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McCall’s 6083 (Jumpsuit): Crotch FAIL / Tube Top Refashion

30 June 2010 7 Comments

I hate to admit that I spend more time purchasing patterns than I do sewing them, so I decided that it’s time to write my first (long overdue) pattern review!

Pattern: McCall’s 6083

Pattern Description: M6083 Jumpsuits A, B, C, D, E have side front pockets, elastic casings and stitched hem; jumpsuit B has shoulder straps; jumpsuit C has sash; jumpsuits D, E have bodice with gathered shoulders, narrow hemmed armholes; jumpsuits A, D are thigh length; jumpsuit B above ankle length; jumpsuits C, E are floor length; optional purchased belt.

Why I selected this pattern: I’ve had my eye on cute jumpsuit patterns, so I was really excited about sewing this one, but I was very disappointed after I completed the project.

Pattern Sizing: The pattern was sold out in my size when I bought it during a Hancock Fabrics $.99 McCall’s sale, so I purchased a size 14 and attempted to grade it down to a size 12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I made View C (the turquoise version) and it did not turn out as I had expected.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the instructions were easy to follow, but I panicked for a moment because I couldn’t tell if I accidentally attached the tube top to the pants upside down (I have found that using my seam ripper on knit fabric is a nightmare).

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I had major drama with the crotch! OMG. The sagging was ridiculous. Even though I sewed the crotch seam with a two inch seam allowance (instead of 5/8″), the crotch sagged half-way down my thigh and looked completely ridiculous.

You can’t really fully appreciate how crazy this looks in the photo, but trust me when I say that it looked ridiculous in person! I was really speechless when I tried it on. I had flashbacks from my junior high school pre-Sir Mix-a-Lot (“Baby Got Back”) days when pants and jeans (i.e., Jordache) seemed to be primarily made to fit women with long flat behinds. I’m so glad I don’t have as many ready-to-wear pants fitting problems now that booties are celebrated in American culture and low-rise jeans and pants are more accessible for those of us with junk in the trunk :)

So I went back to my serger and took the crotch in another 4 inches and I couldn’t believe that it was still sagging!!! Grrrrr.

Fitting is not my area of expertise, so it’s quite possible that there was a better way to shorten the crotch. However, even though I am petite and have a short crotch, the fact that I had to take this in 6 inches and the pants were still sagging several inches is absolutely bizarre in my opinion. I’ve never encountered this issue with any other sewing pattern and I didn’t notice this problem in any of the other reviews of this pattern.

Fabric Used: A deep purple knit fabric in my stash that I don’t remember purchasing

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I spent a couple of evenings on this project and I love the color, so I refashioned it into a tube top by cutting the legs off and inserting elastic in the hem. In my opinion, it turned out cute and I am so glad that I didn’t have to throw this in the wadder pile.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Even though I ended up purchasing the pattern in my size at a different Hancock Fabrics store, I will not be sewing this again after being so frustrated with this pattern.

Conclusion: I really like the tube top and I’ve already worn it a few times, but I still want some cute jumpsuits! So I’m planning to try one of the vintage jumpsuit patterns that I purchased on Etsy recently (if I’m going to bring back the past, I might as well do it with an authentic pattern). I guess I’ll begin with McCalls 6539 (below) and hope for better results. I’m not sure how I feel about the skinny leg jumpsuits, but I don’t think I can go downhill from here so it’s worth a try.

I also purchased Simplicity 9433. This pattern was printed in 1980. I really like Views 1 and 2 below.I think both could be cute in a shiny fabric (for a night out).

Related posts:

New Look 6655: Top
New Look 6655: Pencil Skirt
Simplicity 2406: Cynthia Rowley Dress


  • Bibah said:

    Nice Alteration. Looks cute with jeans.

  • Adrienne said:

    GREAT SAVE!!!!

  • Carla (author) said:

    Thanks! I just wore this a couple of days ago and I really like it. Very comfy.

  • Lydia said:

    I know this was posted almost a year an a half ago but I thought I’d add my 2 cents to help you in the future. :-) About the crotch thing, to make a crotch shorter/tighter, you have to take away seam allowance and maybe add fabric to the crotch area. If you do a deeper seam allowance, you will only make the crotch longer. It’s kind of backwards thinking but it works.

  • Carla (author) said:

    Thanks for the tip, Lydia.

  • Barbara said:

    More help on shortening the crotch.

    You can also shorten the crotch by altering the pattern pieces between the crotch and the waist. Making an equal fold, parallel to the waist, in both the pattern front and back pieces will bring up the crotch. The distance of the fold from the waist might depend on design features such as pockets or zippers. I am a 70 year old petite who made all of her clothes before the manufacturers realized there is a market for short women.


  • Carla (author) said:

    Thank you Barbara. I just watched a Burda webinar that recommended a similar method.

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