Arguing With Myself


On Tuesday morning, I just logged on quickly to check  my emails and the news headlines while I had my breakfast.

Oh Look! Deer and Doe have a new dressmaking pattern out today. I like Deer and Doe.

Come on, you’ve got loads of patterns, you still haven’t done anything with, surely you don’t need any more.

Yes, but look, there’s an introductory offer of 20 % off and delivery is free.  Plus, it’s a jumpsuit.

It’s a what?

You know, an all-in-one thingy – a boiler suit.

Get a grip woman, you haven’t worn one of those since the 80s.

Yes, but that was a bit utilitarian looking, sort of communist chic. This one looks all nice and drapey and it’s in jersey.

Yes, but where will you wear it?

Well, I don’t know but I bet Mlle Tialys the Elder would like this pattern too so she could share it which makes it good value. Then  I could make the shorts version for Mlle Tialys the Younger to wear this Summer.

I thought you’d decided to make a blouse next.

Well, yes, but I’ve discovered I prefer making things that are a bit of a challenge these days and I’ve never made a jumpsuit before.

Perhaps there’s a reason for that,

But I’ve got the perfect jersey fabric in my stash and my overlocker is already threaded up with the right colour thread – it’s a sign.


That’s it,  I’ve pressed the button, I’ve ordered it.

But how will you go for a wee?

Nooooooo! I remember now! Why didn’t you stop me?


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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on April 10, 2019 - 09:37

    Priceless!!! 😀

  2. #2 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 10, 2019 - 10:07

    Ha ha!
    You were a communist?

    • #3 by tialys on April 10, 2019 - 11:23

      Probably looked more like a gas fitter or something.

  3. #5 by thecontentedcrafter on April 10, 2019 - 10:29

    😀 😀 😀 Priceless!!

  4. #6 by wendyfromthewest on April 10, 2019 - 11:08

    Oh so true! I bet you’ll look fab in it!

    • #7 by tialys on April 10, 2019 - 11:23

      If not, at least it will have been a new dressmaking experience.

  5. #8 by claire93 on April 10, 2019 - 11:30

    lol going to be the GBSB all over again lol.
    I have a suggestion for the last question though . . . add stud fasteners, like on baby romper suits rofl . . . now THAT really would be something to see!

    • #9 by tialys on April 10, 2019 - 12:02

      I think I’ve had some sort of garment like that at one time – might have been a leotard or body suit or something – but I vaguely remember trying to do the poppers up again afterwards and let’s just say it would have been easier if I’d been a contortionist.

      • #10 by sew2pro on April 11, 2019 - 22:15

        Yes! The first ever episode of Ab Fab ends with Patsy coming out a taxi with the ‘body’ flaps sticking out of her trousers. So yes, some clothes you have to stay sober for

      • #11 by tialys on April 12, 2019 - 12:47

        For those times when I’m designated driver then….

  6. #12 by katechiconi on April 10, 2019 - 11:43

    There’s always incontinence pants… Or you could add an innovative access flap on the back?
    I have always refused to wear things like that precisely because of the needing to strip half naked to have a pee scenario. It wasn’t quite enough to keep me out of salopettes for my one week a year skiing trip in my youth, but I’d have to ration the coffee and hot chocolate intake to minimise the amount of disrobing needed.

  7. #13 by tialys on April 10, 2019 - 11:57

    One of the things that put me off skiing was needing a pee up at the ski station and the floors in the loos were always sopping wet with what I hope was melted snow and having to drop your many layers to do the necessary whilst trying to hold them up off the floor at the same time. All too much faff for my liking. I actually didn’t think about the mechanics of this pattern when I ordered it, believe it or not, and even now I’m not quite sure what happens. I did get an email, the day after I’d ordered, to say they’d made a mistake with the percentage of stretch requirement in the fabric. Instead of 20-30%, as it states on the pattern, you actually need a 60% stretch which must be because I’ll have to get arms and upper body out of that faux wrap top. What larks we’ll have!

  8. #14 by nottaholiday on April 10, 2019 - 12:29

    ha ha ..can’t relate at all to that internal conversation.

    • #15 by tialys on April 10, 2019 - 13:40

      The worrying thing is, I probably said it all out loud.

  9. #16 by KerryCan on April 10, 2019 - 12:32

    Are jumpsuits “in” again? I can never keep track. I’ve had similar conversations with myself but never about a jumpsuit! I’ll be interested to follow this adventure. . . .

    • #17 by tialys on April 10, 2019 - 13:39

      I think they are, yes. Also, chinos – I think I threw all mine out.

  10. #18 by mlmcspadden on April 10, 2019 - 13:00

    I remember the days when I wore jumpsuits when many years younger……I really don’t want to go back down those paths. But I’ll be looking forward to seeing the one you make for yourself and the youngers!

    • #19 by tialys on April 10, 2019 - 13:38

      I’ve only gone for it because it’s more ‘flowy’ and I’ve never made one before. If it ends up looking good on me it’ll be a bonus.

  11. #20 by Lynda on April 10, 2019 - 13:26

    “But how will you go for a wee?”

    That was exactly what I was thinking the whole read through…

  12. #22 by CurlsnSkirls on April 10, 2019 - 13:42

    🤣 Oh, dear. 🥴 Lovely way to start my day. Thank you! 🤣

  13. #24 by Laurie Graves on April 10, 2019 - 15:05

    That last question was the first thing I thought of when I saw the pattern. 😉

    • #25 by tialys on April 10, 2019 - 17:19

      ….. and the last thing I thought of 🙄

      • #26 by Laurie Graves on April 11, 2019 - 15:39

        Being of—ahem—a certain age, I often think of such things.

