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A corduroy jumper for Elle

Crazy K | Posted in Photo Gallery on

Hi all,  Just finished a corduroy jumper for DGD and thought I’d post.  I’m happy with it.  Kind of wild but that’s what the kids like and she’s barely 4 so she can pull of about anything!! ha  I added the piping and the ruffle (with my new ruffler!!).  It was a tad short looking and I would have done a larger ruffle but ran out of fabric…sob…  Anyway, I hope she likes it.  I need to make a shirt and pants so we can get together for a ‘fashion show’……then I’ll know if I have to adjust sizes before I make more.

Thanks for looking.  Kwik Sew Pattern and no embroidery on this one…….busy enough!!


Edited 9/10/2008 4:37 pm ET by Crazy K

Edited 9/11/2008 10:24 pm ET by Crazy K


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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    Hi Kay, such a happy fabric. Much joy to work with. Little People are such fun to sew for aren't they? Cathy

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    VKStitcher | | #2

    Oh so cute!  What fun to sew for little girls.  :-)

  3. Josefly | | #3

    I'll bet she'll love it!

  4. Gloriasews | | #4

    Very, very cute!  Excellent job!  I've never seen corduroy like that - you were lucky to find it - it's so cheerful.  If the jumper is too short, you could always add ruffles to the hem ruffle in plain colours that match the colours in the jumperm & they wouldn't look 'added on'.


    1. Crazy K | | #5

      Thanks for the kind words!!  The fabric is from Hancock Fabrics.  When I saw it, I knew it had to come home with me!!  Since Elle's 'favorite' color now is purple, I will make a long-sleeved tee in ....yup, purple.....to wear with the jumper.   Haven't gotten that done yet.

      Thanks for the extra ruffle idea.  That would work great since there are so many pretty shades in the fabric.

      Thanks to everyone for the nice comments!! 


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        JunkQueen | | #6

        Fantastic. I love to sew for little girls. They are up for anything.Great job. And I love the idea of the solid colored ruffles. Purple tights to match the long sleeve tee will work too!

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          ThreadKoe | | #8

          I see we are on the same wave length this morning! Cathy

          1. Crazy K | | #9

            Hi Ladies,

            Yup, I had thought of that!!  I have a pattern for leggings but to find the proper color could be a challenge.......make/buy the leggings first and then get a top that works with them............sounds like a plan to me!!  I'm hoping that the jumper will be long enough for starters......adding another ruffle in a solid color is an option as well.  I love the leggings idea though..........little girls are so cute with those.

            Thanks for the kind words and input!! 


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            ThreadKoe | | #10

            There are enough wonderful colours in there that you should be able to match something. Even if the purple is hard. Then perhaps a touch of purple trim or embroidery just on the hems and neckline to tie it in. It might not be too much. Just a thought. Cathy

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        ThreadKoe | | #7

        A cute pair of purple leggings with the purple T and she would be right in fashion for now also. Then it would not matter if it was a little short either. The long top/short dress style seems to be coming in with leggings right now. Cathy

        1. Crazy K | | #13

          I was hoping I could edit and add the other photo.....guess not! So, I'll do it this way........got the tee shirt done.  Kwik Sew pattern.......a more girly shirt than a regular t-shirt.  Had the knit in my stash.....whoo hoo

          Thanks for looking!.........again!! tee hee

          1. Gloriasews | | #14

            What a great match!  Perfect!


          2. SAAM | | #15

            What a fabulous outfit! Your granddaughter will love it. the purple is a perfect match. How lucky to have it in your stash.

          3. rodezzy | | #16

            Ohhhhh, thats so precious.  She is going to be so cute in that outfit.  She will be blushing from all the attention she'll get, especially when she tells who made it for her.  What a lucky little sweetie pie!

          4. Crazy K | | #17

            He he giggle........she probably will never tell anyone who made it..........she's really shy about talking to people.  I'm sure that will change but right now she's the one to hide behind mommy's leg!! ha ha  Guess with all the 'stranger danger' out there, that isn't all bad that she stays really close to mom.....or dad........or big brothers or sister.  She's the caboose........sister is a senior in college, one brother is 17, the other 14!!

