Butterick 6130, Is This My Ultimate Jumpsuit Pattern?

Butterick 6130

The Pattern

Butterick 6130, is this my ultimate jumpsuit pattern?

I purchased this pattern not long after it was first issued in 2014, the jumpsuit having caught my eye immediately. The fact that it is still in production some nine years later, is a testament to its popularity. However, for some reason I kept passing over the project until now

The pattern consists of a dress in two lengths, with a bias cut skirt and collar. The second option is a jumpsuit, with wide (almost palazzo) style lose fitting trousers. The trousers give drama as well as comfort when worn.  It can be made sleeveless or with cap sleeves. 

The bodice is lined, fitted at the waist, and gathered at the bust, with a flattering bias cut collar. 

It is a simple pattern, with few pattern pieces, that goes together easily. It certainly has an influence and feel of the 30s, that I love! 

The Fabric

I bought a super heavy stretch jersey from my local market, so unfortunately can’t tell you the make of the fabric. It drapes beautifully, due to the weight though, it’s hard to press for a crisp finish. 

It does however feel incredibly luxurious to wear, so I forgive it’s challenges when it comes to sewing! 

Making The Jumpsuit

I normally cut a size 14 pattern, but in this case cut a size 12 to compensate for the stretch jersey fabric. I even think I could have gotten away with a size 10 for a better fit, because there’s still plenty of room.

I serged all pattern pieces before sewing, to stabilise the fabric. If I had been brave enough, I think that I could have constructed this jumpsuit solely using the serger. Finally fitting the bodice lining. 

The bodice is lined, I chose to use an off cut of a lightweight satin viscose. However, I did find that I needed to cut a size 14 for the lining, to compensate for the lack of stretch in the fabric.

The instructions are straightforward and the jumpsuit came together easily. 

Tips & Alterations

On this occasion, it was my first make with this pattern, and therefore I did not make any changes. Thankfully I found the pattern to be a good fit for my frame.

I did however, cut a smaller size than usually necessary to offset the stretch jersey fabric that I used. 

If you choose to make this jumpsuit in a stretch jersey and not line the bodice, then I think you might be able to omit the zip and just pull the jumpsuit on. I personally would feel the need to self line the bodice for a better finish. 


This is a very feminine and flattering jumpsuit. 

It could be made to feel casual with the right fabric. Personally, I feel this is the perfect cocktail evening jumpsuit pattern, and would look amazing in a satin or even stretch sequin fabric. 

I will definitely make this jumpsuit again, and I am already looking for a heavy weight crepe satin for my next project. 

I love the outcome, and I strongly recommend this pattern to everyone. It is definitely suitable project for someone with moderate sewing experience. 

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