Amanda vs Zadie Jumpsuit

If there is a medal for crazy outfit photos I think the fact I took these in 9 degree weather should get me some kind of cake hat hat made of cake. But, gentle blog readers of which there may be a few still around but more realistically just Future Amanda, it was totally worth it because you spent the rest of Sunday looking super sassy in your fancy red lipstick. Woot!

This pattern is the rather ubiquitous Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory. The Zadie is a relaxed one piece that comes with either wide 3/4 length sleeves or sleeveless with a dropped shoulder. And the best bit? No zips or buttons. Just a waist tie. Woot! This is truly a pattern for the lazy time poor sewists out there!

I need to be completely transparent here–I hadn’t really glommed on to this pattern until I saw this amazing Marsala version from the ever stylish Mel. Deciding imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I badgered her for the fabric she used and then went and grabbed some for myself. This is some mid-weight black linen from The Fabric Store which has just the right amount of structure for the Zadie. One very important thing to note regarding fabric for the Zadie–this pattern is bang on the money with the fabric allowance and the pattern layout is really well done so there is limited waste. There really isn’t any wiggle room for a shorter length of fabric! Also, you will be cutting everything on the flat so be prepared for lots of tracing. Especially if you are like me and have grown accustomed to the rotary cutting on the fold life. I’ve grown slack in my old age! 😀

Construction wise, this was straightforward and lots of fun. The instructions are clear and I found the binding neckline finish rather snazzy. The amount of ease and lack of closures make me think this would be a great pattern for someone newish to sewing who is looking for something a step up from the ole introductory skirt/tote intro!

What I liked about this pattern:

  • The fact that there is very little left over scraps. Kudos to the most excellent pattern layout ever!
  • The lack of buttons and zips yet still feeling secure. I have had so many bad wrap top experiences but this one was most excellent!

What I would change for next time:

  • Lengthen the wrap ties. I love some extra drama from a drapey tie!
  • Take a bit of length out of the rise. I think this could sit a little better.

The Deets

Pattern: Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory

Fabric: Black linen from The Fabric Store

Notions: thread

Size: 16 (was between sizes and went down due to the amount of ease)

Alterations: added 5cm to leg length

See also: Broad in the Seams, Tip Stitched, Fifty Two Fancies

Overall, I dig my Zadie and I can’t wait for it to warm up so I can live my best linen jumpsuit life! Until then, this lady has a pile of merino nd stretch velvet to sew up. Viva la winter! And viva la return of the raptor hands. It has been far too long. Rawr!


  1. It looks great. I also have been slow to come round to this pattern. One of the things that has put me off is seeing a lot of baggy bums. Yours doesn’t look baggy, though. I wonder if that’s due to the sizing down? I may give it a try.

  2. This is great! I’ve debated whether I should make myself a zadie all summer and now it’s pretty much already autumn here (but wouldn’t a velvet version look col too?!)… and there’s definitely still readers around! Don’t you find though that with Instagram and all, after reading a blog post is easier to comment on IG? No faffing with log ins and stuff. Don’t know, maybe it’s me!

  3. It looks great on you but I’m still not getting the jumpsuit vibe. I may be sulking because I wanted one SOOO much when I was 16, and fashion simply passed me by. I do wince at the thought of using grotty toilets with all that fabric to disrobe from though…and in schools, trust me, even the staff toilets are pretty grotty

  4. I love the Zadie, but sizing down is definitely key! I like that we are jumpsuit twins on different sides of the world now.

    And there are still blog readers around, don’t worry! Instagram is cool but I like blogs for more in depth information about construction and details, that’s something you just can’t really do any other way…

  5. I feel like I’m losing a war of attrition against this pattern. I don’t need it. But black linen…it’s so stylish…O_O It really looks terrific on you!

  6. I still read blogs, and love them! Love Insta too, but love the details blogs can give us. And full size photos!


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