Hink for Ladies by MaeT

{February 13, 2009}   Size 2T Jumper

As promised, I am still alive, and I finally have a project to put up here to share!  As I mentioned, this was a gift, so I had to wait until the intended recipient got it to post on here…and she did!  This is a jumper that I made for my goddaughter, Jannah.  The pattern was a free one I found on Burda StyleClick here to get the pattern!

It was a very quick sew and very cute! I made the shell out of an adorable brown floral corduroy and the lining was a lime green and orange mushroom cotton print. Here are the materials I used to make the jumper:


The pattern only required 1 yd of each fabric, so it was also very cheap to make, not to mention that once again I went shopping at Hancock Fabrics and everything was on sale, plus I had lots of coupons.  I love that store!

Everything was cut on the fold, so they recomended folding in the sides so you’d have 2 folds to work from, which I did.

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(You can see my fancy new Gingher scissors that my lovely husband Justin got me for Christmas…they’re amazing!)  Once the pattern pieces were cut out, the jumper was very easy to assemble.  Just attach the two top pieces, then sew the back and front together.



After you do this with the shell, repeat with the lining.  The next part was still easy, but because of the cordory was a bit more difficult.  With right sides together, I had to stich the tops of the shell and lining together.  I took a little work and adjusting to get them to match up because cordory dosen’t like to roll on itself very well!


I did get it to cooperate in the end – no floral patterned cordory is going to defeat me!!!  After that was all stitched together I hemmed up both the shell and the lining.  Fold 1/2 inch, then again and stich.  I probably should have hemmed  them BEFORE I stiched them together, but live and learn.  It really didn’t make much difference in the end what I did first.

I was originaly going to put buttons on the jumper, but I’ve never done button holes before, so I decided to learn how to do that first and opt for snaps.  Really, that was probably a better choice anyway, as this outfit was for a 1 1/2 year old, and snaps are probably easier to handle when you’re chasing her around!  I did still attach the flower buttons I bought on the outside though, purely for decoration.  I wish I had sewing the snaps on to the fabric before putting the shell and lining together, but I made it work and you can see very little of the stiching.


I just love the fabric, and I wish I could make a jumper my size out of it!  I do have enough left over that I may try and make my bucket hat pattern out of it for myself.  Here’s the finished project just before I mailed it out:


I think I did a pretty good job on it :-D.  And Jannah likes it, too!  It’s too big for her right now (I don’t know much about what size clothes fits what age kid…) but her mom, Susie, says it should be perfect for her next fall!  She was nice enough to email me some pictures of Miss Jannah modeling her new jumper, too.



What a little ham she is!  Justin and I will be heading up to visit Susie and family this weekend, and I can’t wait to see them all!  It’ll be a fun visit.


Especially with this little girl there to entertain us all!  Goodbye for now!

Ps…my next project is probably another gift, unless I get my bucket hat done first!


[…] I recently made an ADORABLE jumper for my goddaughter, Jannah.  If you’d like to see my process, check out the post on my sewing blog. […]

Sally says:

That is SO CUTE!!!

I just started teaching two great 10 year olds how to sew — starting with quilting because that’s what I know.

but they REALLY want to learn to do clothes and such.

What’s a good starter project?

Very veryveryveryvery very simple…. I’ll be learning myself as we go!

SewDucky says:

It’s too cute! Not a fan of corduroy, but I like this. She looks adorable. Too bad I’m not a size 2T!

meggomae says:


The bucket hat that I did is way easy – only 3 pattern pieces and only requires about 1yd of fabric, maybe less (plus interfacing). Also the pattern is free!

I’d say go to any of the major pattern companies websites (Simplicity, Butterick, McCalls, Vouge) and download their free patterns. They tend to be VERY easy projects and you don’t have to pay for them! Another great place to try is Burda Style (link in my side bar). They have a ton of patterns avaliable, and most of them are either free or very cheap. It’s where I got the jumper pattern.

My grandma and mom told me when I was starting the first thing they learned to sew was an apron, as it covers a lot of the technique you need and is relatively simple. I haven’t tried one yet, but that could be a way to go, too.

Good luck and have fun!

meggomae says:


Thanks for the comment…I know what you mean! I should have my friend Kate help me size this up for me! I actually do love corduroy and made a bucket hat out of the left overs of this jumper – the problem is, corduroy doesn’t stretch as much as cotton, so it’s just a bit too small! Oh well…live and learn!

Lisa says:

This fabric is sooo adorable and I love the mushroom one as well! I have nominated you for a blog away. You can visit my blog to pick it up and display it proudly! You deserve it!

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