Juniper is such a sweet pattern to take us through these upcoming cooler months! As cute as it is for our little babes, the Women’s Juniper is just as fun and versatile! Options include a basic jumper (my personal favorite – brings me straight back to my childhood and I’m here for it!!!), gathered skirt (+ gathered tulle skirt for youth/baby) jumpers, and circle skirt (+ ruffled circle skirt for youth/baby) jumper options. There are also two neckline options, and optional patch or inseam pockets.
Juniper pairs perfectly with so many of our patterns, including our upcoming top pattern, the Pepper Puff Sleeve! Be sure to check out the styling inspo at the end of the blog post for more pattern pairing ideas.
Looking for a few other ways to wear your Juniper? We’ve got you covered with a few quick and easy hacks!
Who doesn’t love a 2 for 1 deal? This hack will help you make a fully reversible basic (straight) jumper.
NOTE: If you forget this step, you can seam rip a small portion later.
Juniper is cute enough as is, but it was screaming to be a romper too! Juniper and Jade were a match made in alliteration heaven, and it really required minimal adjustments. So let’s get mashing!
For cutting, you’ll need 4 pieces (2 mirrored sets) of the Juniper bodice for the gathered/circle skirt option. NOTE: before you cut your bodice fabric, compare your Juniper bodice to your Jade bodice; it is very likely that you’ll need to add additional length to your Juniper bodice. Some of the smaller sizes may not need to.
You’ll then need the romper bottom pieces from the Jade pattern.
Construct the bodice per the Juniper directions, and the romper bottoms per the Jade pattern. Using your preferred gathering method, gather the romper bottoms to the size of the bodice. Place the bodice inside the romper bottoms, right sides together, and sew! Ta-Da! How gorgeous is this?!
Can’t wait to see your Juniper makes!
I’m so excited about the Juniper Jumper, and this quick and easy belt hack is a fun detail. All you need is a tie pattern piece and loops (I used the Reese dress tie piece as a guide for the belt, and the Spencer robe pattern to check measurements for the loops). You can use a favorite tie or loop piece to get the look you want; you can also use a measuring tape and/or ribbon to determine how long you need to make your tie piece. I made my loops roughly 1”x 9”. Sew the long edge together with right sides together using 1/4″ seam allowance.
Next, cut this loop piece in half so that you have 2 loops. Then, turn them right side out with a safety pin, or your favorite turning tool.
For loop, placement I used the Juniper Jumper lining piece as a guide on where to place the loops at the waist. Mark your pattern piece and fabric, then baste the loops along the side seam. Be sure to baste on the right side of the main jumper piece. Continue sewing the Juniper Jumper side seams, making sure to catch the loops. Almost done!
For the belt/tie piece, cut 4 mirror images. Each piece should be half as wide as you need to tie around your waist. For example, if you want your tie to be 40″ wide (the measurement going around your body), and 1.5″ long (the “height” of your tie), you would cut each piece 21″ x 2″ (this measurement includes seam allowances). You can leave your pieces as solid rectangles, or you can cut one edge of each piece at a 45 degree angle. Don’t forget that you need two sets of mirror images.
NOTE – If you don’t have the Spencer robe, a great starting point would be a piece of ribbon, string, existing belt, etc!
Sew two mirror images together along the short edge, with right sides together. Repeat with other two mirror images. Next, lay one set of mirror images on top of the other set, aligning the center seams, with right sides together.
Sew along the long and short edges of the tie pieces, and don’t forget to leave a 2” gap to turn the belt. I like to clip those seam allowances to reduce bulk, or use your serger.
Then turn the belt using your favorite turning tool, and topstitch the 2” opening. Press, and you are all done. Now the fun part! Add your belt to the Jumper by threading it though the loops. Tie a cute bow, and enjoy this adorable pattern. -Amy
Faux Placket Hack
The Juniper is such a fun pattern! The faux placket is an easy modification to add a little pizzazz to an already adorable pattern! This is a mash because I’ll be borrowing the faux placket width measurement from the Ruby pattern. I measured the length of my Juniper front bodice piece from center neckline to hem. If you’re doing the circle or gathered skirt option, measure your front bodice piece from center to hem, as well as your skirt piece from waist to hem.
Add these numbers together. This will be your placket length measurement. I added a little bit of length since I will trim to fit later.
Cut your placket using your length measurement and the width from the Ruby placket pattern piece. *you can cut the bodice and skirt placket pieces separately, I just found it easier to trim to fit* If you’re doing the basic jumper, you’ll just skip straight to finishing the placket and adding it to your jumpers center front as you would with Ruby.
Now, trim your placket pieces to fit the bodice and skirt pieces.
Finish placket edges and add to your center main bodice front / center skirt front per the Ruby tutorial.
Finish construction of your bodice and skirt per the Juniper instructions, up until you get to the point of attaching the skirt to bodice.
If you are doing the gathered skirt, start/end your gathering stitches at the sides of your placket. Do not gather the placket portion. Gather your skirt to fit the bodice as it says in the Juniper tutorial.
Line up your placket pieces.
Place them right sides together and baste.
At this point make sure they align properly, pull the basting stitches out, adjust, and re-baste if you need to. If you like how it looks, continue attaching the rest of your skirt to your bodice.
Add your cute buttons and that’s it! A super cute addition to your Juniper! -Stephanie
Looking for other patterns to pair with Juniper besides Pepper? We also loved it with the 90s Socks and our Knit Headband freebie:
An off shoulder look like Cassie:
RTW button downs with a blanket scarf (or our snap scarf freebie!):
Three other great options would be Stacey, Charlotte, and our Rose Ruffle top! We hope you love the Juniper Jumper, and that it brings some happiness your way! Don’t forget to share your makes with us in our FB group and over on insta! Happy sewing 🙂
Stephanie Nelson says
I absolutely adore this pattern. I’ve made 3 jumpers already and am looking to make a 4th but this time, with a V-neck. Any guidance on this vision would be appreciated!