Simplicity 4097 in the Fall of the Year

Combine 2.5 m of beautiful wool-blend Prince of Wales suiting and Simplicity 4097 and what do you get? The perfect fall jumper!

016I’ve always wanted a jumper, something easy that I can just pull on over top of leggings and a blouse (or a full set of long johns, lol!)

026It isn’t the most flattering outfit, I suppose, but I don’t care. Since when have I ever been a walking fashion statement, anyway?  Three people have already complimented me on it, and one (a total stranger!) said, “you must have made that because I haven’t seen a proper jumper in years. I’m going to pull out my sewing machine and make one for me, too!” I hope she does!

028This jumper pleases my little hippy heart and it’s both physically and emotionally comfortable. Since I’ve gained a bunch of that dratted weight back, I find that it’s harder than ever to find something to wear that I feel comfortable in. And not just physically, but emotionally. Because when you’re insecure about your body, being emotionally comfortable in your clothes is very important to how happy you are in your skin. Believe me when I say this is a struggle for me. My middle-aged body is…well…middle aged.

051Since my goal is to someday become an accomplished sewer-of-my-own-wardrobe, I’ve been trying to challenge myself with each new project. This time it was fitting the back bodice and matching the plaid. Actually, pattern matching went so well that I forgot to take a picture of it, lol! Trust me, it’s pretty darn close to perfect. 🙂

055The bodice is lined as per the pattern instructions, but they didn’t specify what to use for lining. So I used the same wool since I had enough. I also cut the bodice and the pockets on the bias. It was a bit tricky, as this cloth really stretched on the bias. But knowing that, I was extra careful which resulted in no problems at all. Yay!

049I’m also learning about fitting a pattern to my own body. My shoulders and upper back are narrow and my waist is wide. In fact, my shoulders are two sizes smaller than my waist, which requires some pattern adjustments.

I cut the back bodice an entire size smaller than the front bodice, and it was still too big. It might be time to learn how to do a sway-back adjustment.

013Since the bodice was already finished and lined, there wasn’t much I could do about the back. My solution? A box pleat and a vintage covered button to take in the excess across the mid-back.

059Was the box pleat a professional way to fix the problem? No, and thank goodness for long hair, which covers up some bits of messiness that I’d rather you didn’t see. However, you have to admit, the button adds a bit of charm. I adore buttons. There is a button on every piece of clothing I’ve sewn so far, whether one was required or not.

042Because it’s such beautiful fabric, I wanted it to be especially nicely finished on the inside. So I zigzagged every seam and then pinked them. I’m not going to show you any pictures because there are so many that are much more interesting than a bunch of pinked seams, lol!

044So, are you wondering what my fabulous fall jumper cost to make? I’ll give you a hint: everything came from the thrift store. Fabric & pattern: (insert drum roll……) $3.25.
047Thanks to my wonderful Creative Mr.C for taking the pictures at McGuire Lake park in downtown Salmon Arm.  This is what November looks like where I live now.  Love it!

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About Nita

I retired early and moved to a new community. I blog about my adventures as I explore a new lifestyle. I write about quilting, knitting and needlework, about learning to sew my own garments, adventures in the kitchen and in the garden, dancing, hiking, yoga...life is my playground!
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12 Responses to Simplicity 4097 in the Fall of the Year

  1. Ria says:

    Hi Nita. I put buttons on everything too (isn’t that a requirement??? :)) and often use box pleats to make things fit properly. Is it patterns or my body???? I love the outfit, from the top of your lovely head to the tip of your precious toes! Please keep inspiring us to re-purpose so creatively! And very nice pictures. It looks like you had a blast.

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  3. Pandora Sews says:

    I love the jumper, Nita! You did a great job on it, and the box pleat with the button looks like it was part of the design all along! I think that I need to make a jumper now too!

  4. Susan says:

    I think the jumper is beautiful! It is a lovely fabric, and very stylish. It looks good on you. Love the last picture, especially, and the new banner.

  5. elle says:

    Now this I really like. I made a jumer a few years ago. I need to try again. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!!!

  6. Paula says:

    So cute! I love the pic where you’re throwing the leaves!

  7. Lisa B says:

    Gorgeous, Nita. And you look wonderful in it. Loved that button detail on the back.

  8. Beautiful. The jumper is gorgeous on you! And the price wow, I will have to check out my local thrift store.

  9. Here in England a jumper is a sweater but I love your version. It looks fabulous on you. I hear everything you say about the weight gain. It is a continuous battle for me too. Great scenery too.

  10. Cindy says:

    Wow, I love everything about your jumper – the pattern, the construction (I love the button fix on the back), the fabric is gorgeous and it looks great on you. I just might have to try that pattern. Your photographer did a great job too.

  11. Heidi says:

    Love it, and super cute hat too

  12. Heleen says:

    You look absolutely gorgeous! Well done!

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