Embroidered Cotton Jumper
Last fall I espoused the simplicity and versatility of the huipil with my Embroidered Denim Jumper. Its timeless shape is easy to sew and even easier to wear, but my favorite part of the huipil is, of course, its unique and beautiful hand embroidered yoke.
This summer I wanted to make one for my year-old daughter. There is no better warm weather outfit, and there’s no one I’d rather sew for than her! For Lupe’s dress I used breezy Kona Cotton in bright white and adorned the neckline with playful zig zag embroidery in a candy-colored rainbow of DMC floss.
I can’t wait to put little Lupe in this crisp summery Embroidered Cotton Jumper! It’s classic and one-of-a-kind, just like her! --Molly
- An Embroidered Cotton Jumper Neck Template printed and cut out. It is available to download for free here. The Neck Template is the same for both sizes.
6-months or 12-months
- The pattern below will show you how to make the jumper from start to finish, but for even more details and photos please see my previous Embroidered Denim Jumper project here.
- All the embroidery is done using three strands of the DMC floss.
For the 6-month size cut:
- A rectangle 12 inches wide by 13 inches tall. This is the Bodice.
- Two rectangles 14 inches wide by 12 1/2 inches tall. These are the Skirt Pieces.
For the 12-month size cut:
- A rectangle 14 inches wide by 15 inches tall. This is the Bodice.
- Two rectangles 16 inches wide by 14 1/2 inches tall. These are the Skirt Pieces.
Embroidering the Neck
Fold the Bodice in half width-wise so that the shorter sides meet each other and press. Mark the center of the folded top edge.
Center and trace the Neck Template below the folded edge, as shown above.
Cut along the marked line to cut out the neck.
The cut neck edge will be finished with a rolled hem and secured with a blanket stitch.
Roll the cut edge of the neck approximately 1/4 inch towards the wrong side of the bodice. Using the floss color 892, blanket stitch this fold down. The stitches should be approximately 1/4 inch long and 1/4 inch apart. For a detailed description of how to do this please see my Embroidered Denim Jumper project here.
To start the diagonal neck embroidery, thread an 18-inch length of floss color 3706 and tie a knot at the end. Pull the thread from the wrong side through to the right side, 1/4 inch directly below the end of one of the blanket stitches. Then, inserting the needle into the bottom tip of the next blanket stitch to the right, exit the needle 1/4 inch directly below that. This will create a diagonally slanting stitch as shown above and below.
Sew around the entire neck in this manner.
For the next layer of embroidery you will be doing the same stitch, but in the opposite direction. So, using floss color 967, pull the thread from the wrong side to the right side 1/4 inch directly below the end of one of the previous diagonal stitches. Then, inserting the needle into the bottom tip of the next blanket stitch to the left, exit the needle 1/4 inch directly below that.
Sew around the entire neck opening in this manner.
Sew one time around with each of the remaining embroidery floss colors in this manner, alternating the diagonal lean of the stitches from right to left.
Starting at the blanket-stitched neck edge and working out, the color order of my neck embroidery is 892, 3706, 967, 307, 3024, and 3846.
Note: For a more step by step pictures of this process please see my previous Embroidered Denim Jumper project here!
For the 6-month size: Make two marks on a long edge of both Skirt Pieces, 5 inches from the left and right sides. This will leave you with a 4-inch area in the center of what-is-now the top side.
For the 12-month size: Make two marks on a long edge of both Skirt Pieces, 6 inches from the left and right sides. This will leave you with a 4-inch area in the center of the top side.
Using a wide basting stitch and a contrasting thread, sew across this 4-inch area with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Back stitch at the beginning of the row, but not at the end. Instead of backstitching, leave a long tail of thread. This is your first row of gathering stitches.
Sew the next row of gathering stitches 1/2 inch below the first row. Start at the opposite end of the 4-inch center area. Again, backstitch at the beginning but not at the end of this row, and leave a long tail.
Now pull on the tails of thread so that the Skirt Piece gathers in the middle. Gather it in until the Skirt becomes the same width as the Bodice.
Repeat for the second Skirt Piece.
Open the Bodice and pin the gathered edges of the Skirt Pieces to opposite bottom sides of the Bodice, right sides together.
Using the matching thread sew the Skirt to the Bodice with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Rip out the gathering stitches. Zig zag stitch across the raw edges of the seam to finish the edges.
Press the seam allowance flat towards the bodice and then sew the allowances to the bodice by topstitching across the bottom edge of the bodice just above the seam.
Turn the jumper wrong sides facing out. Starting 1-inch above the bodice seam pin the left and right raw sides together. Stop pinning 3 inches above the bottom of the Skirt for the 6 month size and 5-inches above the bottom of the Skirt for the 12 month size.
Sew the sides together along the pinned sides with a 1-inch seam allowance, starting and stopping at the first and last pins. This will leave the sleeve area of the Bodice and the bottom of the Skirt unsewn.
Separate the two sides of the seam allowance and press them open, with a 1-inch allowance towards the wrong side of the fabric. When you arrive at the unsewn portions continue pressing the fabric 1-inch towards the wrong side thus leaving those sections open and giving them a folded edge.
Fold the seam allowance 1/2 inch under itself to hide the raw edges all along the entire length of the sides. Press and pin the folds in place, as shown above.
Using floss color 892, sew down these folds using a slip stitch, just as you would a quilt binding. Please see the previous story for step by step instructions and pictures
Press the bottom edges 1/2-inch towards the wrong sides twice and pin the folds in place.
Using a slip stitch sew the bottom hems down, and then turn the jumper right sides out and press it flat.