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August 26, 2021
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I see a photo of an outfit that I just cannot get out of my head. A few weeks ago, I was looking up some vintage jumpers/pinafores, and I came across this super cute one from the 1974 Sears catalog. At first glance, I thought, that’d be super easy to recreate! But after I looked at it a bit closer, I saw the princess seams on the bodice that led to the pleat, making the skirt look fuller, almost like a circle skirt. Cute right?
Just one problem…I don’t know how to draft a pattern. I looked high and low, did a bunch of searches on Etsy, Facebook groups, and even just on google, to try to find something like it, but no luck. So I decided something that is “close enough” would still give me the vintage feel I wanted.
I found this awesome pattern, Lolan by Heidi and Finn. It comes with the turtleneck AND the jumper, in one pattern! Who doesn’t love that? I then ordered the perfect fabric combination from Raspberry Creek, which you can find here:
Plaid Hacci Sweater Knit
Mustard Waffle Knit
The only problem now was that the jumper pattern is made for woven fabrics and I ordered knit fabric. I don’t have anything against woven. In fact, I love woven! But I just saw this in knit for some reason. So, to create the look, I made a few little changes…
1. Cut a size smaller in width, but kept the length. I figured it would probably be a bit big, but we’re still about 3 or 4 months away from cooler weather here, so that didn’t bother me.
2. Cut both the front and back on the fold.
3. Used the burrito roll method to sew the top half of the jumper.
Aaaand that’s it! I love when the fabric and pattern come together so beautifully! <3
If any of you choose to do something similar, please share it on the Raspberry Creek Facebook group! I can’t wait to see!
PS. This sweater knit is SOOOOO soft!!
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