Today I have another fabulous guest on the blog - Brylee Kaye. Brylee reached out to me several months ago Instagram with the most fabulous Playroom Quilt Pattern skirt. I knew I had to have her type up a tutorial for you all! She went above and beyond with this one... This jump suite is AMAZING!! Read on for all her tips and tricks. If you make one for yourself, tag us on Instagram so we can see!
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Cotton + Steel: In Bloom - On the Way - Dove Fabric
Organic Cotton Fabric Solid: Loden Frost Green
- Scissors and Shears
- Measuring Tape
- Hera Marker
- DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss
- Printer and Paper
Have you ever seen a beautiful quilt and thought to yourself, “I’d love to wear that?” You’re in good company!
PREREQUISITES: I started by purchasing two fabulous patterns:
Both patterns are inexpensive and easy to follow for beginners.
STEP 1: MEASUREMENTS
My first step was to determine my fabric needs by taking all of my measurements. Paper Theory is based in England and provides measurements in both metric and imperial systems, but for the purpose of this tutorial I will keep everything in one measurement scale. I found that UK sizes were slightly smaller than their US counterparts, so for example, a UK size 10 is closer to a US size 8. Make sure that you accurately determine your size in advance. It will make every other step after this much easier!
I also found it very helpful that the Sewn Handmade pattern included multiple common quilt sizes. I never want to waste fabric, and that feeling is even more acute when thinking about the work that went into creating the textile. The throw size matched up nicely with the recommended amount of fabric needed for the Zadie Jumpsuit with the least amount of waste (3.55 yards at WOF). To meet the required width of fabric, I also decided not to include the side sashing and adjusted the length of the quilt top from 70 inches to 126 inches (3.5 yards).
STEP 2: CUT
The process of quilting can leave many seams and raw edges which can be addressed by adding a lining. I decided to line my garment with a light cotton, which required twice the cutting. The Zadie Jumpsuit pattern provides cutting instructions that can be applied to both the quilt and the lining pieces.
STEP 3: QUILT
Once all the quilt top pattern panels were cut, I outlined my quilting pattern. I found a half sunburst pattern starting at the waste seams to be both flattering and visually intriguing. I grabbed my protractor and hera too and got to work:
- I marked the center point on each panel and created ticks 20 degrees apart along the half circle
- Using the center and the degree markers created a straight line down the length of the panel in each direction
Please note to prevent bulk, I did not include batting in the quilting process. I organized the panels with the matching quilt pieces and lining pieces.
- I pinned the quilt and lining panels together exacting the edges
- I quilted each piece individually following the pre-made hera tool lines
STEP 4: ASSEMBLE
My panels were left with raw edges. I recommend finishing them with an overlock or serger to prevent fraying before assembling the jumpsuit. You can alternatively cut your panels with pinking shears if you do not have overlock or a serger machine.
The Zadie Jumpsuit pattern provides some detailed instructions for assembling the panels but if you’re a visual learner like me, there are also plenty of YouTube sew-along tutorials specifically for this pattern. I found this video particularly helpful for my own construction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk-5c-l2jD4
STEP 5: FINISHING TOUCHES
The Zadie Jumpsuit includes a binding along the front opening, and I took this opportunity to introduce another quilting element to the design by hand stitching the binding to the front opening. I used a simple running stitch using DC tread to match the background green of the jumpsuit. The pattern didn’t call for it, but I also added binding to finish the sleeve edges.
And just like that, you’re Insta-ready!
I hope you enjoyed reading about this project as much as I enjoyed writing about it, and I look forward to seeing what you make!
If you are looking for more quilt clothing inspiration check out this lovely Playroom Quilt Pattern skirt Brylee also made. I'm in love with it!!