Makes: the world’s best jumpsuit – hello joni

Friday Pattern Company's joni jumpsuit is an awesome, flattering and comfortable culotte jumpsuit and an incredibly easy make. Read on to find out more.

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 Pattern

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.)

The fabric

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? πŸ˜ƒ

Friday Pattern Company's joni jumpsuit is an awesome, flattering and comfortable culotte jumpsuit and an incredibly easy make. Read on to find out more.

Friday Pattern Company's joni jumpsuit is an awesome, flattering and comfortable culotte jumpsuit and an incredibly easy make. Read on to find out more.

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 πŸ˜„

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.

The verdict

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 πŸ™‚

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 CompanyΒ (they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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  • I’ve made this jumpsuit too this week. Actually, I made two. They are so incredibly comfortable. I just want to live in them and never take them off.
    I’ve been eyeing FPC’s other patterns too. The grace top looks supercute and would be really cool lengthened into a dress.
    The gaping under the arms also happened with me. I thought I’d just made a mistake or cut the wrong size but if it also happened with you than it wasn’t just me. I never thought about adding darts. I just took apart the whole thing (which I of course put together with my lock-machine 😀) and removed the extra room under the arms.
    It looks really good on you and I might just make a culotte version too.

    • They are SO comfortable, aren’t they? Good fix for the gapping – I just couldn’t face all that unpicking 😌 I know what you mean about eyeing up their other patterns – the square neck top is calling my name!

  • Lovely to meet you in Cambridge! I’ve been looking for the same fabric as in your Kali dress, no luck. I absolutely loved that dress. Love your jumpsuit and I think the length is much better. Funny how a mistake ends up making things even better. It’s a perfect comfy laid back luck. Outside my comfort zone … but maybe? I’m making Flints at the moment without the pleats and I’ve staystiched the pocket edge. I loved your striped ones, have you managed to sort the issues?

    • Thanks Mags. Shame Sew Over It aren’t stocking it (though their crepes would be great wouldn’t they?) Still working on the flints but I think I’m almost there 😌 Had to take about 6 cm off from seams and darts in the end. How did yours end up?

  • I have a major crush on everything you’re sewing lately, this jumpsuit is amazing! πŸ™ŒπŸ» I would assume that they would suit me, but maybe in a drapey jersey I could get away with it! I love that buying these patterns supports a charity too, so I’m off to look at their website πŸ™‚

    • Aw, thanks Victoria. I’m definitely in a clear headed space for creating, if that makes sense. And listen, if I can pull of a jumpsuit then anyone can! You should have a go – especially in a drapey jersey πŸ‘Œ

  • Girl you look AMAZING in this and even more amazing in the flesh! So good to spend a bit of time with you last weekend.
    I’ll be honest this pattern didn’t tick any boxes for me when I first saw it but you have totally changed my mind. If you’d shown me culottes or jumpsuits, never mind a culotted-jumpsuit 5 years ago I would have told you I’d never wear them but now I feel like I can’t remember what I used to wear before! How did I manage to dress myself in the morning?!