Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Simplicity 0565--- Animal Print Jumpsuit & BurdaStyle Pants Fitting Class

I was super excited when I grabbed this Simplicity jumpsuit pattern a short while back. But then I was faced with the challenge of finding the right fabric for it. I dug around in my fabric stash (you know I have my own in-home fabric store) and found several contenders and finally settled on this burgundy, black, gray and off white animal print peachskin polyester. I think it was perfect for the job. It was just the right color and print size. I'm delighted this turned out so well.

Before the review, a quick announcement.....

 I will be teaching my 5th  BurdaStyle webinar on Pants Fitting webinar entitled "Learning Backwards: Dispelling old practices and Perfecting the art of Pants Fitting the Easy Way! " on August 18th . The title says it all.  I KNOW what it's like to struggle fitting pants. I think I learned and tried every method out there until I learned how to simplify the whole process. If you would like to learn my methods, tips and strategies on fitting pants please sign up for the class. If you can't attend the live event you can still pay for it and watch it at your leisure. Hope you will consider taking it. You WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED! Sign up info & link coming soon.....

Ok, on with the review......

(Simplicity 0565--- I can't find this on the Simplicity website. I bought the pattern at Jo-Ann's in a special display on the pattern cabinets.

Time to Sew:
About 6 hours

Sewing Ease (scale 1 easy to 10 difficult):
About a 4

Pattern Description:
Jumpsuit with bodice variations

 (back view)

 (just the right amount of leg fullness)

Pattern Sizing:
I cut the size Small. The size medium had way too much ease & would have been too baggy.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, pretty much.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the ease of style. I'm not a fan of the pleats on the strap (I can never seem to get them to lay just right) but I can live them. I loved the overall design. I realized once I started that there are no zippers or other closures. You can only get into the jumpsuit based on how much ease you have in the bodice and waistline---hence the elastic. So I wanted this to be a little more fitted but I didn't want to restrict entry.

Fabric Used:
Peachskin polyester in burgundy, black, gray and off white animal print

(closer view of the print)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did my usual one's----I shortened the mid back 1" and tapered to the sides. I reduced the rise of the pants by 1" in the front and lengthened my crotch length by 1.5" in the back. I ommitted the pockets since I ran out of fabric. I also added a small piece of velcro to the back bodice to serve as a closure since it draped open and exposed my bra.

What would you do differently next time?:
Nothing really. It fit fairly well.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think so! It turned out really cute!

Wardrobe Versatility:
It can be worn casually with flip flops or dressed up with heels and a jacket.

Cute jumpsuit and fairly easy to sew up!


  1. It's Simplicity 1355.

    I cut it last night! :) Hope to get made up when I get back in town on Sunday. And, I've seen several people say they sewed it in like 2 hours. And I'm thinking...interfacing, stitching, under stitching, Hmmm...don't know about 2 hours! :-)

    I was worried I would have to lengthen the legs but if you didn't then my 5'5" self probably doesn't need to!

    All that looks fabulous on you! Very effortless and easy to wear and the fabric is really nice!

  2. Looks lovely on you very cute n comfie too

  3. This jumpsuit is fantastic. It looks so great on you. I've been considering sewing a jumpsuit but with shorts, as an alternative to wearing a casual dress. I think you've sold me on jumpsuits. Yeah, I agree with Nakisha... it looks effortless and easy to wear.

  4. Love this on you. One of my favorite go to patterns. Its also Simplicity 1355, and I have made almost every variation.

  5. Cute jumpsuit and love the print.

  6. Love your jumpsuit and the fabric is beautiful! Gorgeous!

  7. It's so good to see jumpsuits making another comeback. I love the fact that you can get dressed so quickly. Besides, they are extremely comfortable. I love the pattern you chose and the print is perfect. This is a great look for you. Kudos.

  8. Love this I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I've seen so many make this pattern! You did a great job! Its beautiful and the fabric is EVERYTHING!!!

  10. I picked this pattern up over the weekend and am getting ready to cut it out. I had to check back here to see what you said about the low-dipping back and the bra band coverage it has. I am going to have to use your velcro trick, great idea!

  11. Victoria, The jumpsuit looks great on you. Wow, I see a lot of wonderful things are happening for you. Congratulations on teaching for Burda.


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