White Linen Holly

White Linen Holly, Holly jumpsuit By Hand London, Sew Pomona

I’m so excited to be able to share my newest make, my White Linen Holly!  My mom says it’s modern Jane Austen!  Isn’t that fabulous.  Especially since I do adore everything about the regency era.  Plus this is my 100th post!!!!

White Linen Holly, Holly jumpsuit By Hand London, Sew Pomona

I can’t rave enough about By Hand London’s Holly Jumpsuit.  Just the packaging alone is lovely. I wish all patterns were designed and packaged this well!   The pattern is so  versatile too,  I can see myself making quite a few versions of both the jumpsuit and the pants themselves, as well as combining either of the bodices with a skirt.  Now that I’ve spent my time perfecting the fit I can’t wait to make another.  I do love a wide leg pant, and the shape on these is perfect with a fitted waist that gently flares out past the hips.

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White Linen Holly

I’ve been planning out this make for a while and knew I wanted my first version to be simple and elegant in all white. You can see my earlier sketch here with my sewing plans.  I originally ordered this hemp and linen mix  from Organic Cottons Plus for another pair of pants as the description said it was a taupe color, but happily for me this was an almost pure white.  At first I thought I received the wrong fabric- but if I did I’m not complaining!  I had 3 yards which was just enough since the fabric is almost 59″wide.

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I’m glad I  made a muslin as I used quite a few alterations.  The Holly Sewalong has some fabulous instructions on how to alter common fit issues.

Here are my alterations:

  • Size 10US/14UK
  • Lengthened bodice 1″front and back
  • Lowered bust darts one inch
  • Narrowed the shoulders with  1/2″  wedge on each side of upper back
  • Shortened crotch a total of 2″ (which compensated for the lengthened bodice)
  • From the hip I graded out an inch in width on the outer leg seam
  • Took off 4″ on the leg hem

I love the fit especially in this fabric.  The material is just opaque enough to give some coverage but still feels light as air.  Perfect for spring here in Florida.  I love the curve of the neckline-so flattering.  And the shape of the set in sleeves and folded angled cuff is so pretty.

White Linen Holly, Holly jumpsuit By Hand London, Sew Pomona

I’ve already ordered my fabric, a lovely Hemp Silk for a second version.  Plus a sampler of dyes from Botanical Colors that includes Saxon blue.  I’m planning on a more modern silhouette.  I’ll be altering the neckline to a V and using  a shorter culotte length pant as well  a front zip closure.  Can’t wait to get started!

Right now I’m working on finishing up my Carolyn PJ’s in a beautiful cotton lawn semi sheer thistle/floral print from Marcy Tilton. Happy Sewing!