Yari Jumpsuit

You guys, I made my first jumpsuit! (Well, technically, I’m pretty sure I made one of those really baggy Laura Ashley jumpsuits with a Peter Pan collar back in the 90s. But it’s probably best to forget about that one…) This one is the newest pattern from True Bias and it’s one of the 6 patterns I tested in quick succession a few weeks ago.

Yari Jumpsuit 1

Yari Jumpsuit 3

The Yari jumpsuit has a v-neckline, princess seaming, two options for length, and a sleeveless or cut on sleeve option. There is also an option to add side ties that fasten with a d-ring to accentuate the waist line. The pattern features some really cool angled pockets that are worked into the leg seams and a button front.

Yari Jumpsuit 4

I chose to make the shorts version with the cut on sleeves and added side ties. I made a quick muslin to determine size and whether I would need to lengthen the jumpsuit at all. For my muslin, I made my usual True Bias size 10 graded to a 16. I found that there was enough ease that I took out some of the width I’d added below the waist and ended up making the 10 graded to 14.

Yari Jumpsuit 5

Yari Jumpsuit 6

The shorts were a little short for me (I am 5’7.5″ tall and True Bias patterns are drafted for someone who is 5’5″) so I added an inch to the length. I also added an inch to the pocket length. For the shorts version of Yari the bottom of the pocket meets the hem of the jumpsuit and gets closed when the hem is sewn. I also decided to raise the v-neck by an inch, so I also had to adjust the neckline facings.

Yari Jumpsuit 7

Yari Jumpsuit 8

My jumpsuit is made from a Robert Kaufman chambray that I’ve had in my stash for at least a few years. I bought it with plans to make the Hey June Sanibel romper, but I never managed to get that made. I’m happy that it finally became some sort of romper! It’s a nice light weight and is going to be great to wear this Summer.

Yari Jumpsuit 9

I’m super happy with how my jumpsuit turned out! I did manage to make a dumb mistake when I was sewing the panels together in the front and back. Did I tell you I got a new sewing machine a few weeks ago? This was the first thing that I worked on when I got the machine out of the box. I was so excited to use it that I forgot to pay attention to the seam allowances. I sewed the panels together with a 5/8″ SA instead of the 1/2″ it was supposed to be. I didn’t realize what I’d done until after I’d topstitched everything. My navy thread blends in so well that I knew if I tried to unpick I would probably snag the fabric so I left those at the wrong SA. I sewed the side seams at 3/8″ to try to get a little bit of the ease back. Thankfully it fits fine but when I make another I will be sure to sew with the right seam allowances!

Yari Jumpsuit 10

My new machine has the coolest buttonhole foot/attachment. You can put the button in the back of the foot and the machine determines what size to make the buttonholes. My old machine was super erratic with buttonholes and they were never a consistent size. I was thrilled with how well these buttonholes came out!

Yari Jumpsuit 11

The details on this pattern are just so fun! I had a really fun time sewing it and now that our hot, Summer weather is here I know I’m going to have fun wearing it! I really love the full length jumpsuit, too, and I want to make the sleeveless version soon. I’m glad I finally got on board with the jumpsuit trend– True Bias patterns always push me just slightly out of my fashion comfort zone and make me wonder why I was nervous about trying the trend in the first place.

Thanks for reading!




14 thoughts on “Yari Jumpsuit

  1. Cute romper! It looks cool and casual, yet very neat. I bet you will enjoy it a lot this summer. It is surprisingly slimming for this type of garment. You look like you have lost weight – maybe you have? When you have used your machine for a while, I would love a review of what you like and don’t like about it. I may be in the market for an upgrade within the next year.


    1. Thanks, Becky! I think this jumpsuit manages to be slimming— maybe it’s the seams running down the front and back that join the panels together. I will definitely do a post about my machine after I’ve gotten to know it a little better. I really haven’t stopped sewing since I got it! I didn’t realize how frustrating my old machine had gotten until I got this new one!


    1. Oh my goodness, that made me laugh! I would never want to wear something that reminds me of my old gym uniforms, that is for sure. Ours were some really bad t-shirts and shorts. 😉


  2. I love this pattern and Kelli has promised it will soon be released in print! Not surprising she has done what I think is the perfect jumpsuit pattern – princess seams for bust fitting, option to pull in the waist for some more shaping IF you want it – nice V neck. It’s perfect!! Yours is love in this navy poka dot print 🙂


    1. Thanks, Kathleen! Yes, this one is due in print soon! I think this is such a great pattern. As always Kelli has put such fantastic details into the pattern that make it so flattering and a joy to sew. I’d love to hear what you think if you make one!


  3. That is one heck of a cool jumpsuit! The shorts view looks very fashion-forward without getting all the way to man-repellent (though I think that’s a very worthy destination, too). :}


    1. Thank you so much! I thought the shorts were a safe bet for my first jumpsuit but I am really tempted by the pants now that I have this one under my belt. It’s really comfortable and I think I’d get a lot of wear from the pants version, too. Man repelling here I come, haha!


  4. Hi Teri,
    I just bought this pattern online and will be doing the long version. So I’m curious about your fabric choice – chambray is pretty lightweight – how did it wear over the summer? Also, how does the sizing compare to standard sizes – it looks like you adjusted a few things but I’d like to know how closely it runs compared to buying ready made.


    1. Hi Ursula! This has worn well for me. I actually made a dress from the same fabric, which I’ve worn more often than the jumpsuit and it’s still going strong. Chambray is lightweight but it’s generally pretty durable. As far as the sizing goes, you should definitely take you body measurements and go by the size chart in the pattern. I haven’t bought ready made clothes in years so I am not to sure how my sewing size compares to ready to wear anymore! Have you made any other True Bias patterns? I find I’m consistently the same size in each True Bias pattern. I hope that helps!


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