As pattern designers, it is always so exciting to see how other seamstresses interpret what you had in your mind. Receiving feedback from the testers at the last stages before a pattern launch can be really scary, but when everyone gives you the green light and says the nicest comments about your pattern, you can’t help but loving them even more!
Like with the Samantha dress, we had an amazing bunch of extremely talented ladies test our Abi jumpsuit. They all did such a great job, that saying thank you can never be enough! Their versions were definitely worth sharing and today is the day. Let us show you what they made!
We will of course begin with the pattern’s muse, Abi of the Crafty Pinup. Abi made the culotte length version using this super cute jersey fabric that we immediately loved! Here’s what she has to say about it:
“Simple & quick to sew, easy to fit and comfy to wear, the ‘Abi’ jumpsuit ticks all my sewing pattern boxes! After a few jumpsuit sewing related head aches recently this pattern was a breath of fresh air. It came together in a couple of hours and fits like a glove. I already have fabric for my second (& third!). Great for beginners or jersey sewing newbies, if you like stylish secret pjs, this pattern is for you!”
All the way from Australia, the lovely Brooke of Retro Novella made a maternity version of the jumpsuit. Isn’t it just gorgeous? Making a pattern that could fit pregnant women was not the purpose when we were designing it, but we just love it when stars align. Brooke also told us that the faux wrap bodice will be good for breastfeeding, so this jumpsuit ticks another box if you are expecting a baby, too.
And then we have Vivian of Stitches and Seams, who always impresses us with her style and fabric choices. Her geometric version was spot on! We asked her to share her thoughts on the pattern so we could share them with all of you:
I’m convinced! I never, EVER thought I could wear a jumpsuit. I am not sure if that’s due to body image or perceived fashion rules. When Athina and Hattie asked me to pattern test this one, I seriously debated; I could not stop thinking that I “shouldn’t” wear a jumpsuit. I decided to go for it! I knew the bodice would fit amazingly because I had already made it before with the Samantha dress. I dove in and went for the full length, wide leg variation. I chose a geometric liverpool knit. I was terrified I was going to run out of fabric, so pattern matching went out the window. It is absolute LOVE! I am so glad these lovely women asked me to test it, I truly love it and I truly feel glam in it. On both occasions that I’ve worn it out I have gotten loads of compliments, so there very well may be more on the horizon for me. I know my daughters and a few of their friends have asked me to make them one!
Our dear friend Amanda of I Sew A Lot made a classic black jumpsuit which shouldn’t be missing from anyone’s wardrobe. Perfect and timeless, easy to style up or down -plus, it looks amazing on her! In her own words:
I am totally in love with my Abi Jumpsuit. There is definitely a nod to the 70s with my version which I think will be perfect dressed up or down!!! Such a great pattern which is a pleasure to sew and great to wear. I will definitely be making more and they undoubtedly will be getting a lot of wear. Fantastic!!
The lovely Jill of @jillypopsews made a floral version and her feedback had us swooning! This is what she told us:
It’s a style that I would never have considered due to my size and age but I will definitely try it again. It gets a thumbs up from me and it even got a ‘wow!’ from my other half who doesn’t usually notice my new makes.
Akram of Akram’s ideas played around with color blocking to give her Abi jumpsuit an extra pinch of style!
Louise of @oh_liverpool_lou made a stunning yellow jumpsuit and styled it perfectly, too!
And Chantelle of @i_seam_sew_happy_xx made an olive green Abi that looks amazing on her!
And these were our testers’ versions. So many Abi jumpsuits have been popping up on social media so if you want to see them or if you made one yourself, make sure you use the hashtag #smylyabi . That way we can all admire your versions!
Until the next time, happy sewing!