Who even am I?
Another blog post! I’m feeling re-inspired, perhaps it’s lovely fabric or I’ve felt the need to try to find an escape from the relentlessness of the last few years!
Anyway, the folks at De Linum contacted me and offered me some fabric and a pattern to write a post for their fabric site. I’d don’t’ have the luxury of fabric stores down the road – and this business is based in Sawtell – about a 90 minute drive up the road from me – which in regional Australian terms is almost next door! I love to support local business as small business in regional Australia can be hard yakka indeed. I’ve since purchased three more pieces of linen from them – oops!
I’m also posting this project here (different content) because I was a bit lost when I started to tackle this project with a lack of informative blog posts… I do miss detailed blog posts. Instagram is great for inspiration – but scrolling through hashtags and clicking on captions – and sometimes finding none – is a huge time suck. So hopefully someone finds this useful.
I stumbled across their teal yarn-dyed linen I was smitten. While I adore blue, I LOVE teal with a passion.
You know I’ve been sewing for YEARS and I still learn little things all the time. For example, yarn dyed simply means the fibres are dyed and then woven – rather than a piece being dyed. The predominant colour is teal and the secondary tone is black. This provides a lovely depth to the fabric. Whatever the process… this fabric is simply divine, hands down the loveliest linen I’ve sewn. It’s vibrant in colour, soft to handle and a dream to sewn.
I choose the Mirri Jumpsuit, the twisted bodice appealed to me and given the teal and black weave of this fabric, I think it was a happy marriage of
Outrageously, I omitted pockets. I was worried they would disrupt the smooth line – and I wouldn’t put anything in them (other than my hands) – so why put them in. Plus I saved a decent scrap of fabric I may be able to re-purpose in another garment.
The jumpsuit has a zip closure and a button loop at the neckline.
I was interested to discover that this isn’t the type of ‘wrap’ that pulls the bodice tighter to your frame, rather it creates a folded effect. This is because the ties originate from the centre, immediately crossing over so the ‘pull’ effect is less than if the ties originated at the sides… not sure this makes sense! I suspect on someone with a fuller bust, the wrap would look quite different.
I basted my pattern pieces together and discovered the torso length was too short. I added an inch to the pants rise. There was no shorten/lengthen line on the bodice which surprised me. I think proportionally adding to both would be my preference. Nevertheless, I’m still very happy with the overall look.
I chose my size based on the body measurements – grading to a larger size between the bodice and my hips.
I am (just) 5 foot 4 inches tall – and have a long torso, shorter legs.
Pattern: Mirri Jumpsuit, Papercut Patterns
Papercut have changed their pattern stock and presentation. I always loved their original brown cardboard square packages and heavy duty pattern paper. The instructions on the paper did drive me slightly barmy.
The newer format is on lighter paper – not as fragile as Big 4 patterns. And the instructions in a highly detailed separate stapled booklet. Great presentation and good quality.
Fabric: Yarn Dyed Linen, De Linum Fabrics, Australia
While this fabric was gifted, I loved it so much I went and purchased another 2.5m length immediately… and some aqua linen for a pair of Agnes Pajamas.
Tool tip: button loops are much more crisp if you pop a clapper on the loop after pressing.
Pattern: Papercut Mirri Jumpsuit, from De Linum (sold out)
Fabric: Teal Yarn Dyed Linen from De Linum
This project made me feel this happy…
Your jumpsuit looks absolutely beautiful and I agree that the color is just lovely. You look gorgeous in it, I am not sure whether it would look quite the same on me!! Love your blog as always.
Thank you. I was a bit nervous about the wrap front but was pleased with the end result.
Very elegant! The linen sounds lovely
It really is beautiful, I find linen is a mixed bag, sometimes perfect, other times not as soft as you anticipate or takes forever to soften.
The jumpsuit looks fantastic on you. I love the colour too.
Thank you 😊
Beautiful jumpsuit… love the teal linen! I agree about informative blog posts, and appreciate your tip for using a clapper for the button loop.(Time sensitive for me!) Thank you!
I love my clapper – such a great investment. I often press a seam, pop the clapper on it, leave it there and go and do another step. By the time I get back to it, it’s cooled down and perfectly flat.
Yes please to the blogs, love reading them!! Gorgeous jumpsuit, the colour is just perfection and fantastic style.
Love the wrap/fold on this jumpsuit makes quite elegant and the linen has a beautiful drape to it. Oh Sawtell that is where my great grandmother lived and still remember visiting her.
I agree, it’s a little bit unique. It would be lovely in a soft, heavy evening fabric with enough drape to capitalise on the wrap/drape.
Your jumpsuit looks fantastic and so look you! I love linen and this yarn dyed colour is beautiful. Loved to read a blog post.
Really pretty – shape and color. Well done!!!