Sunday, December 16, 2007
Jumpers for GrownUps
This "pinafore dress" from the September, 2007 Burda WOF caught my eye the minute I opened the magazine this autumn. Many people have made it. It has been reviewed many times on PatternReview.
So, I made this jumper and have literally "jumped" on the bandwagon. (Bad pun intended, snort snort, har har.)
So, about the jumper in concept: My husband, Nick, like me, attended elementary school in the 1960s and70s, when the girls wore jumpers with knee socks. And oxfords. So when he heard I was making a jumper, Nick, who is ever ready with a frank comment said that a jumper would make me look like an overgrown school girl...(HEY...but what's wrong with THAT? LOL). So I forged ahead and made this anyway, because I trusted my instinct. And when I put it on he admitted how wrong he was. Worn with the shoes and tights, the outfit has a 'comfortable' feel with a casually dressy look. Perfect for more casual days at work.
I used a double knit wool, bought in 2000 from a store called "Exquisite Fabrics" in Washington, DC. This is a wonderful wool, but it is a bit thick and bulky. The bodice of this style, including the under bust band, is supposed to be cut from self fabric. You basically make two, then sew them together. Then you attach the skirt. To reduce bulk in the bodice, I lined the inside bust band with silk knit.
I finished the jumper inside, using more silk knit as a lining for the skirt. I stabilized the neck and armhole curves using fusible bias tape. As a result of the lining, the inside of this jumper looks as good as the outside.
The only change I made to the pattern was to lengthen the bodice above the seam 2 inches.
I used hand finishing for the hem, and overall this has a dressy vibe, but still very wearable. This jumper will be a 'staple' for me this winter.