Jumpin’

by Erin on November 12, 2011

I'm *almost* done with my 8728 obsession (almost — stay tuned). I've started now to noodle around a bit with the idea of jumpers, for winter (or for what passes for winter, in California). I checked out MOMSPatterns for some inspiration:

Simplicity_3331

and 

Simplicity_4766

And, of course, I think I may go back to last year's obsession, our friend Heidi, or even this similar BurdaStyle pattern:

Burda_4846

Although I'm afraid that perhaps what's really pulling me towards this pattern is the pocket topstitching, which I would almost certainly be too lazy to do. (And her truly exceptional liquid-eyeliner skills — at 40, is it too late for me to master that? I suppose it doesn't really go well with glasses …) And that armhole is a bit deep for me … even with a t-shirt under it, it can look weird.

There's also McCalls 5927, which has a gazillion great reviews on PatternReview — check out this  gorgeous dress & photo from Eugenia:

Eugenia_5927

Is anyone else thinking jumpers? Or going beyond the "thinking" stage to the "making" stage? If so, what patterns are you using? 

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Andrea November 12, 2011 at 5:59 am

I have a thin denim one and a black poplin one that I’ve made from http://vintagepatterns.wikia.com/wiki/Simplicity_3356e that I wear nearly every day during the summer. I go back and forth about making heavy ones for winter because I’m starting to feel like mutton dressed as lamb as I approach 40 myself. BTW, I wear cat eye liquid eyeliner and it goes fabulously with glasses. They now have pens and gel liners that look like liquid on the eye but are easier to use.

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karen November 12, 2011 at 6:59 am

I wore them a lot when I was a kid, in plaid, because my mom went through a big plaid jumper phase in the 60′s and my sister refused to wear them. I like them, but I don’t think I could wear one. Too many flashbacks to when I was eight wearing one of those things with knee socks and sturdy brown shoes. : )

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Sara November 12, 2011 at 7:57 am

Oh yes!! For me, fall and winter are all about wool plaid jumpers, similar to the last photo posted. I like to keep it knee-length and pair with boots to avoid the frumpies that can be associated with jumpers.

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wundermary November 12, 2011 at 9:12 am

I love the neckline and pocket detail on 4766, though you wouldn’t want it to be too heavy. No one actually looks that svelte in a jumper.
Go for the liner! I wore liner and glasses for years. If Blossom Dearie can do it, so can you.

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BJ November 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

I lived in Monterey for almost a year, and my impression was that one could wear winter clothes there the year ’round. Even when the temps were up there, there was always a breeze off the ocean…

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angela November 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

I love Simplicity 3673 (vintage repro) The bust gathers and the many darts through the waist are really flattering, and make it easy to get a good fit.

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Frances November 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm

You say jumper, I think Sabrina. So yeah! Definitely going to have to add a jumper to my sewing list. 4766 is a great pattern. i wonder if it looks as good when it’s actually sewn?

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StephC November 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm
M Smith November 12, 2011 at 11:52 pm

The trick with liquid eyeliner, for me, is to use a decent-quality fine paintbrush, not a makeup brush.

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BMGM November 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

I used to wear jumpers in Colorado alot. But, the weather in LA is seldom cold enough for one. Fortunately, it was cold enough last night to break out a wool tweed one for dinner out.

I bought that one at Talbot’s years ago. But here are two wool jumpers that I made myself. Love, love, love them. I feel very Emma Peel when I wear them.

http://badmomgoodmom.blogspot.com/2007/07/should-grown-women-wear-jumpers.html

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Theresa November 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm

The GIANT Pocket one gets my vote!

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Theresa November 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I made one 2 years ago in Black Wool. I get lots of compliments. This one: http://www.simplicity.com/p-1968-miss-miss-petite-dresses.aspx
The blue version. Very easy to make.

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alisgray November 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm

40 is not too late to learn liquid eyeliner. it is in fact compatible with eyeglasses. and it’s a lot of fun! renemember to do your off-dominant side eye first, it’s much easier to match the look with your right hand (if you’re a rightie. and visa versa.)

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HeavenlyPrincess November 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I love Jumpeers! My favorite one here is the second pattern with big pockets.

I just made a jumper and entered it my state’s Make It With Wool competition. It got first place and will be going to nationals in January!

http://heavenlyprincessblog.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/fall-fashion-week-days-6-and-7/

Jordan

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Online Shopping December 13, 2011 at 6:04 am

I like the dress made up of jeans clothing. When i was kid i love to jumper made of jeans.

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