A Two Holiday Reversible Fall Jumper

October 24, 2017By Janice FergusonDIY, Garment, Projects 13 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

One garment for two fall holidays! This easy reversible A-line jumper features Halloween designs on one side and Thanksgiving on the other.The easy lining/reversing technique requires only 4” of handsewing. This might be one of your favorite patterns!

Requirements:

  • Fabric: Black pique’, brown pique’ (yardage according to size), orange gingham 3/8 yd. for hemline border and 1/3 yd. for optional self-made piping
  • Scallop template

  • Purple spaghetti bias or bias tape: 1 2/3 yd for size 3
  • Notions: orange piping, self-made from gingham or purchased commercially, 1 yd. of 3/8” orange grosgrain ribbon, card stock for scallop template, six ¾” buttons
  • New Look pattern 6504

Reversible Fall Jumper

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Optional but Helpful:

  • Spray adhesive, fray block, basting glue
  • Stabilizer: Tearaway + optional iron-on for light to medium weight fabrics
  • Threads: black and brown for construction, white or orange for basting scalloped hemline, monofilament for spaghetti bias and rick rack attachment, embroidery threads

Designs:

The Black Halloween Dress Side

Dress Front

  1. Cut one front from black pique. Press vertical crease at center.
  2. Cut one orange gingham strip 4” x width of skirt hemline + 2”. Spray starch and press until crisp and mark the center.
  3. Print template which will require two 8.5×11” sheets. Tape them together on the short side.
Note: Printing on card stock makes tracing onto gingham easier and more accurate.
  1. Cut out the template.
  2. Place bottom of template on the raw edge of the gingham strip, matching the center of the strip with the mark on the center template scallop. Trace scallops on the gingham with a water or heat erasable marker.

  1. Adhere orange gingham to front with spray adhesive, matching the cneter line of the gingham scallop with the black front crease. Disregard the skirt’s curved hemline.
  2. Straight stitch on marked line with shortened stitch length of 2.0.
  3. Trim close to stitching with shortened stitch length of 2.0.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. Join scalloped edge to black front by straight stitching very close to the raw edge with a shortened stitch length of 2.0.
  2. Trim gingham to match black side raw edge.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. Stitch gingham to hemline in same manner. Double check to see that the width of the gingham is the same at each side. It should be 1.5”. If not, make adjustment.

Embroidery

  1. Center and embroider a pumpkin patch kid in outer scallops as shown and the sunflower in the center scallop. All will fit in 4×4 frame.
Note: Your fabric may require an iron on tearaway stabilizer with another tearaway in the frame.
  1. Embroider Happy Halloween below neckline.
  2. Center Happy Halloween text 3” below neckline. Text is for 4×4 (simple font) and 5×7. Or use PE-Design to create larger or other text if you prefer.

Reversible Fall Jumper

Dress Back

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. Cut out back pattern piece.
  2. Press vertical crease back. Mark crease with straight pin at hemline.
  3. Place mark 1 ½´” at each side.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. Cut one orange gingham strip 4”wide. Starch, press, and mark center.
  2. Adhere gingham to skirt hemline, using template to mark center scallop on gingham. Transfer 1 ½” mark to outer edge of gingham, matching to edge of black skirt. Continue marks to edge of skirt.

Reversible Fall Jumper

Note: Ouch! The gingham border would have been much nicer if a French curve had been used to curve the line from the last scallop to the skirt side. Instead a straight edge was used.
  1. Stitch gingham to skirt along marked line with shortened stitch length of 2.0.
  2. Trim close to stitching line.
  3. Trim gingham along sides and bottom as on front in step #10.
  4. Stitch gingham to skirt very close to raw edge of hemline.

Embroidery

  1. Open Pumpkin Spray in PE-Design. Reduce size to width 82.6 and height to 36.10.
  2. Transfer design to machine. Center and embroider in scallop.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. Stack right sides together with front on top. Seam right side with 5/8” seam allowance and press seam open.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. Cover top raw edge of gingham hemline trim with spaghetti bias. Apply a small amount of basting glue near the raw edge, along one section at a time. Promptly apply the bias taking care to place the seam side of the bias against the glue.
  2. Stitch on lower side of bias with monofilament thread and zig zag W 1.0, L 1.0 stitch. Cut spaghetti bias when peak of scallop is reached.
Note: Raw bias edges should be treated with fray block. They will be covered by a ¾” button. Folding over the bias creates unnecessary bulk and exposes the seamline of the bias.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. Continue in this manner along the length of the gingham hemline trim.
  2. Return to the beginning of the bias and stitch the opposite side, as before.
  3. Cover bias cuts at scallop points with ¾” buttons stitched in place.

Reversible Fall Jumper

Note: I really regret not curving the back bias to the side.
  1. Apply piping across top, from left armhole to right armhole. By using white contrasting bobbin thread, it will be easier later to seam the Halloween and Thanksgiving sides by stitching directly on the piping seam line.
Note: Clipping the bias very frequently and closely makes smoother application. The corners were curved slightly. It is easier to apply piping to a curved corner and in my humble opinion the visual effect is not diminished.

Reversible Fall Jumper

The Brown Thanksgiving Dress Side

Note: Construction differs from front. Read step #37 carefully!
  1. Cut out front and back from brown pique’. Fold the brown Thanksgiving front in half vertically, as before, and iron in a center crease.
Note: These corners were not curved.
  1. Embroider Give Thanks pumpkin below neckline.

