the ease of them – it pretty much is all I need to think about, looks like I made an effort (even if I didn’t) and also works really well with my figure. I’m always looking out for new jumpsuit style patterns, and fabrics that will work well with those kind of garments. I knew instantly that the red floral viscose from the ‘Crafternoon Tea’ box was destined to be one, and after my last make that didn’t fill me with sewing confidence, I wanted to make something that would bring that back.

Because the viscose is so soft and drapey, I needed to make a garment that would flow, and didn’t need too much in the way of structure. I love the Tilly and the Buttons Marigold trousers for this, as they are really comfy, loose fitting trousers with an elasticated waist – not too complicated in terms of make and fit. I decided to be a bit wild and make a hack with another of my favourite patterns – the True Bias Ogden cami. Although the Marigold is already a jumpsuit pattern, I feel like the top half does need a fabric with structure, especially since you need to insert a zip. I have made it a couple of times, and my personal preference is that I prefer a thinner shoulder strap, as well as a straight neck edge rather than sweetheart. I have ‘hacked’ this before to try these alterations, and loved how the adjustments look, but for this fabric I really felt the drape would work best with the Ogden.

Luckily it’s not too hard to add the Ogden cami top to the Marigold Trousers. You need to make a few adjustments to the top, but the bottoms you can sew just like you would if making the jumpsuit, no adjustments. I take about 5cms off of the front and back of the Ogden, to take into account adding it to the elasticated waistband. When sewing the side seams, you need to increase your seam allowance towards the bottom, to make it fit the waistband, as the Ogden is larger. I find it good to fit it with pleats at the side seams (or darts could work as well), as I like a looser fit. I also find that because of the smaller straps I don’t need to add a zip to the side, as I can easily get in and out of it without one – just make sure your elastic is stretchy enough to clear your hips should you need it!

And just like that – a new jumpsuit is born! I’m totally in love with it, its super cosy, and because the fabric is so light and soft, it is definitely part of the secret pyjamas club! It will be great during summer, and I’ve made it work during the colder spell by layering a long sleeve top underneath. The pockets on the Marigold trousers are also worth a mention – very roomy, so great for holding the essentials. It has renewed my sewing confidence, and I’ll be wearing this non-stop I can promise you!