You Will Need
- Reasonably Priced
Gather the materials you need.
The blue fabric wasn't used for this.
This jumper's made with two different fabrics.
The black, and the red.
Use however many buttons you wish. I prefer just a few big buttons, but grrr I didnt have any. Make sure you have enough buttons to keep your bodice securely closed.
Not Pictured: Tailors chalk and an iron.
These are the pieces you are going to need.
The measurements are half the garment, so make sure you get them right.
First, measure from under your bust to your waist. Add a few inches for seam allowances and a hem. This is where my 10" came from.
Next, measure around the largest part of your stomach. Divide that number by two and add an inch or so. This will be the measurement for Piece C. Mine was 16"
Then, decide where you want your button "strip" to go. I put mine at about 11" leaving 5" for the opposite side. add 1-2" for your casings and about 1 1/2" for seam allowances. This gave me my 8 1/2" and my 14 1/2".
The skirt and the straps are simple, go ahead and make them what you wish.
Below are my measurements.
Piece A=14 1/2" x 10"
Piece B=8 1/2" x 10"
Piece C=16" x 10"
Skirt=12" x 64". (For width, I used my waist measurement x2. This can differ for the amount you want it to be gathered.)
Straps=26" x 3"
*Optional, add interfacing to "casing".
Okay, this is pretty much a repeat of the last, but hmm we get to make buttonholes and the casing is on the opposite side.
SO, flip the fabric over, so its WRONG side up, and fold over about ¾” on the LEFT side, fold over again about 1 ½”.
Mark where your buttonholes are going to go. Go ahead and sew up the "casing" for this. And then do all of those lovely buttonholes.
Don’t forget the top hem either! So, are we done with those buttonholes??
Go ahead and button your pieces together. Woohoo they work!
Is it time for a break yet? Take a few minutes to have a snack and clean up a bit, the hard part is over.
So, piece a + piece b= bodice front.
Hem top of piece c.
With right sides together, and buttons still buttoned, go ahead and sew bodice front to bodice back at side seams.
Now, take it off and flip it inside out. This time we get to pin! Make sure the side seams match up with where your actual sides are.
We’re not shaped like boxes, right?We must let the jumper know that, show it who's boss!
Take in the sides so that it fits pretty snug and hugs your curves(for the most part.) If your wearing two shirts like I was, its best to take the top one off so you dont double your chances of accidentally pinning the bodice to your shirt.
Sew alongside the line rather than on it to allow for extra room. Try it on again. The right way. Mine was too tight at the very top and I couldn't fasten the top button, so I took out some of the stitches on both sides. Keep altering it until it fits.
There might be an easier way to make it form fitting like by using darts or something, but this is what I did and it worked for me. Trim the seams once you get the fit right.
Do your seams still match up with your sides? Mine are a bit off but its okay.
Sew up your straps and pin them on. Yeah, even attempt to pin them onto the back, yourself. Make it criss cross if you'd like.
With my yellow jumper, they were directly sewn on both the front and back. This isn't that hard to get on, except, because they criss cross it gets confusing.
With this one, I sewed them directly onto the front, and put buttons and buttonholes on the back.