Reversible Fall Jumper

Note: Fall leaves border is made up of two designs combined, BIC-MTGDED016 with multiple leaves and a bunch of grapes and BIC-MTGTTF003 a single leaf. Three BIC-MTGDED016 are separated by the single leaf BIC-MTGTTF003. Arranged as shown, the border measures 13.85”, and will fit in the 9.5 x 14”Dream Machine frame. Individual segments will fit in the 4×4 or 5×7 hoop. The border hoop makes easy work of the combined designs.
  1. Embroider the fall leaf border.
Note: If the skirt is too short to fit in your largest hoop, join a scrap on either side to lengthen it.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. The back leaf border is shorter.

Construction

  1. Stack the front and back, right sides together with the front on top. Now here is how the back construction differs from the front.
  2. Seam the LEFT side and press seam open.
  3. Apply orange baby piping below leaf border across seamed skirt. A tiny zig zag w 1.5, L 1.5 stitched with monofilament works well. On this dress, a line was drawn 3 ½” from the raw bottom edge, following the curve. A second line was drawn 5 ¾” from the bottom raw edge, again following the curve.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. Stack front to back, with front on top. Pin in place and stitch across top, from armhole to armhole, directly on top of white stitching which joined piping to dress front and back.
Note: The brown pique straps have not been curved. They will be trimmed after the tops are seamed together.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. Stitch along hemline, joining the two dresses, leaving side seams open. Clip curves and grade seams. I prefer trimming one seam to ¼” and the other to 3/8”. The two dresses are now seamed together along the top and hemline, everywhere but the sides. Now here is the part that seems tricky but like learning to ride a bike, it really is easy once you do it.
  2. With black/Halloween side on top, reach your left hand in between layers. We’ll call that side #1. Reach across to the right open side and grasp the black dress front, called– you guessed it– side #2.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. Bring side #2 to side #1, matching black to black and brown to brown. This creates a circular opening.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. Pin, matching underarm seams and hemline.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. Begin and end with a few stitches perpendicular to the seam. This makes closing the seam easier later.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. Pull jumper through opening, smoothing out straps. Press.
  2. Hand stitch the 4” opening closed.
  3. Stitch 2 buttonholes in each strap. Match the width of the buttonhole with the width of the ribbon that will be used for ties.
Note: I like to make buttonholes on THE Dream Machine. Various standard sizes were downloaded and a sample piece of color coded sizes was made. By slipping a button through the appropriate hole, I can immediately stitch it perfectly on THE Dream Machine.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. After marking the buttonhole placement, the two back straps were pinned near the top of hooped stabilizer and the scan function highlighted below was engaged.

Reversible Fall Jumper
Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. A straight stitch rectangle was selected from the shapes menu on the opening screen and used to baste the straps in place.

Reversible Fall Jumper

Overview: Notice the red dot which shows exactly where the center of the design will be. The first box highlighted above does that for you. The front straps were pulled to the front. The buttonholes there were embroidered in the same manner in the same frame just in front of the back straps. It required only one hooping. That’s nice.

Reversible Fall Jumper

  1. Remove straps from frame. Cut open buttonholes.
  2. Overlap straps and tie inserted ribbon. But pay attention. Can you spot the boo boo in this photo?

Reversible Fall Jumper

With one garment you cover two holidays. This same easy reversible technique can be applied to many other patterns. Happy Halloween and Happy Thanksgiving to all you dear readers.

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13 Comments

  • Janice, what a wonderful idea to make this dress and be able to wear it for two holidays. I love this idea. Your work is always beautiful and you are so creative.

  • Thank you, Betty. With Halloween and Thanksgiving so close together on the calendar, I can’t keep up with holiday garments unless I make them dual purpose. This is such a neat technique. Thank you to Louise Baird who first showed me.

  • Janice, what a cute idea! I like the idea of making the buttonholes with the embroidery machine because you avoid the bulk of the piped seam! Genius!

    • Terry, I think you would really like doing buttonholes on your machine. I’ve put the designs in my machine memory and keep my little fabric buttonholes “cheat sheet in the pocket of the apron in front of my machine. Just pop your button into a hole that fits, call up that color buttonhole from your memory and you are ready for a perfectly accurate, easy, no-measuring buttonholes. So handy!

    • Thanks J Day. As I was making this, it reminded me of Martha Pullen’s comment about her many shell tops. She often commented that after she accidentally “fed her bosom” at lunch, she could just pop in the ladies room and turn the shell around! This would work for this garment as well. At the Halloween gathering, a spill would be unseen when the dress was flipped to the Thanksgiving side!

  • Thanks, Joanne for your sweet comment. Jumpers are truly a timeless style and can be worn with or without a shirt. They are especially suitable for Florida as the temperature may be 85 degrees or 40 on Halloween or Thanksgiving or even Christmas!

  • This two in one jumper is sew cute! I’ve always wanted to try a scalloped border and would love to have a clickable link for the template. I can see this idea for Christmas and Valentine’s Day, too!

  • Donna, the reversible jumper is perfect for any season. Actually, the lining/reverse side makes construction so much easier than dealing with facings and hems. I’m glad you like it.

  • Janice, I just love this reversible jumper. I’m tucking this idea away to use in the future. What little girl wouldn’t just love this?

  • I love this idea for a festive and versatile dress! This is the perfect outfit to make for my little cousin to wear next year.

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