I'm going to let you in on my prized secret tutorial.
Ok, I haven't won any prizes and it isn't a secret. There are some things you should know about this jumper though before you decide to make it.
- It is super cute
- It can be worn in any season. Layers in the cold and no layers in the heat.
- It grows with your girlie. Jumper length, tunic length, shirt length. It's all good.
- If you haven't attempted buttonholes yet it is an awesome project to start. There are lots of buttonholes. Don't be scared, I know you can do it!
- It is super cute
You've seen the front, this is the back...
Uh, oh...let's pretend we see a picture of our supplies.
What you will need:
-Sewing machine and all that jazz
- Fabric- a yrd is plenty
- Measuring tape/scissors/rotary cutter
Use 1/4 inch seam allowance unless otherwise noted.
Please note: I used a 59' twill fabric. This works great with quilting cottons, corduroy etc. be but aware these fabrics normally come in 44/45' widths. You may want to add width if you choose to use those types of fabrics, or be aware your dress or top will be less full. I have found from sizes 3-7 the full width of fabric works wonderful for all sizes. If your child has a large chest measurement, or very small you may want to adjust accordingly. Long disclaimer done! :)
I will tell you how to get your measurements in a second, but when you are done you should have 5 pieces. 2 for the straps, 2 for the chest and one long piece for the skirt.
Straps- measure your child from mid chest, up over the shoulder to the same spot on their back. Add 1.5 inches. Cut the width as 3.5 inches (when constructed this will be a 1.5 inch width strap).
For example- my child's strap measurement was 9.5 inches + 1.5 inches = 11 inches.
I cut 2 pieces 11 inches by 3.5 inches.
Chest Pieces- This will be the top part of your dress. Measure around your child's chest. Add 2.5 inches for seam allowance and back overlap and 2 inches for ease. The width will be 2.5 inches (you can adjust if you want a thicker band- this makes a 2 inch wide band).
For example- my child's chest measurement is 22 inches + 2.5 inches seam allowance + 2 inches ease = 26.5 inches so I cut 2 pieces 26.5 inches by 2.5 inches.
Skirt- Measure from mid chest to desired length. Add 1.5 inches for seam allowance. Use full width of fabric or adjust to your heart's desire. I haven't done it yet, but a stripwork skirt would be cute! Make one, and then show me!
Now, do two rows of gathering stitches on the top edge of your skirt piece. If you need some additional instruction on gathering see my Ruffle Jean Tutorial. Gather to fit the length of your chest piece. Pin right sides together.
Now, I find the easiest way to do buttons on this jumper is to do them sideways instead of up and down. I've made marks here at two inch intervals. Do your buttonholes and then on the other side of your jumper sew on your buttons! See the nice one inch space we made on the side hems? We did this so it would be easier to center your buttons/buttonholes.
Now, Mark the midpoint of your chest piece and make marks two inches to either side. You can also try the jumper on your little one and measure this way, but I find two inches to either side of the mid point is usually perfect for little girls of all sizes. Sorry no picture. You're smart, you don't need a picture!
Have I ever told you guys just how much I love this little girl? Look at her bright eyes. She makes me smile....and rip my hair out in frustration....but mostly she makes me smile.
Now go and make a jumper and then show me! I'm going to get a Flickr group up shortly to post your awesome photos, I'll post a link when I do!
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