Anne Klein Jumpsuit, Vogue Pattern 2671




 Anne Klein Jumpsuit, Vogue Pattern 2671


 Anne Klein Jumpsuit, Vogue Pattern 2671


Anne Klein Jumpsuit, Vogue Pattern 2671

Hi you. Whew…this little project was a very long time in coming together. Way…waaaaay…back in early June, I participated in Gillian’s #sewingdares challenge. My unique dare was to sew something inspired by a childhood outfit. The wheels turned and I cranked out my Matchy Wear. It was a fun way for me to focus in on a project, and so…feeling brave…I asked readers for another dare. As it turned out, only my cousin Curtise* stepped up. She dared me to make a jumpsuit. Believe it or not, I couldn’t wait to get started…the reality that it’s taken 4 months to get to completion boggles me. I mean…I began plotting my Anne Klein jumpsuit pretty much the moment Curtise commented. I first made Vogue Pattern 2671 in 1981 for my brother’s wedding….yes I know….the photos aren’t the best….and no, the camera was not just invented…but you can see bits of my outfit behind the very pretty bridal bouquet that was tossed, quite literally and unexpectedly, directly at me. I chose the fabric after buying the shoes…those gorgeous red, white and blue Italian sandals. For my second make, I used a light blue chambray solid on the bottom and a narrow striped blue and white chambray on the top…I rolled up the cuffs a few times and wore it with white tennies….a much more casual look.

I found the pattern on ebay quickly. But. It took forever to find fabric! It wasn’t until last month, that I finally shopped my own stash and found this stripey blue fabric purchased from a local thrift shop. It’s either cotton or rayon…I’m betting cotton because the wrinkling isn’t too bad. The dark navy is…eeps…polyester. Not sure how I feel about that….I love me my natural fibers. But you know what? Desperate can’t be choosy. I did my usual alterations to the pattern, shortening the pants and the bodice. I also drafted the neckline smaller because I remember it slipping around and showing bra straps. As I’m between sizes and the fit is generous, I sized down for this make. Even so…after construction…I shortened the sleeves and nipped in the side seams of the bodice. Yes I agree…a size smaller would present a more pleasing silhouette…but these old patterns have only one size per envelope. Makers…this jumpsuit is pretty straightforward, although there is a tricky bit when sewing the facing to the bodice. I had to rip out a couple of stitches and do a little finessing. Good news…that spot sits hidden under the drawstring tie. Although the pattern calls for seven buttons, I added extra aligning them along the blue stripes.

I liked Vogue Pattern 2671 then and I like it now. With that drawstring/elastic waist, it’s beyond comfortable.

*Now….. about cousin Curtise! Curtise, of the The Secondhand Years, has a lovely blog about vintage love and her life in England. A few years ago she published a post that featured the region in England that my great grandfather was born in. After a few emails back and forth, I learned that my great grandfather and Curtise were born in the same town. So…we affectionately refer to each other as cousin….’cause ya never know. Another small coincidence….recently Curtise thrifted a gorgeous jumpsuit. You can see her wearing the velvet-y beauty, here. In her blog post, she not only showcases her dreamy, Canadian made treasure, but also gives us a fun look at jumpsuits through the eras.

Last, and…actually…least….I made my bracelets and earrings from a seventies necklace. Thanks for reading!

Joining the fun at Not Dead Yet Style. Thank you for hosting Patti!

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  • Reply Suzanne Carillo October 16, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Oh my gosh! You haven't changed a bit! : ) How cool that you used the same pattern.

    It turned out wonderful! This is just so “Sue”.

    This reminds me a bit of what those gondoliers wear in Italy. Stripes on the top like that and a bright coloured scarf.

    You managed to get some great photos here.

    Great job lady!


  • Reply Connie October 16, 2015 at 9:05 am

    It's actually pretty wonderful to think that you and Curtise are related because that would be some amazing, intelligent, creative and gorgeous genetics going on! You totally got me with the stripes. Such a cute jumpsuit then and now. I think it's very flattering. I love the way you talk us through your construction process. I have never made a pattern exactly as is. So much drama goes into making it fit my apparently not normal bod. You always make things so beautifully. I've said it before and I'll say it again. So inspirational.

  • Reply Vix October 16, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Fancy you and our Curtise being almost related! Blogging is a wonderful thing!
    That's one fabulous jumpsuit! You and Suzanne are both rocking the hell of of them today! xxx

  • Reply Anonymous October 16, 2015 at 9:32 am

    fascinating!!! [spelling?] Looks great – both times….

