Added Mar 17, 2008
Atlanta Area, Ge...
Time (prep): 1 hour
Time (sewing): 2 hours
This versatile jersey jumper was a lot of fun to make and sews up very quickly. There are only six pattern pieces. If you are comfortable working with pleats, you will have no problems with this design. The overall construction is very simple, but the finished look is so haute couture!
According to the description in Burda World of Fashion (9/2007), this pattern was adapted from a pattern in their 9/1964 issue!
I chose a jersey with a bit of weight to it because I didn’t want it to be flimsy. The skirt has four pleats in the front and two in the back which gives a little ease to the hip area while creating a lovely hourglass shape.
The empire waist is flattering to all figure types. The deep “V” in the front- ooh la la, it lengthens the neck and is ever so slimming. Of course, it was designed to be worn with a turtleneck, for modesty’s sake!
The pleats in the bodice conform to the bustline so nicely. You will see this in the photo details.
Georgia weather of late has been unpredictable- I had intended to wear it with a turtleneck when I made it a few nights ago. But now it feels like spring, and I want to lighten it up a bit! I have included two different looks in the pictures: a more conservative look for business, and a funky casual look for everyday. I think it would look great with a t-shirt underneath too. This is an appropriate look for women of all ages, and it can be dressed up or down very easily.
This pattern has no zipper and no interfacing. I did use stay tape (ribbon) along the neckline to keep its’ shape. Like with all knits, use a narrow zigzag stitch and stretch the fabric a little as you sew to keep the fabric from puckering. I used a twin needle to finish off the hem (2") because I like the look.
This jumper is another product of my “Empty the Stash” campaign. Total cost, including notions- $5-$6. (I always buy my fabrics on sale!)
As always, happy sewing!
Poly/cotton/lycra blend jersey
Twin needle (optional, for hem)
Burda World of Fashion 9/2007, #121
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