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September 10, 2020
Hi! I’m Cass (CraftyProfessor) and I’m really excited to be sharing my first project on the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Blog. In this post I’ll be sharing my new Yari Jumpsuit made in Robert Kaufman yarn dyed linen from the Brussels washer linen collection.
I have been eyeing the Yari Jumpsuit by True Bias for years now! I have so many beautiful versions saved on my Instagram so I’m not really sure why it took me so long. I have previously made the Peppermint Jumpsuit which is a free pattern. These two jumpsuits have pretty similar lines, which is probably why I didn’t try the Yari sooner. But, now that I’ve been sewing a bit longer, I realized that there are some unique things about the Yari that I really liked, such as the button front and additional views the pattern offers. It also didn’t hurt that my son’s name is Yarrow and we sometimes call him Yari!
I love linen and anything that looks like linen, feels like linen, or has linen in it. I also really love linen rayon blends. This one is 55% linen and 45% rayon and I feel like the rayon gives the linen a bit more drape and adds softness and reduces the crispness a bit. So, it is no surprise that I went immediately to the Robert Kaufman yarn dyed washer linen. I have used this linen (in different colors) in the past and I love how it looks and feels so soft, and I love the yarn dyed aspect because it gives it some texture. I have a strange paranoia about solid colors and staining them. I always go for something with variegation or texture when possible, as it hides little stains such as water drips.
I’ve been trying to choose colors that are flattering for my coloring, which include pinks and purples and blues. So when I see a gorgeous rust or golden marigold I have to hold myself back because while gorgeous on the shelf, I’m usually not as excited about it on me. The Chambray Blue color was a perfect match for me!
Pattern View and Modifications
The Yari Jumpsuit has several options. It can be made sleeveless or with short sleeves, ankle or shorts length, and there are optional ties that can be attached with a D-ring at the sides to provide waist definition. It was tough to decide which view to sew up, but I went with the sleeveless option (that way I can easily throw on a cardigan when it’s cool) and the long version. I opted not to include the waist ties because there was enough definition in the waist in my muslin, and the versions I was most drawn to on Instagram didn’t have them.
Based on my measurements I made a size 2 at the shoulders and bust and graded to a 4 from the waist down. Based on my muslin, I scooped the underarms by about a half inch, which was mostly a personal preference to not have the fabric touching my armpits.
I also used a slightly larger hem (~1.5 inches instead of .75 inches) to get the desired length.
The pattern calls for 3 yards of fabric, which seems like a lot, but the way it comes together, there are actually 8 full length pattern pieces (shoulder to ankle) to cut out, plus the facing and any extras you choose, such as pockets or ties. I probably could have gotten away with 2.5 yards but I’m the queen of pattern tetrus 😊. This is a really lovely pattern to sew, and despite having so many pieces and being a full-length jumpsuit, there was nothing tricky about it and it came together pretty quickly.
The sleeveless version calls for bias binding on the arm holes. I can sometimes feel a bit intimidated by bias binding (though arms tend to be easier than necklines), but I just took it slow, made sure not to pull either of the fabrics, and used a lot of pins. I was so pleasantly surprised with how nice my bindings looked on both the outside and inside! For the final touches I chose some antique bronze snaps instead of buttons.
I’m so excited with how my Yari Jumpsuit turned out and I’m so glad I finally took the plunge and made this pattern! I think this will be a perfect fall piece that can be worn with the cuffs rolled for a walk on the beach, or paired with a cardigan as it gets cooler – the chunky knit cardigan I have paired it with in a few of these photos is one that I made almost 10 years ago, as I used to be an avid knitter before I started sewing.
This jumpsuit really is secret pajamas, which I’m totally embracing these days.
Thanks for reading! Follow me on Instagram to see more of my makes and feel free to send me a message if you have any questions!
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