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Christina's Jumpsuit Journey

When I saw Sonya's new book The Act of Sewing, I knew I had to get my mitts on it! I immediately thumbed through all the pages, noting the myriad of options. There were so many options, I started to make a list to help narrow down.

Christina stands outside in front of a sage-green brick wall, her hands at her sides, laughing. She wears a sewn linen jumpsuit, with a v-neck, button front, and short sleeves.

Pattern: Jumpsuit, The Act of Sewing by Sonya Philip
Size Made: Small
Fabric: Savannah Linen in white and black
Modifications: Changed to V-neck, decreased the size of the patch pocket

A detail shot of the neckline of Christina's jumpsuit, in a white and grey narrow-striped linen. The front buttons with white mother-of-pearl buttons.

Once I saw the flat jumpsuit sketch on page 164, I knew that was the one. I have been wanting to make a jumpsuit for a long while now and this was my chance! I followed the well-written instructions, going rogue and over-thinking only a few times.

A close-up image of the bottom of Christina's linen jumpsuit. Her hand is in her pocket and she wears black clogs with wooden soles.

It was a little more labor intensive than I hoped, but the result was worth it. I spent quite a bit of time pattern drafting, but the jumpsuit came together quickly and easily. After completing some alterations (I ended up taking 3" out of each side seam, from the armpit to the hem), I was really happy with the fit.


Christina smiles, walking down the sidewalk wearing her hand-made linen jumpsuit from Sonya Philip's The Act of Sewing book.

I loved working with this linen! I hadn't made anything in linen for a while, so it was like revisiting an old friend. And I remembered to embrace the "fashion rumple" that linen brings to a garment. This jumpsuit will be perfect for all the fun outdoor events this summer holds!

Comments on this post (1)

  • May 19, 2021

    Love the look! Love the fabric! Great photos and commentary. Thank you, Christina!🤗

    — Jan

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