There’s something so practical and versatile about a 1940s jumper-dress – I’ve seen a few on Instagram lately and was inspired to sew my own version.
The pattern I went with is DuBarry 5235, which has been in my queue for 10 years… It’s circa WWII-era but I’m not sure of the exact date.
It turned out so well, that I ended making it up in two colours – black and brown.
The great thing about this pattern is that there’s a massive seam allowing down the sides – meaning I didn’t need to do much to enlarge it.
I laid all the pieces out, measured them (excluding the seam allowance) and then compared to my own measurements.
I choose to use a side zipper because they’re easy to install, but the version with the button closure looks super cute too. I may try it next time.
I’m over the moon with how this pattern has turned out – really flattering and a perfect way to get that vintage vibe at work.
Fabric: both versions – gaberdine from Lincraft
- Add some extra width at the side seams
- Cut an armhole facing instead of bias binding
- Lowered the points of the bust darts
Overall? There’s not much to say except this was a really enjoyable pattern and it’s now a wardrobe staple (along with swing pants).
The instructions are a tad ambiguous but most sewers could figure them out.
I just have to add a photo of Jakk from that day – doesn’t she look amazing in her 1950s menswear.