A Unicorn Onesie for Recovery

I have loved my DIBY Gabriela Onesie since I made it. Every time I wear it, it increases my cozy factor by ten. That being said, I chose to make it with shorter legs and arms. While that’s great for some times, when it is cold in the house, I need a bit more fabric to keep my cozy levels high.

This onesie is perfect for colder nights or for maximum coziness. And it’s covered in unicorns!! I used the same pink bamboo fabric from my other onesie for the pockets, sleeve and leg bands, and the band for snaps. Instead of a zipper for this version, I made this version with snaps. The zipper was okay, but snaps are perfect. I do think I could improve on the location of the snaps so the band looks more centered. But I made the band with snaps as a last minute decision.

I’m really happy with these pjs.

Cozy things like this will make my recovery from surgery a bit better. I go in for sinus surgery tomorrow. I’ve been on the list for a few months and finally got the date earlier this year. It felt a bit unreal. Now I am just nervous. I’m sure it will be okay, but of course with any surgery I would be nervous.

I am really excited about the results post-surgery. I have a deviated septum and have never been able to breathe well at night. I’ve also had chronic sinusitis for well…. my entire life along with upper respiratory infections, allergies, asthma, snoring, etc. I don’t expect these all to be magically cured, but having a better chance to breathe well is huge, especially at night.

I might not be as responsive due to recovering. Hopefully it will all go well and I will recover quickly. But at least I will be wearing super cozy pjs!

Now to get super real here. Not only do I have the surgery coming up but I no longer have a job. The better part of the year, I had been worrying over this reality. I feel somewhat relieved that I don’t need to worry over it happening anymore and it’s just done. I am also glad it happened before my surgery so I don’t have to worry while I recover. Depression hit me hard this year with all the stress. I still have the tools I learned from cognitive behaviour therapy so I am safe, but it has been tough and one of the things I tend to do is avoid the topic. I’ve avoided talking about it pretty much everywhere which to be completely honest is an old habit of mine… Shove it all away and pretend it doesn’t exist. All in an effort to appear strong. But it’s not a good practice of mine and I am trying to get out of that. Depression is definitely nothing to be ashamed about and many people experience it. I’ve struggled with depression since I was about 12. I have also been suicidal and self-harmed, but I am not in that place any more thankfully.

I’m looking forward now with hope; recognizing that it will always be a struggle that I have to deal with and work through. Depression isn’t something that you recover from and suddenly are so cured and happy; it’s something that you have to manage, like a chronic illness.

It’s no surprise, as well, that chronic illness and depression often go together. I know several of my spoonie friends that struggle with depression along with their chronic illness like I do. Part of depression is a result of the isolating experiences of being disabled and chronically ill.

I’m sending a ton of love to anyone struggling with depression like I am. ❤

 

DIBY Club Gabriela Onesie

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…

TL:DR Review

  • 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: pink-star-black-md pink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-md5/5 stars