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This pattern review has been supported by Modelo Fabrics.
I have been wanting to make myself a jumpsuit or dungaree set for quite some time. There are so many patterns to choose from all with different styles. So, for this month’s sewing project with The Sewing Directory, I stumbled upon the Avenir Jumpsuit by Friday Pattern Company.
What a hidden gem this pattern is. I cannot believe I have not seen this pattern before now. To say I love it would be an understatement.
Find a UK stockist for the Avenir Jumpsuit pattern here.
My Colour Wheel
The pattern sizing covers from XS to 4X, so a great range for everyone. As it is designed for a relaxed fit, I did take my time deciding which size to go for as I didn’t want anything too relaxed that would swamp me.
The finished garment measurements are quite roomy, there is quite a bit of positive ease in this pattern.
I opted for the medium and overall, I am really pleased with the fit. I may grade down on the trousers when I make it again, just to see how that sizing would look on me.
Great Pattern for Beginner Sewist
The instructions were super easy to follow, as with all their patterns. Easy step-by-step layout with great diagrams to refer to, which is always welcome.
This would be a great sewing pattern for anyone new to dressmaking or feeling a bit rusty. As there are no fastenings or complicated construction methods to tackle it’s a great choice. The jumpsuit is a relaxed and easy to wear style, with billowy sleeves and palazzo style legs. The elastic casing on the neckline and waist just makes it super comfortable to wear. They are definitely secret pyjamas.
There are 11 gorgeous shades to choose from in the Bray range. It’s a blend of 75% viscose and 25% linen, and is 52 inches wide.
The fabric was a pleasure to sew with. It handled superbly and ironed like a dream. I also love the slub effect of the fabric which gives it a vintage twist. It’s a medium weight fabric, 210 gsm, which gives it a lovely drape, perfect for this style of jumpsuit. The palazzo style pants just hang lovely from the elastic cased waistband. I used a rainbow thread for my overlocked seams which gives it a pop of colour on the inside.
I love the relaxed look of this jumpsuit, with its slightly dropped crotch line. I styled mine with sandals and a raggy fabric brooch which made the whole outfit complete.
It’s also a great garment that can be worn through all the seasons. I plan to wear it with a turtle neck top underneath in the cooler months and perhaps a woollen tabard layered over the top. Lots of styling possibilities for sure.
The only change I made to the pattern was on the length of the trouser leg. I shortened mine by 2 inches as I wanted them to sit just above my ankle. I would also use a slightly wider elastic for the waistline next time, perhaps 1 inch wide instead of the recommended half inch. I was toying with shortening the sleeves but in the end, I am really happy with the original length. The sleeves sit just above my wrists which is a length I prefer with most of my garments. There is the option though of shortening them for a different look! I also prefer to have the gathered neckline sit on my shoulders but if you lengthen the elastic you can wear it off the shoulders for a real summer look!
As this is my first ever jumpsuit I am over the moon with how it has turned out. I feel not only super comfortable but really stylish. It is definitely going to become a well-worn and loved outfit.
If you have been contemplating making a jumpsuit but not sure which one to try, then I highly recommend this pattern to start with. I am so looking forward to making it again, perhaps in a chambray or in another shade of this fantastic Modelo fabric, Petrol, Aqua or olive. All colours perfect for my skin tone.
I was so thrilled with this gorgeous pattern that as soon as it was made I had to share it on my YouTube channel. I know my subscribers love to see what projects I have been working on and I knew this would be really popular.
I also wanted to tell everyone about this beautiful fabric from Modelo. It was just the perfect choice for my newly made jumpsuit! Thanks for reading and happy sewing!
Jayne – Loopy Mabel’s Closet