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70s Jumpsuit

McCalls 5265 from 1976

I recently found this McCall’s pattern for a jumpsuit from 1976 at a local charity shop. It has several wonderful features. Foremost, I like the simplicity of it coupled with the gathered detail at the shoulder/sleeve area. The other feature I really like is the channel at the back for a tie (which you can see on my photo) or through which you could insert a belt of your choice.

Even though this was an incredibly easy pattern to follow and sew, I had two problems that delayed my finishing and almost reconciled this garment to the scrap heap. The major problem was that the torso was too short and whenever I attempted to lift my arms there was an issue with “cramming.” I was happily able to solve this by adding the smallest of gussets. What a difference! That led me down a long and winding trail through the history of gussets and the construction of men’s pants (a garment where apparently you really want a gusset if you’re planning to ride a horse or make a high kick).

it looks all puckered here, but it could be ironed flat (if one wanted to do such a task before taking pictures)

The second problem was my own fault. I used a second hand zipper because I wanted an authentic 70s feel when I zipped it up. Unfortunately the zipper I chose was more worn through than I thought and the fabric began to tear away from the garment. I reconciled to replacing it with a new one. I also decided to shorten the trousers to knee length (those wide legs were so heavy!). You can see more pictures on my blog.

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  • Bunny July 21, 2012, 8:41 am

    I really like your suit! The boots go especially well with it. it does look good. Well done in your alterations as well!

  • Beth July 21, 2012, 2:50 pm

    The knee length matches the time period of the pattern very well. I was a teenager when the pattern was printed and one of my fashion-forward friends had an outfit that looked very much like your end result. I had boots just like that. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  • D'ellis July 22, 2012, 10:49 am

    So wonderful of you to persevere through the problems to a such a lovely & successful conclusion!

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