Fantastic jumpsuit with questionable drafting

A review of Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit

Reviewed by theresamboxall on 27th April, 2020

I love my Zadie Jumpsuit and have worn it 4 times since I finished it a week ago. Still, I am a little perplexed with how to review it.

There were elements of the instructions that could have been explained in more detail for absolute beginners (staystitching, for example), but it’s overall a quick and easy sew for anyone who has made a garment before. I was satisfied with the instructions and largely stuck to them, apart from my personal preference of how to install bias binding.

The fit was bizarre. From looking at other reviews/blogs/Instagram posts, nearly everyone shortens the rise of the trousers by 2″. Many others sized down a full 2 sizes and shortened the bodice by ½”. I essentially made all of these changes and a few additional standard changes for me (forward shoulder, shortened the bodice further, etc.). I’m happy with this for a first attempt, but the crotch does sag when I’ve worn it all day. If made as drafted, it would be way off. It’s a great finished garment, but I have to question the drafting. 

The style of this jumpsuit is fantastic. I can dress it up or down, it’s exceedingly comfortable, and it looks great on so many different body types. I love this in the linen viscose blend that I used but will probably go for lighter weight fabrics in the future. With my adjustments, I am over the moon with this jumpsuit. But be careful if you make it as the pattern comes—this one is worth a muslin and/or some serious tinkering.