I have never met a jumpsuit I didn’t love and Zadie by Paper Theory is no different! It burst onto Instagram with a quickness and for once in my existence I was not late to the party. Zadie is definitely everything and more! It’s flattering, forgiving and the design and wear ease are perfect! IMG_5426

But first let me get to the meat and potatoes of this make. My fabric is a navy blue linen from Harts. I prewashed it, which of course made it softer, but I’m so glad that it kept it’s rich deep blue color. This linen is by no means stiff -it’s more lightweight and I felt totally comfortable (not sweaty) taking photos on the Lake Murray Waterfront. IMG_5616 (1)IMG_5543

I purchased the pattern on Paper Theory. There are about 2-3 sizing charts that you will need to make note of when you begin looking up yardage requirements and sizing. IMG_5480IMG_5602

Let’s talk a little bit about the sizing. I actually made 2 different muslins before I even cut into my linen. My first muslin was a size 12 for the top and bottom. My second muslin was a size 12 for the top and a size 10 for the bottom. What can I say, I’m a little more blessed on top.IMG_5394IMG_5411

Remember I said everyone was making this on Instagram? Well, one blogger in particular, Sylvia from the Ravel Out was very transparent (thank you) with her modifications. So while I was in my own muslin situation, she shared what she did to make the pants fit more. I followed her lead and took an inch out of the rise and tapered my pants using this quick guide. I did not take an inch out of the bodice -although I probably should have. I chose a more tapered pant because wide leg cropped pants can really make me look stumpy. Sorry, I don’t know another way to describe it.

However, I made my own slight modification to the bodice. Remember I made a 12 on top and a 10 on the bottom. And because of that the bodice was slightly larger. Granted the bodice and the pants have pleats, I still had too much fabric in the bodice and my side seams and pleats were not matching up. So I actually evenly gathered the bottom of the bodice (2 rows of basting) and made sure that my side seams and pleats matched. Now I don’t know if that’s how you properly match a top and bottom, but it worked for me and it by no means changed the silhouette of the jumpsuit.

So all in all, I learned a lot and made a lot of firsts with this suit. I don’t think I’ve ever taken my time so much to really tailor pants to flatter my figure and height. I’ve heard a lot of people say they would go a size down, I’m not sure I would do that in this instance. The ease was just right for me. I think if I made it in a jersey knit (perhaps loungewear?) I would consider going down several sizes.

Would I make this again? Honestly, yes. Especially now that I know my size. How do y’all feel about a sweater zadie for Fall? IMG_5531


5 responses to “Crazy for Zadie! A pattern review on the Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory”

  1. Angelle Avatar

    Looks lovely!


    1. R A V E N Avatar

      Thank you so much 😁


  2. Sarah W Avatar
    Sarah W

    So glamorous on you. Just beautiful.


    1. R A V E N Avatar

      Thank you so much !!


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