First attempt at the Marigold Jumpsuit

marigold jumpsuit by tilly and the buttons...perfect pattern for a summer romper!

I finally bought Tilly and the Buttons pattern, the Marigold Jumpsuit. I could not decide on fabric for the longest time. I’m still not sure this is the best choice for the garment, but it’s pretty cute.

Marigold Jumpsuit Details

  • Fabric: Robert Kauffman Classic Plaid Black
  • I wanteda neutral fabric so I could wear again and again
  • Alterations:
    • shortened the straps A LOT… not sure if this is normal or not.
    • Added another dart to fix some gaping on the side front neckline
    • Shorts 🙂 instead of the pants

I was a little surprised because this garment took me a long time. Maybe it’s because I was binge-watching Pretty Little Liars at the same time, and I was a little distracted. I was working on this for HOURS on Saturday. Like, probably 10 hours. Not so fun. And in the end, I still needed to adjust the bodice a lot 🙁

invisible zipper on the marigold jumpsuit

This almost-perfect invisible zipper was inserted with only a normal zipper foot! Of course, i should really buy an invisible zipper foot

I’m going to blame this on not being a good sewist. I’ll have to go back through and re-read the instructions before I try this again. There’s also a lot of details on the Tilly blog: Here’s a post on getting the correct bodice fit (I just found this now, and I should have read it BEFORE attempting the pattern). If I use a similar fabric on the next one, I’ll probably add an inch to the bodice to it hangs a little better: I do have a little longer torso, but usually patterns fit just fine, and I didn’t think to lengthen it this time.

the marigold jumpsuit

I’ll probably try a drapey-er fabric next time. This is a lightweight cotton, but it’s definitely not drapey enough. And I’ll try a fun floral next time.

The Tilly blog post gives several pattern-hack suggestions, like combining the Bettine Dress Skirt with the Marigold Jumpsuit Bodice. I have the Bettine and the Marigold, so I guess I’ll have to try it!

marigold jumpsuit by tilly and the buttons... handmade by Danielle Wilson

Any other Marigold suggestions out there? I love having a me-made romper, even if it sounds like I really struggled 🙂

Marigold Jumper in Robert Kaufmann Plaid by MostlySewing



  1. Caroline Howard
    August 7, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    I’m about to cut my Marigold out. I’m also doing short trousers. Your jump suit looks such a fantastic fit. My worry is that the trousers will be too short on the crotch. I’ve measured me and the pattern but feel lost. I’m long bodied and too lazy to make a sample!

    • Danielle
      August 7, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      I didn’t make a sample either, so I cut the shorts a little long and then hemmed to the length I wanted 🙂