Urban Seamstress’s Cara Jumpsuit ( 2 piece hack!)

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For my next make for Simple Sew Patterns is the Cara jump suit. I choose to make the wide leg version which is View A.

I chose a beautiful black crepe from the amazing Sew Essential. It is a prestige medium weight 148cm wide. You can buy it here 

As with all simple sew patterns they are so easy to cut out and the crepe was really lovely to cut. One of my favorite things to do in the process of making a garment is cutting out the fabric…I find it very satisfying for some reason!

First I cut out the bodice and the ties and waistband, see photo above.

Then I joined the two shoulder seams.

and pinned the ties to the shoulders, which I made by sewing along the long side, right side together and then turned them the right way around. Apologies for the terrible photography, photographing black in a room without any natural light is a nightmare…

Then I sewed the side seams up

Then I made the belt channel. I found this a bit tricky as I hadn’t done this before but once I realized that you are making a ‘tunnel’ for the tie to go through it made sense.

Here it is below with the channels attached

As I am 5ft 2, I shortened the bodice by an inch, to suit my size.

I decided to remove the back ‘cowl drape’ as and I did this by removing a v shape section, which then left a seam down the back. See photo below.

I liked the look of the satin bias binding with the crepe so added that around both arm holes.

Adding satin bias binding to the cara jumpsuit top

In the end, I removed the channel and added it to the trousers to make a waistband, so that the jumpsuit would become seperates.

I was happy with it being a jumpsuit but decided it would more versatile having them as separates.

Here is another view of the back without the drape

With the top finished I sewed up the side seams and around the crotch, see below. I then used the channel to make the drawstring waistband.

Here is the back view… I ran out of tailors chalk so improvised by using pins to make a B for the back!

Here is one of the ways that you could use the pattern, with very little modification to make a waistband. In the end, I used elastic, rather than a drawstring (looks rather strange here like neon glow stick!) I threaded a cord through to see how it looked before I decided how I was going to finish it.

making the waistband of the cara trousers

So far so good! Here is the jumpsuit hacked into a top and flairs.

Together …

And separate with black jeans

In summary, I found this to be a very versatile pattern. You have the choice to make 2 different styles of jumpsuits, with either wide or straight leg, and the option to make it into separates. You could even make the top and bottoms off different fabric and designs.

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