Saturday, June 23, 2012

Butterick 4972 - Misses' Jumper

1970s.

One of the interesting aspects of this pattern is the cover photo, which manages to evoke a rather romantic rural British atmosphere, with the white and red painted stone barn in the slightly misty background and the model's wellies (long before the current craze for Hunter wellies!)  This seems very much in line with some of Laura Ashley's similarly evocative designs of the period, though Butterick's design has abandoned Ashley's fondness for sprigs and flounces and is much more functional.

At first glance this looks like it might be a hoover-fronted dress or apron, but the description called it a "sandwich board jumper."

And here's how you wear it:


Although I always have very poor luck in getting wrapped garments to stay wrapped, this is on the whole a nice design.  It would make a splendid full-coverage kitchen apron.

This printed pattern has not been used.

5 comments:

Shrinky Inky said...

What a blast from the past! I made this while in high school in the mid 70s.

andrea.at.the.blue.door said...

Yes, I think it's a nice pattern for a new-ish maker. Do you remember what inspired you to buy this pattern? Did you wear the jumper much? Did it stay wrapped for you?

mosaicthinking said...

Lordy, lordy, that double tie structure would add bulk to the waist.

Lynore said...

I love this. Is it crazy to want to wear it as a dress? I see it in the winter over a turtleneck and tights with DM boots. Thanks for the inspiration!

andrea.at.the.blue.door said...

Lynore - It's always interesting when a design resonates with readers. I wish I could predict it! You're spot on; back in the day we would have made this in denim or chambray or maybe pin wale corduroy, worn it over a turtleneck (or possibly a shirt *and* a turtleneck) tights, and Frye's "banana" boots - a very presentable campus look.