[That book is not a prop. It's the only way I could get her to stand still.]
Sometimes I do get inspiration beyond the pages of the Boden catalogs, but not in this case. Cute corduroy with a button closure -- how hard can that be? That's what I asked myself as I layed out some soft prints to cut these simple button top pullover dresses. Jumpers we call them here in the states.
I finished them weeks ago, but you cannot rush a girl into wearing something. No ... it must be on her own time. This I have learned. And one of them did not like the red turtleneck which was picture perfect. They need to coordinate their own ensembles. I get that.
These jumpers are part of a trend (I suppose you might call it) that I've been going through lately, where I fashion something from an existing garment. Sometimes I take an inexpensive thrift purchase apart and alter it in style or fit for an update. I might share a few of those items here if I can adequately describe a benefit or gain. Other times, as with these, I used one of the girls summer sun dresses that fits well as a pattern, adding a half inch seam allowance beyond the garment lines on my fabric. This satisfies my do-it-yourself curiosity.
corduroy is from Hancock Fabrics
The pattern is as simple as cutting a front and back piece with two more cut from the lining fabric. I selected a soft brushed twill for warmth. I stitched up the side seams on the corduroy and again, separately on the twill. Then with right sides of lining and corduroy together stitched only the neckline together. The body of the lining hangs free of the dress. Finally, I turned everything right side out and edge stitched the neckline, in the same manner as stitching a lined tote bag. Add some buttons and holes and it's done!
My favorite part is the pocket treatment. I'm sure it's been done before by someone, but I didn't reference anything. Not sure whether the detail is clear; the pockets (which are lined in the contrast twill) have a small tucked pleat on either side of the button.
These came together really quickly, with the exception of several trials on my machine's button-holer, so I plan to make a couple more. I'm thinking a cute wool herringbone tweed with a bright lining and an applique detail would be fun. I'll be sure to consult the girls though.