music box jumper sewing pattern

music box jumper sewing pattern
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Brand: Oliver + S
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Let's listen to the melody. This simple, empire-waist jumper designed especially for beginning sewists can be worn alone or layered over a blouse or shirt in cooler weather. View A presents a softly pleated, mid-calf-length skirt, while View B gives an A-line skirt with a single, inverted box pleat at center back. Both views button up the back.


music box jumper sewing pattern
  • Girl's dress. Simple empire-waist jumper designed especially for beginning sewists can be worn alone or layered over a blouse or shirt in cooler weather. View A presents a softly pleated, mid-calf-length skirt. View B gives an A-line skirt with a single, inverted box pleat at center front and a decorative button tab detail. Both views button up the back.

    Skills Used

    Each of our patterns calls on a unique set of sewing skills. Haven't ever done one of these things before? Don't worry. We'll walk you through it, step by step.

    After successfully sewing this pattern, you will have developed the following skills: buttonholes, plackets, and pleats.

    Suggested Fabrics

    Lightweight fabrics like quilting cotton; cotton chambray, fine twill, shirting, and fine-wale corduroy; and light- to medium-weight linen.


    Coordinating thread, lightweight fusible interfacing, 1/2" buttons or snaps (six for View A, eight for View B).

    music box jumper sewing pattern

    Fabric Guide (fabric width: 44"-45")

    SIZE 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M 2T 3T 4
    View A 1 1/2 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 2 yards
    View B 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards

    SIZE 5 6 7 8 10 12
    View A 2 yards 2 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/2 yards 2 1/2 yards
    View B 2 yards 2 yards 2 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/4 yards

    Finished Measurements

    SIZE 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M 2T 3T 4
    Chest 20 3/4" 21 3/4" 22 3/4" 23 3/4" 24 3/4" 25 3/4"
    Length, View A* 20 1/4" 21 1/2" 22 3/4" 23 3/4" 25" 26 1/4"
    Length, View B* 18 1/4" 19 1/2" 20 3/4" 21 3/4" 23" 24 1/4"

    SIZE 5 6 7 8 10 12
    Chest 26 3/4" 27 3/4" 29 1/4" 30 1/4" 31 3/4" 32 3/4"
    Length, View A* 27 3/4" 29 1/4" 31" 32 1/2" 34" 35 3/4"
    Length, View B* 25 3/4" 27 1/4" 29" 30 1/2" 32" 33 3/4"

    * Measured from shoulder at neckline

  • English System
    Size Chest
    6-12M 19 19 ½ 19 ½ 27-29 17-22
    12-18M 19 ¾ 20 ½ 20 ½ 29-31 22-27
    18-24M 20 ½ 21 21 31-33 27-30
    2T 21 21 22 33-36 30-33
    3T 21 ½ 21 23 36-39 33-36
    4 22 ½ 21 ½ 24 39-42 36-39
    5 23 ½ 22 25 ½ 42-45 39-44
    6 24 ½ 22 ½ 26 ½ 45-49 45-55
    7 25 ½ 23 27 ½ 49-52 56-64
    8 26 ½ 23 ½ 28 ½ 52-54 65-72
    10 28 24 30 54-56 73-77
    12 29 25 31 ½ 56-58 78-82


    Metric System
    Size Chest
    6-12M 48 50 50 69-74 8-10
    12-18M 50 52 51 74-79 10-12
    18-24M 52 53 56 79-84 12-14
    2T 53 53 56 84-91 14-15
    3T 55 53 58 91-99 15-16
    4 57 55 61 99-107 16-18
    5 60 56 65 107-114 18-20
    6 62 57 67 114-124 20-25
    7 65 58 70 124-132 25-29
    8 67 60 72 132-137 29-33
    10 71 61 76 137-142 33-35
    12 74 64 80 142-147 35-37


