A Navy Jumper for Thanksgiving – Simplicity 1325

Simplicity Jumper 1

How was your turkey day? Mine was filled with friends and family, kids running around, and lots and lots of food – all the things that make Thanksgiving such a great day! I came prepared this year with a new jumper that disguised any kind of post-turkey-and-pie digesting that was going on after dinner. And because a husband who’s full of turkey and gravy is a happy husband, I finagled a couple of snaps of my new jumper combo after dinner outside at my in-law’s.


Simplicity Jumper 3

I planned on making this outfit for Thanksgiving last year, but realized when I went to cut out the navy blue twill I bought to make this jumper, I bought the yardage for the tunic length and not the dress length.  Sadness ensued, but that twill ended up as a Lonetree Vest instead, so all ended well. This navy stretch wool suiting by Theory (love!) from Mood has been sitting in my stash since a trip to NYC last December; I brought a swatch of the original twill with me to see if I could find it in store again, but I ended up trying to color-match it to other fabrics since it was out of stock.

The dress is really straight-forward to make, just a sleeveless lined bodice with a bias-cut skirt attached.  I tissue-fit the bodice to see where the bust darts would hit and they seemed to be fine, no adjusting necessary, but in retrospect I could have benefitted from the bodice being taken in at the center a bit to tighten up the fit, this would have allowed the darts to fit around my bust a little nicer and not look so poke-y – there’s a bit of room in there.


Simplicity Jumper 4

The zipper gave me a stupid hard time…and boy, do I mean stupid.  It was just one of those things, you do something that you’ve done a bunch of times before with no problem and for whatever reason, you just can’t get it right (I mean hello, I have an invisible zipper tutorial on my blog and I couldn’t get this sucker to work, smh).  The alignment is slightly off at the top of the neckline and the waistline and even though I tried two or three times to get it right, I gave up and said to myself, “better done than perfect.” Sigh.


Simplicity Jumper 2

Since my closet is predominately black, and a lot of my shoes are black, I wasn’t sure how to wear a navy blue dress.  I thought going out to find shoes just for this dress was silly, so I turned to my favorite fashion research site, Pinterest! Even thought I’m in the “navy blue doesn’t go with black” club, many Pinterest fashionistas swayed me to give it a try and I ended up pairing my jumper with black booties and maroon-colored tights.  I figured that the maroon broke up the navy and black and served as a bridge between the two, making the choice in colors intentional, not one of those “I got dressed in a dark closet and couldn’t tell the difference between navy blue and black” situations.  French ladies wear navy and black all the time, and because I love French fashion, maybe I’ll give this a chance in the future…


Simplicity Jumper 5

Pattern: Jumper and Top, Simplicity 1325
Fabric: Jumper – Theory stretch wool suiting; Top – Saint James knit, both from Mood Fabrics NYC
Tights: Hue (similar here)
Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar here)



  1. November 27, 2017 / 10:56 am

    Love your jumper! I’ve been looking at jumpers lately and I love the shaping on yours – such a nice swing to the skirt along with a great fit on the bodice. Love that navy with your wine leotards too. You look so well put together 🙂

    • Lucinda
      November 28, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      Thanks Kathleen 🙂

  2. November 27, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    I like the dress+tights+booties! And navy and black totally work!! Try it!! I also like to pair my navy with medium brown to dark brown shoes and ESPECIALLY with cognac shoes!

    I LOVE the jumper! I’ve had my eye on this for forever and your version is really awesome!

    • Lucinda
      November 28, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      I know I know, I need to give navy and black a try, lol! 🙂 Definitely make this, it’s super easy to make and wear. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Jess K
    November 30, 2017 / 8:32 am

    I think this is so chic! I’m definitely getting the French vibe – your styling totally works. I’ve been sewing a lot more blue lately and I have a pair of gray suede oxfords with black velvet laces (by Born, so comfy) that I think help bring together the look of a dark blue dress and black tights. I actually have quite a collection of colored tights that I’m not sure how to wear – this has me thinking I could reconsider my color groupings. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Lucinda
      November 30, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Oooo grey oxfords sound wonderful! Glad you found this post helpful!

  4. November 30, 2017 / 10:55 am

    Oh dang it’s so good!!

    • Lucinda
      November 30, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Aww thanks! 🙂

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