In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been sewing quite a bit for my four year old lately. She had a major growth spurt this past summer, and clothing that fit her last year, and even the last TWO years, suddenly is all too small. With Fall quickly approaching, I’ve been scrambling to put together a wardrobe for her. It’s been a fun scramble, though. Especially when we find patterns and fabrics we both agree on, such as jumpsuits and elephants.
This is her second elephant-printed jumpsuit made from this same pattern. But that other, much-loved jumpsuit is among the too-small clothing we’ve passed along recently. You can see it here, though, because it is ridiculously cute and deserves to be seen again.
The pattern is the Passerine Jersey Jumpsuit by–can you guess?!– Ottobre (of course), issue 3/2015, pattern #14. She would live in these jumpsuits, if I made enough of them or allowed her to never change her clothing. And I love the fit and the look. Also, so easy to dress her when we don’t have to argue over tops and bottoms matching.
I had an easier time with this jumpsuit than I did the last I made from the pattern. More experience, for sure, but also I used my coverstitch machine for the binding and hemming, so everything looks a lot more professional.
I also wised up this time, and used the recommended ribbing at the back. I ended up having to hack into the back of the last version, and add a snap closure so we could get the outfit on and off. But this version, I got that back strap right, with enough stretch that she can get things up and down with no issues, and it also doesn’t sag. Using the coverstitch to make that back strap played a huge part in that, I think, since it produces nice, stretchy stitches.
Now, the fabric.
It’s another winner from MyFabricDesigns.com. I was worried when I ordered it, since I had some fading issues with some of the organic knits, but I ordered this print in the Cotton Slinky Knit and there was no fading. I’ve been cutting swatches before washing, to test for fading and pilling. So far no pilling on any of the fabrics, and only fading on the organic knits. But this Slinky Knit has 6% spandex, and maybe that helps with the color-fastness? I don’t know. But no fading, and it is SO SOFT! and nice and thick. Great for sewing and for wearing. I highly recommend the Cotton Slinky Knits!
The print is Elephants on Blue by Feathersflights (of the blog Feather’s Flights). I love the geometric rendering of the elephant heads. Ivy is a big fan of elephants, too, so it was a win all around. I was expecting a deeper blue, but the background is more a baby blue in real life. I didn’t have quite enough of the fabric due to the directional print. I ended up having to cut the one leg back upside down. Thankfully, it turned out much less noticeable than I feared it would, so all’s well.
In the couple of weeks since I’ve made this jumpsuit, it has become one of Ivy’s favorite. We also get compliments on it all the time. I’ve had two strangers come up and ask me where I got it, which is always fun. Soft, comfortable with a cute print and easy to wear, elephant jumpsuits are kind of the best.
Jumpsuit: Ottobre 3/2015, #14 Passerine Jersey Jumpsuit, size 104cm. Fabric is Elephants on Blue by Feathersflights at MyFabricDesigns.com
Fabric was provided as part of a sponsorship agreement with MyFabricDesigns.
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