  • Average rating: (4.9 of 5) based on 13 reviews

    Reviewed by on 09/04/2015
    I just finished this jumper with the pleats! It was easy to make. The only thing I changed was the direction in which I pressed the pleats. I did the box pleat in the center and wanted the other pleats to fold to the sides. I plan on making the other version in a Thanksgiving fabric from my granddaughter .
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    Another classic dress!
    Reviewed by on 08/29/2015
    I bought this lovely classic pattern to make for my grand-daughter and I love it because it can be for any season depending on the fabric used. All the Oliver + S patterns I've tried so far, have turned out beautifully.
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    Music box jumper
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 08/29/2015
    I order this pattern in the larger size. I made the jumper for my granddaughter several times in the smaller size. It is classic and versatile. I have a print pink corduroy planned for kindergarten Will post when finished. Your patterns are the best. I am working on a purple corduroy red riding hood cape now.
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    Reviewed by on 05/03/2015
    I'm not sure this is my favorite pattern I've ever sewn of O + S. It turned out beautifully, but I had some hiccups along with way and I'm not sure how much of it was my rusty sewing skills or just pattern directions. I had some problems understanding the layout of the pleats (which was odd because I've made other skirts with these kinds of pleats and I struggled some with the bodice - attaching it to the skirt and also how to layout the buttons with the bodice etc. (I ended up folding my bodice for the button facing, but I don't think that was correct. In the end, I do love this jumper and so does my chick, but I wouldn't say it's my fav pattern.
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    The patterns are perfect!
    Reviewed by on 02/09/2015
    I have been sewing for years......first for my own four daughters now for my two granddaughters. I am thrilled with your patterns. The "music box jumper went together perfectly, and I also downloaded the "Sunday brunch jacket and skirt" which also went together beautifully. I now will only use Oliver +s patterns. They are far superior to what is in the regular old pattern books! Thank you for a great product!
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    Music Box Jumper
    Reviewed by on 01/02/2015
    I love all the Oliver + S patterns. But of all the ones I've made, THIS is my absolute favorite. I've used it from the time my granddaughter was in a size 2T to this last Christmas when I made a size 7. I used cotton black velveteen and paired it with a blouse I made from the Music Box Blouse and Skirt pattern. Beautiful!
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    Great pattern, used for school uniform
    Reviewed by on 09/22/2014
    Made this jumper for part of my daughter's school uniform. It was easy to understand and quick to come together. I added a fun fabric for the facing and pretty buttons. I needed to hem this dress about 4 inches shorter than the size I cut (size 12) and used a blind hem stitch. Dress fits well. Thanks!
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    Music box jumper
    Reviewed by on 09/05/2014
    I just made the music box jumper, view B in a lovely plaid fabric for my granddaughter's first day of school. It turned out beautiful and I love sewing with Oliver & S patterns - the only small detail I would prefer is to have instructions for a zipper back instead of buttons.
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    Great Pattern!
    Reviewed by on 09/03/2014
    I love this pattern - I bought it because I wanted a simple but pretty dress to put together. It is the simplest Oliver + S pattern I've ever used, and it was just the ticket! Only 4 pattern pieces and a dream to put together. What a sweet dress it is too - I will definitely be using this one again as I can see how you could customize this one quite easily to make all kinds of creations.
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    Ageless Timeless Style.
    Reviewed by on 07/26/2013
    Another pattern that works equally well for older girls as well as their little sisters. I made a funky little gingham pleated version for one of my Twins as well as the longer central pleat style both adored and worn often. Do check the errata as I think the style B bodice may be a little narrow. A lovely,quick to sew pattern with perfect finishes.
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    Perfect Jumper Pattern
    Reviewed by on 07/14/2013
    This is literally the perfect jumper. I remember when making this pattern and following the directions, I though that the order of the construction was unusual. I followed it anyway. I mean who am I to question the directions. Well, I soon learned why. By following the directions, the placket and hem come out in this amazingly professional finish. There is no feeling that any detail escapes Liesl's eye in the construction process, nor do you feel like even a hem is just a thoughtless turn up and sew kind of experience. Each detail is carefully considered and constructed for beauty inside and out.
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    More than you'd expect
    Reviewed by on 07/08/2013
    Surprisingly this pattern can yield some very different looking dresses. While the bodice is the same for both views the skirt construction, shape and length are quite different. With variations in pleats versus gathers for the skirt, you'll find there's plenty of value in this simple pattern.
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    Dress up or dress down
    Reviewed by on 07/03/2013
    This is the perfect jumper pattern. A lot of other patterns seem to take the approach that because the shape is so simple, it needn't have a neat, professional finish. This has all the satisfying technique while not trying to overembellish a clean, simple shape. You can use it to show off a special fabric, or you can add embroidery, etc. without it becoming too busy. The proportions are great and I have found it fits well for a long time. This is one of my top desert island patterns (along with the Bubble dress and the Music Class blouse).
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  • Errata

    1. Note that in the first printing of this pattern, the first two illustrations on page 2 of the instructions showed notches under the arms. These notches were not included in the final version of the pattern as they were not necessary, so you will not find them on the pattern sheet. Revised illustrations without the nothces are show here.

    2. Note that in the first printing of this pattern, there is an error on piece #5, the Front Skirt (View B). The pleat placement line and notches for the pleat placement line should not have been graded for the various sizes, but should instead be consistent for all the sizes. For the large sizes (5-12) draw a new pleat line 1 7/8" from the center fold line and use that line instead of the provided pleat lines. For the small sizes (6M-4), use the size 2T pleat line for all sizes.



    Determining Which Printing You Have

    As errata are discovered, they are marked for correction in subsequent printings of the pattern.

    To determine which printing of an instruction sheet or pattern sheet you have, look at the copyright box which appears on each. Toward the bottom of the box, there is a series of numbers.

    The lowest number you see there indicates which printing you have. For example, if the lowest number in the box on the instruction sheet is "2," you have an instruction sheet from the second printing. Any errors in the instructions mentioned for the first printing have been corrected in your version. If the lowest number in the box on the pattern sheet is "1," you have a copy of the pattern sheet from the first printing.

    Pattern sheets and instructions sheets can be printed separately, so be sure to check the errata notices for pattern pieces against the printing number on the pattern sheet and errata notices for instructions against the printing number on the instruction sheet.

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