Just Jumpers… Part 1

A JUMPER is generally referred to as a “collarless, sleeveless dress, typically worn over a blouse.”

I’ve made a few jumpers in my lifetime… quite a few in fact. I used to make jumpers for myself and had this one favorite made from a brown quilted fabric. I wore a bright yellow blouse underneath it. I wish I had some pictures of my early sewing for myself.

I looked through my “archived” pictures and found some jumpers I’ve made for my dolls and thought I’d share some with you. Many of them will be ones you’ve seen before, but look at them this time as “Just Jumpers.”

This first black with strawberries jumper is shown on my 16″ Winter Kish Four Seasons doll. I thought she looked awfully pretty with her peasant top just slightly off her shoulders.



Before I had a Julie doll, Elizabeth stood in for my 70’s doll. She’s wearing a brightly colored corduroy jumper along with some red boots.


Isabelle is wearing a bright royal blue corduroy jumper too. It was a little more fashionable and actually I just realized hers isn’t a “jumper” but more of a faux jumper, as the sleeves were attached to the bodice to make it look like a jumper. I will still include it though. :o)



Katie Effanbee was the recipient of many jumpers from me… here are 2 of my favorites.



I remember the title I gave to this next one, shown on Isabelle….”Lady Bug Trails.” It has to be one of my top ten jumpers. I loved it!



Here is my 16″ Winter Kish showing of her Chanel like jumper. This was slightly different than what I normally made.. a bit more classy and sophisticated.



Katie Effanbee is proud to show you her black and orange checked jumper. I found the pin at a craft show and had to use it on her hat.



Molly is wearing a jumper made out of that bright blue corduroy and unfortunately I only have these 2 shots of it.



Okay, now don’t laugh, but I HAD to show this jumper on my 14″ Wren Kish doll for you to see again. I know you’ve all seen it before, but it’s such a favorite of mine and it REALLY IS A JUMPER, so I had to include it!



Okay, that’s enough Jumper show and tell for today. I’ll finish them up tomorrow…

Thanks for looking,

I’ll see you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne


  1. I loved seeing all the different ‘styles’ of jumpers! My Kish girls are all whispering that they want to ‘come out to play’, now. 🙂

    • Thanks Mary,
      You better keep your dolls away from the computer…they always get ideas about what they think you should buy them.
      Blessings, Jeanne

  2. All your jumpers are lovely. I love them too. They are just too cute. 🙂

  3. Jeannie Brandon says:

    I love jumpers!! I wore a jumper to school for 8 years. Plain navy blue with a white blouse, plain navy belt and navy blue shoes. Very simple and really not cute at all but there was a comfort in knowing what I would wear everyday to school.
    As an adult I had a couple of wool jumpers that I wore to work. My favorite was a black and white hounds tooth wool that buttoned up the front with a v-neck accent. I wore a black long sleeve mock turtle neck sweater with it. Nice and warm in the chilly winter. Wish I still had it but I am not sure I’d be able to get those buttons closed these days as I am not as “slim” as I once was. Retirement does that to a person!!
    Still hoping you are having a great time at “girls week”.

    • Hi Jeannie,
      It was fun to hear your jumper stories… I had a couple jumpers I wish I could still wear too! Ugh!!!
      Thanks Jeannie,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. Kathie Welsh says:

    Love, love the Lady Bug one too…and that multi colored corduroy one is a show stopper!
    I was the era of the navy jumper white blouse for school too. I remember my sister and I used to sneak our blouses to the closet quick because we only ironed what showed under the jumper…the front and the sleeves. My mom didn’t know …or pretended she didn’t anyway :0)

    • Hi Kathie,
      I thought your story about how you ironed your blouses was funny… I remember doing something similar myself…oops!
      Thanks, Jeanne

  5. Linda doyle says:

    Hi Jeanne! Like some of the others, I too, have a jumper story. I was teaching school in the early 70’s and made most all of my maternity clothes. Those were the days you could not wear slacks in the classroom. I found a really pretty dark plaid wool that I made into a jumper, thinking that since it was mostly black in the background, it would be quite slimming! LOL Anyway, I did make it and wore it with a white blouse, it was so cute! After my children were born within 2 years, I still had that jumper, but it was waaaay too big by that time, so I bought a pattern for the children, cut up the maternity jumper and made a little one piece outfit for my son, the kind with short legs, like a romper, and made a little velveteen jumper with the plaid skirt for my daughter. They were so cute, and other than buying the pattern, both outfits didn’t cost a dime!

    Can you imagine, we have gone to Branson for 20 years, and have never gone to the Dixie Stampede yet? Hope you are having fun!

    • Hi Linda,
      What a cute story about your maternity dress turned into your kids clothes…
      Oh Linda, you absolutely HAVE to go to the Dixie Stampede! It was so much fun…I will always remember it! We laughed and cried and cheered and the food was great!!!!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  6. Lady BugTrails is super!

    • Thank you Jan,
      It was always one of my favorites on Isabelle too….I know….another favorite….
      Blessings, Jeanne

  7. Marilyn Grotzky says:

    Where is the black jumper with white sleeves (which is probably a fake jumper) that I nag you to reproduce every time I have an excuse to do it? You could have added the two Addy jumpers from the Costume Cameo booklet again — I’d be happy to see them again anytime.
    My Catholic school outfit was a dark blue skirt, a white blouse, and a red grosgrain bow — it would have made any of your dull school jumpers look designed by Chanel. And I had to iron the entire blouse because it all showed. Ick.
    This morning at church there was a baby in front of me. She was wearing plaid shoes that looked very much like Ten-Ping’s, but there was a rose on each toe. The roses would have to be very small, but I’ll bet you have some.

    • Hi Marilyn,
      You must be talking about Julie’s black velvet one? I think I forgot about that one. I may have to show it with my Christmas dresses.
      It’s funny how everyone seems to have a story about their blouses being ironed or “not ironed” in some cases!
      I guess Ten Pings shoes made an impression on you if the baby’s shoes reminded you of the one I made…
      Thank you for your sweet thoughts Marilyn.
      Blessings, Jeanne

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