  • Reply fashionandfoodandotherstuff October 16, 2015 at 9:37 am

    What a Sunny outfit. It makes me think about relaxing in the sun and holidays!

  • Reply Melanie October 16, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Stellar!! You and Suzanne could start a Jumpsuit Yoga Class. Your piece look absolutely Voguish, as do your photos – I love the hands on your head one. You make walking on the riverbank in heels look so easy! Your accessories are perfect accents, and I have to say your hair is also looking particularly awesome. I'm glad you got this into your closet at last and with such a great shoot to top it off.
    That's so cool about the Curtise connection! You never know, right?

  • Reply Gillian October 16, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Wow, how amazing to have pictures of your original! I love this look on you, and how you've styled it. Knockout!

  • Reply Hana Velvet Ribbon October 16, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Oh, I love both now and then jumpsuits! You look beautiful as always, Sue 🙂 I'll pass by another link for Curtise jumpsuit.
    Have a lovely weekend, dear!

  • Reply Heather October 16, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    This looks fantastic Sue! I love the combination of stripes and solid. So cool!

  • Reply Flo October 17, 2015 at 5:30 am

    I love it! It looks super comfy too. The “Now and Then” photos are a nice added touch, just shows that you can take an old pattern and update it with different fabrics. And you know I'm a sucker for just about anything with stripes. 😉

  • Reply Elizabeth October 17, 2015 at 5:58 am

    How awesome that you made this pattern look so modern! Love it and the back story is great!

  • Reply Val S October 17, 2015 at 9:09 am

    This is so fun to see Young Sue wearing the same style! You are timeless, and this new incarnation of the jumpsuit looks smart and snappy with the bright accessories and beach location.

    I caught my sister's bouquet, but it was over ten years until I got married!

  • Reply No Fear of Fashion October 17, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Terrific !! Such a great pattern and such a fresh approach in fabric in 2015. I wouldn't worry about the polyester trousers. There is polyester and there is polyester. When the material doesn't bother you then everything is fine. I think you look lovely in this jumpsuit. Makes me want a jumpsuit even more (still cannot find one which is flattering for my figure.
    Well done my dear. That fabric pile of yours will probably reach the ceiling but it does provide.

  • Reply PinhouseP October 17, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    This jumpsuit looks great! I love how it actually looks like separates. The fabric combo is perfect, and so classic. What fun to see the then-photos, too 🙂

  • Reply October 18, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I thought you were wearing two pieces! Nice idea for a jumpsuit! Love the scenery too. I thought it looked like the west coast, so I checked your “about” page – Vancouver, huh, just over the pond! A beautiful place to live!

  • Reply idaaidasewing October 18, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    this is the perfect jumpsuit, i like the fact that it is loose fitting and comfy and love the nautical look!!, great fabric combination for this pattern!

  • Reply Merche Martinez October 18, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    You look beautiful, comfortable and happy, I don't think you could ask anything more from a jumpsuit! Love your bracelet and earings as well.

  • Reply Kezzie October 18, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    How weird would that be if you were ACTUALLY cousins!!! You have similar hair colour (unless either of you dyes it…)
    I saw you over in Patti's link up and thought, “Oooh, nice jumpsuit. I've not met this Anne Klein. Hmmm, she looks a bit like Sue!”
    And it WAS YOU! Duh, not realising that Anne Klein was the designer!!! Looks really nice on you, even if it took ages, it was worth the wait! Nice nautical styling too!x

  • Reply Lisa M October 18, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Fabulous jumpsuit, Sue! I saw a black one a couple of days ago and debated trying it on…now am having such remorse I didn't grab it. 🙂

  • Reply Jaymie Ashcraft October 18, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    So cute!!!!! 🙂

  • Reply Patti October 18, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Great jumpsuit, Sue – with your usual beautiful craftsmanship. Imagine you and Curtise being long-lost cousins – two of my favorite people. xo


  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks Suzanne!

    Note to self: do not wear this jumpsuit with a straw boater, LOL.