            Thanks for the kind words!


          5. rodezzy | | #18

            Awww, what a sweetie.  They probably all spoil her, including you.  So sweet.  My oldest granddaughter was a daddy's baby.  She didn't even want me to hug my own son.  "That's MY DADDY" she would yell at me.  "NO, NO, NO"!  THAT'S MY DADDY". 

            Giggle, that was such a hoot back then.  Now she's a young lady of 16 with drivers license and just got a job in sales.  She's very smart and a year ahead in school.  Her daddy can hardly keep up with her now.  Giggle, the winds of change!

          6. Ceeayche | | #19

            Crazy K...

            The outfit is adorable.  Reminds me of my favorite outfit when I was in 5th grade in the mid sixties!  Your GD is blessed with a wonderful grandma-- who has great talent.  Any little girl that loves these lively colors is no shrinking violet!  She's probably a vibrant personality waiting for the right moment to blossom for us!

          7. MaryinColorado | | #27

            That's quite a difference in age for them, I never heard of the term "caboose" but sure got a kick out of it.  (Thanks for a new nickname for my little brother, he he he)

          8. sewelegant | | #22

            I echo all the kudos on the jumper.  If you have enough purple knit to make another ruffle I think that would look great at the hemline.  It also looks like you could make endless co-ordinating tee and leotard combos with all the lively colors, but I like the idea of black, even for a four year old. 

          9. Crazy K | | #23

            Thank you.  The photo doesn't show well but the background color is actually chocolate brown.  I had to go back and look......the pix makes it look black.  As for the purple ruffle, I actually have purple baby cord.......same as the jumper so that would work, too.

            Thanks again......you are all so kind.


          10. MaryinColorado | | #26

            What a perfect match!  Wow!  She will be one happy little girl when she sees this one!  Impeccable work too! 

            Osh Kosh B'Gosh and Carters used to have alot of great colored tights and matching tops.  You can do a search online of where their stores and outlets are located.  I even used to find striped or other printed tights for DGD.  SEw fun

            Edited 9/17/2008 12:37 am by MaryinColorado

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            JunkQueen | | #34

            CrazyK, I've sorta been out of the loop for a week or so and am just now catching up on this thread. I love this outfit. You have done a superb job. That fabric lends itself to several different color tops as well as the "perfect purple" you had in you stash -- how lucky was THAT?? Your success is making me want to get out in my work room and get busy. Thanks for posting your results.

          12. Crazy K | | #35

            Thanks to everyone for the kind words.  You make my day!!!!!!!!!!


  5. rodezzy | | #11

    Oh, I have to say.....Fashion has truly come Full Circle......If that's not 1960's reproduction fabric, I'll eat my stash.  Wonderful.  I love the added piping, it gives it a calm structure and your new ruffler is getting a great workout.  Looks just darling.  I love it, love it, love it! 

    My GD picked some flower power fleece last winter for the jacket I made with her.  It was so pink, I was feeling young again.  giggle. 

    Wonderful Crazy K.

    1. Crazy K | | #12

      Yep, you can eat your stash......cuz all of that was so popular then..........along with the polyester leisure suits!!  I made lots of poly clothes for me since I was on a very low budget and it was relatively inexpensive........no ironing, easy to sew.......they were great.  I see some of the polyester crepe knit is back in the fabric stores.  Not so sure I'll have a whole wardrobe of that again tho!

      I must say the jumper was fun........just looking at the fabric was an 'upper'!! ha I have some interlock in the right shade of purple to make a shirt but there are so many colors, finding other things shouldn't be too hard.

      Thanks to all!! You ladies truly inspire me...........and add a giggle or two here and there as well!


      1. MaryinColorado | | #25

        Since you have the purple for the T shirt, if there's enough left over, you could use a piece to add a little cuff to a pair of leggings. 

        I also saw an interesting serger technique for faux piping with interlock or other knit fabric.  You just take clear elastic and wrap a strip of fabric around it, do a 3 thread overlock on the open edge.  Then you just insert it in the seam like piping on a knit shirt or pants, etc.  Knowing how much you sew, you probably have already tried this. 

