I first became aware of the Zadie jumpsuit when the pattern was ripped off by a so called ethical fashion brand. Instagram was a-blaze with angry posts, supportive posts and a lot of Zadie love which lead me to take a look at the pattern. I’ve now made 4 Zadie, and have a plan for a winter weight – work version so I think it’s safe to say I love it!
The Zadie is a super-comfy jumpsuit with a tie waist and a deep wrap that keeps your modesty with no need for buttons or zips.
The pattern has a version with sleeves or without, and as you will see from my attempts, there are lots of different ways you can make it.
The Zadie Jumpsuit is sized from 6 – 28 and has a good amount of ease giving in a relaxed style. It has wide legs, big pockets and pleats at the waist.
This pattern is made for woven fabrics, but you could easily make it in a knit. I’ve made versions in heavier weight linen and cotton which gives it a more structured look, and also a floaty flowy viscose which gave it a really different look with its drape.
The instructions provided by Paper Theory are really well written with awesome diagrams for every step that make it easy to work out what you need to do.
There were no points where I didn’t feel confident in what I needed to do so top marks to Paper Theory!
This is a straightforward and satisfying sew. Making a jumpsuit sounds tricky, but honestly, this is a great pattern and suitable for beginners (as I was when I sewed my first)
It’s definitely Love…
All in all, I love the Zadie Jumpsuit. Since my first make I have made a few pattern adjustments but these are easy to make as adjustment lines are well marked on the pattern.
I started out with a straight size 20 (I’m usually a RTW 14). I found after a few wears that there was a bit too much fabric at the waist seam and so in my subsequent makes I have taken 1″ out of the back rise and 0.5″ out of the front.. and it fits much better!
I have a G Cup bust (34G bra) and haven’t had to add a full bust adjustment (extra kudos to Paper Theory here!). There enough fabric in the wrap that it covers everything as it should and is comfy.
I personally love how easy it is to hack the Zadie. I have since made short versions, sleeveless and recently a Zadie – Ogden Mash up with a strappy top.
Sewing myself a jumpsuit gave me a real sense of achievement and the instructions are so well written I felt like I was a great sewer doing it!
One of my favourites
The Zadie is one of my favourite patterns, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to everyone!
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