When I was 4-years-old I had a red plaid jumper that I wore almost every single day. In fact, about 90% of the pictures taken that year have me sporting that bright tartan red with either polka-dot leggings or neon bike shorts underneath, so cool. Which brings me to the Summertime Jumper made by Anshu from Blooms and Bugs. When we first saw her cutest aladdin pants ever we knew we wanted to see more. The Strawberry Vanilla Dress was also perfect for sunny days and the Reversible Zen Dress, who doesn’t love a 2-in-1? However, when we saw the Summertime Jumper we knew it was it, classic, cute, versatile and totally customizable.
Check out the Summertime Jumper tutorial after the jump…
I have been making these jumpers even before I started my etsy shop and this blog. They have been pretty popular with my customers but they are also very easy to make and they offer a lot of fun customization options. Here’s a tutorial for this floral romper. Towards the end I will also show you some examples of the others I have made to give you more customization ideas.
-For 12 -18 months size
-Main Fabric – half yard
-Coordinating fabrics for shoulder straps and the band – half yard ( there will be some leftover
-Bias tape in a coordinating color – optional – 1.5 yard
-Elastic – 1 inch wide
-Grosgrain Ribbon a small scrap in coordinating color
1. Cut a 12 inch long X 36 inch wide fabric from main fabric. Sew the 12 inches sides with right sides together. Set your stitch length to the longest and sew a seam along the 36 inch side of your fabric, leave some hanging thread for this seam. Do not back-stitch.
2. Sew shoulder straps
3. Place the shoulder straps about 2 -3 inches apart at the center of 2.5 inch wide strips. Sandwich them between 2 layers ( right sides together) and sew along the end where raw end of shoulder straps is aligned with raw sides of strips for band.
4.Turn out, here’s how it looks.
5. Fold the raw sides of the band half inch on the inside at the side where the shoulder strap are at the right side ( that is the seam is not visible). Now fold the raw ends of the other side of band over this side. This will have the effect of making the inner layer of the band slightly longer than the outer layer. This will be useful when you attach the bod of the dress to the band.
6. Sew the two shorter ends of the band ( right sides together)
7. Now take the main fabric that you prepared earlier, pull the thread of the seam along the raw end to gather the fabric. Adjust the gathers such that the dress width is equal to the width of the band.
8. Line up the raw end of main fabric with the raw end of outer layer of the band. Make sure of the following things:
- The straps are at the center of the front of main fabric
- The right side ( seamless) of shoulder straps falls together with the right side of the dress.
Sew a seam along the raw edge, make sure the seam falls on the fold you had made in step 5.
9. Here’s how it will look once you turn it out after sewing. Fold the inner layer of the band inside.
10. Sew a seam just below the band at the front, make sure you’re catching the inner layer of the band inside with this seam. Leave two 1 inch gaps in the back, about 8 inches apart.
11. Thread a wide elastic through these gaps with the help of a safety pin. Pull the elastic such that the total width of the band becomes about three inches less than the required width. This will ensure a snug fit.
12. Secure the elastic on both sides using zig-zag stitch. Go over the elastic 3-4 times to ensure strong seam because this seam would be constantly under tension.
13. Sew buttons on the shoulder straps and buttonholes right beneath the elastic. You may sew two sets of buttons for a flexible fit. The shoulder straps can also be worn straight or in a cris-cross to allow a good fit for a long time.
Your adorable, adjustable jumper dress is ready!