I first made a Roberts Collection Jumpsuit (pattern by the lovely Marilla Walker) last year:
I was immediately won over by how comfortable it was to wear and how good it looked, that I immediately bought fabric for another: double crepe in black from John Lewis.
I finally finished it a couple of months ago. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll already have seen a few pics of it in action, but I’ve worn it quite a bit recently (more on when, later).
I decided on the black crepe as I knew I could then wear it when more of a “smart” appearance was called for, but I could still be comfy.
It’s a dream to wear: cool, comfy, needs minimal if no ironing, doesn’t attract and hold onto every dog hair within 2m (unlike all my other black clothes) and has a beautiful heavy drape.
I did make a few tweaks to the pattern from that original version, but not much, here’s what I did:
- I like V necks, but am not a fan of very deep V necks and the original felt a bit exposing for me so I raised the centre front neck by 2cm
- I cut a straight size 4 on the size chart and made no changes to the fit
- I like a deep roomy pocket so I added 4cm to the depth of the pocket bags
- I finished the sleeves with simple straight sleeve bands (like those on my Fulwood dress)
- to prevent the pocket edges from stretching I added a small strip of interfacing along the seamline of the pocket opening on the front leg.
I’m really happy with the end result and I even found the perfect buttons ready and waiting in my stash to finish it off.
I think this garment defines a brand new dress code: comfortably smart…..!