Sunday, January 15, 2023

Winter 2023--a good time to try layering for warmth!

Winter Jumper Ideas

With the variety of weather situations, you might want to be prepared for some stormy weather!  If it is really cold be sure to have a pack containing extra clothing -underlinings and extra outer coverings, pajamas if you are fortunate enough to stop at a motel/hotel. Be sure to have a couple extra good blankets/quilts that will keep you warm if stranded and you run out of gas or electricity.  It helps to be prepared as much as you can for whatever happens.

One of my favorites is wearing jumpers--underneath you can wear a warm turtleneck sweater along with leggings or long underwear with warm knee-highs and over all that a button or zip sweater and/or jacket.

Just a simple look for a jumper dress style that most all figures can wear.  This is actually a ready-to-wear apron found at this sight.  One could use a skirt and just figure out a bib style that would fit and add ties to crisscross in back with buttons and buttonholes. 

This is an old favorite from many years ago and is still available from Paisley Pincushion

This is a very workable pattern for everyday wear from Mildred Pinafore Dress.

This one is out of print but available in certain sizes on ebay.

This is the Smith Pinafore Dress.  Less waste to make.

 I like to wear jumpers!  I find them a very comfortable outfit.  They come in various styles and make for great layering in cooler seasons.

A variation of the Hinterland Dress.

This is the Penney Pinafore Dress.
McCalls has this on sale now for $4.99.

McCalls has a more fitted version.

 This pattern intrigues me because at this point in my life I prefer to have a hint of waist rather than fitted as they are much more comfortable to move around in.  I ordered this in PDF  from The Assembly Line Shop and am looking forward to making it in a heavy cotton.

There are many styles available on Ebay and Etsy.  Check them out if you want some classic styles. Otherwise you can use a shirt dress pattern and make a top without sleeves and collar with larger openings and bind or face them.

While searching for some patterns on Etsy, I found an interesting shirt dress pattern listed.  It is different in that the skirt has semi-fitted  panels which gives more fullness at the hemline and less bulk at the waist.  She has an Etsy store  where this pattern is available.

This one would work if you left off the collar and made a wider neck opening.

Then as an addendum, TAL has a new "shirtwaist" dress pattern that one could make in heavier fabrics for winter wear.

by The Assembly Line 

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