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Crushing on Zadie

We decided to do a deep dive into a sewing pattern that doesn’t need much of an introduction – the Paper Theory Zadie Jumpsuit. It’s reached iconic status in the sewing community and is a project that seems to be loved by all who make it. The Zadie Jumpsuit is also probably the most reviewed pattern in the shop, and they are overwhelmingly positive (so you know there must be a reason!). Go down a rabbit hole of Zadie love, why don’t you?! We’ve rounded up some key themes we’ve spotted with the reviewers Zadie’s that provide some excellent ideas for sewing your own – and you’ll find a short video chatting through Zadie!


Before we dive in, let’s take a look at what this pattern is all about. The Paper Theory Zadie Jumpsuit is a relaxed and easy-to-wear one-piece that comes with the option of wide 3/4 length sleeves or sleeveless with a dropped shoulder. It wraps around the body and fastens with a tie so there is no need for buttons or a zip – making it quick and easy to sew, and quick and easy to get on and off.

The legs are cut wide and skim above the ankle. There are deep slant pockets on the front, with small pleats at the waist on the front and back. The neck edge is finished with a bias binding. You will learn to make your own bias binding and apply it to the neckline. You will also learn how to create a slant trouser pocket. The rest of the techniques are standard straight stitching and hemming. Zadie comes in UK sizes 6 – 28 and in PDF format with optional copy shop printing (printed copies are now sold out).

Zadie looks lovely in linen. It is probably the most popular choice when it comes to selecting fabric for Zadie. The natural feel and drape work perfectly with the cut and drape of the jumpsuit. Go for a striking shade or a paired-down neutral – a linen Zadie will be something you’ll wear for years to come.

Zadie is oh so nice in navy. We couldn’t help but notice that it is a very popular choice when it comes to this jumpsuit. The classic hue lets the cut and features of the pattern shine – and it will never go out of style! You can let your accessories take centre stage with a pop of colour and metallics give things a little glamour.

A pop of print makes for a playful Zadie jumpsuit. Great for cool daywear or even a special occasion, pick a print and you’ll feel fab in your jumpsuit. Bold prints

Denim will forever be one of my favourite fabrics. The blue hues are so appealing – and easy to wear. A crisp denim-coloured chambray is a wonderful choice for a Zadie you will want to wear every day. Dress it down with trainers or sandals and it really doesn’t need much else.

Transform the laidback Zadie pattern into something a little more delicate by picking a dainty print. Think ditsy florals, polka dots or fine stripes. It will make your Zadie feel super summery and gives it a feminine flair.

It’s always worth taking a look at the designer’s versions of their own pattern. Paper Theory designer Tara has incredible style. You can see from these monochrome makes, that sometimes keeping it simple is all it takes. We are utterly in love with the stunning geometric print Zadie, and the clever dress hack would take your Zadie pattern further. Check out @paper_theory for more inspiration.

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