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Tips for Modifying a Too-Big Jumpsuit

 
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wingeddreams (Rachel)



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:49 pm    Post subject: Tips for Modifying a Too-Big Jumpsuit Reply with quote

So, I ordered the smallest size military flightsuit I could find, intending to modify it as per this tutorial. However, I am a tiny person (5'1"). I'm swimming in this thing, and it's obvious I need to do more than switch around pocket flaps to make it usable. The chest and arms in particular are voluminous.

Does anyone have tips on how to take it in? I've got a fair bit of sewing experience, but mostly involving following patterns.

Thanks all!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darts are your friends. Two in the front and two in back will take up a lot of the volume in the torso.

To make arms/legs more narrow, just turn the suit inside out and make the arm/leg seams wider.

For those that are very small stature, you can also look at the kid-sized flight suits.

Glad you found my tutorial helpful. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the same problem with a costumebase jumpsuit; the smallest they sell is a "medium" which was immense on me. This was what I ended up doing.

To take in the chest, a couple of darts in the back would work. A dart is really nothing more than an arc of fabric you fold in and sew up. For us women especially, this helps with our curves. If you need to lift the waist up in the back to make the butt fit better, you can dart along the waistband/waist seam in the back. The front I left alone - I would rather pull out my teeth with pliers than have to rip out and reset a zipper. A written tutorial on darts (refernce the "curved dart" section) is here: http://www.denverfabrics.com/pages/sewinginfo/simplicity-sewing-hints/sewing-darts.htm

The arms will be difficult to shorten without taking off the cuff, rearranging all the pockets and reattaching the cuff on the shortened arm. However, taking them in isn't too hard. Put the suit on and have someone else pin material in on the underside of the arms until the sleeves are comfortable and the excess material is taken in. Flip the suit inside out and sew along the pinned section. When you flip the suit rightside out, the ecess material will be sewn inside and the sleeves should fit. Up to you if you trim away the excess fabric or not. I used this same technique for my legs, too.

I'm not that great with a sewing machine, and I know there are people out there who can sew circles around me, but this is what I did, and it looks pretty good.
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