Project Jumper

Friday, February 13, 2015

Well dear readers, I am so excited to share this post with you all today!!! 
I finally managed to capture some pictures of my newest creation.
Over the winter break (yes, that long ago, I know) I was finally able to make a small dent in my pile of sewing projects, this skirt/jumper being one of them, so without further adieu, here we go......

I have had this checkered fabric forever, but as my life has been so unwilling to open up in order to sew anything I never was able to sit down and brainstorm ideas. However, I finally got that opportunity before school started, and this is what I created. 
First of all, I have really been wanting to make a jumper for awhile and after running across some delightful ensemble on some lovely bloggers who donned some terrific 50's circle skirt, I decided "Why not just combine both ideas" and voila my 50's checkered circle skirt / convertible jumper was born. YAY!!

Sweater: Express (hand me down); Skirt: me made; Shoes: Neutralizers (Thrifted)

I absolutely love this fabric! Checkered prints have always been a favorite of mine, and this particular print with its red, pink, purple, and hints of silver stripes was particularly lovely. However, I didn't actually have a 50's circle skirt pattern to use, but that is when you improvise off of an old dance skirt pattern that you already have. :) 
The checkered fabric proved to be thinner than expected and very clingy, so I decided (as dreadful as it was) to add a lining underneath. This was my first time adding a lining to a skirt (I like taking the easy way out) but I am so glad it worked, and it actually helped add a little bit of body to the skirts shape. 

One of my favorite things about 50's circle skirts is that they are so full!! You can wear them as is, or you can have fun and add a petticoat underneath which always looks marvelous!! I have also always loved the fitted waist of these styles; what with the full skirted style and the delicate waistband, it gives an elegant air to the piece. 
And as I said before, I made the skirt convertible between being a circle skirt and a jumper! How did I do this? Well, I simply added two buttons in the front and back (hidden on the inside of the skirt mind you) and made a pair of straps with buttons holes and there you have it, a jumper (though my sister thinks it looks weird, hehe). 

I was pretty excited with my finished project! Oh, and I was super excited that one of may favorite sweaters happened to be the same lovely shade of purple/lavender that was in the skirt. However, while this sweater might go, I actually made a purple blouse from a 1940's reproduction pattern to accompany this ensemble, but as you can see it was not photographed (sorry). However, I am sure it will be featured on the blog sometime.

That is all for now, but I do hope you dear readers enjoyed this post and anticipate more "Project" post to come in the future. 

Have you ever made a convertible piece?
What has been one of your recent projects?
Would you like to see more "Project" posts in the future?


  1. I've always wanted a convertible jumper, ever since I saw Jean Arthur wear one in a movie.
    Lovely job, and I'd like seeing more project posts!

    1. I know, jumpers are awesome!! I definitely can't wait to do more project post in the future!! Thank you for your feedback Mary:)

  2. Oh so chic! And how fun that you made suspenders for it :)


    1. Thank you Charlotte! I know, aren't the suspenders fun :) !!

  3. I love the color (and print) of the material you chose Madison! It is so bright and cheery! I have made myself a jumper/skirt before, and though I don't wear it in it's jumper form too often, it's one of my favorite pieces.

    Thanks for brightening up my day!

    the Middle Sister and Singer

    1. So wonderful to know hear that you made a jumper/skirt before! I am sure this will become one of my favorite pieces as well:)

  4. So cute!! I love the fabric too!! :)
    I would definitely love to see more project posts!!

  5. Your outfit is SO cute! I don't know if I could pull off that jumper/skirt like you! I'm so glad I found your blog! I'm following :)

    ❤ Blaze Ann

    1. Thank you so much!!! Oh, and I am so excited that you are following my blog!!! Tune in at spring break for my first Q&A video:)

  6. This is absolutely lovely! Beautiful work!!

  7. that outfit is so cute!