While reading pattern reviews in August 2011, I came across a blogger (whom I can not find now) who had just finished working on the Simplicity 1950’s Retro Jumper which reminded me of Audrey Hepburn and I had to have it. I found the pattern online, talked my grandmother (nana) into helping me with the bits that I’d never seen before, she agreed and we were off to pick out fabric!
A few weeks before this, her and I made a T-shirt dress with a matching belt from some very old silky floral material (maybe someday I’ll blog about it). I got to cut the pattern, the fabric and make the belt to practice stitching straight but other than that it was strictly watching and listening.
For my retro jumper, I did a lot more. I learned how to do darts, how to attach the bodice to the skirt and lots of stitching.
Nana took control of the facings, hem and zipper while I studiously looked over her shoulder.
While I’m very happy with the construction and fit of this dress, I have never worn it! That is something I need to get better about for sure, I make these lovely things and hardly wear them or don’t wear them. I have made another version of this dress that I have worn but I think the lay of the fabric and color I chose for this one just make me second guess myself when I think about it wearing it for everyday use.
I found a great post
about how to make the most of your homemade clothing and it gave me the idea to wear this jumper with a shirt over it so it just looks like a skirt, or with a collared shirt under it like on the pattern envelope. Do you have any ideas how I can dress down this jumper for everyday wear?