As a Minerva Brand Ambassador*, I am given the chance to pick a fabric I like from a set list and make a project of my choice. That’s how it usually goes. Sometime in January, I chose this gorgeous Minerva Core Range Heavy Stonewashed 100% Linen Fabric*. In my head linen is a light fabric, and when I got it I discovered that the parcel was quite heavy.
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At first, I was thinking of making a gathered tiers shirt dress that could also wear as a jacket in summer, but the fabric is way too heavy for that. So, I opted for the Butterick 6881* instead.
For details about my thought on the fabric and how I found working with it, please check out my blog post on the Minerva* website: here*
Pattern: Butterick 6881* Elastic waist jumpsuit has asymmetrical button front, back zipper and sleeve variations. Views A and B have pockets and tapered-leg pants. View C has pockets and wide-leg crop pants. Views A and C have a sash and View B has a D-ring belt.
Sizing: US A5 ( 6-8-10-12-14) and E5 (14-16-18-20-22)
Fabric: 3 m Minerva Core Range Heavy Stonewashed 100% Linen Fabric*
Notions: 6 (2cm diam) buttons, 2 D rings*, 56 cm invisible zipper*, 1m interfacing* and 1 m of 1cm wide elastic*. The pattern calls for a pack of 1.3 cm wide bias tape. I did not use any in my jumpsuit.
Modifications: I made view B in size 14. I lengthened the bodice on the side seam by 1/2″ (1.8 cm) and shortened the sleeve by 3/4″ (2 cm) and the trousers by 1 1/4″ (3 cm). I used my own pattern to create the D-ring belt.
Instructions: I did not need to use them much, but they are fairly easy to follow, especially if you already have sewing experience sewing zippers and making garments at an intermediate level. the only thing that I found a little different or complex was that the elastic needed to go in before the zipper. I usually, add my zipper on the flat before the side seams are sewn, which cannot be done in this case, as the elastic needs to be in before to have a cleaner finish on the inside.
Fit: relaxed. the finished jumpsuit feels comfortable and fun to wear.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: yes.
Watch out for: On the back of the envelope, there is no mention of a zipper. Do not be tricked like me! There is an error on the back of the envelope. You do need a zipper (26 inches long) in the back to get into the jumpsuit.
I only realised this when I was reading the instructions after I tried to save time and fabric and already cut my fabric.
Make Again?: yes. I want to make at least one more rendition of this pattern. I will choose a light to medium-weight fabric though.
Initially, I made the D ring belt using the pattern included, but I did not like it much. I think it looked weird with the fabric bunching around the D rings. So, I made my own pattern and made the belt using a leftover fabric that goes well with the main fabric and breaks the solid colour a bit and emphasises my waist making me look a little taller.