We've made it all the way to J and we're wrapping up week two of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm still amazed at how quickly this makes the month go.
Today, J is for Jumper. I'm pretty proud of this one...for a couple of reasons.
1. It's the first item of clothing I've sewn from scratch that wasn't purely for dress up.
2. It's the first item of clothing I've sewn with a proper liner.
3. It's sewn from my own hodgepodge of three different patterns. Per usual, I can't just follow instructions, I have to do things my own way.
The idea for this project initially started with Butterick pattern B5914. I was looking at making the dress for pattern D. How cute are those little ruffles? But...I have little patience for patterns and I had a little girl who needed a present for her 4th birthday. I wasn't wrestling it.
I was working on making her the Anna Cape I shared earlier in the A to Z when I thought about making her an Anna jumper to go with it instead. I just happened to have a tutorial for one from Snugglebug University pinned to one of my Pinterest boards, so I went out and tracked that down...
This is where indecisiveness took over. I got sucked into the Pinterest boards and got mesmerized by the cute little Kitty Skirt from Flamingo Toes.
What's a girl to do? Well...combine all three, of course! I took Snugglebug's pattern and tweaked it to more closely resemble the Butterick pattern (totally ignoring the actual pattern pieces and focusing on the photo on the pattern instead...because I'm crazy like that).
I snagged a little bit of felt I had hanging around and cut myself out a little kitty cat like the one from Flamingo Toes. I embroidered a face on him and used a couple of metal brads for some shiny eyes.
He was later stitched on by hand because I'm occasionally a little special and I sewed the lining in before I realized that his cute little face was still staring up at me from the sewing table. Drat. Good thing I can work a whip stitch.
I used two different patterns of fabric for the dress. I had about a yard of the gray/pink fabric and just a fat quarter of the plain pink. I debated a few different ways to make it and ended up creating a bodice in the pink with grey/pink flutter sleeves and then the jumper skirt out of the gray/pink fabric.
I made a simple bodice lining using some satiny white fabric I had actually initially purchased in order to make the nieces some Elsa dresses. (Funny how Frozen just keeps coming back in this project.) I still have enough to make the dresses, but it gave me a bonus project as well.
There may or may not have been a TON of turquoise glitter stuck to it from other Elsa bound fabrics that gave me a slight headache...
It's a pullover jumper, so there wasn't a zipper to wrestle with, thank goodness. Once I finished the whole thing, I kind of regretted not adding a sewn-in sash to aid in adding waist adjustment possibilities, but I'm still pretty happy with how it turned out.
Since I totally flew by the seat of my pants making it, I don't really have a step-by-step tutorial, but I did keep my fabricated pattern pieces, so I should be able to make another. Perhaps then I'll share the actual detailed way I managed to put this all together.
The only change I need to make is in the shoulder straps. They were initially too long so I need to shorten them up a bit in round two. I ended up having to hem these ones a little bit once I was all done.
I think this has been my favorite project to share so far. I'm excited about a few others I have coming up, as well. Nothing this year will be quite as involved as my L is for Little Kitchen post last year, but I will tell you that I'm pretty excited for P, S & V in particular. You'll get to see P next Saturday!
Now...I'm going to take my Sunday off and get some stuff ready for letters K through P. I should probably finish making M & N or next week will be a little empty...
Miss any of my A to Z posts so far this year?
1. A is for Anna (Easy Anna Cape)
2. B is for Bath (Appliqued Bath Mat)
3. C is for Child (Children's Growth Ruler)
4. D is for Denim (Denim Bib)
5. E is for Etch (Etched Casserole Dishes)
6. F is for Felt (Felt Hopscotch Mat)
7. G is for Good Night ("Good Night" Envelope Pillows)
8. H is for Hood (Easy Hooded Towel)
9. I is for Insulated (Insulated Beverage Cozies)
Are you visiting from A to Z?
Have a wonderful rest of your weekend and I will see you again on Monday with letter K!