Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Janey Jumper Pattern Review

I bought myself the Janey Jumper from The Cottage Mama for myself for Christmas. Inspired by her recent post, I decided to make my daughter a Christmas dress. On a side note how did I not think of making a Christmas outfit for my daughter before? I went to Joann and found the cutest fabric among the cheesy Christmas fabric. I got to work reading all of the instructions and reviewing the pattern pieces.

After a few set backs, I finished the dress. Isn't it beautiful? My daughter is getting it as part of her gifts so she hasn't seen it yet but I am sure she will love it. I will be making different sizes/ variations for her so in order to preserve the pattern I decided to trace the pattern on paper using my tracing pen. The pattern doesn't have very many pattern pieces so it doesn't require much time to trace/cut the pattern out and get started.

The dress is fully lined, which I love, giving it a very professional quality. I was a little intimidated at first since I am a beginner, but her pattern was very easy to follow/sew. For all of the dress variations, three total, the dress is constructed in the same way so it will only get easier every time I make the dress. The pattern uses a 1/2 seam allowance, a huge plus, making it much easier for me when it comes to sewing. I always seem to mess up when using a 1/4 seam allowance.

I decided to add my own label inside the lining. I did mess up though, I forgot you have to fold the ends in slightly before you sew the label in place, oops! I will keep that in mind for next time.

This dress uses a simple loop closure which I have never used before. My mom came over today, she has over 40 years sewing experience, and she told me I placed the loop down too low and I placed the button out to far. I can fix the button but not the loop so I will keep that in mind for next time. Overall I really loved this pattern, Lindsay guided you in every step of the process and she even answered my questions when I was stuck. I learned some new sewing techniques and I saw the importance of using an iron when you sew.

I did have a couple of suggestions that would improve the pattern. First it would be nice if the back cover had the different variations images marked with the correct variation letter. I kept having to go through the instructions to figure out that the ruffle version was B. Also the instructions don't show a picture of the loop/button closure which would have helped me greatly since I didn't know what it should look like. Finally some of the steps are a little tricky because it seems like you are doing it wrong when you follow the instructions, or is it just me second guessing myself? It would be great if she had some videos that you could watch that detailed the tricky steps. I look forward to buying her second pattern next month for my birthday!

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