Sisterhood, you know I love a jumpsuit. I love them so much I have five of them.

They all serve a purpose, some are just for summer, some for winter and 2 are trans-seasonal. I love a jumpsuit for their chic and effortlessly stylish qualities and adore the fact that I don’t have to think too hard when wearing them. Oh yeah, I ALWAYS feel fabulous when I wear one.

OH WHY DO I LOVE YOU SO?

  • They are easy to dress up and down – add a heel & leather jacket and you have a fabulous evening out look nailed.
  • Pair with a white trainer and a denim jacket and you have a casual street style in the bag.
  • Jumpsuits, like a dress, do the hard work for you, a one stop shop. They can be as tailored as you need or as baggy and relaxed as you like. I love the versatility of a jumpsuit.
  • I think there is a jumpsuit out there for everyone.

SAY WHAT?

Oh I know, I hear you loud and clear. You don’t believe me do you. The style rules you’ve abided by for so long, the hype you’ve believed and the fashion no-no’s you’ve agreed with are all coming to a screeching halt behind you. In the back of your mind, you do not believe that there is a jumpsuit out there for everyone. You may have seen one on the rack in a store and said “I love it, but I could never wear a jumpsuit, they never fit me right”.

WRONG. I’m not being rude, I’m here to tell you though that this is just not true.

A JUMPSUIT MADE FOR ME

Yes! You heard right. A jumpsuit made just for me (read YOU!) is a thing you can have – so no more excuses.! It’s literally, made FOR YOU. I had a bespoke Jumpsuit made just for me and my measurements and all I have to show for it is this – a kick-arse jumpsuit, made just for me and my measurements. Cue gleeful screams once it arrived.

SAY HELLO TO SHIBANI FROM TUTLA

Enter Shibani Shetty from Tutla, the label. Shibani is the clever designer behind Tutla, a label who not only has an off the rack selection of designs, but you can get any of them made to measure. MADE TO MEASURE. Let that sink in for a moment.

Shibani recently invited me to work with her (pre-lockdown) at her Pop-Up Shop in Ponsonby Central. I styled her customers as they shopped. It was love at first sight when I saw her hot pink jumpsuit. No surprise, it’s one of her top sellers. But at the pop-up, she didn’t have my size in stock. I knew straight away it would suit my “hour-glass” figure – synched in at the waist, a flattering V neck for big boobs, and a tailored but not tight-fitting trouser leg. Swoon. So I was going to go and visit her studio and try on my size.

Then Covid-19 and lockdown hit with a thud. A bang. A big old whack in the face. But I never stopped thinking about the Jumpsuit.

“No worries” says Shibani. “We can still do this – you can get one made to measure”.

During lockdown we chatted about how much we enjoyed working together and devised a plan to do it again. So in return for a blog on Sisterhood of Style, Shibani gave me a Jumpsuit. No money exchanged hands and I am now the proud owner of a hot pink jumpsuit, made just for me. Isn’t that the coolest thing?

Please know this though – if we weren’t working together, to share the joy of made to measure, I would have purchased the jumpsuit instead.

Pink is a super power colour for me and mix that with a jumpsuit and you have heaven in style for me.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN

  • So let me tell you how easy it was and some of the things you need to know about venturing into the made to measure market for yourselves.
  • Made to measure means less waste for the environment. If you want it, it gets made, there isn’t a tonne of stock taking up space and wasting resources.
  • A wonderful option for those who aren’t a standard size or are different sizes on top and down below.
  • It’s a slower process but it’s worth the wait! The anticipation is everything and makes the garments’ arrival quite thrilling.
  • You get a garment tailor-made for you – it takes in all your lumps, bumps, fabulousness, and wraps you up in a bow.
  • You can tailor the garments (within reason) to suit you.

HERE’S HOW EASY IT IS TO ORDER

  • Shibani gave specific instructions on what measurements she needed from me and I dutifully followed that list and emailed them to her. She recommends adding in a cm here and there for some measurements too – allowing for wiggle room.
  • Shibani works with a family of seamstresses and tailors from India to make the garments. She knows them all personally and has a close relationship with them. She travels back regularly (sadly not at the moment) and visits her team there.
  • The usual wait time for any bespoke piece from Tutla is 4-6 weeks.
  • You can request small tweaks any of the bespoke garments. For instance, I didn’t want the key-hole in the back of the jumpsuit, so she designed it to be enclosed.
  • Shibani is the designer and she has a team of seamstresses that she works with locally in NZ and in India. But the majority of the clothing is made in India.
  • A bespoke Jumpsuit, just like mine, but made especially for you is $130 NZD. That is exceptional value.

Are you ready to dip your toe in the water of made to measure and delight yourself with a garment that is just for you? To enquire about this service, get in touch with Shibani and her team today.

GIVEAWAY. Excitingly, Shibani and I would love to give away a bespoke or off the rack Hot Pink Jumpsuit to one of you. Check out this limited-time giveaway on this post and enter to win.

Love Ej, the Mother of Sisterhood of Style.

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