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Jump on the Sew Your Own Jumpsuit Trend

Ann Siegle

Jumpsuits are hot! Whether you want something for summer or for fall/winter, a knit jumpsuit that is easy to get in and out of should be high on your list of things to sew. They’re easy to wear and in knit fabrics, are as comfortable as loungewear.

The summer version of the jumpsuit features a blouson bandeau top which is very forgiving and easy to wear, with wide legs. You can also make this with skinny legs and even jogger style cuff or elastic at hem.

The summer version of the jumpsuit features a blouson bandeau top which is very forgiving and easy to wear, with wide legs. You can also make this with skinny legs and even jogger style cuff or elastic at hem.

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Fall-to-winter V-neck Jumpsuit with wide or skinny legs

From graceful dolman sleeves, to a wrap front and your choice of skinny, jogger skinny, or cropped wide leg variations, the Christine Jonson Jumpsuit is made from two super-easy to sew sewing patterns that have endless versatility both together and separate (bonus, you can make a jumpsuit attached or separate!)

You’ll need two patterns: the Christine Jonson Wrap Top 212 and the Christine Jonson Tapered & Wide Leg Pant 824. The top, you’ll construct nearly 100% of the way, except for the bottom hem. You can decide if you want the notched ‘peplum’ look to the front of the top or if you want it to be ‘tucked in’ to the elastic waist casing of the pants part of the jumpsuit.

Your leg choices also vary: The Taper and Wide Leg pant offer both options. The no-side-seam pant is easy for making jumpsuits (and pants) out of. The Wide Leg version is tapered slightly at the hem. To make a wide, full, palazzo style leg, simply chalk on your fabric from the knee point of the pattern to hem straight down. To keep the leg the same shape, but wear it cropped (a very on-trend look), crop the pant just below the widest point on your calf. To make joggers, use the Taper leg version and add a double row of casings and thread elastic through them. Don’t make the elastic too snug, just enough to cinch the hem but not grab your calf.

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Summer jumpsuit with wide or skinny legs:

Crafting a strapless bandeau jumpsuit with wide or skinny legs is easy using the same Christine Jonson pant pattern and an easy to draw bandeau top. Choose wide full length or cropped or skinny leg, or even skinny jogger style elastic hems.

The instructions, designed by Ann Siegle (Christine Jonson’s Customer Experience guru), are linked here. You’ll need the Taper & Wide Leg pants sewing pattern for the pants. The Wide Leg version is tapered slightly at the hem out of the envelope. To make a wide, full, palazzo style leg, simply chalk on your fabric from the knee point of the pattern to hem straight down.

To keep the leg the same shape, but wear it cropped (a very on-trend look), crop the pant just below the widest point on your calf. To make joggers, use the Taper leg version and add a double row of casings and thread elastic through them. Don’t make the elastic too snug, just enough to cinch the hem but not grab your calf. You can also create a cuff (like a sleeve cuff) for your jogger style.

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Sew a pair of drawstring wide leg pants with designer tucks at the hem

Ann Siegle

How to create pin tucks in cropped or long wide leg linen pants

Wide leg pants sewing pattern with drawstring and pin tucks

The Christine Jonson Taper and Wide Leg Pant 824 is a great canvas for embellishment. Designed for knits, but easily adapted to woven fabrics, the 824 pattern in the wide-leg pant is a great canvas for embellishment or alteration.

In the example pant, a wide leg hemp/linen rough weave fabric, Christine has straightened the wide leg pant from knee to hem, added length and created an easy series of wide tucks to add some visual interest to the pants. She’s also adapted this to a woven fabric and added a suede tie for the drawstring.

Let’s break down the EASY pattern hacks to create designer-inspired wide leg pants out of a woven fabric using the Wide Leg Pant 824: 

1)    When laying out the pattern, grab chalk or a sliver of soap and trace the pants pattern on your fabric. Using standard kids’ chalk or soap means the marks will wash out. Using other kinds of marking chalk might leave these on the fabric, so be sure the fabric is right-side-in and you’re drawing on the wrong side of the fabric.

2)    Measure from your waist to your knees. Measure the pattern and straighten the hem line from knee to hem so it falls straight from knee length to the floor. Add 4” to 6” to the bottom of the hem for the tuck spacing. 

3)    Straighten the waistline so the pants go straight up from the hip – removing the hip curve. This will ensure they slide over your hips when made from a woven fabric. If you’re using a knit, you can skip this step. The pants are designed with a hip curve but require stretch to slide the pants over your hips. 

4)    Construct the pants as usual, leaving the legs unhemmed for the moment

5)    Starting about 3” from the hem mark, make a mark with chalk where your first (lower) tuck will be.  Measure up 2” to the next tuck and 2” again. This will create ¼” tucks about 1.5” apart -  you can adjust this if you want wider spaces between tucks or wider tucks. Each tuck will take up 2 “lengths” of the tuck – e.g. ¼” tucks take up ½” of space and ½” tucks take up 1” of space. 

6)    Sewing the tucks is easy – simply fold the pant leg inside itself (wrong sides together and stitch ¼” away from the folded edge. Fold the pants out and make the next tuck by folding in at the next mark, stitching and then unfolding. Press the tucks down. 

