patchwork jumper

May 23rd, 2008

This is the first dress I’ve made for my daughter, even though I’ve bought yards (and yards) of different pretty prints since she was born (2 and a half years ago!) intending to make many dresses and skirts. I was nervous about using a pattern and nervous about trying to fit a garment on a toddlers, but they are straight little noodles, so really it’s not hard at all.  When Martha from Uniform Studio started making a garment a day for the month of may, I thought if she could whip out 30, then I could probably make one.   So now that May is 2/3rds over it’s done. Granted it took me most of the month to find the pattern, but last weekend at the thrift store there it was and for 10 cents!

I had the idea for a little dress with a big pleat in the front and a strip of patchwork going down the middle and it turned out exactly the way I wanted, thanks mostly to the pattern.  The back and the front are the same in the original, I just combined all the little pleats into one big pleat in the front and kept the back the same.

There is a lot going in these parts over the next month, so things might be quiet here.  I’ll try to pop in once and a while, but I don’t think I’ll have much time for making.  In the meantime, I’ve updated some of my links (especially the clothing section) so you can jump over there for your craft blog fix.

have a great weekend!

Posted in sewing clothes.

31 Responses to patchwork jumper

  1. Stefanie says:

    This jumper is super cute! Great job.

  2. lindamade says:

    that is adorable! i would like one in my size. :)

  3. beki says:


  4. collins says:

    To cute! You did such a great job. Sewing for kids is so much fun.

  5. Alix says:

    Really lovely. The patchwork and the tippy-toes are an unbeatable duo. Look forward to your return.

  6. abbyjane says:

    It came out so beautifully! I have two daughters and have not yet sewn either one a dress. Should I take the plunge this summer? I’m scared!

  7. jodie says:

    Beautiful, and obviously the perfect item for standing on tippy -toes!!

  8. sweetcheese says:

    Ahhhhh-so sweet! Now if only I could sew. And had a little girl…

  9. Patricia says:

    Beautiful job! I have a whole pile of thrifted patterns to try out, too! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  10. celia says:

    Oh, what a neat idea!! Love it!
    I’ll try it also this weekend and see what happens, lol…

  11. Thimbleina says:

    Lovely pinafore, I especially like the patchwork panel. It has turned out well you should make more. Have a great weekend

  12. monica says:

    this is gorgeous!!

    I can’t believe it’s your first one…

  13. Marina says:

    Totally adorable. I love how you added such a modern and original twist to an old thrifted pattern. Well done!

  14. emma'sfamily says:

    it’s so beautiful…

  15. Robyn says:

    The dress turned out beautifully. I understand the difficulty in finding the right pattern. I had big dreams of making clothes for my son (who is now 1), and I haven’t yet made any! I am always hoping to find the exact right pattern, but it’s no excuse. Bravo for completing this dress!

  16. Katy says:

    fabulous dress, love it!

  17. AJ says:

    Very cute!

  18. Jesse says:

    That’s a beautiful dress!

  19. Sushanah says:

    I really dig the graphic patchwork stripe. I’m going to knit a bonnet for a new baby and would love to make a simple, cute and cool dress for her two-year-old sister. I’m really new to sewing, but I always get inspired when I visit your site.

  20. Makes me want to go make a daughter. : )

  21. ingrid says:

    This dress is wonderful. Well worth almost a months work. I really love the grey it looks lovely with the patchwork stripe.

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  23. kym says:

    Lovely dress. Lovely blog.

    I found your blog via flickr while looking for mobile inspiration and have enjoyed the last 30 mins spent here. Thank you.

  24. Lisa says:

    Wow! Your jumper is simply perfect!

  25. That is just the right amount of little girl, funky and sophistication!