New patterns are released all the time by the big four as well as indie pattern makers. Several go virtually unnoticed but sometimes there's a hot new pattern that takes over the social media sewing community. A couple of years back it was Vogue 9253, remember that? (If not, maybe this will jog your memory.) Well this summer the viral pattern seems to be the Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory. I feel like literally every sewist has sewn a version of this jumpsuit and for good reason this jumpsuit features no closures making it a breeze to sew and wear!
The more and more I saw the Zadie in my IG feed the more I knew I had to get in on it. It's loose fitting style (and lack of closures) means the fitting doesn't have to be perfect! This alone makes it a great pattern to sew if you're short on time (or patience!). A loose fit might make you think you'll end up looking like a sack of potatoes, but don't worry the tie belt creates a flattering silhouette.
I chose this cardinal red cotton/poly seersucker which is tad lighter than the medium weight woven that is suggested, but I feel it worked just fine. It's really perfect for the heatwave we're currently having in the south. I don't recall seeing solid seersucker fabric and just loved this rich red shade. If you're not a fan of red it's also available in true blue, Prussian blue, baby blue, cerise (bright pink), pink, marigold, emerald green, deep lilac, lavender and black. See all your options here. Which is your favorite shade?
The only potential hang up for a beginner sewist is the self binding that finishes the bodice. If you know how to make your own double fold bias tape I would recommend that as I believe it will save you some fabric. However if you are not familiar with the technique the two bias pattern pieces work perfectly. Either way if you've sewn bias tape of any kind you'll be fine here. If you haven't the instructions are very clear.
I already know I need another version or two! My next go around I will add a inch or so to the hem as these were a little short for me. Admittedly, these are designed to be cropped and I have a hard time deciding the exact right length that works for me. I think this length is fine, but I would try an inch longer for comparison. Also I will probably add another 3 or 4 inches to the ties as they seem a little short.
I'm thinking a linen version is must and maybe one in a lighter, drape-ier fabric like challis or tencel. Have you made a Zadie yet?
See you next month!