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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > What about a really wide leg jumpsuit? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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What about a really wide leg jumpsuit?
Looks like a maxi dress
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Date: 6/17/13 5:02 PM

I was looking at some 1980 patterns and saw some really wide leg jumpsuits. The legs were so wide that they could almost pass as a maxi dress.

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Date: 6/17/13 5:06 PM

I remember those-haha. As to today's fashion, I saw someone yesterday in a jumpsuit-it had kind of wide legs and spaghetti strap top. Very vintage looking so she either made it or bought it. You better see what the younger crowd thinks.

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Date: 6/17/13 6:03 PM

How about this Vogue dress? Sew up the semicircle in the middle and leave the lower side parts open, and voila!

You will also need to but some buttons at CB so you can climb in through the top.

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Date: 6/17/13 6:13 PM

IMO, they have the same issue as many skort or split skirt patterns (or even RTW versions) - they tuck in at the crotch and so (at least on me) make the tummy more visible/emphasized.

The ones that don't do this either are loose and drapey (like palazzo pants) or have parts (an underlayer that is the pant, and an overskirt) that are NOT sewn together in the center front (or fly if there is one).

Rivergum - that idea makes me think of "Hammer pants" (a la MC Hammer) - but I think that style is making a comeback, lol.

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Date: 6/17/13 6:21 PM

I remember having wide legged pants in the early eighties but they tapered in at the ankle. Later I remember wearing a jumpsuit where the legs were just baggy. It was the most comfortable thing in the summertime paired with a tank top.

As long as they fit well, and suit you, they can be really dressy if made out of the right fabric. In the 90's I had some white ones that I could pair with silk jacket and heels; they were perfect for weddings etc.

You are right, at a glance it probably did look like a maxi skirt.




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Date: 6/17/13 6:51 PM

I remember those-- and I remember the description given by a friend wearing a fine black summer jumpsuit of her efforts to deal with it in a public restroom. She had to take great care to keep the thing from falling into the toilet!

For those who have never worn a full jumpsuit, just try to picture how you would manage the top and the bottom while hovering over the can...

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Date: 6/17/13 6:54 PM

I love jumpsuits! I had a black rayon with wide pant legs and the 'top' looked like a camp shirt. It was so fun to accessorize! Wore it all the time! Also, in the 80s, I sported a peach colored jumpsuit that looked a lot like a parachuter's outfit! It was fun and wore it to parties--was in my late teens or early twenties--seems so long ago They were the dickens to hold when I went to public restrooms and trying not to let it touch the floor!

I've seen some cute vintage patterns with the halter style top. I hope you make one and review!

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Date: 6/17/13 8:02 PM

When I saw this topic, I remembered some elephant pants I made back in the 60's. Really, really wide leg; so much so they looked like a dress. Mine was like a jumper; really deep scoop neck at the top (down to just above my belly button) to wear a blouse underneath, and flared out to about 36" wide at each leg. navy blue shantung pants and a mint green ruffled blouse.

Here are some throwbacks for you:
Example 1
Example 2
Example 3
Example 4

This must be the reason why I like my KwikSew Pattern #1984 but I wear them a little shorter.
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Date: 6/18/13 3:58 PM

Here's this year's revival...

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Date: 6/18/13 4:06 PM

Yes that's the look. Maybe the 80's jumpsuits are coming back. I just wonder if some short like me could pull it off? Might make me look even shorter!

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