I made a yellow striped jumper for the Men’s Refashion Swap for Melissa but totally didn’t take pictures of it! Silly me. I was on a deadline and in the middle of moving across the country if that justifies it. But I did have the pleasure of meeting Melissa in real life while I was in Salt Lake last month. She’s cooler than her blog makes her out to be, which is pretty cool!
Anyways, I had a ton of fun making the jumper so I made another one the same way and had my friend Katie(isn’t she cute!) model it. Melissa of ISLY will model the jumper I made for her next week. I’m anxious to see it!
To make a jumper out of a men’s shirt, you need a large men’s shirt, about 1/2 yard of contrast fabric to line the bodice about 1/4 yard for pockets and little scraps for an optional collar. I made the tutorial with the collars but took them out for the final product. Melissa’s jumper has the collars though, so you’ll see them next week!
To make the skirt piece, cut off the sleeves and the top off your shirt, leaving most of the armhole. Then measure to your desired length and straighten up the bottom.
To make the front bodice piece, grab one of your sleeves and cut it open along the side seam. Then, straighten the bottom by cutting off the curved piece. Finally, cut out the middle in the shape you want to use. If you don’t want a front bodice piece, you can just makes straps with the sleeve.
1. Cut out two layers of each collar and 1 layer of interfacing. 2. Fuse the interfacing to the collar pieces. 3. Pin collar pieces right sides together. 4. Stitch at 1/8″-1/4″. 5. Pink the edges 6. Turn and press.
Sew on really close to the edge.
Use your bodice piece to trace another layer in another fabric. Pin it on right sides together and stitch all the way around, leaving the bottom edge open. Turn.
1. Lay the front bodice piece right side down at the top of the skirt piece. Pin the facing right side down on top of that. 2. Put the back straps where you want them and wrap the facing around to the back. 3. When the facing meets in the middle, fold it back the other way, making sure to overlap a little. 4. Stitch the facing on at 1/2″. 5. Flip the facing down. 6. Topstitch around the skirt, sewing a casing with the facing at about 1.5″.
Feed elastic through the overlap in the casing and sew it together.
Sew buttons onto the back straps and you’re finished!
This is such a fun project and it uses most of the men’s shirt! The bigger the shirt you can find the better.
Thanks for checking out my refashion! Don’t forget to check all the others from Grainline Studio, Lazy Saturdays, Cotton & Curls, Megan Nielsen Designs, I Still Love You, One Little Minute, MadMim, A Fashionable Stitch, and Adventures in Dressmaking!