Monday, May 27, 2019

Paper Theory Zadie Jumpsuit

Hey there!  After seeing so many fab Zadie jumpsuits on instagram for months now, I finally succumbed, and I'm so excited to have made a new kind of garment that isn't a top or a pair of underwear AND something that's a little out of my comfort zone.

I'm usually somewhat leery of jumpsuits, partly because I'm very practical by nature and don't want spend so much time undressing every time I go to the ladies room, but also because I tend to try to hide/camouflage my waist/tummy area. I haven't worn anything cinched at the waist for a really long time. Despite my own body hangups, I think this is one of those magical patterns that looks great on absolutely everyone. It's super comfortable, and the long line makes me feel very put together yet casual.

I've upped my selfie game from toilet selfies to streaked/blemished bedroom mirror selfies. Enjoy. ;)

Okay, how about some sewing deets:

  •  To begin with, this is a really fun sew. All you need is fabric and thread--no buttons, zippers, or interfacing. It comes together quite quickly and was designed to require minimal fitting. 
  • The BEST piece of advice I've read so far is to remember to put the ties in your pockets when going to the bathroom. Awesome. 
  • Fabric is a navy linen twill that I have absolutely no memory of buying. It's a bottom weight, though, so I suspect I bought it at Fabric Outlet to practice pants making, so I don't think it was very expensive. I tend to remember the pricey fabric.  I had three yards and used all of it for the pattern, piecing together bias strips to make the bias binding. I'm one of those weirdos who enjoy making bias tape, but this fabric was a bit too thick for the job--especially at the joins.
  • Speaking of the bias tape finish, that's the number one complaint about the pattern. A lot of people made facings instead, which I might try if I make it again. It's important to note that drafting a facing also means adding a 3/8" seam allowance to the main pattern pieces. 
  • I actually made a muslin for this! The front was super low cut and gaped a bit, so  I removed 1/2" from the bodice and sewed the shoulder at 1/2" instead of 3/8". It's still too low to wear without a tank or camisole underneath. I may add a snap at some point. 
  • For my purposes, Sewmanju had the most helpful review. I just love her blog. She knows exactly what she likes, and her reviews are so thorough. Since she's 5'3" (I'm 5'2") and curvy, I made a lot of the same modifications she did:
    • Shortened rise above crotch on both front and back by 2"
    • Shortened legs by 3" and hemmed 1.5" (pattern was drafted for 5'7")
  • I lengthened the ties by approximately 4 inches. 
  • Size 20
So that's my new jumpsuit. So glad I took a chance and tried something new. Thanks so much for reading and have a great week. 


  1. Looks great and well done on trying something different!

  2. Beautiful job!! I hope you wear it often and I love the description of "put together but casual." That's what I aim for all the time!!

    1. Thanks, Tina! I want to wear it all.the.time. :)