The Sirocco Jumpsuit by Deer and Doe is the perfect sewing pattern to add a classic jumpsuit to your handmade wardrobe. Read more for a full sewing pattern review!
I. Love. Jumpsuits. To me, they are the best way to look cute with minimal effort. They are the perfect grab-and-go piece since you don’t have to put much thought into coordinating an outfit! I have made one jumpsuit before, but unfortunately I got rid of it because I was a novice sewist at the time and I did not do a great job with testing the fit.
When sifting through my summer wardrobe, I realized that I didn’t have the jumpsuit’s shorts counterpart – the romper. I love rompers especially during hot and windy summer days when you don’t want to worry about your dress or skirt blowing up! I can confirm that it has happened to me before – it’s not a fun experience. With that said, I knew I needed to make one to wear this summer! Except I made this plan in February/March pre-COVID…but at least I will have one to wear next summer, right?
The Deer and Doe Sirocco Jumpsuit
When I first came across the Deer and Doe Sirocco Jumpsuit, I immediately saved it to my “want to sew” list. I love how classic and simple it is. In my opinion, it’s the perfect jumpsuit to make for various occasions – work, weddings, running errands, etc. If you check out the Sirocco Jumpsuit hashtag on Instagram, there is a variety of makes ranging from casual to formal. One of my favorites is Cristy’s (@loveyousew_ on IG) jumpsuit, which is made in a gorgeous emerald green scuba knit fabric!
Sewing My Sirocco Romper
Guys, I absolutey ADORE my Sirocco Jumpsuit (Romper)! It was so fun to sew and it turned out amazing. I made it in a gorgeous fabric I purchased from fellow sewist Carolann (@carolannutley on Instagram). She made a beautiful gown with this fabric and I commented on how much I loved it. She had some leftover yardage, so I purchased 2 yards from her. Gotta love the sewing community!
Sizing, Adjustments, and Customization
In choosing my size, I was in between sizes 38-40 (my measurements are 34-29-38). I ended up choosing Size 40 because it is easier to take a garment in than add to it!
In the end I did have to take my Sirocco Jumpsuit in A LOT, but I was able to perfect the fit, so it worked out. With the adjustments I made, I could have gotten away with choosing a size 36 or 38, but I preferred to stay safe. I took the sides in by approximately 2 inches (1 inch on each side). I also took the back in by roughly 1.5-2 inches. Lastly, I brought the crotch up by 1 inch and did a slight flat seat adjustment. The seat and crotch were super baggy at first and those adjustments made a huge difference. If you want to follow my adjustments process, you can find it in my ‘Sewing Sirocco” Instagram highlights!
As far as length goes, thankfully I did not have to adjust the length, making this sewing pattern pretty petite friendly! Standing at 5’0″, when I find a pattern with the perfect length it will always receive high praise from me!
I decided to install an invisible zipper to the back because sometimes I have a hard time shimmy-ing in and out of jumpsuits/rompers. In order to do this, I made adjustments to the neckband, waistband, and back bodice pattern pieces by adding a 3/8″ seam allowance for the zipper.
As you see below, the zipper made a great addition. I chose to hand sew my zipper rather than machine sew. To be honest, zippers and I don’t get along very well when it comes to sewing them on my machine. Hand sewing zippers is much easier for me and I don’t mind the additional time it takes to install it by hand! It’s quite relaxing for me!
Finishing the Sirocco Jumpsuit
In finishing my Sirocco Jumpsuit, I ultimately decided to finish the hems by hand sewing a blind hem. In the above photo, I started to hem the sleeves using a twin needle. I ended up wanting a more seamless finish, so I ripped the stitches out and finished it off by hand!
My Final Impressions
In my opinion, this pattern is the perfect project for an intermediate sewer. The instructions are very clear and outlined. Despite all the adjustments I had to make then realizing I could have had a perfect fit choosing a smaller size (that’s 100% on me for sizing up), this fits amazingly. One of the things I really appreciate about this pattern is that the neckband is sewn with elastic. I hate when the front of wrap/faux wrap dresses gape open, so the design of this garment keeps it close to my chest.
As far as wearing my Sirocco Jumpsuit out into the world, I probably won’t be doing that this summer as I mentioned previously due to COVID. I might choose to be fancy and wear it out just for the hell of it, but hopefully our world recovers from COVID come next summer so that I can wear it more often! In the meantime, I will enjoy this pretty garment by hanging it at the front of my closet for my daily viewing.
I highly recommend this sewing pattern. It is beautifully designed and an easy to follow! I hope you enjoyed my sewing pattern review of the Deer and Doe Sirocco Jumpsuit, and I can’t wait to see yours!