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!)

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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.

17 Comments

Miranda

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:)

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Miriam

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!!

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Miriam

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!

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Sami

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

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Martha

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

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Miriam

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!

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Julie D.

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

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