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The Olive jumpsuit // Untitled Thoughts

I was recently lucky enough to test the re-released Olive Jumpsuit from Untitled Thoughts – I’m always a sucker for a jumpsuit and leapt at the chance to try it out!

The jumpsuit comes with two full length trouser shapes – wide and tapered as well as a shorts version. The camisole top half has options for either a daringly low V back or a more bra friendly style. (I feel like Untitled Thoughts have a knack for an interesting back design – check out the Amelie dress I tested here).

I opted to try the tapered leg/ low back version.

I used a beautiful fabric that I got in Paris for this make. Risky I know, going for the nice fabric straight away but I had a good feeling about it!

The fabric is a tencel twill with a rather familiar looking print. It’s charcoal background with a pastel abstract face print is a known Lady McElroy print called “Onlookers” that was in all the indie shops at one point earlier this year. Interestingly, the Lady McElroy version is only available as a cotton lawn so it’s all about bit of a mystery as to how this tencel in a marginally different colour way appeared.

I got it from a shop called Sacrés Coupons, which like many Paris fabric shops, specialise in 3m precut bolts of fabric. They have an online store so worth checking out even if you can’t making it to Paris!

The pattern is really very straightforward to sew. The low back version I went with is simpler than the high back for the simple reason that no closing method is needed as it allows a wide enough opening to just step into. (Don’t worry there’s a drawstring at the waist so it’s not just super baggy).

The top half is completely lined which creates a lovely neat finish. The trousers have patch pockets on the front. The casing for the drawstring is just topstitched over the waist seam.

All in all, they’re quite simple processes!

The tester version which I used, still had quite wide legs despite the tapered name though this has been adjusted in the final version. I need to take mine in a bit to create a more tapered look which is what I was after.

Instead of making a waist tie, I used some ribbon I had in my stash – the colour complimented the print too well not to use it!

Overall though I’m super happy with how it turned out! I’m braless for these pics but I’m not sure if I’d go out like that (well maybe on holiday). Most likely this’ll be worn with a white tee underneath for a more versatile outfit!

(Please ignore the horrific tan lines – this was just after I got back from Glastonbury! 🙈)

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