Pool Cover-up Jumpsuit

I thought I would post a tutorial about how you can use Garment Designer for a sewing pattern as I posted recently about using it for knitting.
A client brought a strapless jumpsuit to me for alteration. It had shirring at the top and at the waistline. When I mentioned it on the Designer School Yahoo List, someone asked how such a garment could be made using Garment Designer, so I put together this tutorial. I hope it will be useful, or at least interesting for you.

Start by selecting the following: Category: Top Plus Bottom, Top Group: Basic, Top Style: Semi-Fitted, Sleeve Group: Sleeveless, Armhole: Standard, Darts: None, Shoulder and neckline are not important as they will be cut off. Subcategory; Pants, Pants Group: Women’s Template, Pants Style: Straight Low Crotch, Waist Treatment: No Treatment, Darts: None

Because there will be shirring at the waistline, I moved the point where the side seam meets the waist on the pants over to the side seam. This will show the point where the shirring will be added.


To add ease I grabbed all the points making up the side seam and moved them over (you could switch dimensions on to see how much ease you are adding, or use the gridlines.)

I also added some ease by moving the crotch point down, and the inseam over

Because we are making a strapless top, the armhole depth needs to be reduced to match up with the depth on the sloper. I selected the two points forming the underarm part of the armhole and moved them upwards.

Next I added extra length to the body to allow for some blousing. I did this by selecting the whole of both the front and back tops and moving them upwards. I used the Shift key when clicking the 2nd piece to make sure I had them both selected.


To draw the line for the top of the garment, I needed to see how long the side seam is, so I turned on Dimensions. I selected the hemline of the top and used the Additions menu to add a facing, setting the width to the same as the side seam length.


I then added a 2nd facing this width plus the amount I wanted to turn down as a hem at the top, and also a global seam allowance.


The final step is to turn off the dimensions and sloper and display the final pattern.


When printing this, ignore the portion above the ‘facing’ lines. Apply shirring above the pant waistline and at the top edge after sewing the garment together using your favorite pant construction sequence.