04 Jul 2023 • • by Heather Lou

A Full Video Sewalong for the Jo Dress + Jumpsuit!

Jo Dress and Jumpsuit | Closet Core Crew

Hello! We are here with a Closet Core Patterns first, a full sewalong on Youtube for our latest pattern release. The Jo Jumpsuit and Dress, features a new seam finish for us and so we thought it would benefit from a more step-by-step approach. Heather will walk you through the entire process of sewing both the dress and the jumpsuit and will discuss everything from supplies to fit and finishing. The first thing you will need is the pattern, which can be purchased in print (sizes 0-20) or PDF (sizes 0-32) here.

Fabrics Suggested

To create stability and structure for this design, we suggest stable midweight wovens such as linen, cotton broadcloth, sateen, ikat, and chambray. You may also use lightweight denim and twill provided it has some degree of drape. Shop perfect match fabrics for this design here.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Lightweight fusible interfacing, 1/4 yd (0.2 m)
  • Waistband elastic, 1 yd (0.9 m) x 1" (25 mm) wide
  • Conventional metal or plastic zipper to match fabric, 22" (56 cm) long (smaller sizes may need to shorten the zipper)
  • Double fold bias tape, 1/2" (13 mm) wide: View A: 7 yds (6.5 m) View B: 5 yds (4.5 m)
  • If you are making your own bias tape: add an additional 1/2 yd (0.5 m) fabric for 58" (1.5 m) wide fabric, or 3/4 yd (0.7 m) fabric for 45" (1.15 m) wide fabric, in addition to a 1" (25 mm) bias tape maker
  • Hook and eye closure for back neckline
  • Thread in matching colour



00:00 Introduction

07:13 Structure of Sewalong

08:31 Choosing Fabrics for Jo

12:15 Supplies For Jo

Sewing the Bodice


00:00 Introduction

00:48 Preparing the bodice

04:08 Preparing slot seam inserts

05:26 Sew bust darts

11:20 Attach sleeve inserts

14:09 Attaching bias tape to back seam

43:36 Attaching bias without an edgestitch foot

52:20 Finishing bias tape

53:20 Sewing bar tacks

Sewing the Pants


00:00 Introduction

00:32 Assembling the pockets

13:30 Assemble pants

31:30 Hem the pants

Sewing the Skirt


00:00 Introduction

00:36 Assemble pockets

13:28 Assemble skirt

17:02 Enclosing the skirt slot seams

35:36 Sewing side seams

Sewing the Waistband + Zipper


00:00 Introduction

00:37 Assemble waistband

04:08 Preparing slot seam inserts

15:08 Sew elastic channel

33:52 Installing the zipper

1:02:48 Sew zipper pull

1:08:13 Conclusion

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