Two-Holiday Reversible Jumper

Same garment, two holidays.  The Halloween jumper reversed to become a Thanksgiving jumper.  Sorry, but the orange gingham hem on the Halloween dress does not show up well.


Have you ever heard anyone say that they have too much time to sew?  We all seem to have more projects in the queue than time will allow.  Here’s a tip–sew a reversible two holiday garment such as this.  It’s like a BOGO–buy one get one free.


Black pique fabric is trimmed with an orange gingham scalloped hemline. It is trimmed with purple spaghetti bias and an orange button at the peak of each scallop.


The reversible jumper is a project I did for Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial.  There you will find step-by-step instructions for this slick technique which I first learned  from guru Louise Baird’s excellent directions in Applique, Martha’s Favorites.  Only 4″ of handsewing is required for the entire garment!


This book includes a pattern for a nearly identical jumper as well as a boy’s Jon-Jon.



The Halloween scalloped hemline border was simply sewn with raw edges to the black pique’ dress.  The top edge is covered with purple spaghetti bias and an orange button at each peak.  The bottom raw edge is later enclosed in the seam which joins the two garments.


There is a little Halloween embroidery on the dress back.


The Thanksgiving side is made of brown pique.  The hemline features a fall leaf border which includes a dainty leaf that was offered for free at the time.  All the designs are from  Orange rick rack borders the fall leaf embroidery.



A quick FYI–you need to check their monthly free designs. Currently there is a free water fowl design.

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It is used on a terrific winter vest for adults and children made by Joanne Banko.  It is absolutely fabulous. The link to the free design is on her post.

Of course, Halloween ’17 is history now, but this reversible garment technique  would work with any two holidays.  Christmas and Valentine’s Day come to mind as red or green whipstitch or gingham piping around the top could coordinate with a green Christmas dress and a red Valentine jumper.

The pattern used for this is New Look 6504.  Only the front and back pattern pieces were used.  Contrary to the instructions, the back was cut on the fold and the zipper eliminated.  It can be pulled over the head easily without a back closure.


The pattern includes some cute variations but neither the reversabilty technique nor the scallop hem.   Those techniques can be found on the Stitching Sewcial blog post.

Children’s Corner Lucy,  Bonnie Blue’s  Lydia or any other pattern  could be used which is completely lined with straps like these, which can be turned inside out. 


Orange gingham piping outlines the top. The square corners of the pattern were rounded for ease in applying the piping.


For this garment I stitched buttonholes (in the hoop) into each of the four straps and closed the jumper with ribbon.


After these buttonholes were stitched, the other straps were placed in front of them and stitched in the same hooping. That saved time and stabilizer.  I like that.


FYI, I must disclose that I am a paid “ Brother Expert Consultant.  You probably already knew that.  But it doesn’t mean I don’t love doing these blog projects and tutorial posts.

I hope you will hop over to Brother’s blog.  While it is, of course, directed to owners of Brother machines, the many, many projects there can be made on almost any sewing/embroidery combo machine.  I love reading the blogs and bet you will too.


Does your husband say this?





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