With the Rory Jumpsuit sewalong started next week, I wanted to go ahead and talk a bit about fabric choices and notions in case you want to get everything together.
First lets talk fabric. By far, my favorite fabric for the Rory is a linen or linen blend. I just think that the look and texture of linen lends itself perfectly to a jumpsuit. And as a bonus it’s easy to care for, easy to sew with, and cool in warm weather. The negatives to linen is that it can be scratchy or rough against the skin, and it wrinkles. If these two things worry you, I recommend trying out a linen blend. I especially love a good linen / rayon blend as it cuts down on the wrinkling significantly and softens the fabric. Below are a few linen and linen blends that would work really well for the Rory.
Linen is certainly not the only option though. Any kind of medium weight woven fabric works great. I have tried rayon challis, chambray, and silk noil, all with great success. Below are a few linen alternative fabrics that would be great options.
Besides fabric, you will need a few notions. You need to some light to medium weight fusible interfacing to apply to the facings and the tops of the pockets. You will of coarse want some coordinating thread. There is a lot of topstitching in this project so getting a close match to the color of your fabric is a huge plus.
You are also going to want to get 5 – 1/2″ buttons for the center front closure. If you are adding length to the body of the jumpsuit, keep in mind that you may want to purchase and extra button.
If you are sewing the sleeveless option, you are going to need 1/2″ single fold bias tape. You can either make your own or just buy the store bought stuff like I did. Your choice.
Lastly, if you are adding in the optional D ring ties, make sure that you purchase 4 – 3/4″ D rings. You should be able to find a few different finishes for these in your big box store, although I am sure there are great vintage ones to be found on etsy or ebay. If for some reason you can only find the 1″ D rings, no worries. Just make your ties a bit wider to compensate.
The Rory Sewalong starts on Monday. I will not be going over printing and assembling you pattern, cutting out your fabric, making adjustments, or markings. If you want a refresh on printing your pattern, check out the following post from a past post – Printing / Assembling.
The Rory Sewalong will happen as follows:
Day 1 (Monday June 4) – Facings / Pockets / D Ring Ties
Day 2 (Tuesday June 5) – Assembling the Front / Back / Shoulder Seams
Day 3 (Wednesday June 6) – Neck Facing / Side Seams / Crotch
Day 4 (Thursday June 7) – Armhole Finishes
Day 5 (Friday June 8) – Buttons / Buttonholes / Hems
Wide Leg Hack (Tuesday June 12)
Long Tie Hack (Thursday June 14)
Excited to get get started on Monday!