We're drawing to the end of summer here in the UK and an odd time to be sewing a jersey playsuit. However, with a winter sun holiday just around the corner and a need to top up on those poolside garments it was just the ticket. A lovely quick, easy sew, massively comfortable to wear and available in full length trouser versions too.
Sewing Pattern and Fabric
The pattern is McCalls 7755 and is not something that has ever jumped out at me before. However, after surveying my poolside garment offerings for this year's holiday I decided I needed to top them up and a comfy jersey playsuit would be perfect.
I loved the loose fit combined with the drawstring neck tie and slits at the front and back.
A quick whizz up the Sew Essential fabric aisles and I knew this bright turquoise and pink viscose jersey fabric would work brilliantly. Light, drapey and super soft against the skin with a colour and print combo I had admired ever since it hit the shelves.
Adjustment and Sizing
By my body measurements I was probably just sitting in a medium or 12 - 14. However, from experience I knew the McCalls patterns with sizes ranging from XS to XL tend to come up big. Therefore I checked the finished garment measurements handily displayed on the back of the packet and decided to make a small instead.
Thank goodness I did! There was ample room in the small and the medium would have swamped me.
Although I was happy to flash a bit of chest due to the poolside intentions of the playsuit the slits seemed rather too revealing. Therefore I shortened them both by an inch. Now they reveal to the bottom of my bikini top instead of most of my stomach!
I made no fit adjustments at all thanks to the loose fitting design of the playsuit. Yay!
This is a fantastic pattern for a beginner and is incredibly easy to sew. There are two front pieces, two back pieces, a neck tie and a waist tie to construct and no fastenings.
The casing for the drawstring around the neck is created by simply folding over the top of the bodice piece. Unless you're me having a moment of madness and you decide to cut the pattern piece at the fold line rather than the actual cutting line of the pattern piece. Doh!
To rectify this I cut a strip of fabric and sewed it on at the foldline to create the casing. Not ideal and a little shorter than intended, but it worked.
I also decided to stabilise the armholes and slit edges with some strips of stretch interfacing, although this wasn't recommended by the pattern instructions.
I also had several moments of madness threading my coverstitch machine, but let's not go into that. It was 100% user error!
I made the whole garment on my overlocker and coverstitch machine and used my favourite trick for creating the waist and neck ties, which you can see here.
As long as you are not having silly moments of madness this is a super quick and easy sew.
I'm absolutely thrilled with how this turned out. The colours feel perfect for that holiday vibe and it is super duper comfy. I know I will wear it for years to come and it might even make it outside in the UK summers on those occasional super hot days.
The fabric is an absolute delight and hangs beautifully with a little bit of swish.
Have fun sewing!
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