Leslie has designed a jumpsuit that is super easy to wear with its elasticated waistband and super flattering shape for a variety of body types. Trust me on this one. I had the privilege of seeing this jumpsuit on various body types throughout the pattern testing process and it looked fabulous on everyone.
The pattern recommends cutting the size that is closest to your hip measurement given the jumpsuit pulls on and off over your hips. Personally I cut the size 6 C/D which was slightly smaller than my hips but matched my waist & bust. I’m not a fan of excess fabric around my hip area and I like a good fit at the bust and waist. I also think it’s easier to grade the hips out slightly if required than to grade in a bodice.
BUT before taking my advice, changes where made to the fit of this pattern to slim down the pant slightly prior to release. Please remember that my jumpsuit was made from the original pattern.
After making my toile in calico I was really happy with the fit except for the excess blousing of the fabric at the back bodice. For my final jumpsuit I curved the back bodice waist seam up about 1.5cm at centre back maintaining the side seam length as per the pattern. I’m so glad I made this adjustment and now love the fit of the bodice.
Take care when sewing on your straps to get the angle and length correct. There is nothing worse than straps that slip off and gap. When I make the Frisco Jumpsuit for a third time I am going to reduce the strap length ever so slightly.
My final Jumpsuit was made in a linen blend that I picked up for $8 at a local label’s sample and fabric sale a couple of weeks ago. It is a mid weight fabric with a nice handle and drape that works well for this pattern. The only other adjustment I will make next time around is to reduce the length of the tie. It’s a little long for me to wear untucked.
This is definitely a pattern I recommend toiling first before making in your final fabric. It’s impossible to create a pattern that fits all body types, bodice lengths, leg lengths, hips / waist proportion and waist / bust proportion but with a little tweaking here and there you will have the perfect Jumpsuit in no time.