Our fabulous hostess, Amy from Badskirt, is here today to tell you all about our two-week Jump Rope Dress Sew-Along. If you still don’t have your pattern, purchase today and get caught up this weekend!

Welcome to the Jump Rope Dress Sew-Along at Sew,Mama,Sew! with your cohosts Amy of Badskirt, Amanda of Sasikirana, and Jeanne of Night Knitter. This sew-along is based on the Jump Rope Dress pattern by Oliver+S. Patterns are available for purchase at Sew,Mama,Sew! and Badskirt (shipping from Australia). But be quick! This pattern has been discontinued, so don’t miss out.

We’ve setup a Flickr group to show off your progress, look for inspiration and ask questions. We hope you can join us.

Sew-Along Schedule
We’ll be sewing together over the course of the next two weeks, but you’re welcome to come back and use the sew-along for reference at any time. Below is the rough schedule that we’ll be following. We’ve left a long weekend in there for those who can’t sew at night or need to play catch up.

We’ll also have a surprise or two along the way!

A Few Things about the Pattern
Pattern Styles
The Jump Rope Dress pattern comes with instructions for making two different styles of dresses, both with rounded collars and plackets. View A has short sleeves featuring folded cuffs and sleeve tabs. The dropped gathered waist is completed with belt loops and decorative sash. View B has long sleeves, an A-line shape and bias gathered pockets.
Note: The sleeves are interchangeable between the dresses. Fabric requirements would need to be adjusted to swap the sleeves.
During the sew-along, we will be showing both views and helping you through any tricky bits. If you’re concerned about pattern difficulty, it would be easier to start with View B.

Pattern Sizes
The Jump Rope Dress pattern comes in two sizes 6M-3T and 4-8. This pattern is designed to fit a bit slimmer in the chest, so be sure to look at the finished sizes for the garment when selecting which size to make. The smaller pattern runs a bit snug, but the larger pattern is a truer fit. When in doubt, always go up in size. Children will always grow into things.

Pattern Notions and Supplies
Only a handful of notions are required for the pattern:

  • Thread
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing
  • 3/8”-1/2” Buttons – 7 for view A and 3 for view B
    Tip: If buttons and buttonholes are intimidating, you can substitute snaps.

Sewing Tools:
Only very basic sewing tools are needed to complete this pattern. If you’re new to garment sewing, have a peak at Sew Sally’s very helpful Garment Sewing Toolkit post at Sew,Mama,Sew!

Once you’ve gathered your supplies we’re ready to get sewing!

* Win a new Oliver + S sewing pattern of your choice, courtesy of Oliver + S. (4 winners, See the selection at Sew,Mama,Sew! & Badskirt)

* Win a pack of 12 fat quarters from the new City Weekend fabric collection by Liesl Gibson for Moda, courtesy of Sew,Mama,Sew! (3 winners)

To enter the drawing: