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The Zadie jumpsuit // Paper Theory

The it pattern of 2019 so far has to be the Zadie Jumpsuit from Paper Theory. As soon as it was released it began popping up absolutely everywhere and still continues to do so. I’m pretty sure every other post I see on Instagram is yet another gorgeous version of this jumpsuit!

I got my hands on the pattern as soon as it was released but I think I’ve been comparatively slow at getting it made! 🤣

I loved the pattern straight away and knew it would work for my shape as it’s really similar to a jumpsuit I had self drafted years ago (check it out here). My original one had a strappy top and the second version I had made was a halter neck so whilst the trouser and closure is very similar, the kimono style top looked very different than what I’ve done before.

I picked out a fabric that had been languishing at the back of my stash – a mustard cotton that I’d gotten whilst in Malaysia a few years ago. It’s somewhere between a lawn and a poplin so it’s quite light but still has plenty of structure.

The Zadie pattern is a dream to put together. All the shaping come from the pleats in the bodice and trouser which makes it really easy to adjust sizing and adapt to fit.

I opted to leave off the sleeve (I didn’t have enough fabric!).

The edge of the opening is finished with a bias binding which felt a bit fiddly going around the curved wrap corners. Paper Theory have said that facings work well with this pattern as well so I think next time I’d draft some facings instead of the binding to avoid the fiddly bit!

This jumpsuit is easy to make and easy to wear. I don’t see it going away anytime soon – in fact I’d be surprised if we don’t all have at least one in our wardrobes by the end of the year!

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  1. It’s beautiful! It’s obvious why everyone loves this pattern so far, it’s a real winner.

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