Last week I was in Hancock Fabrics and Vogue patterns were on sale. Of course I bought a few, including Very Easy Vogue 9122. I thought about this pattern all week–I love jumpers and this one looked super easy. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to use some of my left-over leopard sweat knit (with the fleece reverse) for the inset.
Now this fabric is super thick, so I knew I needed something else relatively thick for the rest of the jumper. The only thing that I had in my stash that would coordinate and be of the right thickness was some Polartec 200 black fleece. I know that I could have ordered some non-fleece fabric and waited to make this jumper another day, but who wants to do that???? I wanted to make this jumper today, and so I decided I was going to make a jumper out of fleece. For the record, I did Google “fleece dress” just to make sure there were other fleece dresses out there. Finding some, I proceeded.
Since my fleece had some stretch, I cut the back on the fold and omitted the zipper. I also omitted the lining–can you imagine if I had lined the fleece jumper???? That would be one warm garment!! I’m sweating a little just thinking about it!
This pattern includes some serious ease. My measurements are 34-28-38, and I cut a 12 in the bodice and graded out to a 14 in the waist and hips. Even using a very bulky fabric, I ended taking each side in at least two inches. When I make this pattern again, which I will, I’m going to go down at least one size.
I used the coverstitch machine on the hem, neck, and arm holes. I also serged all of the seams because I thought it might help control the overall bulkiness of all the seams.
I really do love this leopard sweater-knit. If you love it too, you can find it on the Mood web-site.
I think I need a new long-sleeve black tee. My current one looks kinda faded in comparison to my super-warm jumper.
I don’t know if I’ve broken some fashion rule by making a jumper out of fleece, but I will tell you one thing. This baby is warm and cozy. Come January, I’m gonna be all about my fleece jumper and the haters are going to be saying, “Man, I wish I had me a fleece jumper too.”