My modus operandi in preparation for events like Sol Blume, or major events in general, is to make a garment to wear to said event, at the last minute. And that is just what happened when I made this jumpsuit.
The Pattern and Construction
I used a vintage pattern I picked up from a garage sale in high school as my guide. I needed something that allowed for quick assembly and Simplicity 7916 was the perfect pattern for my last minute sewing needs. With six pieces pre-cut from the previous owner of the pattern (hallelu!), I was in business. As I rushed to make the jumpsuit, I cut a sleeve out of a scrap piece of fabric (ooof). So I got creative. Thus, the shorter than I anticipated, 3/4 sleeves.
The instructions were incredibly straightforward and called for french seams and a drawstring waistband. But I ignored those details in the interest of time. I later added an elastic waistband to create more shape and form for the jumpsuit.
Jumpsuit Inspiration – “Pineapple Skies”
Now, I picked this fabric because 1) its beautiful and 2) it reflected a theme I observed from the main acts at Sol Blume. Artists like Jessie Reyez and Miguel described the way in which they transformed their experiences into art. They gathered up emotions into poignant pieces that moved the masses. Out of the pain of a break up, or the challenges with simply growing into ones best self, the artists reminded me of how much music can transmute sorrow into strength. Jessie’s songwriting allowed her to push through heartbreaking experiences and shine a light on the dark side of the music industry. Miguel created an album that served as a musical reprieve and moment of reflection during post-election madness. Both used their art to grapple with issues in their lives.
I was particularly drawn to Miguel’s “Pineapple Skies,” as it served as a personal reminder to stay positive in the face of negativity. Yellow, red, green, and blue hues pop, creating a vibrant tapestry against the dark background.
“Would you look up, baby?
It’s pineapple purple skies
Promise everything gon’ be alright“
Both represent the glimmer of hope through tough times. In his own way, Miguel acknowledges the tumultuous times we live in and asks us to get lifted for a moment. In the midst of it all, to look up and be assured that things will be alright.