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NEW PATTERN RELEASE - The Kinfolk Dress!

Wednesday, June 29, 2022






 Kinfolk, a sleek bohemian style dress, loose and flowy with waist ties for definition.



The Kinfolk Dress has bohemian 40s style at its heart. Part kaftan, part wrap-style dress, slip Kinfolk over your head and wrap the front waist ties around to the back to cinch in the silhouette however you please.


If mid-summer bonfires, flower-crowns and floaty dresses are right up your street, then the Kinfolk Dress has you covered (and then some!). The second brand new JLH pattern for 2022 is available in both the Original and Curve sizes, with A to F cups included, in sizes ranging from an NZ6 to 34.


Not that you need ethereal summer parties and fields of flowers to wear Kinfolk. She's a versatile piece and ready to become your new favourite make.





The Details


With princess seam shaping from the shoulder down over the bust, a curved panelled centre front bodice and 6 gored skirt, Kinfolk is your everyday throw-on dress that will take you from beach coverup to BBQ dinner in no time.


Construction isa breeze with no fastenings and casual grown-on sleeves. A gentle rounded neckline and in-seam pockets are paired with a pretty A-line shaped skirt, falling to just below the knee.


Plenty of ease is included at the waist and hips, and an optional step is included at the end to add elastic into the back waist seam, to help keep gathers even underneath the ties during wear.


Kinfolk evokes the best part of breezy summer gatherings in the woods. Make Kinfolk in light linen or broidery anglaise and your sorted for midsummer nights around the bonfire at the beach. Equally, made up in light denim or chambray styled with sneakers and you're ready to hit the pavement for weekend outings with your own kinfolk.



Multiple Cup Sizes - A to F


The Kinfolk Dress includes both the Original and Curve sizes, spanning from a 6A cup (bust 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 Kinfolk, before you've even cut anything out.


Tatenda wears an 18D cup, graded to a 20 waist. Jen wears a 10C cup out to a 12 waist - you can read more about us on the pattern listing page.



Skill Level


Kinfolk is suitable for confident seamstresses looking to up-skill.


If you have a few makes under your belt, Kinfolk could be a great next step in building your handmade wardrobe. With no fastenings, Kinfolk is a quick make, but techniques such as inset-inseam pockets, a panelled front bodice and princess seams will build your skillset and give you the confidence to tackle more technical garments in the future.



Fabric Suggestions


Kinfolk is suitable for a wide-range of light- to medium-weight woven fabrics with some drape.


Cotton lawn, voile and poplin to linen, tencel, light chambray or denim, as well as double gauze, sateen and seersucker are easy to sew with and wear.


Rayon, silks, crepes and other slinky fabrics also work well, as does flannel and wool suitings for a heavier garment during cooler weather.


Tatenda's copper Kinfolk is a textured twist cotton (similar to flannel but more light-weight) and Jen wears Kinfolk in a cotton jacquard (blue) and a cotton double cloth (grey gingham).











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I've started filming some videos (yikes! Talk about nerve wracking!!) and have a fun set of reels coming up showing the construction of Kinfolk. I've also posted 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.




If you're not following along already, you can find me here.


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


xx

Jen

New Pattern Release: The Isla Wrap Dress!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022






 Isla, the perfect mix of 1950s house-dress meets modern day wrap dress.


The first brand new JLH pattern for 2022 is here! Say hello to the Isla Wrap Dress. Available in both the Original and Curve sizes, with A to F cups included, in sizes ranging from an NZ size 6 to 34.


Who hasn't fantasised about making the dresses below that Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) wears when we meet her in the movie The Hundred-Foot Journey? I sure have, and now you can make your very own in an easy, breezy wrap dress form. Yippee!


Isla is cool, comfortable and layer able for all seasons and occasions. cute vintage bikes are optional (but dang, I think we all need one, stat!).


Image courtesy of The Hundred-Foot Journey



The Details

With grown-on sleeves and a wide, gently rounded neckline (buttoned at the top back neckline), Isla includes waistline darts for bodice shaping at the front and back. The gently gathered skirt includes in-seam pockets and falls to below the knee.


The back-wrap bodice is angled from the centre back neckline down to the waist - the waist tie is then used for closing the dress at the waistline, cinching it in as much as you please.


The back skirt overlaps almost side to side (it's stepped back just a smidge so you can't see the edge of the skirt with looking from the front), meaning you have plenty of coverage, even in windy weather.


While the button at the top back neckline can be made functional, the neckline is wide enough that you can easily slip Isla over you head, meaning you can sew it permanently shut if you wish.





