This is a Simply Sweet - jumper style. The pattern, which you can purchase here, also has a halter style. Just a warning that, in my opinion, this pattern runs big. I made the dress in size 3/4 and the sides are still fairly loose on the girls. I shortened the straps by about 2 inches as well. I designed the skirt part myself so I can't speak on how the pattern runs for that portion of the dress.
Yes, I think it would look better as an actual jumper (as in - worn over a top) but the pattern itself (and many others who sew from it) use it as a summer dress.
I loved wearing prairie skirts when I was little so I decided to create this version for the girls.
I made the all purple one first and then changed up the size of the layers for the green one.
(These look so much cuter on the girls versus on a hanger but we haven't had time to take pictures.)
I few of you have commented that you are interested in learning to sew and have asked some questions. Here's my advice on starting:
- Sewing isn't difficult. Like most everything, it's simply a learning process. My mom taught me to sew when I was a child - around 8 years old. Anyone can learn to sew!
- Don't take on difficult projects too soon.
- Be patient. (I don't have much patience at all if that makes you feel better.)
- Pay attention to detail. You want to sew in straight lines and keep sides even with each other. If something doesn't look right, don't be afraid to take out the seam ripper and start again.
- Measure twice. Cut once.
- You don't need a super fancy expensive sewing machine. I've heard some sewers have had luck with a $200 Brother machine from Walmart. Read online reviews if you are unsure. Check ads such as Craig's List or communities like Free Cycle. Some older machines were built much better than today's newer versions.
- Fabric hoarding is real and can happen to you.
- You don't need every sewing/crafting supply under the sun. I would recommend a pair of fabric scissors, pins, a bodkin, a seam ripper, a measuring tape, a fabric marker and if you are going to be sewing a lot of ruffles, a rotary cutter and mat. The rotary cutter and mat are not necessary but make life easy. (Wait until you have a 40% off coupon to Joann before you buy.)
- Label your fabric scissors FOR FABRIC ONLY or your husband may take them and cut through packing tape on three boxes of cribs and then you'll have to beg your mom to pick up a new pair for you because you don't have time to go to the store.
Future sewing posts
- My adjustments in turning the feliz pattern to a single layer dress.
- My measurements for a prairie skirt and helpful tips on how to sew one.
- My measurements and tips for a simple tank top sundress.