A Jumpsuit for Summer!


I’ve been lusting after the gorgeous jumpsuits and rompers everyone has been wearing for the past year, but after trying on a few ready-to-wear versions I got discouraged. My top and bottom halves are completely different sizes – okay for separates but terrible for jumpsuits.

I put my jumpsuit dreams on the shelf for a while until one day about a month ago I had a revelation – I sew! I can totally make a jumpsuit for myself that fits. Now, I’m not sure whether I temporarily forgot how sewing works or was just being dense but I was so excited at the thought of making a jumpsuit that worked for me.

The next step was finding the perfect pattern. I started out looking at the Ailakki Jumpsuit from Named Patterns but the cutout detail on the front was a little too risqué for me. Then I moved on to New Look 6373 and loved its romper and ruffle options. However, because I usually need to do a million adjustments on woven pants, I decided a woven jumpsuit wasn’t for me. I looked into knit jumpsuit patterns and there was a clear sewing community favorite – the Sallie Jumpsuit from Closet Case Patterns. I love that it has options for a kimono tee or tie shoulder tank on top and a maxi skirt or pants on the bottom.

I just love the back view of this – elegant with the right accessories but cool and relaxed with your hair in a bun!

Since I knew I wanted to wear the jumpsuit to graduation at work, I went with the more modest kimono tee version. I chose this great Black Rayon/Lycra Jersey Knit for an elegant look. The jersey washes really well and MAJOR BONUS isn’t see-through!

Excuse the rippling in the elastic channel at the waist – steam is your friend, friends!

The pattern comes together very quickly and easily – I think it took me about 2 hours to make on my serger once everything was cut out. The bodice is self-lined for a neat finish inside.

Three notes on the pattern though:

  1. Check the leg length on the pattern before you cut out and again once you’ve started assembly. I’m 5’4” and needed to remove about 5 inches from the leg length.
  2. Get good quality elastic for the waistband. I tried first with some cheap elastic and it didn’t go well – spring the extra few $$ for better quality!
  3. The pattern tells you to put the back kneck ties VERY high up. I would suggest putting them about ½ – ¾ of an inch lower than suggested.


I am definitely not cool enough to be wearing a jumpsuit but here I am wearing one anyway – and you should too! This pattern is so comfortable and surprisingly easy to wear. I can’t wait to cut out another one – maybe in this royal blue or this very daring print?

Alexandra blogs about sewing and reading over at her blog The Library of Alexandra. You can also follow her day-to-day sewing adventures on Instagram where she’s @alexandrap529.


Alexandra holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from UNC Chapel Hill and is currently completing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Johns Hopkins University (expected graduation 2023). She is passionate about the science of learning and ensuring equity in education.

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