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Seachange Jumpsuit in silk (Pattern Emporium)

This Seachange Jumpsuit is an unexpected, a hair in the soup of my sewing program whose genesis was entirely dictated by this pink zebra silk coupon that had slipped into my Instagram feed…. 

Pink zebra silk. I immediately fell in love with it and jumped on it despite its substantial price tag.

And at the same time, as our president would say, I see viscose, pro-viscose, tencel or organic sweatshirt at 25 € per meter. In the end, for silk, it’s okay.

ITEM SHOP QUANTITY PRICE
Seachange Jumpsuit pattern Pattern Emporium 1 9 €
Silk twill Sacrés Coupons 3 m 75 €
Silk brocard remnants Stock 0,4 m 0 €
Interfacing G785 Stock 0,4 m 1 €
Thread Stock 0 0 €
Total     85 €

The Seachange Jumpsuit pattern

The quest for the perfect pattern was entirely dependent on my silk coupon:

  1. I wanted to use as much of the 3 m as possible…. I might as well be honest, I can’t have 25 pieces in pink zebra silk in my dressing → so a dress or a jumpsuit
  2. it’s a fluid and wispy fabric → so no pattern requiring structure but on the contrary, a rather loose and floaty pattern
  3. it’s a very fine & lively silk → so not a too complicated pattern
  4. I’m not attracted by frou-frou & flounces → so no frou-frou & flounces

I don’t know what turned me on to the babygro style jumpsuits other than they are super trendy….

In the same vein, I’ve also been toying with the Amy jumpsuit from Closet Core Patterns or the free Jumpsuit pattern from In The Fold x Peppermint.

 The Seachange Jumpsuit is a minimalist jumpsuit, flared from the underarm to the hem.

It features a rounded, open neckline but 100% bra compatible, multiple leg lengths, multiple statures, in-seam pockets, an optional back slit, 6 strap options and 2 options to adjust the jumpsuit (ties or belt).

All these options + the price are the arguments that made me lean towards this pattern vs the Amy combi.

The brand was a total unknown, frankly, I still wonder how I came across it. On Pattern Review?

Pattern Emporium is an Australian pattern brand. I’m not a fan of the graphic universe but the explanations are plentiful, the size range is very large, the PDFs are very professional, etc.

Bonus: many photos & reviews from testers of all ages and shapes are visible for consultation on the site. It’s easy to get an idea of the different options.

The only info I couldn’t find was the stature of the pattern.

Finally, the pattern pieces display all the relevant information so you don’t have to go looking for explanations: seam allowances, cutting instructions in words (fabric & interlining). 

Sewing the Seachange Jumpsuit

The size

Following the designer’s advice on sizing, I sewed in size 10 from top to bottom, despite the difference between my waist and hip measurements.

Considering the ease of the model, the real point to watch out for is to be able to put your bottom through the bust opening when you put it on (hence the back slit that allows you to put the suit on when the waist/hip ratio is too big).

It’s just about right, I do wriggle my butt when I put it on but it’s fine.

I took the tie option to adjust the suit and it’s perfect.

Below, loosely or tightly.

The bust has been decreased by 4 cm in height so that the ties fall correctly on my waist.

The fabric

To sew this light silk twill, I used a 7/55 silk needle and some very thin viscose thread normally used for machine embroidery.

The whole coupon was machine pre-washed, in a special silk program, with only a 400 tour / minute spinning and a special detergent for silk and wool.

Since then, I’ve washed with the same presets. Perhaps it will shorten the jumpsuit’s lifetime but the alternative was to hand wash it or dry clean which would have seldom happened.

So, between wearing it and shorten it’s lifetime and not wearing it and extend its lifetime … I made a choice!

Straps & pockets

The straps are the thin fixed straps with loop version to which I added a snap to be able to open them. They are also at least 5 cm shorter than the pattern.

For the straps, I used the silk brocade (also very discreet), used for my wedding Chardon skirt, and embroidered with pearls to hide the snap seam.

The bra is well hidden like this and with the wide straps option, it would really be totally invisible… but I don’t really care.

Otherwise, you won’t believe it, but this Seachange Jumpsuit doesn’t have pockets.

I was planning on making them. And I forgot.  ¯_(ツ)_/¯

But as I made – you are starting to know me now – French seams on the side seams… I didn’t take the risk to unpick!

To tell you the truth, I’m not really sure of the fit of a handkerchief in the pocket of a silk jumpsuit.

Length of the suit

For the length, considering that I had already taken back 4 cm on the bust, I started with the maximum length in regular stature.

And I ended up with an unplanned hem of 4 cm + 1 cm. A double hem that I had a hard time to fix because the bottom of the Seachange Jumpsuit is not designed for a wide hem.

