Finally, I have made my first Ralph Pink Patterns pattern. I have discovered his patterns at the beginning of the year, but it took me a while to make my first one. It was hard to even pick my first make. However, once I have seen the fabric I knew that it will end up as a jumpsuit. (I got it when I first met Amy Beeton who blogs at Barmy Beetroot, in the Abakhan summer sale). Here is the link to the pattern if you also want to give it a go – http://ralphpink-patterns.com/product/rp070/
It was clear to me that I my jumpsuit would me a day garment. I would never wear a jump suit as an evening garment as it is not me to do so, not that it is something wrong with it. Already got a few wears of it.
Ralph Pink Patterns are all PDF patterns, each size is separately printed so if you are between sizes you might be in for a bit of work . But for me I am a straight size 12. Love patterns that I do not have to do a full bust adjustment. yey! However they are drafted for taller frames. So consider that as well when making their garments.
I printed and cut my pattern but decided rather than shortening the pattern, I used on horizontal seams a seam allowance of 2 cm rather than the 1cm that’s recommended in the instructions. Although the instructions are pretty basic, they are easy to follow. However, I feel that a complete beginner would struggle with these patterns.
It was pretty easy for me to put it together. Not many problems with fit as it is designed to be a lose fitting garment. The jumpsuit also has a self fabric belt. I made some belt loops to secure it on the jumpsuit when I don’t wear it so that I do not lose it. I also skipped the facings on the armhole, and used bias tape to finish them.
I am able to wear it with flats as well, the only trouble is that it can be a bit uncomfortable when you are out and about and need the bathroom! Anyhow, that did not stop me from enjoying wearing it.
If I make another I will consider shortening the bodice further as I don’t like how the front hangs. I will also remember to do button holes on the pant fly front before attaching the front bits together.
Overall, I am happy with it and love that I am not between sizes! Would have to have to print so many sizes and figure out how to trace between sizes. All I have to to is to adjust the bodice length and I am sorted.