Striped Zadie Jumpsuit

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I knew I wanted another Zadie Jumpsuit, pattern by Paper Theory, the minute I finished and tried on the first one!  I’ve loved wearing my blue linen Zadie, and just needed to find the time to make another.  I chose a piece of linen that I bought in South Africa, grey with white stripes.  The stripes run perpendicular to the grainline, but as there is no movement in either direction, I figured there’d be no problems in turning that 90 degrees. I wanted the stripes to run vertical on the trousers, and horizintal on the bodice.  The stripes were pinned togetther to make sure they stayed in line with each other.

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Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory
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Using the phone to remostely activate the camera again. Doesn’t make for the most relaxed of photographs!

I changed the size a bit, leaving the bodice at size 16, going to the 14 on the trousers.  I found the previous pair got a little too baggy in the bum, so these will be better.  I hope!  It’s certainly as comfortable to wear as the first one, but softer and drapey.  This linen is not starchy like the blue, but has a lovely soft handle.  It’s also relatively thin – because the weave is more open.  This makes it nice and cool to wear.  That’s something I’m really looking forward to for this week when the temperatures are set to hit the 30s.

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There’s not much left of that fabric now, I started with two metres and was pretty chuffed to get the pattern out of that!  I might see if I can add the left overs to some white and black linen of similar weight and made a patchwork item, I’ve been inspired by what Lauren at Elbe Textiles has been making with all her scraps.  This week I’ve made bunting for my new allotment shed with some of the more cheerful orange and blue scraps, looked out the remains of some blue and rust linen to make a nice cover for a cushion, also for the allotment shed, made beeswax wraps with different sized squares of cotton, used up some of the plain coloured linens and two patterned cotton pieces to make  –   something

I know, I was originally thinking I’d make shopping totes, but when I’d patched all the pieces together they looked so nice, so I kept going and now I have something that resembles a small quilt or throw – without the back.  I don’t think it’s something I could wear, but I don’t want to chop it up and make bags now.  Sooo now I have to find a big enough piece of fabric to back it with.  Or – cut more squares out of something else in the scrap box and make a reversible throw!  Oh dear, I’ll see you guys later, if I ever resurface from that scrap box, Pinterest and all the ideas.

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Author: Anne W

I love fabric, and sewing. And I could do nothing else but sew, all day, every day, if I could!

14 thoughts on “Striped Zadie Jumpsuit”

  1. Oh, I love your Zadie, and am inspired to add one to my wardrobe! Scraps are so fun to play with…your quilt is so cute!!

  2. I keep looking at the Zadie and thinking it looks awesome on everyone, regardless of age, shape or size. But I’m committed to sewing up my stash and nothing in there would work, I don’t think, so it will have to wait.

    Have you thought of running sashes around the edges of the quilt to make it larger? It’s very pretty!

    1. Thanks, I recon that pattern is one of those rare beasts we don’t come across very often! I definitely want a couple of winter versions now. I’m still dithering over the patchwork piece, the must be a use for it somewhere…

      1. It’s astonishing how versatile that pattern is. Let the patchwork sit….inspiration will hit you at the most unexpected moment!

  3. Oh, my. I love jumpsuits and yours is just lovely. What a great idea to play with the stripes and have them going in different directions. I love it, and it looks great on you.

  4. Your Zadie is a winner, but I’m really loving the little quilt! I need to make some of these, they’d make great gifts.

    1. They could, for little people… I think I needed to have cut smaller squares in the first place, then I wouldn’t have been so conflicted about chopping it up again! 🙂 Anyway, I’m sure I’ll find a use for the patchwork, even if it does become a quilt of some sort.

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