Note to self: plan your move when you make a wide hem and DRAFT IT!

Conclusion

Ooh how I love it! So chic! So comfortable!

Wearing this jumpsuit is almost like wearing nothing. It’s light, soft and cool (or warm when the air gets cooler… magic). I find the pattern very fitting for such a loose fit.

The big plus is that the silk travels very well and wrinkles 1000 times less than the tencel of my Charlie Caftan dress or my Goji shorts. And when I say 1000 times less, I weigh my math.

I’m thinking of making a combishort, or even just a tank top with it… We’ll see!

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19 Commentaires

  • 28 August 2021 at 05:30
    Morgane

    Magnifique réalisation avec un tissu que je trouve moi aussi très dans mes goûts. Pour les poches, je pense comme toi : compliqué de les utiliser sans que ça fasse de bosses disgracieuses. Les photos sur fond rose sont top !

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    • 14 September 2021 at 10:32

      Merci ! Je n’avais pas choisi l’hôtel pour ça mais dès que je suis arrivée, je me suis dit que ce serai parfait.

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  • 28 August 2021 at 06:10
    Christine

    C’est une vraie réussite : tu es très belle dans cette combinaison.

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    • 14 September 2021 at 10:33

      Merci !

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  • 28 August 2021 at 07:44
    Fanfreluche

    Magnifique ! Tu es une guerrière ! Quel défi incroyable ! Bon. J’arrête les points de exclamation. Tout ça pour dire que je suis très admirative de ta réalisation avec un tissu aussi délicat que la soie. Cette combinaison est superbe et tu es très belle.

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    • 14 September 2021 at 10:32

      Oh là là ! Merci beaucoup 😉 J’adore cette combi en tout cas et je ne regrette pas du tout l’achat coup de tête de ce coupon de soie !

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  • 28 August 2021 at 08:04
    Trotti

    Elle est superbe,très aérienne avec un très beau tissu.

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  • 28 August 2021 at 08:47
    Mayana

    Vraiment superbe, j’ai trouvé le choix du jumpsuit risqué pour un tissu aussi délicat, mais le résultat est sublime, elle vous va très bien.
    Bravo pour cette belle réalisation et le rêve que vous apportez.

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    • 14 September 2021 at 10:31

      Merci !

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  • 28 August 2021 at 10:53
    Emilie

    Écoute, je ne suis pas sûre que j’aurais osé ce modèle, mais la combi te va très bien…. Et ce tissu !!

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    • 14 September 2021 at 10:31

      Avec un tissu pareil, je n’étais plus à ça près de l’audace !

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  • 28 August 2021 at 19:05
    Florence

    A priori vu que je n’aime ni les imprimés savane ni le rose, je devrais détester ce tissu mais, en soie, il est magnifique. Pour autant je n’aurais pas osé le total look, mais le choix du patron est parfait, une robe aurait apporté moins de modernité. Là encore, une belle soie étant si agréable à porter, un modèle ample et fluide comme celui-là convient parfaitement.

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  • 28 August 2021 at 19:07
    Yvonne

    Superbe–c’est une si belle combinaison. Je suis fan de Pattern Emporium…leur modèle de jupe Friday Feels gratuit est également une merveille, et les Urban Flares sont sous-estimés à mon avis.

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    • 14 September 2021 at 10:30

      J’ai été voir les modèles dont tu parles du coup… j’essayerai peut-être à l’occasion 😉

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  • 28 August 2021 at 20:02
    ANNE MARIE LE BADEZET SAUVAGE

    magnifique

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  • 29 August 2021 at 17:55
    isabelle

    Ma-gni-fi-que, la robe et toi ! jr crois que j’aurais préféré une robe, mais avec ses jambes larges on dirait presque une robe ! Lol

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    • 14 September 2021 at 10:29

      Ah oui mais tu vois, l’autre jour je me baladais dans la rue avec une copine. On est passées sur une grille qui soufflait. Ma copine s’est retrouvée avec sa robe autour de la taille… et moi, tranquille ! XD

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  • 3 September 2021 at 23:31
    Falbala

    Ce n’est vraiment pas le genre de pièce qui m’attire mais je dois avouer qu’elle est top!! Bon si j’ai bien compris il ne faut trop avoir une envie pressante n’est-ce pas?
    Et tu as bien fait d’oublier les poches, je pense que sur ce modèle en soie tu risquais des bosses ou des déformations..
    Alors oui elle est superbe ta soie, mais non je ne suis toujours pas réconciliée avec la soie.. la rancune passera avec le temps!!
    Bravo pour cette réalisation très originale..

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    • 14 September 2021 at 10:28

      Au final, les passages au petit coin se passent plutôt facilement. Au moins, il n’y a pas à galérer avec une fermeture éclair XD !

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