Jumping for joy Cressida


Goodness, it’s been a month since I last posted, how time flies when you get the front of your house ripped apart. You’d think, given my sewing room is at the back of the house I could continue unabated. But constantly wiping dust off EVERYTHING, deciding on things like door furniture (yes, it’s a thing) and secretly bitching about having to spend a couple of grand replacing the circuit board (alright yes I know it means the house is about 98% less likely to burn down but still, that’s a LOT of fabric people!) Most problematic of all? WHERE TO PUT THE CAT DOOR???*

So we can confidently say first world problem Kristina, build a bridge love. In my defense we are having Christmas at ours this year, my sister & her partner will be coming from Oz, hopefully my nephew from the UK so I want everything to be lovely . We were supposed to be visiting the UK over Summer, but as with most home reno’s the “nice bit of decking off the lounge” has morphed into “well I need feature lighting for the sculpture area & did we really spend over a thousand dollars on screws for the deck???”*


So how on earth does all this relate to a woman standing in her garden wearing a snake print jumpsuit you may ask? When I was contacted by Jules at Sew Me Something asking if I’d like to write a review of her new pattern I was torn. A jumpsuit? Me? Really? I wont lie I was tempted by the Zadie jumpsuit that’s all over social media, but the idea of a wrap top made me nervous. Could a button front be the way to go?


After several weeks of chaos I just thought bugger it, if I can survive inhaling my body weight in wood dust every day, I can certainly manage a jumpsuit!

Averting my eyes from those mucky pavers (thanks Tuppence…)

Very pleased I did. This is a great pattern! Not too complicated to sew (I’ve made several  of Jule’s patterns before, her instructions are excellent), so easy to wear. I decided to go with a slightly more formal version I could wear to work, using a drapey rayon from Spotlight. The pattern is for a pant that hits above the ankle,  but there are lengthen lines so I added 4 cm/2 incs to the leg. Because I have a VERY short waist I chopped the same amount off the bottom of the bodice that attaches to the pants. As you can see Im still belting higher than the waistline, so next time I would shave off another couple of cm. I’ve done this with other patterns, if something is going to sit on my waist, I need to adjust for the fact my waist is darn high!

I will raise the bodice up another couple of cm next time…

The buttons make for an easy in & out when necessary (the bane of many a jumpsuit). The pockets are magnificent, nice & deep. I didn’t turn the sleeve cuffs over, I was happy with the sleeve length and I think the plain hem is a little more dressy. Because my belt is made from flimsy rayon it twists up very easily, next time I would add some interfacing for a bit of body. I made the size 20 but I think I could size down to an 18 next time.

Me wondering why some woman can wear heels all day & I’m moaning after five minutes…

So despite my reservations, a perfect work/going out outfit , ideal with the cropped black leather jacket I have in a cupboard somewhere just waiting for me to find it again…

I will definitely make this pattern again, I’d like a gorgeous linen version to wear with sneakers of sandals when it warms up , linen for the winnin!

In the meantime, according to my husband I look “great… and also if I need to parachute into Western Europe on a moments notice I’m perfectly dressed!”

Thanks hon…

So when I haven’t been whipping up jumpsuits or dusting what else has been occurring?

Little jars of sparkling fruity goodness

When your Mum comes to visit bearing oranges from her neighbor & a bag of sugar? You make marmalade of course, I don’t have Seville oranges so this one also includes limes from our tree for some bite,  delicious. Mum can’t have grapefruit, so this marmalade is a wonderful alternative, how pretty does it look?

I wish you could feel how soft this is…

We had a crafters lunch last weekend and lovely Lesley turned up with this gorgeous hottie cover for me, isn’t that colour magic! The wool is alpaca, I can confirm it is one of life’s joys to slip into cool cotton sheets in winter & have this beauty to warm your feet on (I cant abide electric blankets!), bliss!


Apparently some crafters take it next level…!

Have a fabulous week

Kristina xxx

*Yes, we got a fancy new front door & put a big hole in it to install a cat door. My Mother was almost as appalled as my builder 🙂

*Yes, that really is how much we spent on screws. Yes, I needed a lie down.



  1. I love this on you! This is the second Cressida I’ve seen on a woman who is similar in size to me, and I think I can do it! If I look half as good in mine as you do in yours, I’ll be satisfied!


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Oh Carla that’s so lovely, thank you:) Yes, you will look FABULOUS in this (and bonus its super comfy to wear) , can’t wait to see you in it ! x

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  2. carlamayfield says:

    Loving this on you so much! I want one, and I hope I look half as good in mine as you do in yours!


  3. Wendie Young says:

    Thanks for another great post. It brightens my day when I see plumkitchen pop up. I feel like we are chatting over a coffee.
    I likes it……the coffee and chat also that Cressida looks fab on you. Have you grown taller since putting it on??? I might even be tempted on this one. Has it passed the public toilet dance yet? XOXO Wendie.


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Hi Wendie, mines a trim latte thanks! 🙂 Thanks so much, glad you are enjoying the posts, super happy with this one, while I haven’t done the public loo dance just yet, I’m pretty confident, the buttons are definately a plus! Go on, its a great pattern, you know you want to… x


  4. Sandra says:

    Lovely chatty blog – as usual. I’ve never sewn with rayon – how does it wear? Regards, S


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Thanks Sandra, I’ve made quite a few rayon garments and I find it wears really well, I wash in cold water, and usually line dry rather than use a dryer so not sure if that makes a big difference. One thing I would say is finishing the seams well, it can fray worse than my temper on a hot day…! x


  5. Sue says:

    I think it looks fabulous.


  6. Debbie Cook says:

    Love this post. I’ve been through numerous remodels over the years — both my own and now with my son owning some properties, his, so I can commiserate. You are much better at seeing the humor in it while it’s ongoing than I ever could be. Also learned a new-to-me term … hottie = hot water bottle?

    Your jumpsuit is wonderful! You look very stylish (if also ready to parachute into Western Europe). Me, who swears OFF jumpsuits for the potty problem, is getting so tempted lately. Both the Zadies all over and now your Cressida. But my saving grace may be that I’ve just moved house and all of my sewing stuff is still all over the place and I couldn’t sew a jumpsuit if I wanted to. 🙂

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    1. plumkitchen says:

      Oh goodness, it got worse, my husbands put his back out, he’s getting back on his feet now but gosh my sense of humor did temporarily leave the building! 🙂 Ha ha, yes, hottie equals hot water bottle , I’m probably the last person on earth who still uses one but I love it.
      Thank you so much, I must say I surprised myself even making one, I do love the Zadies but I think the girls are happier behind secure buttons, no flashing possible! How exciting moving house, hope you get your new place sorted soon & can get back to sewing (a jumpsuit, you know it…!)


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