Lynn pattern hack – 3 – Easy jumper dress.

This is the third in my series of Lynn sweatshirt hacks. I did the same hack on the Theodor sweatshirt for my daughter. A bit of twinning was always going to be on the cards!

There will definitely be more of these, I love how this worked out and it is a perfect easy to wear comfy throw on dress. At the time of making I didn’t know we were heading for lockdown. Without school uniform this has been one of my daughters most worn garments throughout lockdown. I love wearing mine too. It perhaps wouldn’t have been my first choice of prints for me, but its fun to be matchy!

Adapting the pattern:

This is a really simple adaption.

You need to decide on how long you want the finished dress. You can measure the extension from an existing Lynn top or measure from centre front neck to where you would like it to finish. Add a hem allowance. For this dress I added a deep 4cm feature hem. The diagram shows how to add shaping for the hem, however if you are stitching a narrow 2-2.5cm hem you can probably omit this shaping.

Trace the front and back bodice pieces onto a piece of paper with enough spare paper to add the length you would like. Following this diagram to add the appropriate length.


You can make the dress like this or you might like to add pockets.

A simple way to draft a quick pocket is to draw a straight line on a piece of paper. Place your hand against the line as if it were the seam. Draw a pocket shape around your hand. It doesn’t matter if this is a bit wobbly and rough at this stage. Aim for getting the size right, check it is deep enough for your hand and wide enough for your hand to fit into the opening.

If you have a curved ruler or pattern master you can use one of these to sharpen the pattern shape up. If not you could use the edge of a plate or do your best freehand.

Cut 2 pairs of pockets out. As you won’t have a grainline use the straight line as a grainline. It is not strictly true to the grain of the dress but it will work ok.


Make the dress step 1 to 9 following the Lynn pattern instructions. At this point you will have the sleeves added and the neckband complete. Put the dress on to find the best place for the pockets. Start by pinning one pocket piece right sides together where you think. Try the dress on checking the neckline is sitting in the right place. You can now adjust the pocket up or down until you feel like it is in the right place.

Measure from the armhole seam to the top of the pocket, use this measurement to mark the position on each side seam front and back. Pin the pocket pieces right sides together on each side seam. Stitch in place using a 1 cm seam allowance. You might like to neaten raw edges with an overlocker or zig zag stitch at this point.

Press the pocket away from the garment. Pin the underarm seam from cuff edge to pocket. Measure 2.5cm from edge of pocket at start and finish for the pocket opening. Stitch reinforcing at the start and finish of the opening.

Pin the pocket together.

Stitch the pocket together starting as close to the seam as you can. Take care to stitch only the pocket without catching the seam or the dress. Neaten the raw edges.

Lynn hack Bobbins and Buttons

Follow the remaining instructions to add the cuffs. For the hem I chose to make a deep overlocked hem as demonstrated in my video tutorial. You could also turn a narrower single turned hem and finish with zig zag or twin needle stitching.

We teamed our dresses with matching leggings to complete the outfit!

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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