Guys, I’ve been wanting to share this make with you for ages. I lurvvvve this and it’s all I want to be wearing.
And before you click away thinking that this isn’t for you, I’d think again. I never thought I’d be a culotte jumpsuit kind of gal, but this is hands down the easiest most effortless way to look pulled together and on your game. Plus it’s surprisingly flattering and ridiculously easy to wear.
The total package, right?
Of course, apart from being an awesome flattering and comfortable culotte jumpsuit it’s also an incredibly easy make. And from a great little independent pattern company I’ve recently been crushing on.
So get ready because I’m going to lay down all the details.
The Joni is an amazing pattern by Friday Pattern Company – a small, independent pattern company based in the US. I’ve been following them for a while and really dig their simple aesthetic.
It’s a simple knitted jumpsuit with optional patch pockets. The neckline is slightly V-shaped and attached to straps that tie in the back through two back loops. The legs are wide but not overly voluminous.
I spotted the Joni in my Insta feed ages ago and was obsessed from the start. I love the fact that it’s for knitted fabrics. To me that just doubles down on the casualness vibe that I really like.
I think Chelsea took pity on me because she contacted me and offered to send me the pattern.
Hello jumpsuit of dreams!
And did you know that Friday Pattern Company donates 5% of their sales to a different worthwhile charity (the charity changes depending on the pattern)? Amazing, right? It makes me love them and want to support them all the more (FYI Because I was gifted this for free I donated the full amount of the cost of the pattern to The Innocence Project which is this pattern’s chosen charity.)
I used some very lush jersey I found in the French fabric chain store Mondial Tissue (along with this amazing gold foil flamingos).
The drape is fantastic on this and really makes the whole thing come together. If you were thinking of making this (and, man, you should) I would definitely recommend you use a drapey knit with a good amount of body. The drape let’s everything hang nicely and the body helps smooth over any lumps.
Because no one has time for lumps, right? 😃
Construction and changes to the pattern
I made a size M based on the pattern measurements (on the pattern FYI). I’m happy with the fit but I did end up making two major alterations: adding darts and turning them into culottes.
The culottes was actually a total accident and fall out from only 2 metres of fabric. I had to play pattern Tetris to get all the pieces to fit. Everything worked out perfectly, until I realised I had cut two pockets in the same direction. And there was no spare fabric to be had.
So when life doesn’t give you enough fabric, you make culottes. Or something like that 😄
I actually love that they’re culottes. To be honest the long length swamped me, but this length seems really well balanced. One of those rare times a sewing disaster turns into a big win.
I also added some darts in the front bodice. I had quite a bit of gaping at the sides. I’ve seen other people make this up and I don’t think it’s a pattern flaw – just what happens when you have a small frame and big jubblies.
The dart was an easy fix – I just pinched out the excess fabric and created a dart in the right place. But I do get a slightly awkward dart showing on the inside. So, if you’re similarly sized then I would be definitely recommend you baste to check the fit before adjusting the fit/adding darts. That way any changes you make are covered by the lining.
Well, I don’t think it would come as a surprise to know I count these as a total win. Obviously.
I love these and totally think everyone should get themselves a flattering, easy-to-wear culotte jumpsuit. Even if you don’t think you could pull it off.
Because trust me, if a giant goofy nerd like me can pull them off than anyone can 🙂
I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). The pattern for this was kindly provided by Friday Pattern Company (they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.