Thursday, January 28, 2010

One Yard Wonders: All-Ages Classic Jumper - *With Added Pictures

I finally got to use my One Yard Wonders book!

*Scroll to the bottom to see my model in this dress!*

Sorry, these pictures aren't the greatest. It's late and there is no natural lighting.

I started cutting out this jumper during Quiet Time in my house today. I had read the instructions prior to cutting, and out of the 10 simple steps I just couldn't figure out how the back was supposed to come together. I'm a visual learner, and there was no picture of the back of the jumper in the book. The instructions, without a better illustration, weren't all that I had hoped for.

I did a little google search, and found Amanda Sasikirana's blog , the designer of the pattern, along with a link to pictures of her darling little girl modeling a Classic Jumper. Seeing the back of the jumper was helpful for me, but I still wasn't sure based on the instructions how I was to assemble the straps, and I decided that I didn't want the criss-cross look on each strap in the back of the jumper I made.

I also found that for me it made more sense to assemble the entire front - top band and skirt - and the entire back - top band, straps, and skirt - and then assemble the front to the back.

As for my back, I made a casing for my elastic. I used 2 separate piece of material for the back band. (I made a 3T jumper, and the top band, front and back, was to be 5 inches wide when cut out. I decided to cut out 2 pieces 3 1/2 inches wide. I should have only done 3 inches because I ended up needing to redo my front top band to make sure the seams all lined up. )

Now for my instructions on how to attach the back band and straps!

First I attached the top back band and the straps to the back skirt, right side to right side with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then I pressed down the top of the back band a 1/2 inch.

Next, I attached my second top back band to the seam allowance of the first top back band, back band right side to back skirt wrong side. Then press the top of the second back band down 1/2 inch.

I then pressed both top back bands up, away from the skirt and enclosing the straps. The inside and outside of the back of the jumper are pictured above.

I then topstitched the top of the back band and the bottom. Then I fed my elastic through the casing, pinned it to the sides, and stitched it in place.

I then took the front of the jumper and the back, lined them up right sides together, and sewed up the sides with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I then serged my sides, but you could just do a zig zag stitch instead.

I hope that helps! Good luck!

The fabrics I used are two Amy Butler prints from her Daisy Chain collection.

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I also added a coordinating band of fabric at the bottom of the skirt, matched the straps to the band, and added some MADE gathered pockets.

In the end, I'd give this pattern a 3 out of 5 stars. Unfortunately I really do not like doing buttonholes. They are so stressful! So I have to deduct a star for that, and then the back was slightly confusing. If I lived in Ohio, I would attend Amanda's sewing class, and then probably I would understand her method for adding the straps and closing the back.

I'm sure Grace will give it 5 stars herself tomorrow. She's girly and a new dress for a girly girl is a little slice of heaven on earth!

The next project needs to be cleaning my sewing space. I lost my favorite tiny pair of scissors a couple of days ago, and I still can't find them!! When I start losing essentials sewing tools, that means the sewing room is past due for a cleaning!

**This morning I showed Grace her dress and convinced her to be my model. Towels for a runway and some serious bedhead made for an entertaining catwalk. Oh, and probaby I shouldn't sew sleep deprived any more. I realized this morning that I read the instructions wrong on where to place the straps. They should be moved toward the center of the dress an inch. Oh well!!!!


Annee said...

You really went above and beyond!! It's gorgeous. Really. Somehow I missed that those two fabrics went so well together. Now I wish I had some of that other Amy Butler fabric too. Maybe I'll get lucky again at Happy Quilt.

Thanks for all the tips with the back. I read through those instructions a few nights ago, and really couldn't understand what the back was supposed to look like. Even just having a picture of the back of the jumper helps a lot.

Can't wait to see it on Grace. Do post those pictures too.


Jamie @ Woodside Gardens said...

I just got this book and am very excited to start trying it out! My little girl is only 7 months old right now, but I can't wait until she gets a bit older and I can make the pinafore smock!

Sarah M. said...

Ooh, I love it. Great color combination. Those little pockets are so cute, I bet they are very satisfying to make they turn out so well. How could I alter that for Mer's size?? Do you think she is too old for that style?? I told a friend about One yard wonders and referred her to your site. Good work on that mini tutorial.

E J said...

I've been thinking about getting that book (or hoping I can convince someone to buy it for me). Would you say it's worth it?

Have you looked at Lotta Jansdotter's sewing books yet?

Liz said...

Etta, I say because you have little Olive and are probably sewing for her then it would be a great resource to have for some cute things for her. It also has several bags that I'd like to try.

With that said, they fit 101 projects in one book so it lacks pictures and illustrations. Keep checking back here and Annee and I will continue to make some of the project.

I have heard of Lotta Jansdotter. I think she and Amy Butler are friends and their style is very similar. I have 2 of Amy's books that I haven't full explored, so I need to work through them before I add another book to the collection.

However, while I'm talk about books, I really, really like Anna Maria Horner's Seams to Me book. It has some great projects, and I've learned a lot about how to hide seams that I didn't think were possible to hide. Her things are challenging, but very rewarding.

Sarah, I would say you could probably make Meredith something similar to wear over a t-shirt with jeans. I think that would look cute for her age.

Happy Sewing Everyone!!

Sharon said...

This is absolutely adorable! The fabrics work really well together. Glad you stuck with it as your review -is helpful and your little one appears to really love it

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