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New Pattern Release: The Willa Wrap Coat Hood Expansion Pack!

Wednesday, November 16, 2022






Expand your Willa Wrap Coat styling possibilities with the Hood Expansion!



A little bit dramatic, modern-day witch, a little bit Elven-inspired - say hello to the Willa Wrap Coat Hood Expansion Pack!


I released the Willa Wrap Coat just over two years ago, and have wanted to add on a hooded expansion pack ever since. The Will Hood expansion will take your original Willa Wrap Coat and step it up 10 notches - keeping you cosy and stylish in all weather.


The Willa Wrap Coat and the Hood Expansion Pack are available in both the Original and Curve sizes, with A to F cups included, in sizes ranging from an NZ size 6 to 34.






The Details


Let the Willa Wrap Coat Hood Expansion expand the possibilities of your original Willa Coat pattern by adding on the practicality of a hood - keeping you safe and dry during all the weather the seasons can throw at you.


Willa's hood has the wide, deep, draped style of hoods you commonly see in coats and ponchos of the 40s and 50s. This hood balances chic design with practicality, and elevates the styling possibilities of the original coat. Wear it completely buttoned up, partially done up (with that dramatic, sweeping collar) or totally open - the choice is yours.


You can now safely wear your Willa Wrap Coat during windy days and wet evenings, safe in the knowledge you'll be comfortable and dry, and your hairstyle won't get ruined.



The Sew Along


Filled with videos and photo tutorials, the Willa Wrap Coat Sew Along guides you through every step of your coat construction. As well as including additional tips and tricks - like how to make thread chains if you don't want to sew on belt loops - the sew along also includes free additional pattern pieces like the inseam pocket I've used in this hooded coat.


When the original Willa Wrap Coat was released back in December 2020, I knew I wanted to follow it up with the release of a full Sew Along, to set minds at ease for those of you that have always wanted to sew a coat, but felt worried about dipping your toes in.


If you're wanting a hand-held, in-depth look into the constructions of the Willa Wrap Coat, then make sure you check it out. The Hood Expansion does include some additional steps in the construction, but in general, follows along the same steps of your original pattern.


Let's take a deep dive into the world of coat sewing together...






Using your Expansion Pack...


This is not a complete pattern.

You will need your original pattern and instruction booklet to use this expansion.



I've designed this expansion pack so that there is no need to re-print your entire Willa Wrap Coat pattern. Simply print out the expansion pattern and swap out the pieces indicated in your Instructions. Construction is largely the same, with a few key additional steps needed to construct the hood.


When you're ready to make the original version again, just swap your Hood pieces back for your original ones and continue as usual. This is all laid out, step by step, in your Expansion Pack Instructions.


Your Expansion pack includes expansion hood front pieces, facing pieces and an extra interfacing piece, as well as the additional instructions needed for constructing a hooded Willa Wrap Coat.


Please note that the expansion instructions refer to your original instructions often where techniques and steps are the same as the original - so keep these handy during construction.



The Model


I wear a 10C/D cup hooded Willa Wrap Coat in the Original sizes, made in a mid-weight wool blend outer coat with a full silk lining.


You can read more about me on the pattern listing page here.









Do you follow me on Instagram?


I've popped up some recent Reels on choosing your JLH Cup Size and the importance of choosing the right High Bust size for a great fit in the upper bodice. Check them out if you're unsure what size to go for OR send me an email with your measurements and I'll happily point you in the right direction (I LOVE helping with sizing).


And while you're at it, when sharing your makes to the 'gram, tag me or use the hashtags #JLHWillaWrapCoat#JLHCurve or #SewJLH so I can see and share them too.



Digital Release Only

You can choose to purchase your pattern either as an individual size range (Original or Curve), OR in an economical bundle if you'd like to have both ranges on hand. Your pattern will be delivered instantly to your inbox after you check out, and from there, you can choose my easy-to-assemble print at home file or send the A0 file to a print shop and have them print it for you.

The Layers Function is included in all pattern files, so you can turn on and off any number/combination of sizes your heart desires.

New Pattern Release: The Kinfolk Dress Button Up Expansion...

Wednesday, October 26, 2022






 Turn your Kinfolk Dress into a shirt-waist dress with this easy expansion pack!



I have a little treat for you today... Have you always thought the Kinfolk Dress would look great as a button-up shirt dress style? 


Me too! Which is why I've created a button-up expansion pack so that you can get even more use out of your original Kinfolk Dress pattern.


The Kinfolk Dress and the Button-up Expansion Pack are available in both the Original and Curve sizes, with A to F cups included, in sizes ranging from an NZ size 6 to 34.






The Details


The Kinfolk Button-up Expansion Pack includes pattern pieces and instructions for making a full or partial button up Kinfolk Dress.


Improving the original Kinfolk Dress is a tall order - it's 40s bohemian style and part-kaftan part wrap-style dress silhouette is what breezy everyday dresses are made of. But adding a shirt-waist dress option steps everything up a notch, making Kinfolk the dress to fill multiple wardrobe gaps.


Plus: Attention nursing carers, or carers-to-be, this expansion pack is perfect for you! Kinfolk's relaxed silhouette is great for growing bumps anyway, but adding a functional button-up centre front means easy access any time, all while looking effortlessly stylish and feeling totally comfortable.






Using your Expansion Pack...


This is not a complete pattern.

You will need your original pattern and instruction booklet to use this expansion.


I've designed this expansion pack so that there is no need to re-print your entire Kinfolk Dress pattern. Simply print out the expansion pattern, tape the relevant pieces on to your current Kinfolk paper pattern pieces, and you're away laughing.


