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