Ping from Peneloping was one of the first sewing bloggers that really inspired me with her creativity. Every year she enters a mystery fabric sewing contest and creates something magical. Here are her entries for 2018 and 2017. So, when she announced that she was co-starting a new pattern line, I signed up to be a pattern tester. This is the Faron Jumper by Fig + Needle.
Fig + Needle is a new pattern company that just released their first two patterns: this Faron jumper and the Elwynn top. I’m impressed with the large size range that they are offering right off the bat. They are offering sizes 0-26, which are split into two blocks: 0-12 drafted with a D cup, and 14-26 with a DD cup. I think that most companies design for a B cup, and Colette designs for a C. This is the first time I’ve seen a pattern company design for a D cup or larger. It makes a lot of sense, though, since the average bra size in the US is a 34DD, according to a quick Google search. This does not line up with my own body shape, though, so I did take in the princess seams at the bust.
After I made this dress, the designers made a few design tweaks, including taking in some of the flare in the skirt, shortening the straps, and adding 2″ to the length. You can see that my dress is super short, so I think this was a good call!
I made sewing this dress more difficult than it needed to me. Most of my struggles were self-inflicted by trying to sew corduroy for the first time without adequate preparation. I found it really hard to get my seams to lay flat and did not take the time to research proper corduroy sewing techniques until fairly late in the sewing process. That’s all on me. I also had a hard time with the facing for this jumper. That didn’t seem like a common refrain from the pattern testers, though, so I’m not sure what was going on with that.
My favorite part of this dress is the zipper in the front. I think this is a fun design feature, and also makes it super easy to take on and off. Metal zippers always make garments feel professionally made to me. I sewed this up back in September (hence the fall look), but the pattern was just released last week. Made up in red corduroy, this dress feels firmly fall to me, but it could totally work in the spring with a different fabric.
Pattern: Faron Jumper by Fig + Needle, size 6
Fabric: 2 yards stretch corduroy from Joann’s
Cost: $14.39 fabric + $2.16 interfacing + $5.99 zipper = $22.54
Time: 5 hours