The Clarissa Skirt/Jumper

This dress is early ‘90s fashion at its best. All I need is some loud leggings, and I would be set.

Before - Diggin’ my hair that day…too bad it was a fluke. :/

I actually kind of like the dress as it is. With a pair of tights, boots and a belt, I would totally be rockin’ it.

Check out this dress from ModCloth (my favoritist store in all of the “interwebs”). It is a very similar shape (though they don’t appear to have used princess seams to achieve the shape), and a large floral.

ModCloth - Painted Roses Dress

So, maybe I could wear this dress as is…but, alas, in the name of learning, I decided to make some changes. The top is also pretty faded, which isn’t always a bad thing. But, to make this more exciting and give the piece a more vibrant life, let’s experiment.

Being the child of the ‘90s that I am, this dress reminded me of my early childhood days, when I watched TV shows like Clarissa Explains it All. Oh, those were the good old days! When my biggest worry was whether to have the chicken nuggets or the hamburger from McDonald’s (If you’re reading this mom, I’m sorry. I really do remember the home-cooked meals too, but we really did eat a lot of Mickie D’s back then ;)).

Some of the styles of Clarissa Darling. She was pretty fashion-forward, but I remember thinking most of her clothes were weird at the time I watched the show.

The only things lacking that would’ve made this dress one of her outfits, are some outrageous clashing tights and an over-sized cardigan or blazer.

All of this reminiscing brought to mind other early ‘90s television shows. If you are a fellow child (or parent of a child) of that time, then you remember shows like Sister Sister and Full House. I’m sure there will be many more references to the childhood TV shows of my generation in the future. So, I’ll stop boring those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, and move on to the meat of the post.

One of the games that my parents wouldn’t let me have. I was also guilty of coveting my friend’s Mall Madness and Girl Talk games.

Today’s floral mini dress is a product of the grunge fashion trend. I love ‘90s florals, but only when they are used in the context of more modern styles.  So, I wanted to update the dress a bit.

First things first, let’s cut off the sleeves.

Snip…those… sleeves!

I decided that it was a bit short for me, and I needed to add something at the waist to lengthen the jumper. So, I measured and cut the dress in half.

For my next trick…Sawing this lady in half!

I found some recycled material from my stash that matched the blue in the floral (I think this used to be a t-shirt), and cut it into a banded waistband.

This will become the skirt of the jumper.

At this point, I struggled to keep going. I wanted to just sew it up like this; I was in love with the look of this skirt. Since the theme song from Clarissa Explains it All was running through my head, I followed the sentiment of the last phrase of the song: “Just do it!”

I pressed on just to see what it might look like as a jumper. After all, I could always just backtrack and make it into a skirt.

I cut along the princess seams of the top to create the straps for the jumper.

Roughly cutting the straps

Next, I attached the waistband to the skirt, finished the edges of the straps, and attached the straps to the skirt.

Fixing the raw edges

I was originally going to attach a recycled shirt to the jumper, but I wanted the option of wearing different colors underneath it. I found the top below, and decided to wear it underneath. The jumper ended up being short after all, because it looked best with the straps attached at the seam of the waistband and skirt. I’ll just have to wait until fall to wear it as a jumper—when I can wear leggings with it.

~The Clarissa Jumper~ OK. I’ve got to get this out of my head… “Nanananananaah, nanananananaaah, Way Cool!”

The best part about this piece is that I can tuck in the straps and turn it into that skirt if I want to. 🙂

I got my skirt too! This would be so cute with tights and boots, but its still too much of an oven here in the desert. So, c’mon fall!)

This also took a lot less time than all of my previous projects. 😀 (Major smiles)!


About Becca

I am a self-taught seamstress, and I love to create unique women’s clothing. This blog is a record of the hodgepodge of sewing projects that occupy my time. Reconstruction projects are my favorite, but I also create clothing from my own designs using both recycled and new materials.
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2 Responses to The Clarissa Skirt/Jumper

  1. Laurie Laffoon says:

    Cute! love it!

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