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.
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!!!!