I'm sure you've been seeing all the gorgeous dresses popping up around the web from the Five and Ten Designs eBook. Five and Ten Designs is a brilliant collaboration of 5 indie designers who came together to make 10 different looks from one basic bodice. The concept is brilliant! There's so much you can do with a basic pattern, and I love how these talented ladies put their own creative spin on each design to come up with a gorgeous collection of 10 different dresses.
After looking through the eBook, "Look 8" by Delia of Delia Creates caught my eye immediately. All the adorable pleats won me over. And the cut out pockets? I couldn't help myself, I had to make one for Haley's fall wardrobe.
I did a little pattern tweaking to make the tunic into a jumper, perfect for fall layering. I simply chopped the shoulders of the front bodice off, lengthened the straps on the back bodice and added buttons. I love how it turned out, and so does Haley! She put it on right away and wouldn't let me take it off.
Since I wanted the jumper to be a little heavier for fall, I used some dark wash denim that I scored from an estate sale for the main fabric. The lining and pocket fabric is LouLouThi Summer Totem Tart by Anna Maria Horner.
Delia's instructions were very clear and easy to follow. For once in my life I didn't have to go back and pick out any stitches :) And while my daughter typically wears a 4T/5, I took a risk and made the jumper in a 6 so she could grow into it. I'm all about letting my kids grow into bigger clothing, especially with handmade clothes because I hate to see them worn for just one season. The jumper fits my little string bean great! It's definitely a bit baggy on her, but that just means I'll get another season out of it.
Haley's favorite feature? The pockets of course. Especially when they're filled with jellybeans ;)