7)    Hem the pants to your desired length. 

8)    Fold over the waistband casing and press. Unfold the casing. On the right side of the pants below the pressed fold, mark a spot to add a small buttonhole (you can do one buttonhole, or two, or even use grommets here.) Mark these and sew them in place. These will be your drawstring holes. Be sure to make the holes big enough that your desired drawstring material can be threaded inside. 

9)    Fold the casing back under, fold the raw edge under 3/8” and stitch the casing down. Thread a length of suede cord, soutache cord, ribbon, leather or other decorative cording in through your buttonholes. We recommend a threading tool but you can also use a small safety pin. 

10) Done! Enjoy your new designer wide-leg pants!

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Sew Your Own Summer to Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Ann Siegle

Christine Jonson Summer Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Sew your own easy to wear and easy to sew summer-to-fall capsule wardrobe with Christine Jonson Patterns. Eight easy sewing patterns to mix and match with each other and everything in your wardrobe. You’ll love going into your closet each morning and finding great things to wear.

Christine Jonson Patterns have always been designed around the concept of a capsule wardrobe. This summer-to-fall capsule wardrobe (or spring-to-summer) is an easy and FAST way to build wardrobe separates that work together. Every garment in the capsule is made in a comfortable, forgiving stretch knit fabric that will feel comfortable and look great at the same time. You can sew them super fast - no complicated sewing in this bunch! 

The Vee Neck Tee and the Flippy Skirt compliment each other perfectly.

The Vee Neck Tee and the Flippy Skirt compliment each other perfectly.

The beautiful Multi-Tie dress can be worn in various ways and is perfect for any location.

The beautiful Multi-Tie dress can be worn in various ways and is perfect for any location.

The sleek Wrap Pants and the Flyaway top combo continues to be a classic and fresh style for the season.

The sleek Wrap Pants and the Flyaway top combo continues to be a classic and fresh style for the season.

The Keyhole Top and Perfect Pant Flare styles are classic staples for the season, while the Moto Jacket adds a tasteful flare to any outfit.

The Keyhole Top and Perfect Pant Flare styles are classic staples for the season, while the Moto Jacket adds a tasteful flare to any outfit.

The reversible travel trio two hoodie is perfect for nights when the cooler air rolls in,

The reversible travel trio two hoodie is perfect for nights when the cooler air rolls in,

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Two jackets anchor this wardrobe, including the super-stylish knit Moto jacket, and the versatile and upscale reversible Hoodie jacket. 

Two pair of pants and a skirt provide the foundation for the wardrobe. The new Wrap Pants are not your typical wrap pants, these feature a fully enclosed and attached waistband for all the fun of wrap pants and none of the hassle. The Perfect Pant Flare is a fabulous complement and dovetails with this season’s continued return to a high-waist flare pant look in RTW. 

The Flippy Skirt is just plain fun and can be sewn reversible or single layer – giving you double the options in just one skirt.

The Flyaway Top, Keyhole Tee (without the keyhole), and the V-Neck tee offer summer to fall sewing options with ANY sleeve length (from sleeveless to long sleeve.) Sew a few now sleeveless or with cap sleeves and then sew a few more in long sleeves as the season deepens (or reverse the order for spring-to-fall wear.) 

We didn’t forget the dress for dress lovers – the Multi-Tie dress features a flattering fit with a funnelneck and long, scrunchable sleeves. While this dress can be wrapped and tied in a variety of ways, it’s fabulous on it’s own with either the cap sleeve or the long sleeves, and worn with your favorite sneakers for a casual, fun look.  

You have all these great pieces – how do you wear them together AND integrate them into your existing wardrobe? 

Our wardrobe options show the pieces mixed and matched together (on our model, too) but you can also try these combos:

  • Flyaway Top and Wrap Pants with the Moto Jacket

  • Funnelneck Multi-Tie dress in cap sleeves with the Moto Jacket

  • Flyaway Top with the Flare Leg Pant and Moto Jacket

  • Flippy Skirt with Keyhole Top and Hoodie Jacket

  • Moto Jacket over the keyhole tee with jeans

  • Moto jacket over any other dress in your wardrobe, including woven dresses too

  • Hoodie jacket over the V-Neck Tee and jeans

  • Hoodie jacket lengthened over V-neck tunic length top with leggings

  • Flippy Skirt over leggings worn with boots, a long-sleeve V-neck tee and hoodie 

Each of these pieces stands on its own as a workhorse in your wardrobe, but they work so well together and with everything else you’ve sewn this year.

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How to wear and style the Cowl Neck Tunic and Top

Christine Jonson Patterns

The Cowl Neck Tunic looks great with leggings (of course!) but the top and tunic are versatile partners in your wardrobe.

For summer, you can leave off the sleeves of either the tunic or the top for a great summer tee! Just edge-serge the arm openings and turn and topstitch at 3/8” with a stretch stitch.

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Make the cowl neck tunic to wear with skinny pants. A slim, tapered pant like the Tapered and Wide Leg Pant can go to work with a heeled shoe or bootie and under a jacket like the Fitted Jacket, Princess Jacket or Boyfriend Jacket.

