This Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory was such a joy! I really really loved the fabric as you will see and I made this pattern in an afternoon. It is very easy and I didn’t run into any real trouble! I am going to focus a lot on how the make went and the accessories I used to bring it to life!

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I will briefly discuss:

-Fabric choice

-Pattern layout

-Modifications to pattern pieces

-Pattern construction

-Pattern fit

-Styling your garment

Fabric choice:

I have been hoarding and hoarding and hoarding this Kokka Koto Thouin Cotton/Linen sheeting from Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics (unavailable now) for what seems like the longest time! I will attach a direct link to the fabric on the makers website, however, I don’t believe you can buy it from there.

The first time Stone Mountain posted the fabric on their website, it flew off the shelves, and so the next time, I was ready. Anytime I have liked something from that store, I just get it because I know it will never come back and the buyers on that site are crazy! Haha! So I had been searching for the perfect pattern for this fabric. I kept holding up the fabric and a pattern and thinking…nah……until….the Zadie Jumpsuit!!! I just pulled it out and thought to myself, will this look crazy, yes! I knew I would love it. Bye bye solid color, hello pastels artwork! The fabric behaved beautifully and has enough body to give me the boxy look that I was wanting. It also has such dimension and interest. I feel like a painting just walking around! The linen aspect of the fabric is so beautiful and earthy. I think this jumpsuit would look fabulous in a number of different substrates including linen, crisper cotton blends, silk noil, and pretty much the sky is the limit. You can use more drapey fabrics but it will have a different look, which is fine!

Pattern Layout:

I literally had zero problems with the layout. It was very clear and I had enough fabric. I had to squeeze a bit because my fabric was not very wide, but I made it with a tiny bit less fabric!! I think it depends on your size. I cut out a size 8.

Modifications to the pattern pieces:

I didn’t modify anything at all! I think the pattern is made for a C cup and I am barely an A cup, but I just tie the overlap tighter and it looks fabulous! Its very easy to adjust the tie waist to fit your body, which leads me to fit later in the blog!

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Pattern construction:

I had no major issues constructing the pattern and I appreciated the clear instructions when told to serge your seams. I would have like to have been told to finish the edges of the pattern pieces before assembling the seams that were to be pressed open (the bodice side seams)! I don’t like to serge them after they are already assembled!! However, that was the only spot it was not super clear and if I would have read ahead one sentence, I would have been fine!

I think the way that the bias finishes at the very bottom of the bodice into the crotch area is ok, but a little awkward to me when you try to fold it over. I don’t see how it could be any different, and it still works but it just doesn’t sit or lay super flat. The binding is having to bend in a way it doesn’t really want to go! Which is probably why they stress to give it a good press! And it is not noticeable in all that fabric crossing over and being pulled!

Pattern fit:

I think that if you are in doubt, make a smaller size. I think the size I made was for a person with smaller hips and a slightly smaller waist. However, I knew the finished garment had so much room, I went with the smaller size, and it is perfect. I made a size 8! As I said above, the fit in the bust area is very easy to adjust with the waist ties!

Styling your garment:

Let’s just start by saying, I don’t get any compensation for any of these recommendations! They are all just things I love!

Now to the good stuff, this is my all time favorite part!! Let’s start from the top to bottom!

I begged for more hair clips for my birthday and I haven’t seen them in too many places. I have found a few on amazon and I have found some from very high priced jewelry stores online. However, I have been looking everywhere for some cheaper options. Well the hubby did pretty well because he found some at Charming Charlie (specific links below)! I love them and I have an assortment I can pick from! I like wearing just a few and I also like wearing 5-6! It’s fun to make a statement with your clips!

My earrings are super super old but I love them! I got them from Forever 21 about 10 years ago! I love giant studs and I am looking for more in my life (earrings that is)! My friend in Houston has some great choices for artistic, statement earrings. Here is her Etsy shop!

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My necklace is from World Market and it was one of those cards with multiple chains on it. You get a good value with those and can mix and match them as you please! Here is an example of one of these multi-chain cards!

Finally, my shoes!! They are new from Target! I love them so much. I really really am not a sneaker person, but these were pastel and super different so they spoke to me! Literally! They go perfectly with my jumpsuit!

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Last, but not least, I think this jumpsuit would look fabulous with heels as well and for a fancy night out! It can go either way. You can even wear a nice pair of flats and dress it up that way. Have fun with it!

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Jumpsuit: Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory

Fabric: Kokka Koto Thouin Cotton/Linen sheeting from Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics

Clips: Charming Charlie two different clip options: metallic clips and pink clip

Earrings (super old design!) : Forever 21

Necklace: World Market

Shoes: Target












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