The Terrifying Yet Chic Clown Suit

I sewed myself a clown suit — and I liked it!

B6312 Jumpsuit

This cute thing is B6312, a ‘very easy See & sew’ pattern from Butterick. I modified the pattern by flaring out the legs, because I was going for the culotte-look rather than what Named Clothing aptly calls “carrot leg”, which tapers in towards the bottom.

B6312 Jumpsuit

The following pic is a bit blurry, but I love the way the background looks, so just squint, k?

B6312 Jumpsuit

B6312 Jumpsuit

Below you can see that it actually is a clown suit, with props to Katie from What Katie Sews for making me almost laugh out loud when she wrote of her own version that “the pattern pieces looked terrifying like a clown suit, but once it’s made up in a soft fabric and belted, it’s secret-pyjama dreams come true.” Clown suit? Secret pyjamas? How could I NOT try this pattern?? Thanks for the inspiration, Katie!

B6312 Jumpsuit

The face on the wall behind me agrees that this is a terrifying clown suit.

B6312 Jumpsuit

Does my ass look fat in this clown suit?

Here’s a better look at the fabric, which is a Japanese cotton print I bought at Designer Fabrics on Queen Street West in Toronto last summer. I was just there yesterday and this still have some for sale. The belt I bought a few years ago from Peeko Apparel on Etsy, who seems to have since closed up shop, unfortunately.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 B6312 Jumpsuit

I still need to do a bit of altering to the top half. I cut the top in the smallest size and graded the pants part out to the next size up. The top is still rather wide and the armholes are very deep so I think it will look better if I resew the side seams to cinch it in a bit more.

B6312 Jumpsuit

I had to use these awesome shoes for this photo shoot, because if I attempt to wear them In Real Life I have to mince around very slowly and carefully or else be carried around on a divan. The latter never happens so basically I just don’t wear them. 😦  I’m sure you have a story about a pair of shoes that function more as a sculpture in your home than as practical tools for locomotion, amirite?

B6312 Jumpsuit

I find I need to fuss a little bit to get the fabric to gather just right under the belt. I wonder if I should’ve just gone for a jumpsuit with an actual waistband instead. What do you think?

B6312 Jumpsuit

It was the most perfect Spring day when #UnsungSewingBlogHero and I shot these pics, with the lilacs and crabapple trees in full bloom. Glorious!

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Thanks so much for stopping by for a look!

M7099: Roomy Romper

“Romper” – there’s a word I didn’t think I’d have much use for in my adult life, but apparently they’re a thing again, so here we are. Here’s my rendering of McCall’s pattern 7099, Misses’ Romper and Jumpsuit, View A.

M7099 Romper

Look ma, no vaginas! Don’t be shocked — that’s a reference to the fact that there were vaginas all over this fabric that I didn’t notice until I got it home, draped it around myself, and looked in the mirror. It took some careful pattern placement to keep this garment PG-rated. Look below, see what I mean??

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I cut a size 6, but this is a VERY roomy pattern so I had to hack down the torso quite a bit to avoid drowning in it. I ended up taking it in one inch at each side seam, and folding the front bands in half because I felt a little too covered up at the front otherwise.

M7099 romper

Surprisingly, the shorts part of it are less roomy than you’d expect. I actually would’ve preferred a little more room in the front crotch to give it a bit more fullness at the front…just a personal preference. As it was, I ended up letting out the side seams of the shorts from the pocket to the hem by about 1/2 an inch to add a bit of width.

M7099 romper

These photos were shot on the first nice/warm day of Spring here in Toronto. The sunny appearance belies the fact that it was only 13 degrees and I was actually kinda freezing.

The pattern was quite easy to make…there are no zippers to install and simple gathering is probably the most challenging technique used in it.

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There’s a bit of weird pattern placement on my butt there, which I didn’t notice when I was cutting, but hey, at least there are no vajay-jays. And it’s much less weird than the woman I saw today wearing a patterned dress in which a single, dark coloured “x” was placed exactly where her — let’s use a polite euphemism here — ‘functional’ part of her rear end would be. It was a very attractive dress otherwise, but it was literally an “x”! I’m betting she forgot to check the back view in the change room before she purchased.

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I’m *lovin’* the pockets on this, and I’m lovin’ the fabric, which is a fantastic lightweight 4-way stretch with great drape. This is SUPER comfy. I did a slight modification on the fronts, inspired by Sew Wrong’s post on small bust adjustments to prevent gaping on wrap dresses. Of course I didn’t do it properly, seeing as I only thought of it *after* I had cut out the pieces, so although it’s a bit of a hack it still turned out alright. I’m still going to add a snap or two to secure the fronts together. If I sewed another one of these, and I just might, I would cut the shorts an inch or two longer. But maybe I’ll try the jumpsuit version next. I’ve seen a couple of versions of the jumpsuit on Pattern Review that used ponte knit or even scuba knit, but I’m having a hard time picturing how those would be drapey enough for this design. It’s designed to be quite loose fitting so I think a fabric with body and structure would be a bit awkward.

Overall I’m delighted with how this turned out, and I’m looking forward to taking it for a stroll on my vacation in Italy this summer. And good thing the elastic waistband has a lot of stretch, because I plan on doing an awful lot of eating and drinking while I’m there!

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