Originally published on the CSC.
Do you have a sewing bucket list? I’m slowly making my way through mine. Basically, it’s a list of things that I want to sew at some point in my life. When I first started sewing years ago, things like sewing my own bra, swimsuit, pants, coat were on the list. I’ve made it through a lot of that list, but I still have a lot on my bucket list. Sewing a onesie may seem like a strange thing to put on a sewing bucket list, but it was for sure on mine. For anyone who knows me, they know I love some really strange things fashion wise. I really wanted to make a onesie. They look comfortable, fun to wear, and great for lounging around the house. Plus, a good pattern might be useful for some cosplay opportunities and you know I love cosplay!
Do it Yourself Better Club reached out to the CSC a few months ago asking if we’d review some of their patterns in exchange for a free pattern. A few of us leaped at the opportunity. When I saw the Gabriela Onesie, I asked to review it. The pattern goes up to a size 36, which translates to 63″ full bust, 59.75″ waist, and 67″ full hip. It’s a pretty generous size range. A few years ago it was tough to find a onesie that even went up to a 45″ hip let alone a 67″ hip. It’s great to see a company have such a great size range. Of course, there can always be more done in that area, but I was pleased to not be at the top of the size range and to see that some of their testers looked like me! Visibility is meaningful.
I chose a size 22 graded to a size 26 at the hip. I also shortened the top at the waist and hip lines by a total of 4 inches. The total height of the pattern is 5’5″. I am 5’3″ but I have a shorter torso so I measured myself in a few spots and decided to reduce the torso by 4 inches. I made no other changes to the pattern.
The fit is actually pretty good in the front. I can even put my arms over my head without creating a camel toe which is a huge success I think for a onesie. The back does require a slight full butt adjustment, but no change in the overall length of the torso since there is no issue at the sides just that slight wedgie it’s giving me. Haha. Since I chose the capri length, I am not sure whether I will need to shorten the full length version; although given that the capri length is just above my ankles, I likely do need to adjust the full length version. DIBY Club does give the inseam length of 30.5 inches and since my inseam is 26 inches, I would be able to guess that I need an adjustment for the inseam as well. Just goes to prove that although I am only 2 inches shorter than the height the pattern drafts for, our bodies are complex and often require additional measurements to get the right fit.
I’m thoroughly impressed with the information DIBY Club gives its customers as well as the extensive instructions they provide. On one level, as an intermediate sewist, I find the sheer number of pages to print a bit ridiculous, but on another level, depending on your skills, the instructions are very useful, especially in terms of fitting the pattern to your body. I think for most beginners that skill is so difficult to learn and DIBY Club helps you with that. I followed their instructions for blending between sizes and shortening the torso length as well. It was very useful.
Construction-wise there is nothing to complain about. Every notch matched up well and I didn’t have any trouble following their instructions for the zipper or for any part of the onesie. It went together fast.
Now let’s talk logistics with a onesie, because I haven’t worn one as an adult so I had no clue what to expect….except for all the hilarious cartoons on going to the bathroom in a jumpsuit…
I haven’t worn overalls or a jumpsuit either since my early 20s. This onesie gives me an idea of what that would be like since those types of patterns keep on trending. I chose to make the functional bum flap thinking it would be easy to use. I have velcro on it to close it. Let’s just say…reaching around to open up the velcro and close it again is NOT easy. Add on to that, my chronic illness makes my shoulders dislocate easily so I abandoned using that pretty darn quickly. The alternative is using the zipper in front and effectively becoming naked every time I am wearing the onesie. The nice thing is that I am just at home and we don’t have little kids opening the bathroom door anymore to ask for things (although, my stepkids never really did that thankfully!). Phew. Logistically, onesies are a little bit awkward… That being said, they are so comfortable. It’s wonderful to not have waistbands.
Future versions won’t include the functional bum flap since I couldn’t even use it.
Let’s talk fabric. This onesie called for French Terry, jersey, 4-way sweatshirt fleece or sweater knit. Knits with at least 50% stretch horizontally and 20% vertically. I got some really awesome Disney princess cotton lycra from Funky Monkey Fabrics and used some solid pink bamboo knit that I got locally for the contrasts on the cuffs, pockets, and bum flap. Cotton lycra tends to be pretty expensive here in Canada especially if you are going for licensed prints. These are definitely the most expensive pjs I’ve ever made. The awesome thing is that they are probably going to become my most worn pjs ever and hopefully will last a bit. I have some of the jersey left and plan on making some pj shorts with it and a tank top in the pink bamboo knit for a matching top.
All in all, I am confident that I will be making this pattern again for pjs. I’m not sure about going forward to adapt it for cosplay purposes due to the awkward bathroom situations…. But I’ll never say never! I mean I think most people who cosplay in onesies wear an undershirt and some kind of shorts under…
- Pattern: DIBY Gabriela Onesie
- Pros: Great size range. Incredibly easy to follow instructions. Comfortable to the max!
- Cons: Butt flap not so functional for me but that is my weird bendy/fall apartness. So many pages to print. Maybe save some trees and use a digital copy of the instructions…
- Make again?: I already have some wicked unicorn cotton lycra that my mom bought me for another version. ❤ ❤
- Rating: 5/5 stars
7 thoughts on “DIBY Club Gabriela Onesie”
I love my “Gabby”, so much I have given her a nickname. Prior to making my first one, short sleeve, cabri length, hoody, I thought about the bathroom issue. I figured the Velcro or snaps would be awkward also. What I did, because I hate waistband also, I decided to make the seat part like a backwards apron, with loose ties to tie to a matching tie that I sewed into the side seam. I put some elastic on the top of the rear piece to pull that closed and then tied my sides. That maybe hard for your shoulders, and I had already decided to try this on my next one. I found those really cool snaps on Amazon, nice and brightly colored plastic. I am going to take and sew elastic to a piece of fabric, and sew the elastic into the side seam, and the sew a length of ties to the upper edge of my rear piece. I am then taking those bright snaps and snapping the tie piece to my side piece. The elastic on the piece sewn into the side seams will give it some give, because I do not want anything tight. I used the maximum size along with a full abdomen adjustment. I also did a triangle crotch piece, with that idea stolen from my leggings pattern. I have no camel toe, and no wedgies when I use a crotch piece in any pair of pants, jeans, dress, you name it. I was so excited to find this pattern company that I bought 3 patterns on my first purchase. Next is the blouse, then the jeans. I love their instructions, the website with more tutorials, and the fact they use a model that looks like me! I no longer have to wonder what something will look like on a triangle shape with a full abdomen and flat rear. Love my DIBY!
All great ideas! Thanks, Melody! I’m definitely going to try another DIBY pattern. I might go for the blouse next.
It looks great. 🙂 Very fun and comfortable.
Though it is also strengthening my resolve to ride out the one-piece-clothing trend without giving in. lol The bathroom awkwardness is just not for me.
Thanks, Andrea. I think I will also stick to separates unless it’s pjs. lol.