|So blessed to have a sweet little girl to sew jumpers for!|
I picked up this adorable Nativity Doll Fabric (see below) last year thinking I would probably use it to cover a canvas or sew a pillow cover. It is rare to find such beautiful fabric that includes the characters from the Christmas Story. I also just adored the boutique look of the fabric and how the figures almost resemble Matryoshka dolls. When I pulled this fabric out of my "Christmas Fabric" box I knew that I needed to make a dress or jumper for my girl.
When my younger sisters were growing up I remember sewing them lots of jumpers but jumper patterns are hard to find. I think jumpers are simply adorable especially on little girls! I was so thankful when I found an older pattern that my sweet mom had picked up for me at a yard sale. Simplicity 5936 was actually printed while I was still in high school. Does that mean I can call this a "vintage" pattern?
I decided to sew View C and added 2 inches to the length since that view was a little short for my taste. There is also a nice option (View D) which includes a band of contrasting fabric but I didn't have any fabric in my stash that would work. Evangeline wears a size 18 months in ready to wear clothing so I made a size 1/2 which was the perfect size. It is crazy to think that my little girl is now in toddler sized clothing.
|I really should have used an invisible zipper but that would have meant a trip to the store.|
My only caution with this pattern really involves the pattern layout for cutting out the fabric. I flipped my pieces so that the print was in the correct direction. This pattern was a breeze to sew and I hope to make another jumper for my daughter this month. The only change that I made was the fact that I skipped adding the hook and eye at the top. It just didn't seem necessary due to my zipper placement. If you wanted to add some warmth you could also line this jumper with flannel or sew a flannel slip.
My only regret in sewing this jumper is the fact that I cut the pattern. I really should have taken the extra 10 minutes to trace the pattern so that I could reuse this pattern for the next few years. If I want to sew it in a larger size I will probably just add a 1/2 inch to the size that I have already cut. This pattern is wonderful and I hope to come across another one in the future.