Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit: DIY Wrap Over Black Wool Crepe Jumpsuit

Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit in black wool crepe

Hi Everyone,

Has it already been 3 months since I made my first Zadie? It was the annual PTA ball at my daughters school, and this year I really wanted to accomplish two things:

  1. Make something using fabric from my stash and
  2. Make something which stood a chance of being worn again!
Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit in black wool crepe

After much dithering, I decided to make a Zadie jumpsuit using some black wool crepe I had hanging around in my stash for a few years. I think it was the perfect choice, actually, and this is definitely an item which I think can be worn for so many occasions.

Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit in black wool crepe
Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit in black wool crepe

With the addition of hair, makeup and accessories, I felt comfortable and chic. It was just a shame the weather decided not to play nicely that particular night, but it didn’t spoil things too much. Apologies for the quality of some of the following photographs which were taken using an iphone.

Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit in black wool crepe

Due to the inclement weather I decided to add a lightweight jacket to the outfit, and wore my Linton tweed jacket, made some 3 years ago using McCalls 7058. It helped keep the night chill away on the way home.

Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit in black wool crepe worn with McCalls 7058 white Linton Tweed jacket

The only alterations I made to this version of the jumpsuit were to eliminate the pockets (fabric was tight and I thought it would make the jumpsuit seem a little more formal), extend the cut on sleeves by 1 inch, and extend the belt by 8 inches. The fit of this version is not as relaxed as the linen version, but I think that is good.

Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit in black wool crepe

So another ball over and done with. Next year will be my daughters final year in junior school and there is a prom for her year which parents are also invited to attend. Matching mommy and daughter outfits? Nah, she already knows her own mind and what she wants, and that’s cool. But maybe next year I will go a little more extravagant? Watch this space…

See you soon!

Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit in black wool crepe
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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

48 thoughts on “Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit: DIY Wrap Over Black Wool Crepe Jumpsuit

  1. WOW. You brought the Zadie to a whole other level. You and your hubby both look so elegant. I don’t think the PTAs in Canada do formals. Definitely more civilized on your side of the pond.

  2. You look fabulous…and your date is looking sharp, too!! That’s the kind of out my Mom and I would call a “trolling” outfit. “Trolling” is the states is using a little bait on the line to catch a fish or two, maybe three. LOL Definitely wear it a million times. I had a similar jumpsuit, tho not in wool in the deep south, that I adored and wore til I had a baby and couldn’t squeeze into it. I think you will find you can wear it everywhere and beyond. Love you hair, did you do it yourself? Keep up the good work.

  3. So elegant and classy, SM. You’re a fine looking couple. Isn’t it bittersweet how fast children grow up?

  4. Wow! You look stunning! I never thought of making a dressier jumpsuit but it works so well. Awesome as always! 👍

  5. WOW!
    This may be the Zadie that ‘tips the scales’ and has everyone (who hasn’t already) hit the ‘buy’ button!

  6. Oh wow! You look stunning in that outfit! I love all the changes you made to make this outfit, more formal – the fabric, the extension of sleeve, skipping pockets and extending the belt and the fit is perfect!!

  7. Oh wow! You look stunning in that outfit! I love all the changes you made to make this outfit, more formal – the fabric, the extension of sleeve, skipping pockets and extending the belt and the fit is perfect!!

  8. You look fantastic and it’s especially nice to see you looking so well after all you went through in previous months. I love wool crepe, it’s the multipurpose fabric that works for so many styles. And you are giving me hair envy – looks so glam!

  9. You two look so stylish and handsome! Wonderful make, Manju, and the jacket goes well with it. Yum, planning for next year! Eager to see what you decide to do. 😘

  10. What a fabulous outfit! There’s a great picture of you wearing it in this month’s issue if Carlisle Living.

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