Hi Everyone, 
It’s been incredibly cold, dreary, windy and wet in Dorset the past few weeks. Blue skies and sunshine do appear, but only for short bursts. It has got me totally craving the spring and warmer weather. For this month’s project I wanted something fun, winter-to-spring-transition-ready, and my most important factor, comfortable! I had this idea in my head to combine two of my favourite Tilly and the Buttons patterns to make one amazing outfit.
I love the Marigold Jumpsuit Pattern, but thought the top of the Bettine Dress Pattern would work well as a more covered-up, cosy version. The Bettine half makes the look far more casual too. And I’m so happy with the result. 
Obviously I did have to make a few changes to the patterns, which I will explain in a bit. 
The fabric I chose was this denim blue plain Ponte Roma Stretch Jersey Knit Fabric. Its such a nice cosy weight, not thin at all. Which means it’s perfect for layering, and wearing on it’s own as the weather warms up. The colour is also perfect for the seasonal change. Not too dark, not to bright. And has flex and tones of paler and darker shades to make it a little more interesting. I just love this fabric.
The fabric is obviously stretchy, so a little different to those you’d choose usually for the patterns. But it’s a great fabric choice for these ‘secret pyjamas’. It’s also such a lovely quality for the price which is always a bonus. 
I didn’t add the sleeve tabs on the Bettine top. As I wanted it as simple as possible. So I just did a few stitches on the top and underside of cuffs to make them stay. 
I did have to add the zip at the back to be able to actually get this jumpsuit on. I did cut the back piece as normal, and just cut down the middle to the length I needed. But I think it would be better to add 1cm to the ‘folded’ side and cut two out. Then add the zip and join the underneath seams before adding it to the trousers. I think that way it would look a little neater.
The pockets are always a must, so of course I kept these. I didn’t change the trousers at all really. But I do need to get some wider elastic, as I think it would be even more comfortable to wear. I cannot actually tell you how nice and easy it is to wear this outfit. You can dress it up or down too. So I can even wear this in the evenings! (Hopefully I won’t fall asleep in the corner if I do!). 
So to summarise, if you love two patterns, combine them! Take the best bits from both and create the perfect outfit. I urge you to create this same hack and use some super soft stretch fabric like I did. It makes the perfect easy-to-wear jumpsuit, and you’ll think you’re still in your pjs! 
I hope you like what I made this time and I look forward to sharing my next project with you all. 
Happy Handmade everyone!
Sophia x 
@Jessalli_Handmade / jessalli.co.uk