Step into the story of “Little Women” with this delightful Civil War Era Jumper and Blouse ensemble by Keepers Dolly Duds. Make it up with lace trim and light colors to make a charming outfit for Amy's school days or skip the trim to make a handsome frock for the spirited Jo.
The jumper is a simple skirt gathered into a curved waistband that gently shapes the waistline. Wide straps hug the shoulders giving it a classic 1860s outline. The straps are fixed in place and the skirt fastens in the back with a single snap. Lace or other trim can be applied along the edges of the straps and waistband for a graceful appearance. The blouse features full billowing sleeves, popular in the early 1860s, that fasten at the cuff with a button and button loop. It fastens in back with three buttons, although snaps or hook and loop tape can be used if preferred. The ruffled stand-up collar and decorative stitching and buttons give this simple blouse a dash of elegance that is perfectly suited to the jumper.
Suggested Fabrics: Jumper in lightweight cotton, cotton blends, cotton shirting, gingham, wool shirting, silk, or linen. Not suitable for knits. Blouse in lightweight cotton, cotton blends, batiste, voile, or silk. Not suitable for knits.
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 20 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.
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I don't have an embroidery machine, so I hand embroidered the embellishments on the blouse. I did use cotton homespun and I think it looks good for this pattern, but it was kind of hard to work with. When I make this again, I will use a good, sturdy cotton or cotton blend. Still I think it looks nice.
This pattern was easy to follow, the fit was perfect and the design is beautiful. I really like the directions because they are clearly pictured and described....but concisely, instead of being strung out over dozens of pages. I like to print my patterns for easy reference.
Keepers' patterns are always excellent. Instructions are always clear, and surprisingly compact. This was surprisingly fast to sew. The instructions guided so well, it seemed really fast. I love the historicals, so no surprise that I love this one. I can't wait for the rest of the patterns in this series to be made. (I hope!) Oh, scroll in close to see the collar on this one. First time I have made a blouse like this. It solves the problem of having stand-up collars falling down. I also loved playing with my decorative stitches. I used a light tearaway stabilizer under my fabric to stitch the decorative stitches. The placement lines on the pattern ensured perfect placement.