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