I’m excited to present my first pattern review for DIY Crush. I’m here showing off the Button Up Jumper by OUSM Designs. I first fell in love with this jumper a few months back when I saw the tester call for it. It’s such a classic sweet design, but with a little twist!
Disclaimer: I received the pattern for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own of course!
Jumpers are cute little dresses that can be worn over a short or long sleeved top. I couldn’t find any clean long-sleeves for Baby V to wear, so she’s wearing a short sleeve even though it’s totally the wrong season for them right now! (It’s like -20C with the windchill today! Yikes!) This jumper buttons up in the front, and the child puts it on by stepping into it and pulling the front bodice up over the head. There are three buttonholes in the front waistband, and the two buttons on the back are stationary.
Size range: 12m to 8 (chest sizes 19.5″ to 26″)
Price: $7.95 US
Fabric recommended and used: The pattern recommends sturdy wovens such as corduroy and bottom weights. I used some corduroy (fine wale? not sure of the precise type) purchased at FabricVille that’s been hanging out in my stash for approximately 4 years!
Design changes/Pattern alterations made: None, I made as per the instructions
Comments on the pattern/instructions:
- The instructions include illustrations not photos. There were a couple steps where a picture may have been more helpful but otherwise it was fine. I find I need a mix of illustrations and photos to help me the best with understanding some steps (in most patterns).
- Grainlines and buttonhole placement markings are included on the pattern pieces.
- Instructions mention the basics: pressing and finishing seams, topstitching around the bodice (which I skipped for this one)
- Waist seam is enclosed.
- Child’s size chart is included.
- The method they use for lining the bodice is one I’ve never seen before but it seems like a great method to use with thicker fabrics like cord (it worked perfectly!)
- The tricky part of the construction is even noted in the instructions as being tricky. Make sure you read it through!
Overall thoughts on the finished item: Love it, love the classic look. I love the design element of buttoning in the front. Fit is great. There isn’t a whole lot of “room to grow” but if she’s anything like her big sister she’ll start to lose a bit of her belly as she starts to near her 2nd birthday (still half a year away though!) So she might be able to wear it next fall as well. It’s completely adorable and I love the style. I have to add, it does need a shirt underneath. The neckline is wide to allow it to fit over the child’s head, without a shirt it may be a little gapey.
Will I make it again?: Yes, I’ll look for two coordinating fabrics so I can make the pockets and/or waistbands different colours, but other than that it will stay pretty much the same. I may try putting snaps in instead.
Stash Busting Challenges this is counting towards:
#SewMyStash2015 (50% of supplies from each project this year should come from stash) This was 100% stash! Buttons included I’m going to count WIPs and UFOs towards this one.
Item #1 for my 100 Items in 2015 Challenge! (Can’t purchase more fabric until I’ve sewn 100 items)
I also used 1 yard from my stash! (Goal is minimum 20 yards used up from my stash this year!)
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