Further to this fantastic step-by-step post from Maria, we can now bring you some beautiful close up shots of the wonderul jumpsuit that she created, as well as the fantastic photo shoot in full. Can anyone think of a better location or backdrop? No, neither can we!

Maria's Lace Jumpsuit

Functional and practical is what I've always strived for when I've sewn clothes for myself. The proportions have to be balanced and not swamp me because I'm short. Jumpsuits are really practical and if they're made using a knit fabric, that's the most comfortable option I can create and perfect for travelling.
 
White Tree fabrics asked me if I would be able to make something using this really open lace and I immediately thought 'jumpsuit' with a contrasting underlayer. This lace is really lovely to see and I wanted the lace circles to show up and not be hidden if I have used a matching blue under layer. #GBSB series 3 episode 5 featured lace in the semi final.
 
And here it is.
 
 Maria's lace jumpsuit
 
Ok, so you can't really see this jumpsuit too well when I'm sitting under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 
 
Here's the close up view.

Maria's lace jumpsuit
 
What about this view with the Sydney Opera House in the background.
 
Maria's lace jumpsuit
 
 Maria's lace jumpsuit
 
Here's a close up of the collar lace detail. It clearly shows how lovely this lace knit is. I've hand stitched the collar facing to the contrasting lining. The fabric doesn't unravel so you could cut out the circles for other projects. 
 
 Maria's lace jumpsuit
 
The inside seams of the collar and lapel provide a strong blueness to emphasis these edges.
 
Maria's lace jumpsuit 
 
I've used satin bias binding to finish off the sleeve edges and on the back collar seam. Even the soft knit lining doesn't unravel but I did overlock the seam edges.

Maria's Lace Jumpsuit

We (Mr V and I) were having such a ball taking photos along the harbour foreshores we forgot to take a photo of the back of the jumpsuit.

Maria's Lace Jumpsuit


Here's an 'on the hanger' close up so you can see where the buttons were placed. There was definitely a lot of work planning how to cut this fabric. 

Maria's Lace Jumpsuit 
 
The buttonholes are hand sewn because this fabric is quite textured and may have needed nerves of steel to machine sew them. This was the main hand sewing I needed to do.

Maria's Lace Jumpsuit
 
So now you've seen my first White Tree Fabrics piece and you can certainly figure out how gorgeous Sydney's Summer has been too.