Zadie Hack - Paper Theory

Greetings :)

I have been MIA from the blog a little bit just because my sewjo has also gone a little MIA of late. I think I've just not had enough time to get stuck into anything, including taking pictures...hopefully it shall return!

I do have a little backlog of creations though so thought I'd share these Zadie creations. This is the Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory Patterns - a pattern that has reached cult status and seems to be in everyone's me-made wardrobes. Except mine as I'm not a bit jumpsuit wearer. 


The Zadie jumpsuit is immaculately drafted, which is why I don't think there's a version out there that isn't brilliant. I had the pleasure of meeting Tara from Paper Theory many years ago at The Sewing Weekender and it's safe to safe she knows her stuff inside out having worked for high street brands and high end couture alike. 

My first go at the Zadie pattern was back in January but I never took any pictures. I then did in April and forgot about them. So here we are in July.

The sizing on this is interesting - the body measurement chart would put me at a 16/18/20. Which initially sounds about right as I tend to be a 16 in other indie patterns.  

There is a lot of ease in this though and The Fabric Wrangler very kindly let me try on her version just to gauge the fit and low and behold - the size 12 fit!! I think if I was doing the full jumpsuit  I would cut a 12/14 for hips however I actually just wanted a tunic version. 

 I used some chicken print fabric from the stash as a toile however it turned out great and I have actually worn this several times. There's a lot of bias binding to make and go around the neckline but I quite like doing that and the end results are worth it. 

 To make this tunic version I simply extended the pattern down from the waist and omitted the pleats. That may be why the 12 fits, with the pleats a 14 would make more sense. 

A second version of a tunic Zadie materialized more recently as I couldn't resist this fantastic 'inky elephant' print viscose linen from Guthrie and Ghani.

This is a gorgeous fabric, really soft and light to wear. I thought it would go nicely with some navy shorts for summer. 

The shape I find to be quite flattering, although perhaps it's because it's not my usual oversized sack style I tend to drown myself in. 

The best thing about the Zadie is that it just stays put. Wrap garments tend to loosen up during the day or I fiddle with them but this just stayed right in place! The cross at the chest doesn't need any help to stay put however I always stitch a little popper on the inside of mine - and I did this on these Zadies too for extra measure. 

The Zadie has so many hacking potentials - tops, tunics, dresses, in addition to the original jumpsuit version. Definitely a satisfying make if you're after simple lines and a beginner friendly experience.

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  1. Oh that elephant fabric is gorgeous! Great idea to make it into a tunic, it really suits you x