introducing the music box jumper sewing pattern

The Music Box Jumper is a very easy pattern (one of the easiest Oliver + S patterns ever written!) that comes together quickly and offers lots of versatility and plenty of options.

We designed it with the beginning seamstress in mind. As a result, it makes a great project to undertake for learning to sew from a pattern. But its classic styling will be appreciated by sewists of all levels.

Music Box Jumper, View A

The Music Box Jumper makes a great summer dress when worn on its own, and it also works beautifully as a jumper with a blouse or shirt underneath in cooler weather.

S has been wearing View A in linen all summer. It’s a classic, timeless style with soft pleats, and it buttons or snaps up the back. This style looks especially nice in the upcoming City Weekend prints such as the one above. (City Weekend fabrics will be available at your local independent fabric shop this September.)

Music Box Jumper, View A

We’re also ready for school with View B, which includes little button tabs in the empire waist seam and a single inverted box pleat at the center front. I made this version in a sturdy cotton herringbone twill. It would also look great in linen, lightweight denim, and fine wale corduroy.

Music Box Jumper, View B

I’ll be making many more of these jumpers this year, and I hope you will, too.




  1. I love the second “version” ! So chic !

  2. I think View B is my favorite too. I can’t wait to give this one a go in a baby cord for winter layering!

  3. The second will make a lovely school tunic !

  4. I love your patterns, in general, but you really hit it out of the park with the fall collection. 🙂

  5. Rebecca S.

    Oh I wish I had a girl to sew this for! And will you please, oh please, consider designing adult patterns?!?

  6. Jen

    What a sweet little design. I like the simpler ones best.

  7. Kris Chris

    I am so smitten with all of these fall patterns. They’re just delicious!

  8. Justine

    Oh – I like view B!!

  9. AJ

    Perfect! The first thing I thought when I saw this was navy blue, then I scrolled down to see just that! I can imagine it with a peter pan collar top, knee socks, and a little hand knit cardigan. Throw a beret on top, and so french chic!

  10. Ana Sofia

    You’re so right about this pattern: It’s a basic pattern for any sewist regardless of the skill level. Really a must-have!!!
    I’ve been looking forever for a similar one (it might sound simple to just draft it, but when you like to have all the perfect details that make O+S patterns so great, …), and I was so lucky you came to my rescue, LoL
    Thank you!! (I’m pretty sure I will be sewing too many of these litle jumpers this fall)

  11. I am so excited to get my hands on this pattern. I have ideas for some cute fun ones for school and want to do it up out of red or burgandy wool for Christmas dress’s. The girls will look absolutely adorable!

  12. Travelgirl

    I have been so frustrated with the lack of darling dresses for girls, that I have been toying with the idea of making my own. But, now O&S have saved me in so many ways! First I am a novice sewer and this new Music Box Jumper has been just what I have been looking for and it is 1 scissor. So even I could manage this as my first foray back into sewing after a 20 year hiatus. Love the website in so many ways and love, love, love the vintage, but a modern take on children’s clothes that the main retailers are missing. Thank You!!!!

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