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Review of Kathy's Button Front Jumper

A-line skirt, button down front jumper

A Jumper pattern from Common Sense patterns

As noted on the home page, this was my second order from Kathy's Modest Clothing Common Sense patterns. I ordered it in two size ranges, one for preteen sizing, and one for mommy sized. As before, the pattern arrived about 6 weeks after ordering on quality paper with clear instructions. Kathy and John have emailed me telling me that orders are now arriving within three weeks, which is good news if you're antsy to get your project going.

I have a little more trouble with button holes than I like to admit, so in the end the project was a bit of a challenge. Other than that, the instructions were easy to follow. I made the unlined bodice, though the pattern comes with instructions for a fully lined bodice as well. I would have liked the fold line and interfacing line on the front center marked on the pattern, rather than just given in the instructions.

Assembling the Jumper

The sewing only took me a few hours, and then the button holes. This pattern is a classic, with hidden pockets, princess seam bodice, and an A line skirt. There is also an option for a back tie to ensure your own fit.

The bodice is not lined, taking advantage of bias tape finishing. Instructions are included if you prefer to line your bodice. I chose a nice satin seam binding tape that matched the fabric. This keeps the jumper nice and light for summer wear, if you make it from summery fabric.

I wear this jumper a lot. I love the inset pockets and how comfortable it is. Personally, I like a little more width in my skirt -- enough to do a kick. The A-line skirt is just a little less wide than I like.

This pattern is pretty simple, and I recommend it for a good basic jumper pattern. You can purchase this pattern online at Kathy's Modest Clothing Common Sense patterns.


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