Why do you ask?
Poor TLo. A dedicated reader will already be aware that TLo has very little in the way of Clothing That Fits, due to her -ahem- Sturdy Build. So I added several jumper patterns to her SWAP list, hoping to have at least two or three for school.
I was really excited to make this BurdaStyle pattern (1-2009 #136A), which I've been eyeing since it came out. Little did I know the shock and horror that would ensue.
Look at those happy little urchins, just frolicking deceptively in the snow. They are so totally not telling the truth about this jumper! Evil, evil urchins.
The first shock came when I finally traced out the pattern pieces and suddenly discovered (I'm a little slow) that the yoke is ONE PIECE. Seriously, this is a freaky piece of design work.
It makes the jumper completely Not Adjustable, because the fit of the jumper is necessarily limited by the size of the head-hole. Since I was up-sizing this a little for TLo, much mathematical confusion ensued leading to a highly typical round of sheer guesswork. Would TLo be able to get her head through it? Who knew?
The second shock came when I began assembling said freaky-head-hole-yoke-piece. Sadly, I decided to make the jumper in a fabric that one could only call "inappropriate". I'm pretty sure it's a Haggar remnant. I got it online for a very good price and if I was making mens' trousers I'd probably be in clover. Sadly, I was making a little girl's jumper. The results were... unpleasant.
Besides my poor fabric choice (much too stiff and egregiously prone to wrinkling), this pattern was a P.I.T.A. to put together. I mean, I'm a quilter. I’m not completely unfamiliar with a curved seam... but this one kicked my butt. The trauma of it all has rendered details hazy, but I seem to recall that you sew the upper curve of the yoke and facing together whilst sandwiching the two straps, then stitch the (heavily pleated) skirt to one piece and topstitch the other down. Much as you would any yoke-and-skirt combo, but with y'know, horrifying curves and hugely bulky pleats. Oh joy.
Wrinkling. Much, much wrinkling.
It didn’t really get any better from there.
I still make TLo wear this to school. I’m sure I’ll be sorry in ten years when I have to pay her therapy bills.