Welcome new contributor Jess! She’s here today to share her review of the new extended sizing of Paper Theory’s Zadie Jumpsuit. We think Jess looks fabulous and we hope you do too!!!
Size Range (with measurements):
Extended sizes 16-28 (40.5”/103cm-55”/140cm bust, 43”/109cm-57.5”/146cm hip)
What size did you make?
I made a size 24 top and size 26 bottom.
What are your measurements, height, and body type?
I’m very hipped and choose to measure my waist closer to my underbust, rather than using my natural waist.
Since I sewed the pants a larger size than the bodice, I compensated by increasing the size of the pant pleats to punch out the extra fabric. I also sewed the largest size of the waist ties, but neither of these adjustments added to the time particularly.
What fabric did you use?
- A lightweight grey linen that was on sale at Tessuti Fabrics
- Bias binding is linen bias binding from the fabric store.
This came together so quickly, and if it wasn’t for my indecision regarding the bias binding and a small brain blank, I could’ve sewn this up in an afternoon. I think these angled pockets will be my new go-to way of adding pockets to pants, and the only step I changed was to staystitch the neckline directly after cutting, rather than waiting until some sewing has already occurred.
I got a bit confused about the placement of the ties (one on each side of the top, wrapping under and out the hole you made in the side), but when it finally ‘clicked’ for me it seemed so obvious that I’m sure it was my fault.
How do you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think the design works well for your particular body shape?
Yes, I love the fit! Although I do think that people should wear clothes they love and not worry about what fat folks have traditionally been warned to stay away from, much like sack-dresses and horizontal stripes, this looks great!
There’s obviously a generous amount of ease which adds to the relaxed vibe of the jumpsuit. Nothing is especially on display here (including boobs), and I’m not at all worried about accidental flashing when I have it on!
Will you make the pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?
Definitely! I’d love to make this in a delicious coloured heavyweight linen, and also in something a bit drapery- I don’t have any fabric in my stash that fits the bill, so I’ll be sitting on these plans for a while. I’d also be interested to try the sleeves (which, from looking at the measurements, wouldn’t require a full bicep adjustment for me), and can it be cold-weather-ified?
I picked the largest size in the waist ties but next time I’ll make this I’ll instead use a measuring tape to replicate the path that the ties will take, so that I can be sure to have a decent amount of the dangling down after I’ve wrapped myself. I might also trial some lightweight interfacing in the ties so that they don’t fold in on themselves.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources (blog posts, fitting books, tutorials) that helped you sew this piece up?
This was an incredibly straightforward and quick sew. With no zips, buttons or ‘fitting’ to be done, it was truly my perfect sew.
Overall pattern rating
Size Range (1-5): 5 — based on the new standardized size range ranking (the ease in the pattern would also include a much larger range of measurements).
Instructions (1-5): 4 — The instructions were straightforward (contained some dire warnings) and the illustrations were helpful.
Construction Process (1-5): 5 —The construction process for this was incredibly straightforward, and the pleats made it really easy to mash together a top and bottom of different sizes.
Final Fit (1-5): 5 — I am thrilled.
Overall Rating (1-5) + Explanation: 4.75 I’ll definitely be making this pattern again!
Jess, thank you for giving our readers such a wonderful review! She can be found on IG @fat.bobbin.girl.
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