Jumper Dress

(I haven’t finished uploading my travel pages yet, but I’ve had a mishap with the camera, so have to wait for Anna to return for the photos to accompany Berlin!)

I happened across a new (for me) fabric store the other day… dangerous indeed! Many things I wanted to buy, but careful budgeting needed. So I abandoned the sparkly chiffon and the embroidered satins, and instead bought a meter of mustard yellow stretch jersey (I think its ponti roma but I forgot to ask the guy behind the counter!) and some pretty floral cotton.

I wanted to make a jumper, I knew that much for certain. I wanted batwings narrowing into gathered cuffs, three quarter length, and I didn’t want to use a pattern to do so. So, I took a few measurements, and made myself a jumper in an hour or so.

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I originally wasn’t going to hem the jumper because its jersey, but the fabric started rolling so I figured it would be something to do while watching Rizzoli and Isles. I turned the exposed edges under by half an inch, if that, and hand stitched using a wide zigzag.


The sleeves, I didn’t hem until after I had gathered them into three quarter lengths.


I kinda cut more than intended for the neckline. I had wanted more of a boat neck than an off the shoulders shindig, but I am really glad! I think the off shoulder thing makes it look more stylish and I love it!WP_20150722_19_47_37_Pro

I was intending on gathering the sides of the bottom panel as well, for a gathered bottom, but I decided I quite liked the loose fitting nature of the dress, and that I could put gathers in by pulling should I want a jumper, not a dress.


I absolutely adore this jumper dress! So much. I want to now make myself a long sleeved version for the approaching autumn, and my grandma wants one for lazy days. I think it makes my ‘lazy days’ look a bit more stylish, especially with skinny jeans!

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