Hack: The first Jazz

Sometimes you need something very easy to wear that is not pajamas or sweatpants. Enter the playsuit – a very comfortable one-piece that lends itself to a number of occasions: Lounging at home, hanging out with friends and family, easily dressed up or down. Add heels and you’re ready for party, add sneaks and a cardigan and you are ready for anything. Belt or no belt is up to you.

This is the Jazz jumpsuit from Readytosew, made from the first release of the pattern (before the e-book version). The patterns from Readytosew are good value for your money and always very easy to follow. You get a lot of helpful illustrations, the pattern pieces are easy to print at home, and you even get a playlist to listen to. Sometimes they come in half sizes, too, which is perfect if you are between sizes. Best of all, they almost always have a large number of views so you can mix it up any way you want. The e-book has almost infinite opportunities for playsuits, jumpsuits, dresses and overalls. I’ve made quite a few different versions already.


I extended the legs by about 10 cm to make the playsuit more wearable for me (I’m not into very short skirts and shorts). The sizing is quite generous, so I sized down to a 38. That’s about it! There wasn’t enough fabric for a belt, or I would have added one in self fabric.

The fabric is rayon crepe from The Fabric Store. I only had 2 meters. You can use anything that has some drape and not too much body for this pattern. If you are conscious of adding gathered fabric to your hips, try to find something very soft to minimize bulk. It will be wonderful for those precious warm days of summer.

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