Out of all of the Titanic costumes I’ve written about, this one represents the greatest departure from the original gown. The colour, embellishments, and cut of the skirts are all drastically different from the original, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to flounce about in.

I started with the ‘ol standby Simplicity pattern. I only made one major change, though I could have (and should have) made several. The first thing I did was switch the order of the bodices. The sheer one needed to be underneath the solid one. In the original, the over bodice is made entirely of beads. I wasn’t quite up for that, so I made mine out of crepe back satin and decorated it with fabric paint swirls and sequins.

Rough, but adaptable, versions of the Jump and Swim dresses.

The swap is pretty easy to make. But, you do have to remember that the solid over bodice will be divided down the centre to create a vest; so you’ll need to add extra fabric for the seam allowance so it still fits. Also! Please, please, create an extra under-bodice out of an opaque skin coloured fabric (the under bodice for the swim dress would work well). I neglected to do this and it makes wearing this gown a bit of a liability/wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.

A sketch of the original gown. The flowers didn't make it to the final.

Next up are the skirts. The original has a solid underskirt with three netting overskirts in three different lengths; full, about 8″ shorter, and then a shaped over-skirt. The two longer overskirts have beaded circles and beaded fringe at the hems. I did the fabric paint/sequins thing again.

The biggest change you’ll want to make with the skirts is making way, way less of them. You’ll still want the same number of skirts, but you won’t want nearly as much fabric in them. The pattern instructs you to distribute the gathering around the front, and as you can see, even the svelte pattern model is sporting a bit of a maternity look thanks to that. So, measure you underbust circumference (where the skirt will sit on your body), and make the skirts that measurement plus five or ten inches. And put all of the gathers at the back of the dress.

See all the gathers at the back? That's what happens when you don't slim out the pattern pieces.

So, as you can see, I didn’t do that, and there is far too much fabric in those skirts to be convincing as an Edwardian gown. This looks far more Renaissance/Ever After than Titanic.

Well, there you have it. My (highly inaccurate) take on the Jump Dress. I’m sure I’ll give it another go sometime in the future!