  14. #27 by magpiesue on April 10, 2019 - 17:58


  15. #28 by nanacathy2 on April 11, 2019 - 15:47

    Well I had a jump suit and I loved it, peeing problems paled into insignificance. Super practical with children and having to rescue them from climbing frames etc. And I had dungarees which Mr E insisted on referring to as my romper suit. You go for it, they will be fab, naysay the naysayers.

    • #29 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:57

      I have worn one in the past but it had buttons down the front so possibly easier to get out of than this one will be. Mlle Tialys the Elder has just made a really nice ‘dungaree dress’ for herself but I’ve never been a fan of dungarees as the ‘bib’ part doesn’t do very much for my generous lady frontage. I’ll leave the ‘romper suits’ to her.

  16. #30 by sew2pro on April 11, 2019 - 22:16

    Hilarious! I’m glad I read to the end as I was about to race over to the Deer and Doe site! You’ll look great in this though.

    • #31 by tialys on April 12, 2019 - 12:50

      Just about to sew up the side seams. I did pin it together – couldn’t face yet more basting – and tried it on to see whether I would actually be able to get in and out of it but I just got pierced in numerous places so it wasn’t a valid experiment. I think it will fit O.K. but just hope my overlocker stitches and the fabric will be up to the struggle to get in and out of it.

  17. #32 by kathyreeves on April 12, 2019 - 04:13


  18. #33 by tinaor on April 12, 2019 - 12:17

    That was so funny! I remember in the 80’s my sister had a jumpsuit and the one question we all asked was ‘how do you go for a wee?’ – the answer was to plan ahead and not let yourself get too desperate and need it in a hurry! I hope you enjoy your jumpsuit/boilersuit making – very trendy at the mo! (And we’ve all bought new projects at haste even when we have loads of others already in the pipeline – you are in the same club!)

    • #34 by tialys on April 12, 2019 - 12:51

      Good thinking on your sister’s part. I think it would have to be evening wear as my rate of loo visits is disproportionately high in the daytime, probably due to the huge mug of tea I have for breakfast.

  19. #35 by Nanette on April 12, 2019 - 16:25

    Seems we were all worried about your need to pee! I’ve noticed quite a few women lately wearing lovely flowing jumpsuits, except they’ve been three quarter length, not good on the height challenged. Look forward to seeing it finished.

    • #36 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:44

      I’ve suddenly started seeing them everywhere now – even here which is definitely not at the forefront of fashion – my daughter says they are all over the place in the U.K. too but she didn’t mention them being 3/4 length. Maybe that’s an Australian thing.

  20. #37 by Beads and Barnacles on April 12, 2019 - 20:52

    I have bought this pattern too. And realised it is very similar to a so over it pattern that I own too.
    I’m planning on sewing it for a friend’s wedding in the summer.
    I think Nikki is planning on sewing it up too. Looking forward to seeing your version

    • #38 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:37

      Is it that similar? If it’s the one I’m thinking of the neckline is completely different isn’t it. Speaking of which, mine is nearly finished and seems to fit well, once I’ve struggled into it, but the faux wrap top doesn’t wrap my ‘frontage’ securely enough so I might have to put a popper on the crossover somewhere or wear a camisole underneath. Make sure you get a REALLY stretchy fabric – I would say 60% is the absolute minimum – otherwise you’ll never get in or out of it. Luckily, I received Deer & Doe’s email to say they’d made a mistake by stating 20 – 30% on the pattern before I’d cut anything out.

      • #39 by Beads and Barnacles on April 24, 2019 - 19:18 I mean they are not a million miles awy from oneanother. But it is widelegged and made for wovens.
        Noted, 60% stretch it is then… I do want to try and sew this but who knows if I will have time…

      • #40 by tialys on April 24, 2019 - 21:40

        Ah! I see now, it’s the one in the capsule wardrobe – that is similar in shape. I was looking at the Poppy Playsuit which is very different. Get yourself sorted quick if you want to make it, otherwise you’ll be back out on the waves again and too busy. I promise you it’s a very quick make – especially if you have an overlocker.

  21. #41 by craftycreeky on April 12, 2019 - 21:51

    So funny! It’s the memories of trying to pee in a jumpsuit when they were last in fashion that’s put me off jumping on this bandwagon 🙂

    • #42 by tialys on April 14, 2019 - 10:31

      I hadn’t realised, until after I bought the pattern, how ‘on trend’ they had become again. I’m now spotting them everywhere, even in this rural backwater.

  22. #43 by DawnGillDesigns on April 15, 2019 - 10:50

    That’s hilarious. I spend FAR too much time thinking about practicalities like that – plus things like, will I be able to run from a mugger in those shoes, will that top poke out weirdly beneath my coat and will that pattern draw too much attention to my boobs. You’ll have to tell us just how comfy it is – and if you ended up installing a UnionSuit style access flap!!

    • #44 by tialys on April 15, 2019 - 13:47

      They are almost done – no flap was inserted! – just need to hem sleeves and legs, put a popper on the crossover (or resign myself to wearing a camisole), put some slap on and get somebody to take photos.

      • #45 by DawnGillDesigns on April 15, 2019 - 13:48

        awesome. So impressed
        ps. no action bathroom shots, please 😂

      • #46 by tialys on April 15, 2019 - 13:59


      • #47 by DawnGillDesigns on April 15, 2019 - 14:02


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