|Pattern Description: I actually used the little sister pattern of this pattern, McCall's 6533, but since that one is out of print and McCall's 6083 has the same exact pattern for a shorts romper/jumpsuit as 6533, I decided to do the review under the pattern that is still available. Anyhow, the McCall's 6083 has a pattern for a Jumpsuit In 3 Lengths and Sash, while the 6533 has a pattern for only a Jumpsuit In 2 Lengths, no sash. Whatever. |
I accidentally ordered the 6083 when BMV was having a big pattern sale, so I guess I can make the sash if I want to, lol. (I actually might!)
Pattern Sizing: I made my bodice a size 10 and the shorts a size 14, which ended up being the right sizes for the width of my body, but not necessarily for the length of my body.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I think it did, barring the exclusion of an elastic waistband. (I had to exclude it to make the romper wearable.)
Were the instructions easy to follow? I really liked the instructions, I thought they were very clear.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Liked: The design is really fun, especially if you were a child in the early 80s when this particular style was very popular. Brings me right back to 1983 when all the cool women wore jumpsuits just like this one (but usually with full-length pants). The pockets are drafted so well, nice and deep and easy to make and attach. The inseam on the shorts are long enough for me, and I have fairly long legs, so woo and hoo!
Disliked: The fit model for this pattern must have been 5'2" with a very very very short torso. I have a very short torso for my height (I'm 5'8") at 15" (back length from base of neck to natural waist) and I normally have to *shorten* tops to make them fit my body better, but this bodice was crazy short. Not too small, in fact, it was nice and blousy, just very very short. I also disliked that I had to include an invisible zip in the side seam to get it on and off. Thankfully I read all the fabulous reviews of this garment here at patternreview.com and realized I needed some sort of way of getting in and out of this piece, and the invisible zip was a planned part of the construction of this garment. Of course, I am a newbie, so it took me a few minutes of thought to figure out how to include the zip in a pattern that is not supposed to have one, but eventually I made sense of how to construct it.
Fabric Used: Little Kukla Flowers and Birds in Retro Teal, a quilting cotton by Robert Kaufman. It is really a very pretty and special design. Kind of a bear to match up in seams and at the waistband, so oops on picking the wrong project for this fabric, but considering what a pain this project was, by some stroke of luck, my pattern matching wasn't too terrible!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Hahahaha. What didn't I change? 1. Added invisible zip. 2. Unpicked both the shoulder seams and the waistband to add length to the garment. 3. No elastic waistband as that would have caused the newly lengthened garment to ride up and become to short again, undoing all the hard work I put into lengthening the garment. 4. Instead of using a fuller hem, I ended up only making a 1/2" hem, since I really prefer a longer shorts inseam. Even with the 1/2" hem, this romper shows off a lot of leg, which oddly enough my hubby wasn't celebrating. ;)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will sew it again, because I want to change my traced pattern to accommodate the issues I had with it initially and to prove that what I know needs to be changed *can* be changed by me in the next go-round. I am thinking I would like to highlight the darling gathering at the bodice shoulder seams, so maybe I will do a solid color with a contrast patterned bias trim on the front foldover bit and the neckline and armholes. I will still need to include an invisible zip, though, because even with new pattern changes, it will still be a difficult item to get in and out of...
I would also love to sew it up in a knit fabric, and exclude the zip. Maybe next summer?
Conclusion: If you like rompers and you are of average height or taller, but are willing to work to get a pretty cool looking piece for your wardrobe, then I say go for it...but if you are on the fence and don't really care one way or another, don't bother.
I have some more photos of the garment and a wall of text describing the sewing process at my blog post.