Smock/Jumper/Pinafore = Smumpafore

Hulloooo peeps

I was having a bit of a rummage around my sewing pattern drawers and I came across this oldie but goody from ages ago:-

Simplicity 9757

Simplicity 9757

I’m not sure how old it is but I think it must go back at least 10 years. Why do I think this?(I hear you ask in amazed wonderment) – because if you look carefully you can see that the sizing on this pattern is XS,S, M.  It is pretty fair to say that about 10 years ago I would have bought patterns with this sizing.  However, as I have slowly inflated over the intervening years I have upgraded to larger sizes to fit my more interesting shape.

Anyhoo, I had quite fond memories of making the good ol’ 2 hour jumper.  It puzzles me why it’s called a jumper though.  It doesn’t look like a jumper.  I think back in the olden days this style was called a pinafore or a smock.  But then again I could be wrong and I may be the only person who doesn’t call it a jumper.  I am also fairly sure I didn’t make in 2 hours back then and I still can’t make it in 2 hours now!

It’s a very straightforward pattern and besides adding about an inch to the side seams (to compensate for extra wobble) I didn’t make any other adjustments.  I made it up in a stretch cotton sateen from Spotlight.  In hindsight I probably could have used something a bit stretchier but this print was a done deal for me as soon as I saw it.  Here’s what it looks like on me:

OK but a bit bleh...

OK but a bit blah…and not feeling the love

I was only so-so happy with the final product.  It looked ok but I kinda felt that something was missing.  I wasn’t sure what it needed and any jewellery just seemed to disappear into the pattern.  I tried a scarf but that just looked ridiculous too. Just as I was about to give up I remembered a vesty type coat I bought last year.  A bit more rummaging around and voila!

This feels better

I think it looks better with a vesty type coat


Looks better with a vesty type coat

Yep definitely happier with it now

And that’s about it really.  Winter is pretty much over now.  I may not get heaps of wear out of my smumpafore  (smock/jumper/pinafore) this year, but I can always drag it out next year and see how I feel about it.

Would I make it again? Yes I think I would but next time I would use fabric with a bit more stretch.  I would probably make it a bit longer too.  I didn’t mean for it to be so short but as often happens my enthusiasm, patience and actual skill levels got a bit carried away.

Now for the really big question – Is it a smock, a jumper or a pinafore?  Or is it just a good ol’ smumpafore?

About Sew it up Buttercup

I love to sew and I love to talk about sewing. I also love reading about fashion designers and how they develop their ideas.
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4 Responses to Smock/Jumper/Pinafore = Smumpafore

  1. I made that same pattern!!! Late 80s, maybe? Early 90s? Mine was gray twill with a v-neck. Yours is definitely more feminine — I love that tulip print!

    In American English, what you call a jumper, we call a sweater. A jumper for us is a roomy sleeveless dress that you wear over a shirt or sweater — exactly what you have here. A smock might have the same shape as a jumper, but it’s open in the back and you wear it as a protective garment like an apron. A pinafore is a decorative protective smock or apron worn by little girls, not adults, but in some rural areas, a “piney” (sounds like pine tree without the tr) is a ruffled apron for a grown woman. You wear the apron when you cook for the kids, and you wear the piney when fancy people come to dinner. 🙂

    Sorry to be so pedantic on your blog! But I saw you questioning the terms, and I’m a wordsmith by trade, so I couldn’t resist.



  2. Corry says:

    Hi Helen, your smock looks good on you. I remember the style well.
    My mother made my pregnancy things for me in the 70ths which I wore with skivvies seeing it was winter. Corry


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