    What a great coincidence that we posted jumpsuit posts on the same day.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks Connie. I too often wonder, who is this mysterious 'normal' bodied persona that patterns are based on. Everybody seems to need to do at least some adjustments.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Isn't it fun to consider…

    Thanks for the compliment on my jumpsuit! You wear them so very well!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    That's about all I'm doing too. The weather is becoming cooler every day. I was a little chilly not wearing my jacket for these photos.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Oooh…many benefits to wearing a onesie in yoga class. No bits hanging out between the top and the bottom piece, LOL. And walking in heels in sand is ridiculously…well just ridiculous really.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks so much Gillian. Oh how I wish I had photos of more outfits. Take note young friend…document your sewing! {Well…I guess our blogs are doing that for us.}

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks Hana! Hope you enjoyed seeing Curtises' jumpsuits of the ages.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks Heather! I'm really liking the stripes and solid too.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks Flo. Totally true…vintage patterns don't have to give you a vintage look.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks Elizabeth. I've got a few more ideas of vintage remakes. Now, to see if I actually do them.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I got married about three years after my catch, LOL.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks Greetje! Good point about the fabric content. The poly is on the bottom, and so far it's been really quite comfortable. And the not wrinkling aspect is a bonus for sure. I'm wearing this to a concert soon and all the sitting will be a test. {Not to mention the public washroom.}

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks! Your point about looking like separates is one of the design features that I really love too!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Why hello LInda….lovely to meet another BC sewer.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Thank you so much. I couldn't resist beach photos for just that reason.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks Merche! The comfort factor is huge I agree!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    LOL, yes I wonder how far back in history we have to go to find that out. And I'm always two steps behind with who fashion designers are too.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks Lisa. So nice to see you! You know what…the black one just wasn't meant for you…but I hope you find one in the near future.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks Jaymie!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks Patti, and thanks for hosting your fab link-up!

  • Reply Trina Grandinetti October 18, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Oh, look at you! You out did yourself with this dare. Fantastic jumpsuit, are you sure you and Suzanne didn't plan this, even matching shoes. I've been so tempted to join in the jumpsuit craze but I gave mine away a few years back and i'm still having a difficult time spending money on one. Now you two have tempted me once again. I agree with Melanie, and I'm super impressed with your ease of walking on rocks in heels.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    PS You're right about the fabric stash…

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 18, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Well now I have to go back and check out the shoes she was wearing. You know what…if the jumpsuit finds you, it'll be meant to be!

    I may just have to show some outtake photos about walking on that dang beach, LOL.

  • Reply pao October 19, 2015 at 6:38 am

    This is great in all sorts of ways. That you made it then…and now. And the 2 piece effect of the fabric placement. It looks both comfortable and flattering on you. You are some sewer, Sue.

  • Reply Curtise October 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Cousin Sue! You made a jumpsuit! Ha, they obviously run in the family! Thanks so much for the mention (I totally believe we are related!) and I am so very impressed with your jumpsuit, it looks just wonderful. All your pieces are beautifully made, and you always style them (and photograph them to perfection. And I love the 1981 pics so much – more please!
    So what's the next challenge? xxx

  • Reply sewmanju October 19, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    What a great outfit. Very chic and flattering. You haven't changed a bit in your photos!

  • Reply Anne October 20, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Lovely then and lovely now.

  • Reply jen storer October 20, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Looking good, gorgeous one! Obviously i haven't popped in for a while but that new hairdo is sensational! I love it! Suits you to bits. Big hugs. J xxoo

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 24, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Thanks Pao. Comfort and flattering…can't ask for anything more.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 24, 2015 at 9:43 am

    So what is the next challenge? Undecided at the moment, but I might be able to dig up another favourite 80's pattern.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 24, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Thanks Manju.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 24, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Thanks Anne!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 24, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Thanks Jen. So nice to see you making the rounds! Yep…the curls are still there but much, much shorter. It was a gradual progression to shorter hair. I like where it's at right now!

  • Reply Rhonda Buss October 28, 2015 at 6:56 am

    This is so adorable!!!

  • Reply Carolyn October 28, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    That's so awesome! You look fantastic in both versions. I thought at first it was pants and top, and I love the nautical stripes. Lovely!

  • Reply Frenie Agbayani November 4, 2015 at 12:41 am

    This is such a lovely dress and totally completes the outfit! Great sewing patterns.

  • Reply dan November 18, 2015 at 5:42 am

    I din't immediately realize it was a jumpsuit, but, yes, it is!! Another one of your projects, perfectly sewed!! I can guess how comfortable it is!!!

  • Reply Irene Thayer November 18, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Amazing post! You have a wonderful blog:)
    What about following each other on Instagram, Bloglovin, Twitter?..

  • Reply ooobop January 6, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    What a fabulous combo of fabrics you chose. Way better than the pattern cover! Looks amazing on you 🙂

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 20, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    That rust and green combo is a bit blech to me too, LOL.

  • Reply Vinit Raj January 20, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    That's so awesome! You look fantastic Alesia Raut

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