Buying fabric is easily one of my favorite things about sewing my own clothes. Part of the pleasure is simply that there is an enormous amount of truly gorgeous fabric out in the world, and browsing it to select a few pieces to own is a joy. Even more enjoyable is dreaming up all the things it might become. There are SO many possibilities. While I always have a general idea of what will become of each fabric (this will be a dress, this a top, etc.), it is definitely not set in stone and often changes as my wardrobe needs and exposure to more patterns shift over time.
This fabric was a different story. The moment I saw it, I knew I had to make a romper out of it. This was a bit odd considering that I’m about four years late to the romper trend and this is my first one. (Pretty sure I was the only person who attended the Beyonce Formation tour and did not wear a romper.) The problem was that I had a pretty specific style in mind and hadn’t actually seen an existing pattern that fit my desires.
While I was mulling over the possibility of a mashup between patterns I already own, the Olive jumpsuit pattern was re-released by Untitled Thoughts and saved the day! This had everything I was looking for: spaghetti straps, V-neck, drawstring waist, a deep V-back option, and pockets! I couldn’t believe this luck and it really felt like fate. I immediately printed the pattern and made a muslin. It only needed a couple of minor adjustments, and before I knew it I had the real jumpsuit finished and ready to wear.
I love this piece SO MUCH. I am really proud of how it turned out. I am especially in love with the contrast of the pale lilac lining (discovered in my stash from a long abandoned craft project) with the floral fabric, and I am thrilled that my improvisation to add lace detailing worked so well. Although this is a relatively simple sewing project, it is a powerful wardrobe piece! I love it with sandals to keep it casual but can also see it being perfect paired with heels for a night out. Read on below for all the project details, more thoughts on the pattern, and a photo gallery.