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Retro Inspired Jumper, 1964

Added Mar 17, 2008

by sewextreme

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!

Material Notes

Poly/cotton/lycra blend jersey


Twin needle (optional, for hem)





Burda World of Fashion 9/2007, #121

White blouse
Pink metallic cami
Pink handbag

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    Apr 3, 2012, 07.39 PMby kstyled

    Wow! This is perfect.

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    May 29, 2008, 07.49 PMby emrichkh

    This turned out beautifully! I love it with and without the shirt underneath. Beautiful job! I’m going to have to find that magazine :).

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    Apr 7, 2008, 07.23 AMby lilo


    thought the same as sussione, but this is the second version of the dress posted here and now i think WOW! i want one!

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    Mar 18, 2008, 01.41 PMby sunnilj9

    This is stunning truly! Love what you have paired it with as well.

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    Mar 18, 2008, 11.59 AMby jj1

    I love this jumper! I bought fabric to make it but I have used the fabric to sew the leg of mutton top instead. I feel guilty.

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    Mar 18, 2008, 05.22 AMby sewextreme

    Thanks so much for your kind comments. For those of you who decide to make it, drop me a message and let me know. I’d love to see what other variations you come up with!

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    Mar 18, 2008, 02.07 AMby susisonne

    Your dress looks fantastic. When I saw this dress in the magazin I wasn’t sure if I want to sew it. But when I see yours I think I will make it, too. Great job!

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    Mar 18, 2008, 01.30 AMby lybu

    This dress is beutiful. I love it.

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    Mar 17, 2008, 04.39 PMby yoshimi

    This is very nice! I love it. Your beautiful job has made the dress even better. I’m so inspired, thank you!

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    Mar 17, 2008, 04.28 PMby bally-ball

    This is very professionally made! Very elegant.

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    Mar 17, 2008, 04.08 PMby rasita

    This dress is great, something I wouldn’t mind making in the future.

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    Mar 17, 2008, 03.13 PMby emilykate

    Okay, I’m DEFINTIELY making this, I have this issue of Burda. It looks like a very versatile officewear-type piece you could wear many different ways and not have people thinking ‘here she comes in that dress again…’ which I fear people must be thinking about a lot of MY current workwear! You have done a beautiful job on this.

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    Mar 17, 2008, 12.35 PMby sewlikecarolyn

    Oh, so cute! I love the way it looks with the DKNY blouse, great job!

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    Mar 17, 2008, 10.24 AMby dairyheir66

    I love this dress. Like you say, so very versatile. The fabric you chose was perfect. I am going to have to try and get this issue of Burdamode.

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