Make the cowl neck top to wear with jeans and skirts. The cowl neck top length is perfect to wear with jeans under a puffy down vest. The tunic length looks great over the Pencil and Tapered skirt, with tights and boots. Or pair the top with the Travel Trio Two pocket A-line skirt, tights, boots and vest for a great, comfortable weekend look. 

Make the cowl neck top for evening wear: In a shimmery metallic knit or stretch velvet, the cowl neck top will pair perfectly with a long, graceful skirt like the A-line skirt or a short, slim Pencil and Tapered Skirt.

Make an A-line or swing version of the cowl neck tunic following the instructions in the pattern (you'll be adding width and length below the bustline).

Be the most stylish runner, yogi or skier in your group by making the cowl neck top as a baselayer, using Polartec PowerDry lycra knit. You can even make it from Polartec Powerstretch double velour for a cozy and stretchy fleece baselayer. Be sure it's the Powerstretch or Powerdry as the craft fleece doesn't have Lycra (and neither does standard 100 weight Polartec velour fleece.) 

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Easy to sew V-neck tee shirt sewing pattern - your new favorite tee shirt

Ann Siegle

Christine Jonson Patterns V-Neck Tee. The first V-Neck Tee you should learn to sew! FINALLY, an easy-to-sew v-neck tee

At some point, almost everyone wants a V-neck tee shirt or five in their closet. They’re flattering on most people. But sewing a traditional banded neck V-neck tee isn’t for the faint of heart. Many a sewist has cried over her terrible neckband, turned to YouTube to find yet another mitered edge tutorial and generally decided that v-necks are over rated. 

Not so with the Christine Jonson Patterns V-neck Tee. This unique sewing pattern features a clever, customizable and easy to sew neckline that even a first-time beginner can sew.

The tee is cut shapely, but not tight, just right, and can be customized to be worn sleeveless, cap sleeve, elbow length sleeve, ¾ sleeve or long sleeve. You can even make it into a tunic or dress by lengthening the top.

Beginner V-neck Tee Sewing Lesson:

1) Sew the neckline as per the instructions. Customize the depth of your V-neck tee by trying on the neckband and seeing where you should stop sewing for your perfect depth. The v-neck can be made higher or lower depending on where you want it, just by adjusting where you start the neckline stitching.

2) Once you’ve constructed the neckband and front facing, turn it wrong sides together and edge-serge the raw edges. This keeps everything together while you sew the body panels.  

3) The body panels can be adjusted to help with full tummy or full bust adjustments – the princess seaming here adds shape but also allows for these adjustments. But you can make the top looser fitting, more of a boxy shape, by adding to the seam allowances here (either cutting them more generously to begin with OR sewing with smaller seam allowances – remember, you’ll be adding ½” to EACH side of the top just by sewing a 3/8” versus a 5/8” seam allowance on the neckband to body panel stitching. That’s a whole extra inch of ease just by adjusting yor seam allowances when you sew. If you’re chalking your pattern pieces, removing them to cut the pattern out (Christine’s recommended method, as this teaches you to “see” pattern piece shapes), you can cut on the outside of your chalk line for even more ease.

4) Once you’ve constructed the front panels, sew the shoulders, body and hem as per the pattern instructions.

5) Sleeves can be customized to any length you want. If you have another Chrsitine Jonson top such as the Take Along Dress, the Keyhole Top, the Princess Wrap Top, you can trace off the bottom of the cap sleeve onto your V-Neck Tee sleeve (copy). For the cap sleeve, make it double layered by sewing two sleeves, laying them right sides together, serge the hem, turn the sleeves out and serge the raw edges of the armscye before sewing into the top. You will sew the side seams first before inserting the sleeve into the shoulder for this method

The V-Neck Tee, short sleeves, with the Flippy Skirt sewing pattern on Ella.

The V-Neck Tee, short sleeves, with the Flippy Skirt sewing pattern on Ella.

6) You can also make ¾ or elbow-length sleeves just by hemming the top to your favorite desired length

 

Styling the Christine Jonson Patterns V-Neck Tee:

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A great basic tee works well in your wardrobe no matter what, so make a white (or ivory), gray, black and navy tee so you always have something to coordinate with print skirts, shorts and pants.  Make coordinating prints to go with your solid skirts, shorts and pants. Consider the V-neck tee a workhorse to extend your wardrobe with those “orphan” garments you never seem to have anything to wear with. It’s super fast to sew! 

  • Make the tee with contrast neckband and the body of the shirt in a print

  • Lengthen it to tunic length and wear it with capri or full length leggings

  • Add the add-on Wrap Cuff pattern (also available in the Wrap Dress pattern from Christine Jonson Patterns) for a draped, wrapped cuff.

  • Choose 2-3 coordinating prints to existing items in your closet to extend your options for those garments in your wardrobe

 Get the V-Neck Tee (and it’s counter part, with a bit more challenge, the Cross Your Heart v-neck tee) in the same sewing pattern! Two great tops that fit well and flatter.