Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Vintage Jumper: The Wearable Version

Stash-busting 2016:  A Striped Dress

You know what "they" say about horizontal stripes? 
Here is the skinny:
  • Avoid putting horizontal stripes across the larger parts of your body.
  • The wider the stripe, the wider and shorter the area will appear.
  • The higher the contrast in color, the more dramatic the widening effect.
Well, I threw caution to the wind, broke all "the rules" and ended up with this jumper.  

I should be smiling in this picture because I'm really do like with how it turned out. And check out the stripe matching on the sides.  

After testing out the changes I made to OOP McCall's 7946, I decided that I was ready to cut into this ponte knit that has been in my stash for a few years.

I kept the same empire waistline change but took it in a wee bit at the side seam at the bust. I also tried to narrow the neckline but after trying it on, I went back to the original neckline.  

I pretreated the fabric with a tumble through the washing machine and dryer cycles and there was no need to iron. Gotta love that! It is a medium ponte knit which will be comfortable for this mild prairie winter we're having this year. I'm sure I'm going to get quite bit of wear out of this garment.

The Stats:  

Fabric:    2.6 metres $15.87 ($18.00 - 70% off + taxes)

Pattern:  OOP McCall's 7946, already priced out with this one.  

Thread:  Averaged out $4.00 for the sewing machine and serger. I finished off a spool of thread during this project.  

Additional Tools and Supplies:  Sewing machine, serger, walking foot, cutting table, scissors, and pins, and three enjoyable hours listening to the radio while sewing.  

Happy Sewing!  


  1. I'm really questioning that whole horizontal stripes rule. As a short brick they are supposed to be verboten for me. This looks great on you! I have some striped jersey in the stash and I'm going to go ahead and make myself a striped tee shirt. I feel like a rebel!

    1. Thanks, I had fun with this project and breaking rules.

  2. I think it looks great! You find the best fabric, I swear. :)


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