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Durban Jumpsuit Review

Durban jumpsuit review by Dressmaker's Closet

This Durban Jumpsuit review has been written by Jayne from The Dressmaker’s Closet. Find sewing inspiration, sewing vlogs and tips on her website. 

This pattern review has been supported by Modelo Fabrics. Find UK stockists of the linen fabric featured in this review here, just click on your preferred fabric then find stockists. 

Natural linen fabric Modelo

I wasn’t sure what to expect when making the Durban Jumpsuit pattern from Megan Nielsen Patterns as it was not a style I would usually go for.  When choosing the pattern, I just thought keep an open mind and I might be pleasantly surprised.   The pattern calls for any light to medium weight woven fabric and I thought linen would be perfect. I chose a neutral shade as I thought it would be a great colour to mix and match with.

The fabric I chose was from Carlow by Modelo Fabrics, 100% washed linen in the shade called ‘Natural’. I ordered 4 metres as I wasn’t sure what option I would be making.  The quality of the linen is gorgeous, with 14 shades to choose from.  It is a medium weight with 238gsm and 53” wide.

Options for the Durban jumpsuit sewing pattern

When I came to make the pattern, I was spoilt for choice as there are so many options.  You can choose either the sleeveless version, or there are two sleeve lengths, short and long.  There are also two leg styles, tapered or wide leg, or the short romper style.  On top of that there are two neck styles, round or v-neck and also a belt with tie ends or d-ring.

I was really impressed with all the options and the different styles and variations you could create from one pattern.  After lots of indecision I finally settled on the sleeveless, round neck with tapered legs. As I didn’t have a d-ring I opted for the simple tie belt version.  I also really liked the button placket running down the front, I thought it gave the whole outfit a rustic feel and my wooden buttons were a great match.

How to sew a jumpsuit

The instructions were really well thought out and clear to follow and understand.  There was only the button placket that was the technical part but I found that super easy to do after reading the instructions a few times.  The skill level is 3 out of 5 so I would say the pattern is suitable for a confident beginner.

For the sizes, they range from 0 – 20, with measurements in both imperial and metric which is always good to have.  Based on the finished garment measurements I chose size 12, although my body measurements fit into the size 10.  I wanted my version to be loose enough so I could layer with skinny t-shirts, sweaters and blouses during the autumn and winter.  I am really happy with my choice of size as they fit perfectly.

Whilst I was making the overalls I did wonder whether or not I would like them, but as soon as I stitched the last button I knew I was going to love them.

I styled them with a denim blue skinny t-shirt and just love the ‘overall’ look.  I quite like them with or without the belt too!  I am definitely going to make another pair as I think this pair are going to be well worn that’s for sure.  I think made in a floral print baby corduroy would look super stylish!

Overall, I am more than pleasantly surprised at how much I love them.  I would call my version overalls as they remind me of dungarees. The choices that are available also make for a great pattern and great value for money.  I really do not have anything bad to say about this pattern and wonder why I have never made them before.  If you are looking to make a jumpsuit or romper then this is a great pattern to choose.


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