Let's Make a May Garden Jumper!

It's easy, I promise!

Have you always wanted to sew for your daughter or granddaughter? Do you love to smock and would like to include it in your designs, but the child in your life needs simple everyday clothes? May Garden is a simple pull on and go jumper sized close enough to the body to be worn sleeveless but also has enough room to slip a t-shirt or turtleneck underneath for cooler weather. It can be made in an easy care cotton knit, this will become her favorite dress! This course will walk you through every aspect of the construction process. The bonus materials include the smocking design that was featured in the Spring 2020 issue of Classic Sewing Magazine.
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Examples of May Garden Jumper
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What Others are Saying:

"My daughter wants you to know that you are a great teacher - she says my work/smocking/sewing has gone from above average to the next level above. She and my granddaughters thank you very much. Me too." Peggy D.

"I have loved this class. Never thought I could sew knit. Opened up so many choices for older girls." Tricia W.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the May Garden Construction Course

    • Welcome and Getting Started

    • How to use this course

    • An Introduction to Knit Fabrics

    • Supplies for May Garden

  • 2

    Time to Smock!

    • Getting Started Smocking May Garden

    • Pleating Knits

    • Preparing the Skirt for Smocking

    • Centering a Smocking Design

  • 3

    Stitch Tutorials

    • Introduction to the Smocking plates

    • May Garden Smocking Plate

    • Adding a Bullion to your Smocking

    • Lazy Daisy Tutorial

    • Bonus Smocking Plate

  • 4

    Starting to Sew

    • Sewing the Shoulders and Neckline

    • Bonus: Contrasting Neckline

    • Making Knit Piping

    • Gathering the Skirt Back (and Front if making a Gathered Version)

    • Applying the Piping to the Front Smocked Skirt

    • Applying the Piping when the Skirt is Gathered.

  • 5

    Joining the Bodices and the Side Seams

    • Attaching the Bodices to the Skirts.

    • Adding the Pockets

    • Joining the Side Seams and Finishing the Armholes

  • 6

    Hemming the Dress

    • Hemming the May Garden Dress

  • 7


    • All Downloads

    • Before you go...

    • Continue Your Smocking Journey!

About Lisa & Pink Hollybush

Lisa Hawkes, Owner of Pink Hollybush Designs

Hi, I'm Lisa and I am so glad that you wouldl like to sew for the little girl in your life. At Pink Hollybush Designs we teach modern smocking through our courses and patterns so moms and grandmas can sew love into every stitch. In particular we focus on helping sewists smock knit garments that busy mamas don't have to iron and that children love to wear because they are so soft and comfortable. I have my Artisan level in smocking and served as the National President of the Smocking Arts Guild from 2014-2016.

Sew a Simple May Garden Jumper!

  • The May Garden pattern is available as a printed pattern, pdf pattern and kit. The jumper is for sizes 3-12 and is made for knit fabrics. It cam be smocked or simply gathered.

  • 21 lessons with detailed instruction walk you through every aspect of the project from picking out supplies to constructing the jumper.

  • 14 Videos demonstrate each step.

  • Course includes a bonus smocking design that was featured in the Spring 2020 issue of Classic Sewing Magazine (Course assumes you know the basics of smocking. Please see my Learn to Smock Course if you don't know how to smock and would like to learn.)

  • Suitable for a Beginner or Advanced Beginner Sewist

Get the Printed Pattern, PDF Pattern, or Kit

Head over to Pink Hollybush Designs to check out the options.