I was finally able to carve some time out after all of the crazy holiday chaos for a photoshoot of my New Look 6493 jumpsuit which I made for my husbands holiday party. I thought this was going to be a pretty easy make, but boy was I ever wrong. So many little road blocks that turned this simple jumpsuit into a bit of a nightmare of a project. In the end I am OK with how it turned out, but not thrilled. Mostly I am glad that it is done so that I can move onto new projects.
The pattern is New Look 6493. This pattern got a lot of love in the sewing community when it was first released. It has a cool shape and the wide leg pant that is so on trend right now. I like the easy elastic waistband covered with a cool waist tie to cinch it in (although I am thinking about pairing it with a thin gold belt next time I wear it). I also think that the cross over front and back bodice make for an easy changing situation which is always something you have to think about with a jumpsuit.
After reading any review I could find, I decided to go down two sizes from what the pattern suggested and I am really glad that I did. I still feel like I am kinda swimming in it, but it would have been way worse. I also had to do some adjustments to the bodice. It purposely has a deep cut in the front, which I think looks amazing on some women, but I was not gonna rock that much cleavage. So I did an fba along the princess seam and also I added some coverage t0 the center front panels. I also had to raise the armhole by about an inch for it to cover my bra.
The fabric is a gorgeous silk crepe de chine from The Fabric Store in LA. It’s a deep navy (although I meant to order black but chose my swatch in the basement – oops!) which I ended up liking a lot. The great thing about a navy is that I could easily wear it for a spring wedding or something down the line. It dresses it down a bit. Plus I love navy and black together right now so it ended up being a happy accident. I am a big fan of silk crepe de chine. I love that is feels amazing against your skin, but also presses and sews pretty easily. Plus it’s not see through (usually), which always makes me happy because I don’t generally like to line things unless I absolutely have to.
And there you have it. Would I make this pattern again, probably not. Too many other patterns to sew and this one just wasn’t a clear win for me. I wore it with my favorite new bracelet from Native Clutter and my leather jacket from Zara which has become my jean jacket equivalent for winter. It goes with everything.