Refashioned jumpsuit

A few weeks back I bought this delish viscose jumpsuit at the op shop. I don’t know what I was thinking, really – I’m too tall for anything one-piece to fit me, and this was no exception. The jumpsuit gave me a mega-wedgie, front and back (you’re welcome for the visual), so I threw it in the donation pile.

Woman in short playsuit.
Staple the Label Qualia Playsuit. It definitely didn’t look like this on me!

It wasn’t until I saw Megan’s post about making a two-piece jumpsuit that I had the idea of unpicking mine to make a matching set. It would be such a shame to let the amazing viscose fabric go to waste (i.e., let someone shorter than me have it).

Woman stands against garden fence. She wears matching tropical top and shorts, silver runners and panama hat.
Worn with my Jinni MD compression stockings which I thought were my skin colour but are clearly a fetching shade of granny tan.

Dividing the jumpsuit into two pieces was too easy – I just unpicked the waist seam, then removed the elastic encased in the back of the bodice, the waist ties from the side seam and the topstitched belt loops. The waist ties were salvaged to make an elastic casing for the short, sewn at a deep seam allowance rather than cutting the slippery fabric to size. This meant I only added 5mm to the already high rise.

Woman stands against garden fence. She wears matching tropical top and shorts, silver runners and panama hat.

The bodice portion needed quite a bit of length added – you can probably get an idea of how uncomfortable the jumpsuit was on by looking at where the original bodice ends in these pictures! I had an unfinished shirt cut out of The Remnant Warehouse poplin, which I had decided was too lightweight for that particular application. However, it worked perfectly as a spliced shirt hem for this breezy summer outfit.

Woman stands against garden fence with back facing camera. She wears matching tropical top and shorts, silver runners and panama hat.
You can see here how skewed the seams on the top are.

The side seams of the bodice were so off that I just pinned the shirt hem to match, rather than trying to correct the mis-matched widths. At first, I was concerned that the contrasting characteristics of the two fabrics would look a bit Becky Home-Ecky, but now I like how the viscose shifts above the crisp poplin which anchors it in place.

After some lengthy oxy-bleaching (I spotted old stains when sewing) and hand-tacking to keep the cuffs in place, the outfit was ready to wear. I like how I can wear the pieces together for a matchy faux-romper vibe, or separately with other items of clothing.

Woman stands against garden fence. She wears matching tropical top and shorts, silver runners and panama hat.

A jumpsuit before and after refashioning into a two-piece matching shirt and shorts.
Before & after.

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic feminist and disability advocate.

12 thoughts on “Refashioned jumpsuit”

      1. Although I’m a short arse, I do have a longish body, mostly high hips, fat belly and [ahem] pronounced lady bits, very common as we get older! [One of thoise things no one seems to talk about though lol] I know your pain all too well!

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  1. Love this! I only last year, (I know I’m slow :o) realized I could re-fashion many of our things instead of donating them! This post is stored in my favorites for future use!
    We have had handme downs galore here but beyond fixing hems I never thought to -re-fashion them! OY!)


    1. I bet refashioning would work really well for kids. For the most part it’s impractical for me as I’m already so big and tall – you often lose fabric in a refashion so nothing would really fit me! I’m glad I found a way to make it work.


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