The “Heck Yeah! Snocones!” Jumper | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Dark Blue linen, fabric.com (3 yards at $7 a yard)
Pattern: Colette Parfait pattern
Year: c. 2009
Notions: Vintage zipper and two spare buttons – $1
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: April 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: $~22
SNOCONES!! Thanks to this week's awesome childhood challenge, I was able to visit one of my favorite spots in Houston – Mam's House of Ice – and get a delicious snocone!
As a child these were my treat of choice when visiting my grandparents, who would take me to a little place in their hometown to enjoy something ice cold on a hot summer day. And with temperatures topping 100 degrees in August, something refreshing is always in order – especially if that something is covered in sugar syrup.
In order to enjoy this experience fully, I needed to go back – waaay back – to my childhood and figure out what outfit could fully represent such a wonderful time in my life.
What did I come up with, almost immediately? Jumpers folks. Jumpers (some may call these rompers or playsuits) are the optimal childhood clothing for little girls. They're cute, easy to clean and allow for maximum playing/tree climbing/raising hell with minimum underwear showage. Simply put, I have no idea why I don't wear one of these every day!
One of the first posts I came across while searching for jumper patterns was from Sarai at Colette Patterns. She turned the adorable Parfait pattern (which I own!) into a bike friendly jumper by mixing the dress top with a 1950s shorts pattern (which I also own – SCORE!) – it looked so easy, I couldn't help but try it!
As if I couldn't love Colette Patterns more, this project turned out to be one of the easiest I have made so far and one of my favorites! The shorts were very easy to make and fit to the yoke of the Parfait. I'm even happy with the way the linen adds body to the bottom of the garment – it gives it the look of a full skirt!
The only thing that I wish I would have thought about was the wrinkleocity (yep – I made that word up) of linen. I ironed it then wore it to the shoot location (a whopping 5 minutes from home) and it was wrinkletown.
If my husband/friends doesn't disown me for doing so, I'm making a wardrobe of these and wearing them everywhere! Especially when the weather calls for some snocones…
(BONUS – just so we can all publicly judge my mom for putting my sister and I in what appears to be drapes – here's another shot of me in a jumper. One possibly made of drapes.)