Sewing Projects

THE HOLLY JUMPSUIT

Just looking at these photos is making me a little sad. Is it just me, or do summers get shorter and shorter with each passing year? As much as I love layering and being cozy in the fall, there is nothing quite like that perfectly effortless summer favourite you can just throw on and walk out the door.

The Holly Jumpsuit was that garment for me this summer. I pretty much spazzed out when I heard that the By Hand Ladies were releasing a jumpsuit, since nothing makes me happier than 70’s vibes, and nothing is more 70’s than a one-piece (since it’s the new millennium we can leave the polyester with the 8 tracks). Sarah at Grey’s Fabric was kind enough to supply me with this navy linen-rayon. It was the perfect weight for Holly – drapey and soft with enough body to highlight the lovely wide legs of this baby.

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Guillaume and I shot these while we were in Maine in June, after an afternoon of lobster eating and beer swilling. The water was too cold to do anything but admire, but I’m happy it matched my outfit.

As you’ve probably heard by now, the bodice variation I used is no longer available in the official release. I was hoping to sew up the sexy cowl version but I haven’t had a chance yet. I’m waiting for my paper copy; it’s the lead contender for my cousin’s upcoming wedding. I’m also imagining a Flora/Holly mashup – I think the tank version of the Flora would give a similar feel to what I’m rocking here.

I dropped the crotch about an inch, but I’ve heard there was a grading error with the copy I was sent which accounts for why I thought it was a little tight up in my bits. Otherwise I was quite happy with the fit of the pants though the original length only allows me to wear these with flats. I suggest checking the length of the inseam if you want to wear Holly with heels. I have some awesome herringbone chambray I bought from Grey’s that will make a lovely pair of summer weight Holly trousers for next year.

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Since I tested for this pattern, I also sent my usual notes about any typos or clarifications I thought the instructions needed. By Hand just wrote a post about their testers here, if you’re interested.

I wore this at least once a week all summer long. Linen is just so comfortable and breathable when it’s hot and sweaty out, and I always felt chic in this, even when the humidity was so thick I could scoop it in my hands. Finally, I’d like to say that this is actually pretty easy to get in and out of. Sometimes jumpsuits are a little complicated to take off when you’re heeding the call of nature, but the side zipper makes it pretty snappy. Just in case you were wondering, you can breathe and pee easy.