Zadie Jumpsuit and tops

Since making the Jazz Jumpsuit last summer I’ve been really into wearing jumpsuits!

Fellow Kiwi pattern designer Tara from Paper Theory designed this pattern which has been very popular amongst the sewing community – I can see why! The pattern is sized from 6 to 28. I made a straight size 14 for my wearable muslin below.

The Zadie Jumpsuit is a relaxed and easy to wear one piece that comes with the option of wide 3/4 length sleeves or sleeveless with a dropped shoulder. It wraps around the body and fastens with a tie with so there is no need for buttons or a zip – making it quick and to easy sew, and quick and easy to get on and off.

The legs are cut wide and skim above the ankle. There are deep slant pockets on the front, with small pleats at the waist on the front and back. The neck edge is finished with a bias binding.


My jumpsuit above is sewn in lovely weighty cotton which is perfect for a jumpsuit. I used pre-made bias binding which I sewed to the inside of the garment. I finished this JUST before our taxi arrived before we flew to Europe. Nothing like a last-minute sewing projects!

While on holiday I saw this amazing top hack by Catherine of Threadsnips. I knew I wanted to make one like it as soon as I returned home. She has a tutorial on her blog which I followed which added 10cm of width to create a fuller ruffled sleeve.

This is the resulting top which I made when after our holiday. I missed creating while I was away. The top was super short so I added a band to the bottom hem to make it wearable. It looks good tucked with skirts or tucked into pants.

The viscose fabric for the top below is from Drapers Fabrics.


This version is made from a crepe from The Fabric Store. I love the fabric and the abstract face print. I added 11cm to the length of the top at the lengthen lines and did the same style sleeves as my first version. I hand-sewed a snap to the centre front for modesty. These are the changes that I’ve made for all versions since.


Here’s my third version of the same pattern. It’s in pure polyester and is the least enjoyable to wear. I forgot how much I dislike wearing polyester!


And the forth in pinky rayon crepe.


I have been LIVING in these blouses since making them. They have been such a great addition to my wardrobe.

Thanks for reading!

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