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Friday, 31 March 2017

Over-sized Linen Jumpsuit - Roberts Collection Pattern Hack

How is it Friday already?! The weeks seem to be slipping by quicker and quicker. The clocks jumping forward at the weekend has made this a very odd feeling week. The kids took a bit of time to adjust to the change too. One plus point about a cave house - there's no windows in the kids rooms so they can't pull the 'but it's still light outside' bit at bedtime.

If you read my last post, you'll know that last weekend I had a lovely girls weekend to celebrate Mother's Day with my wonderful Mum and Nan. As always, a few days before the event, I despairingly decided that I had nothing suitable to wear. I have a ridiculous amount of fabric stashed away, and fancied something new.

I've been eyeing up these ridiculously beautiful linen jumpsuits (and everything else too) from Stalf, on Instagram for a while now. I need to make the jump and buy one because I seriously love them so much. However, when I decided I needed something new on Thursday for Saturday, I realised that probably wasn't enough time to order from Stalf and have it in my possession. Darn it.

I remembered this beautiful Italian linen that I had in my stash, purchased on the Goldhawk Road in January. It's the most expensive fabric I'd ever purchased, but I fell in love with it and HAD to have it. It's got a bit of spandex in it and unusually the stretch runs lengthwise rather than widthwise. I hacked my brain thinking how I could get the over-sized jumpsuit look, quickly and easily.

As you all know, my favourite pattern is the Roberts Collection by Marilla Walker. I thought the trouser part of this pattern would work well - loose fit, rolled up hems and a drop crotch. I sized up to get a looser fit, and grabbed a simple dress from my wardrobe to rub the pattern off for the top half of the jumpsuit, turning the back neckline into a soft 'V' rather than a scoop.

I used an old duvet cover which I bought for a few pounds at a charity shop to rub the pattern off on to, and cut of to make a quick toile. I've NEVER made a toile in my life - I'm too impatient. But as I wanted to use my beloved Italian linen, I thought a toile would be worthwhile.

I'm glad I did because a few adjustments were needed - shortened sleeves and a shortened bodice. Other than that, it was perfect!

So on the Thursday night I made the pattern, cut and sewed the toile, adjusted the fit and cut out the jumpsuit from my good fabric. On Friday night I sewed it up et voila! My finished jumpsuit!

I seriously love this so much! Ok, it's not 100% perfect, it still needs a few adjustments, but this one is wearable and once I've made some changes I know I'm going to make a tonne more. Perfect for summer! I'm not much of a dress or skirt gal, so this literally is perfect for me (and I'm such a stash-addict that I've already got about 5 fabrics waiting to be used for a jumpsuit).  Next time I'll shorten the bodice just a tad more, a shave the sides in a little bit. I won't bother to face the neck and arm openings, and instead I think I'll just try a simple hand-rolled double-turned hem. It doesn't need the facings really and they were a bit of a pain to sew.

SO, for this weeks Five on Friday, here's 5 pictures of my new favourite Jumpsuit! If you get a chance, go and check out Stalf, not only are their pieces to die for, their ethos really resonates with me - Slow fashion, pieces to keep and treasure, and more environmentally friendly.










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14 comments

  1. I think it looks great babe, now all that's left is for you to make me some dungarees so I can rock the hillbilly farmer look! 😂

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  2. It looks amazing - and FAR better than paying their prices. I loved a stripy T shirt I found on their site but at £60 it was out of the question (and several sizes too small for me!) Well done for creating it.

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  3. It looks comfortable - and you so happy & pretty!

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  4. Comfort! Well done! Happy Friday!

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  5. great make, you look fab in it :-)

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  6. Great idea and really versatile. 😊

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  7. It looks so comfortable! Especially since you used the linen. Love it!

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  8. What a great pattern,looks very comfy and practical too. I'm visiting from Five on Friday.

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  9. Wow! It looks amazing. What a great seamstress you are. Homemade is best especially when made by talented hands like yours.

    Happy Five on Friday

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  10. It looks so comfortable. My daughter would love your hair, she's been doing blue rinses in hers.

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  11. It looks so coool and comfortable, how clever of you to make it from scratch, I'm sure you will make many more in different fabrics and colours. Have a happy weekend:)

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  12. Your jumpsuit looks very comfortable and stylish. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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  13. looks very comfortable. love your hair color :)

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  14. I missed this post! What a great make, I really like it and it looks great on you! Enjoy making some more.

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