Megan Nielsen Durban Jumpsuit Hack: DIY Collarless Tiered Skirt Baby Cord Dress

Megan Nielsen Durban jumpsuit bodice with tiered skirt and widened sleeves

Hello All,

A little while back I shared my Durban jumpsuit. Well, today I am sharing a dress I made using the bodice from the Durban jumpsuit. It’s made from a very soft, fine cotton baby cord that I found on eBay. Using anything too bulky and the gathering probably wouldn’t work.

Megan Nielsen Durban jumpsuit bodice with tiered skirt and widened sleeves
Megan Nielsen Durban jumpsuit bodice with tiered skirt and widened sleeves

There’s not a whole heap to say about this dress. It’s warm and comfortable and easy to wear. Paired with tights and boots it’s great for work or being out and about (I also have a jersey slip on under this). So far the sleeves haven’t caused me any issues, but I have to remember that for winter wear large sleeves are not always compatible with coats. jackets and cardigans etc

Megan Nielsen Durban jumpsuit bodice with tiered skirt and widened sleeves
Megan Nielsen Durban jumpsuit bodice with tiered skirt and widened sleeves

Pattern Alterations/ Fitting Notes

For full details of pattern alterations check my first version out (link above). For this version:

  • I added 0.5 inches to the length of the bodice, front and back
  • I added a tiered skirt
  • I lengthened the sleeves by 5 inches and widened the openings by the same, and inserted elastic in the openings to gather them
  • Added narrow ties sewn in at the side seams

Simple changes that create a completely different look!

See you soon.

Megan Nielsen Durban jumpsuit bodice with tiered skirt and widened sleeves

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

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