I’m in the process of making a jumpsuit for a friend and that involves prototype pieces. In the first prototype, I made a whole piece without measurements and actually didn’t get too far off! It was a wee bit snug for my friend’s tastes but the test showed that straight cut for the pants would work well. The first prototype had a halter design which we decided wasn’t the final choice.
I took some measurements and made a second prototype – just a top this time, since I’ve got the pants section settled. Here’s my design for the top – a cross-over bust top as a layering piece.
So then I cut out two rectangles – one for the top and one for the waistband. Here’s the top piece.
Do a rolled-over hem all around the neckline and armholes. Basically, all over except for the bottom 20″x2 edge. Connect the shoulder straps to the back piece – the 2 rectangles sticking out at the top. Fold over the front pieces till it fits nicely, then attach the waistband. All done! Add appliques, frills etc to customize it to your style. For this piece, I added a strip of fabric to one shoulder strap by making multiple ruffles and then sewing down the middle.
A very simple 1 hour project. This fabric is sheer, stretchy, and smooth – very easy to work with, and very forgiving. Love it! Friend likes it too. 🙂 Keep an eye out for the jumpsuit with this top! Share photos if you decide to try out this pattern. 🙂