…is jumpsuits. Really. I believe that jumpsuits are the future. Make them well and let them lead the way. Or something.
Last year on NYE I was getting ready to go to a party and split my dress. It was a beautiful pale blue 60s lace cocktail dress that my husband got me for Christmas. It split right up the back seam when I tried to zip it up. I have a lot of stuff in my closet but that night ALL of my nice cocktail party clothes were suddenly and unexpectedly too small. All that holiday eating had completely kicked (and increased) my fat ass.
It was horrible and sad and it made me really angry. Sooo… I did what any other spunky, and occasionally crazed, girl who was suddenly too fat for her all clothes would do. I put on my giant fluffy bunny suit and went out anyway. It made me feel a lot better.
This past New Years Eve, I wore my bunny suit again. It occurred to me, as I was swaying drunkenly on my barstool just after midnight, that perhaps bunny suits are the answer to all life’s clothing dilemmas. One zip and you're in. Fat or thin it hides all figure flaws.
But you can’t wear a bunny suit every day. It's too hot and fluffy. No. There has to be another way. Then it occured to me: What is a bunny suit if not a jumpsuit made cuddly? Jumpsuits are the answer.
Way back in 1959, designer and writer Anne Fogarty was extolling the wonders of the jumpsuit as casual wear in her book "Wife Dressing". In the early 60s designer Pauline Trigere introduced jumpsuits as a wardrobe staple. Therefore, the jumpsuit fits nicely into my late-50s early-60s fashion obsession. Besides, if you’ve ever watched the Cathy Gale/Emma Peel years of the Avengers, you know how awesome a jumpsuit can be. I am inspired.
Of course, I don’t have a 16 inch waist like Mrs. Fogarty. I’m not even 1% as hot as Honor Blackman or Diana Rigg and, I think, I’m probably 10 (20?) years older than any of them were in their jumpsuit days. Nonetheless. I am in love with the jumpsuit.
Besides, if Sew Ducky can make and wear skants without shame, the field of extraordinary clothing choices is now wide open. (I love the skants, by the way, Miss Ducky. Really, truly.)
Here are three patterns I picked up recently. They will be made. And worn.