Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Reversible Jumper Pattern for Big Girls

Everyone has a baby jumper pattern out there....but what about a big girl jumper pattern? Any kid that is over the age of 4 doesn't have homemade clothes anymore?
That kind of makes me laugh a little because when babies are small, the only time that you can sew is at nap-time. However, when a toddler becomes more of a kid, nap times becomes a thing of the past. Yet, the kids are more able to take care of themselves. Thus, shouldn't there be MORE sewing patterns for the older kids rather than babies?
I've seen few sewing patterns for up to size 10, but none for the larger 10 year old kids who are in a 12-14. I can't save the world from the injustice of not having enough kid sized downloadable sewing patterns online, but I can start to make them one by one.
The newest design that I have going right now is a reversible big girl jumper. It has an a-line shape that is knee length. The sizes are from 4-14. It is an exceptional fit on any kid that wears those sizes. My 4 girls (sizes 5, 7, 8 and 12) are all very pleased! The jumpers look exceptional on them all.
Here is Sadie wearing her new jumper.
I wish that I have more pictures of everyone, but alas, Sadie was my model for this pattern (and a beautiful model she is!). I love how this image accurately shows the knee length, and a-line form. Of course, that beautiful smile draws the attention away from the jumper though.

This picture is the same jumper, but reversed!
The reverse of this jumper is just as beautiful as the main side. It is an entirely new jumper. I wasn't kidding when I said it was like two dresses in one! She could honestly wear this jumper today and tomorrow wear the reverse. The neckline of the reverse jumper is superb. Check out the detail below.

Main fabric neckline

Reverse fabric neckline.

Lets be honest: is that the prettiest neckline that you have ever seen on a handmade/reversible jumper!? I think so! I'm a bit biased, but very pleased with the results all the same.

This is Sadie being silly about showing off the reverse fabric of the dress. Although silly, I do simply love the picture. Her face is remarkable.
Enough about the home-front. Let me tell you what this pattern will do for you.
  • It's a reversible jumper pattern that gives you two dresses in one.
  • The pattern pieces are printable from your home computer. 
    • There are only 9 pages to print for the entire jumper pattern. Yes. Only 9. I have made the pattern pieces in such a way that there will be less paper and ink waste of any pattern that I have ever made. Are you curious?
  • The jumper pattern is knee length but is very VERY easy to make longer adjustments for a tall kiddo
  • You can use buttons, snaps, velcro, safety pins or sew the shoulder straps into place.
  • My favorite part: the jumper pattern only takes a maximum of 1 yard of fabric per side (one yard for the main and one yard for the reverse). 
    • Yup, only 1 yard. I have a cutting chart in the tutorial to show you how to accurately cut the fabric so that you can get the most out of it too!
  • It's made for beginners. 
    • If you can thread your sewing machine, you can sew this jumper pattern.
  • I give you budget friendly ideas to make this jumper from next to nothing!
  • There are only 8 pages of tutorial, yet I made sure to put 33 real life images with excellent tutorial photos for you to follow my directions.

So honestly, do yourself a favor and try the big girl jumper pattern for your kids. It will be the 'go to' pattern in your sewing room. 

Easy Peasy Onesie pattern - a new design

A while back I had designed a onesie pattern. It has lapped shoulders and is a perfect fit. It's super easy to understand the binding instructions so even a beginner can figure it out. It has printable pattern pieces for every baby size that there is! Starting at a tiny newborn size up to 36 months, this onesie pattern has it all for anyone who wants to make their baby a new outfit.
I love making my baby onesies out of recycled fabric: from used tshirts to scraps that I would normally throw away. In fact, This onesie is still my favorite from when I first started making them:
Isn't the girraff simply adorable? Someone had given me this shirt as a "hand-me-down" for an older child. I almost tossed it to the donation box. I don't toss anything now. I wish this one still fit my chunky monkey.

With my baby growing rapidly I need to make a few more onesies to fit her....and I have figured out some short cuts to make them sew up even faster! Although the fit of the onesie is still spot on, I have changed it to suit my needs a little better. The new design does NOT use lapped shoulders, it simply slips over the head like a t-shirt. I love that. It never fails that when you put a beautiful outfit on a baby that a shoulder pokes out here and there. With the new onesie design, the shoulders are covered. Woot!
The new design also has faster binding instructions! I will still probably put the approximate measurements of the binding in the tutorial, but I want this pattern to be a "whip it out" kind of design. So instead of measuring, I'll teach you how to put the binding on lickety split!
Of course the new design will have short sleeves, long sleeves and tank top styles available. I love using a long sleeve onesie under baby jumpers in the winter. Super oober cute! Check out the baby jumper pattern for a complete outfit!
This new design will still cover the tubby rolls enough that you can use a onesie as an entire outfit on a hot day. It's like a fitted baby romper. :)
Overall, the new easy onesie pattern is going to rock. I can't wait to get it out for you!
If you like lapped shoulders and want to sew up my original onesie pattern design, feel free to check it out! I will still use and love the original. Especially for newborn babies who absolutely need the lapped shoulder style!
I like using onesies for anything. I use them as an outfit with a pair of pants (get the baby pants pattern here) or as an undershirt on a newborn. Like I mentioned already, it's great to use a onesie as a baby romper in the summer. Make a stash for your little one today out of quality recycled fabrics!