The Tilly Chambray Jumper // for the girl

Straight up?

I’m no good with fabrics. Identifying them, I mean. I have a general idea of what’s what and why, but it’s not my strong suit. That’s why I’m not positive when I say this is chambray. Maybe? I didn’t look when I bought it. It looks denim, but it’s too lightweight and soft. It has that two-tone weave and slight sheen, but it’s darker than what I typically picture as chambray. Who knows. Miranda and I were chatting, and she asked if it was chambray, and I was like…uh…yeah. Probably. Didn’t occur to me. I just snuck it in the title because Chambray sounds so hip.

But who cares, right? It’s adorable! I have to say [mostly] ladies, this is probably one of my favorite things I’ve ever sewn. It’s just so perfect on her! I love the little flutter sleeve,the elastic waste, and the outside pockets.  I used Simplicity 3510 for the top bodice, and then just did my own thang thang for the rest. It took some time to get just right, but it’s just killer on her. This may be a first day contender, here.

I originally pictured it with a wide trouser-leg (I still think that would have been fantastic), but in the end I went with a skinny elastic-bottomed pant because that’s what she liked better (thanks for your input!)

mad mim sewing_Tilly Chambray Jumper

mad mim sewing_Tilly Chambray Jumper

mad mim sewing_Tilly Chambray Jumper
mad mim sewing_Tilly Chambray Jumper

So Kindergarten Tribe loved the jumper–couldn’t get it off her, fact. But boy oh boy was she in a foul mood for this photo shoot. She was all scowls, and I literally had to choose the only pictures where she didn’t have a look on her face that seemed to condemn me as the most unreasonable mother in the world.  I actually had to bypass the perfect shot (of the jumper) because her face was so waning and pathetic; try as I might, I couldn’t crop it out. Almost makes me feel bad. But then I remember that I’m sewing her entire back-to-school wardrobe (to her delight), and I think she should have the strength to rally, poor dear.



  1. Posted August 14, 2012 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    You did it again, Mim! This is so cute, and impeccably made. You are a good mom. Now next time, just bribe her with a sucker for a smile…works for Milo (about 50% of te time:)

    • Posted August 14, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink

      Oh you better believe I was bribing her with a popsicle!! She just wasn’t having it! The rest of the story is that I was tearing her away from a movie (it was Friday movie day), and Josie is pretty serious about her day of TV!!

  2. Posted August 14, 2012 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Fantastic! It’s adorable and fits her so well! I’m thinking of making an adult version for myself, cool?

    • Posted August 14, 2012 at 9:43 am | Permalink

      I totally think an adult version would be fantastic!! I actually want to go back to NPS where I got the fabric ($3 a yard!) so I could do more with it. I’m not sure I have the guts to work a jumper, though! Would love to see you do it though!

  3. Sami
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    So cute!!!! I love how it turned out. I need to make one for my little girl, if I ever get the time :)

  4. Chiara
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I agree, it looks great and all the little style and stitching details just add up to a really good look. I wouldn’t have known she was feeling grumpy if you hadn’t shared. Then I remembered this recent post
    Maybe she’s a professional model in the making:)

    • Posted August 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      Hah hah, she’d fit right in with the stone facers! She’s the next next next next Top model…!

  5. Posted August 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Oh my- its perfect! You are seriousy a genius. So jealous of her whole wardrobe already.
    This would be perfect to link up to WKWW-What Kids Wore Wednesday this week! :)


  6. Posted August 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    it and she are ADORABLE! and that stick horse tutorial plus photos??? (what do you call those moving photos? so cool.) W-O-W.

  7. Posted August 23, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    this is the cutest thing I have ever seen! So impressed.

    • Posted August 23, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      Thanks! I love it too, I think it’s one of my very favorite things I’ve made for her. Want one for me!

  8. Anne
    Posted August 26, 2012 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    Is it possible to get a pattern for this adorable jumper???

    IT´s GREAT !!!!!

    • Posted August 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      I don’t have any plans for making a pattern for it right now, but it is one of my favorite designs, so eventually when I do (someday!) I will let you know. However, if you are interested in making something similar, I’d be happy to kinda give you a rough idea of what I did!

  9. Julie D.
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    That is seriously awesome. AWESOME! You make great stuff and it’s super inspiring!!

  10. Posted August 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    That Jumper is absolutely gorgeous!!!

    • Posted August 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Mary! I definitely think it’s one of my very favorite things I’ve made!

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