Pattern: Simplicity 2848 (pleated jumper)
Fabric: Sophia doubleknit from fabric.com, 2 yards
Top: really, really old… and for some reason my husband’s favorite on me!
Notes: I have been entering my entire pattern collection into Evernote, and while going through my box of Simplicity patterns I came across this jumper. I must have bought it when I first started out, and then put it away after I realized that the straight version doesn’t appeal to me at all (I don’t care for the front slit or the odd pockets.) This time I noticed the other photographed jumper – and suddenly I knew what to make with my gray sophia knit! Admittedly, I showed a definite lack of originality, since I used the same fabric and color in the photo, but that’s ok.
The pieces for this jumper are almost entirely different from the other versions – they only share the yoke piece. I was a little scared of the fact that the finished measurements claimed a 41″ bust, but I figured the pleats would eat that up and I was right. I made a size 6 in the yoke and bust, blending to an 8 over the hips.. I made a few changes. First of all, no zipper since I used a knit. I also changed the lining into a self fabric facing. This worked fine, but if I were to make it again I would use a different treatment for the armhole facings – they are pretty thick! I shortened the dress by 3 inches… and I’m not short, so it seems to run a bit longer than the photos would indicate.
This is the first of two dresses I made of this fabric recently… the other (which is teal!) I will show you in a few days. It was lovely to work with, and it’s very soft and fairly lightweight for a doubleknit. I’d highly recommend it. You can find it lots of places, just look for the label “Sophia knit.” I am really happy that I’m seeing doubleknit and ponte dresses everywhere this season – I love working with the fabric, and I feel like I’m in style (and honestly, the price of a simple, unlined ponte dress shocks me!)
This pattern is highly recommended as well, though I confess that the directions jump around a lot, even for a Project Runway pattern. I didn’t use them, so it didn’t bother me. I’m not sure how this would work in a woven, but it’s perfect for doubleknit. It’s a versatile piece (or at least it will be once I scare up some more tops that work under it!)