Review: McCall's 7330 | The Utility Jumpsuit!

7:30 AM

Very seldomn do I meet a jumpsuit that I don't like.  And I love this one, McCall's 7330.  What I love about it is that it's drafted for medium weight woven fabrics.  I have nothing against stretchy jumpsuits... in fact, I actually love them and I've made quite a few over the years, and I'll probably be making another one soon.  
But sometimes I just like to challenge myself fit-wise with a fabric that has no give, such as this Rag & Bone Mercerized 100% Cotton Twill from Mood Fabrics.com.

See, the key to getting the fit right on a jumpsuit, particularly for someone my height is the crotch length.  I started with a size medium (12-14) in the top and bottom.  I added 1 inch to the length of the bodice.  For a jumpsuit like this, I must have ease when sitting and bending.  And I added 3 inches to length of the pants.
I love all of the details on this jumpsuit.  You're essentially making a shirt with all of the glorious details (i.e. collar, band, front bands, etc...) and a pants with pockets and a mock fly.  And I love that it has a tailored waist instead of elastic or drawstrings.
And what I especially love is that it has a self-lined yoke and two-piece sleeves!  Yes, two-piece sleeves!  You can barely find them on coat and jacket patterns.  So it's a complete rarity to see them on anything shirtstyle.  And there's plenty of topstitching!
The original pockets of this pattern was not what I had in mind for my utility style jumpsuit.  I changed them.  Remember, you can do that because you're sewing and it's your garment!  I borrowed the pockets from McCall's 6436.  They're already sized to fit over the bust, so there was no tinkering.  Just cut, go and sew.  And my next substitution was for the type of closures I would use.  I went with Dritz Heavy Duty Snaps in Antique Brass instead of buttons and I applied them with the basic tool and a hammer.  
Another great feature is sleeve tabs.  They just look so much better than just rolling up the sleeves.
The only thing I don't like about this pattern is the gathering at the waist.  I would've preferred if they'd used darts instead.  I feel like that would've simply been neater in a woven style.


Styling tip:  This jumpsuit is great transitional garment that works with a multitude of shoes, from pumps to strappy sandals to Chuck Taylors.  For this look, I wore a nude pump and kept my jewelry minimal due to all of the hardward on the jumpsuit.

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49 comments

  1. Love this look Erica!

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  2. Erica...thank you sew much for giving the details on what snaps you used. Every detail and decision you made was on point. Job well done:)

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  3. You're jump suit is amazing and you look fabulous! I'm not a jump suit kind of person, but I really love yours! I think that's going to go on my must sew list!

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  4. This looks very nice; love the details and the fit. I love your hair. Do you ever have a bad hair day?

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    1. Thank you! My hair and the wind were having a fight, hence the sunglasses used as a headband!

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  5. I can just see the hours and hours of hard work that went into this! All that hardwear! I'm liking the styling. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Yes, it took a few days! Thanks Miss J!

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  6. This looks fabulous.

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  7. Love Love Love and always on point!!!! The local's have sold out of this pattern. I have one more place to try before the sale ends!

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    1. Hopefully you'll get it soon as they restock. Thanks Carol!

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  8. Good decision about the pockets! There is so much detail with the other elements of the jumpsuit, the pockets look better with the flaps.

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    1. I feel the pockets made a significant difference too! Thas Roseag!

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  9. Another great jumpsuit. Love the details that you added.

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  10. Beautiful jumpsuit and I love all of the details you added. I have seen women in jumpsuits where it fits on the top or bottom but not both. Yours fits beautifully all over (but of course, you sewed it right!) Fabulous.

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  11. This is a beautiful garment. You look beautiful in it.

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  12. Aunty Erica, I have a question. How'd you know to lengthen your bodice? Did you make a Muslin first? This look is amazing and I can't wait to sew it.

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    1. Flat pattern measurements. The bust point (the circle with the +) is on the pattern. So is the waist line. I measure from the shoulder seam down to see how a pattern compares to my body's measurements. Shoulder to bust; bust to waist; waist to hip; hip to knee; etc... Thanks Jenell!

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    2. Glorious! Thank you so much!

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    3. You're welcome!

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  13. Fabulous, as always Erica.
    Wonderful fit.

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  14. Really gorgeous! I recently bought this pattern and am now even more excited to make it :)

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    1. I'm excited to make other versions. This one is a winner for me! Thanks Deb!

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  15. Beautiful jumpsuit! I love all the details (especially the pockets you added) and the hardware really makes this look amazing. The fit is spot on- Love it!

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  16. Very Chic look! One Question though: did you add your 3 inches to the leg length or to the crotch length and what do you usually add in these areas. It's good to know how much more length for bending ease is required in the crotch length when sewing a jumpsuit with a woven. Thanks!

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    1. My crotch depth is pretty standard in pants and I rarely (I can't remember the last time I made a crotch depth adjustment) make an adjustment there. I always make at least a 3 inch length adjustment to pants. Thanks!

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  17. Hi Erica,
    I love your look! It fits perfectly!
    Sorry for this personal question but I'd like to know if you can sit in this jumpsuit? Because that was usually my problem with slim fit jumpsuits.

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    1. In the post... Did you read? I mentioned lengthening the waist for ease in SITTING and BENDING. Why would I make a jumpsuit that I can't sit in? I haven't mastered levitation yet, so that would've been considered a failed project. Thanks.

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  18. You blow me away! So chic.

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  19. Erica, the details in your jumpsuit are very well executed. So very professional. Nice job.

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  20. Erica, this is an awesome jumpsuit! I know you mentioned the gathers at the waist...however, you did such a great job with the fit, they are hardly noticeable! Love this look on you and the way you styled it!

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  21. Totally awesome! And it suits you to perfection! I just -have to- make one myself :)

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    1. I'm ready to make another one! Thanks FORC3M4JOURH!

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