Thursday, 31 May 2018

New Look 6446 or My Frida Jumpsuit

I have finally finished the New Look 6446 tropical jumpsuit which I fashioned out of a H&M tablecloth I bought in the sale last summer.

I wasn't too worried about making any mistakes on this due to the copious amounts of tablecloth fabric still left and saw it as a learning curve in terms of construction and if I felt comfortable wearing a jumpsuit style garment.

Spoiler alert! It is fab. I wore it this afternoon and it is so comfy and breezy.
I thought it would be a fun outfit to wear on the last day of Me-Made-May and in a rather strange circle of fate, I started MMM with my Melilot shirt in the exact same fabric.

I wore it during a creative adventure in Belgravia at a portraiture workshop with artist Dan Whiteson to celebrate the V&A Frida Kahlo exhibition.

Back to the jumpsuit. The bodice has deep V cut darts in the front for shaping and is fully lined. I used the same fabric for the lining. I used the over-locker at the Village Haberdashery a few Social Sewing Thursday's ago to finish the insides of the trousers neatly.

I had made my usual bodice adjustments to the paper pattern (grading from one size bust to the next size up at the waist) but when I tried it on after fixing the lining inside it gaped quite a bit either side under my arms. I had to slightly unpick a section and remove an extra 1cm from under the arm each side grading out to nothing at the waist. This did the trick and the bodice fits really nicely.

The zip is neatly finished with hand-sewn bias binding that I bought from Ray Stitch

The straps still need about 1cm removing from the length as they had a tendency to slip off my shoulders at points during the afternoon. Overall, I am really happy with my new jumpsuit and I am looking forward to making some more in a more conservative palette.

Here are some gorgeous photos of Belgravia in Bloom where all the floral displays were inspired by Frida Kahlo.

Here are the drawings I produced during the one-hour portraiture workshop.

10 minutes into the 25-minute self-portrait using chalk pastels focusing on tone only to start with

Frida Kahlo's self-portraits were available for reference 

25-minute sketch using chalk pastels and charcoal - I look like a unicorn zombie!
The rest of the class' self-portraits - I love the one to the left of mine. Such powerful and striking lines!

Have you made anything outside your comfort zone recently?
Workshop information for the Frida's Belgravia celebration can be found here.


  1. I love this Caroline! It really suits you. I have a couple of things from an IKEA double duvet set that was on sale for £2.99 - ideal for trying things out!

    1. Thanks Tamsin. I was really unsure if this would be a good idea but I think I will truly know when I have made it in a different less busy print.

  2. Your jumpsuit is amazing! The fabric looks great as the shirt too, both are stunning makes.

  3. Lovely jumpsuit and such a pretty fabric!

  4. Fantastic jumpsuit. I used to go to life drawing classes when I was at Uni and these remind me that I haven't drawn for ages. Jo xxx

    1. Thanks Jo. Yes, it is such fun doing portraiture / drawing classes!

  5. I really like your portrait! The colours are great and I think it looks pretty powerful too! The jumpsuit is great too! I am not a fan of jump suits usually, but yours makes me think if I might need one for myself after all. The fabric is perfect!

    1. Thank you Kat. Yes, the final self-portrait did turn out quite intense with the colours and dark tones around the eyes.