When you're ready to make the original version again, just fold the expansion pieces out of the way and continue as usual. This is all laid out, step by step, in the Expansion Pack Instructions.


Your Expansion Pack includes expansion button placket pieces for your main dress paper pattern, facing pattern pieces and the additional instructions needed for constructing a button-up Kinfolk Dress.


Please note that the expansion instructions refer to your original instructions often where techniques and steps are the same as the original - so keep these handy during construction.



The Models


Tatenda wears View 2, the partial button-up Kinfolk Dress in pink cotton jacquard. She wears a Curve 24C cup, graded to a size 26 waist.


Jen wears View 1, the full button-up Kinfolk Dress in denim. She wears a 10C cup.


You can read more about us on the pattern listing page here.







Do you follow me on Instagram?


I've popped up some recent Reels on choosing your JLH Cup Size and the importance of choosing the right High Bust size for a great fit in the upper bodice. Check them out if you're unsure what size to go for OR send me an email with your measurements and I'll happily point you in the right direction (I LOVE helping with sizing).


And while you're at it, when sharing your makes to the 'gram, tag me or use the hashtags #JLHKinfolk#JLHCurve or #SewJLH so I can see and share them too.




Digital Release Only

You can choose to purchase your pattern either as an individual size range (Original or Curve), OR in an economical bundle if you'd like to have both ranges on hand. Your pattern will be delivered instantly to your inbox after you check out, and from there, you can choose my easy-to-assemble print at home file or send the A0 file to a print shop and have them print it for you.

The Layers Function is included in all pattern files, so you can turn on and off any number/combination of sizes your heart desires.

NEW PATTERN RELEASE - The Jade Wrap Dress

Wednesday, September 28, 2022







The Jade Wrap Dress is a fit'n'flare, apron-style back wrap dress.




Based on the classic apron styles of the 50s, Jade is a multi-tasking workhorse, able to be worn by itself out for summer-time ice cream, as well as working fabulously well layered with knit top tees (the Gable Top is a favourite of mine), or long sleeved blouses for cooler weather.


The Jade Wrap Dress is available in both the Original and Curve sizes, with A to F cups included, in sizes ranging from an NZ size 6 to 34.







The Details


Jade features a fully lined sleeveless bodice with princess seam front shaping and darted back shaping, finished with a V neckline.


A wide A-line skirt includes side seam pockets and falls to below the knee. The back skirt overlaps almost side seam to side seam (it's stepped back just a smidge so you can't see the edge of the skirt when looking from the front), meaning you have plenty of coverage across the back, even in windy weather.


Layer with a short or long sleeved Gable Top underneath for extra coverage, or try the blouson style of the Luna Lounge Set blouse or Aisling Blouse for some extra whimsy.






 Multiple cup Sizes - A to F


The Jade Wrap Dress includes both the Original and Curve sizes, spanning from a 6A cup (but side 75cm or 29 1/2") all the way up to a 34F cup (156.5cm or 61 5/8").


Included in the instructions are a detailed set of Finished Garment Measurements, meaning you're able to compare these to a similar garment that you currently like the fit of, or know you want to adjust. This takes much of the guess work out of making Jade, before you've even cut anything out.


Annabel wears a Curve 24C cup, graded to a size 26 waist. Jen wears a 10C cup - you can read more about us on the pattern listing page here.



Skill Level


Jade is suitable for intermediate seamstresses or for confident beginners looking to expand their skillset with a little challenge.


While Jade has no additional fastenings - making it a relatively quick sew - taking your time over constructing the bodice is my top tip. Paying particular attention to the back bodice angle (this can be easily stretched).


Techniques such as fully lining a bodice, set-in side seam pockets and being patient while your skirt hangs overnight, are all skills that will be built upon during your Jade Wrap Dress construction.


Princess seams and dart shaping are also techniques that are included, as well as optional top-stitching.





Fabric Suggestions


Jade is suitable for mid-weight woven fabrics with some drape.


Linen, chambray and denim are lovely and easy to work with. Broiderie anglaise, seersucker, jacquard, tencel and sateen also work very well for summer Jade dresses.


Mid-weight wool, suiting, flannels and pinwale cord also make an excellent heavier weight garment for cooler climes.


Choose lightweight linings such as lawn and voile, or use the same fabric as the main garment if using a lighter weight cloth. Synthetic linings can also be used.


Annabel's Jade Dress is made from a mid-weight linen with a loose weave, making is swing and drape beautifully. Jen's Jade Dress is made from a light-weight denim with plenty of drape, and is also shown paired with a Gable Top.



Jade pairs really well layered over a Gable Top.
Gable is available in both the Original & Curve Sizes, A to F cups.





Purchase the Jade Wrap Dress Sewing Pattern here.




Do you follow me on Instagram?


I've popped up some recent Reels on choosing your JLH Cup Size and the importance of choosing the right High Bust size for a great fit in the upper bodice. Check them out if you're unsure what size to go for OR send me an email with your measurements and I'll happily point you in the right direction (I LOVE helping with sizing).


And while you're at it, when sharing your makes to the 'gram, tag me or use the hashtags #JLHJade, #JLHCurve or #SewJLH so I can see and share them too.



Digital Release Only

You can choose to purchase your pattern either as an individual size range (Original or Curve), OR in an economical bundle if you'd like to have both ranges on hand. Your pattern will be delivered instantly to your inbox after you check out, and from there, you can choose my easy-to-assemble print at home file or send the A0 file to a print shop and have them print it for you.

The Layers Function is included in all pattern files, so you can turn on and off any number/combination of sizes your heart desires.



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