        You're doing great with that ruffler, and I'm sure you are really enjoying it. 

  6. charm | | #20

    lovely outfit!!!! I say try purple pantyhose with dress shoes would make her look like she is on a runnerway!

    1. Crazy K | | #21

      Thanks!  I love your idea.........not sure if they make purple tights in the right color but it surely would a cute outfit!

  7. MaryinColorado | | #24

    It's so adorable!  I love wild patterns on little girls, especially the large florals.  You do such professional looking work and always add those extra touches.  You're the expert on piping, what's your secret?  Love the matching buttons and bright pink facing!  She will look so cute! 

    (My grand daughter is almost 15 now, but everyone still thinks of her when they see sunflowers because I made her so many outfits when she was little that either the fabric, applique, embroidery, buttons, or attatched embellishment was sunflowers.)  They have always been her and her grandpa's favorite flower. 

    1. Crazy K | | #28

      Well, hi Mary!  thanks for the kindness.  I had to chuckle when your wrote about the piping.  it did turn out nicely but ............hang on.........would you believe......this is the first piping I have done?????  Yup, never done it before.  I've done lots of other goofy things but never piping.  So......my secret is this:  Beginners luck!! ha ha

      Yes, caboose is a famous saying around here (or at least with people I've known) for speaking of the last in a family.......especially if there were several years in between.  Not sure who started it or where it came from but it is accurate.

      I have more baby cord. and have to make another jumper for little Taylor.  Just haven't done it yet.  I've been doing some odds & ends sewing for DD and helping a neighbor make fleece mittens for children that are served by our Salvation Army.  They said they had quite a need for school age children this year......more than ever before.  We found a pattern where the thumb and hand portion are one piece.....reduced it for kids and are lining them with flannel and using ribbing around the wrist.  My neighbor sews around the hand part and then I serge the ribbing on.  In an hour or so, we can do about 6-7 pair.  No high speed production but over time we will get a lot done. 

      Thanks again...........good to hear from you.


      1. MaryinColorado | | #29

        Your first time!  That's great that it turned out so well.  Sometimes I think some are born with the sewing gene.  Mary

        1. Crazy K | | #30

          If that's the case I got my 'sewing gene' from my maternal grandma.  She passed on before I was born but she sewed for the 'rich town folk' when raising her family and trying to make ends meet on the farm.  I think I also got the ability to 'feel' fabric because I rarely get burned buying stuff that is of a level just one notch above junk!  That is not to say I don't buy inexpensive pieces when appropriate.......I always try to get a bargain unless it's for something long-term or very special.

          My mom didn't sew (there was little time on the farm) but I do remember her making a slipcover complete with welting......and she also made mother-daughter sundresses when I was a wee lass.  Those are the only two things I remember her making.  I started sewing at 9 and soon took over making things for her as well as myself!

          Now.........wait a minute.........I am no couture sewist/tailor by any stretch........just plain everyday stuff but I like to do the best I can.  I was taught that 'if something is worth doing, it's worth doing well'.

          Anyhoo......thanks for the kind words.........the jumper was fun.....and when sewing is no longer fun, it's no longer fun to do!!  Crazy words of wisdom!! ha ha


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            ThreadKoe | | #31

            I am of the belief that certain abilities are passed from generation to generation. That does not mean the INTEREST is always there, but the knack for doing certain types of work or related abilities is. Sewing, knitting, millinery, beadwork have all been passed down in my mother's maternal side for generations. A lot was by necessity, but all that did (in the past) were highly skilled. My husband is descended from a line of dairymen going back 1000 years. Even my brothers are skilled craftsmen or artists. Each of my girls have talents in different art forms, music, art, photography. It sometimes skips a generation, but pops up again. Ever notice that some families seem to have a large number of people involved in a particular type of job or hobby, even if they are only distant relatives? Cathy
            (My Mom was into genealogy)

          2. Crazy K | | #32

            You have a very interesting idea...........and I guess I have to agree............


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            ThreadKoe | | #33

            Your selling yourself short on your ability. From what you have posted pics of, They have all been creative, well crafted and designed, the colour choices wonderful. You obviously enjoy what you do, and it shows! Cathy

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