Multiple Cup Sizes - A to F


The Isla Wrap Dress includes both the Original and Curve sizes, spanning from a 6A cup (bust size 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 Isla, before you've even cut anything out.


Tatenda wears a Curve 18D cup, graded to a size 20 waist - you can read more about her on the pattern listing page here.






Skill Level


Isla is suitable for confident seamstresses looking to up-skill.


If you have a few garments under your belt, Isla could be a great next step in your sewing journey. Build confidence with techniques such as gathering skirts, sewing in darts, and stay-stitching along the back bodice angle to keep it (and your necklines) from stretching out during construction.


If the button at the back makes you a little hesitant, you don't need to make it functional. The neckline is wide enough to slip over the head, meaning you can permanently sew it closed with a few hand-stitches (and pop a faux button on top). You could even use a vintage brooch or go punk with safety pins!


Fabric Suggestions


Isla is suitable for a wide range of light to medium-weight woven fabrics with some drape.


Cotton lawn, voile and poplin to linen, tencel, light chambray or denim, as well as double gauze, sateen and seersucker are easy to sew with and wear.


Rayon, silks, crepes and other slinky fabrics also work well, but be mindful of the weight of the back neckline closure you use, as it could cause sagging without enough fabric structure to hold it up. In that case, a hidden snap button or a few invisible hand-stitches could be best,


Tatenda's pink spot Isla is a linen-cotton blend. Jen wears Isla in a slub-y linen-cotton blend (that was a nightmare to iron after washing, so I just went with it, wrinkles and all).



Purchase Isla Here



You can choose to purchase Isla an an individual size range (Original or Curve) OR in an economical bundle if you'd like all sizes 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 PrintShop 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.


Please share your makes with me on Instagram! You can use the hash tags #JLHIsla, #JLHCurve or #SewJLH - I'd love to see your makes.


xx

Jen

Coming Soon... the Isla Wrap Dress.

Monday, May 2, 2022


Happy Me Made May everyone! 


I haven't written an official pledge as I wear Me-Mades most of the time anyway, and I've been wearing a lot of patterns I haven't released yet, so... there's that. I do have one surprise up my sleeve for May though, my first brand new pattern of 2022 will be here next week!


The Isla Wrap Dress is a casual modern day wrap dress mixed with a 1950s house-dress silhouette. She's cool and relaxed but includes all the lovely little details you expect in a JLH pattern.


After spending the start of this year re-releasing three of my older patterns in the new Curve sizes (Pippi, Sorrel and Ivy), it's time to turn my attention to new patterns. Wrap dresses feature heavily, as do grown-on sleeves and my own take on a PJ/Lounge set to round out my offerings.


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Look forward to seeing you next week...


xx
Jen

NEW PATTERN RELEASE - JLH Curve Sorrel Dress, available in new and extended sizes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022








Boobs of all sizes rejoice, the Sorrel Dress is the latest pattern to get the JLH Curve treatment! It now includes A to F cups, meaning no more baggy bodices or gaping button plackets - if you thought shirt-waist dresses would just never work for you, Sorrel is a game-changer, I promise.

The Sorrel Dress is a fresh take on the classic shirt-waist dress, seamlessly pairing vintage elements with modern design (and always with pockets).





Shaped with double open-ended darts around the bodice and skirt waistline, Sorrel's relaxed silhouette and sleek but shapely skirt provide the illusions of a fitted garment, with all the comfort of a shift-style dress.

A simple fold out collar frames the face, creating a gentle V neckline, and grown-on sleeves lend a casual vintage vibe.

Layer a mid-weight corduroy or denim Sorrel with fitted long sleeves and boots for cool weather, or make it up in a seasonal double gauze or cotton/linen blend for a light-weight summer garment.

View 1 includes a separate button placket, great for playing with prints and different fabric layouts. View 2 has a grown-on button placket, helping to keep the design simple and the construction straightforward.





JLH Cup Sizes

The Sorrel Dress now spans across a wider range of sizes from a 6A cup (full bust circumference 75cm or 29 1/2") all the way up to a 34F (156.5cm or 61 5/8").

Included in the instructions are a detailed/expanded 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 Sorrel, even before you've cut anything out.

Tatenda wears an 18D cup, graded to a size 20 waist - you can read more about her on the pattern listing page here.



Skill Level

Sorrel is a perfect project to confident beginner seamstresses. If this is your first time tackling a shirt-dress style garment, Sorrel will guide you through the process with ease.

Learn techniques like inserting open-ended darts, inserting buttons and button holes, as well as inserting inseam pockets.



Fabric Suggestions

The Sorrel Dress is suitable for a wide range of light to medium-weight woven fabrics with some drape.

Choose any of your favourite fabrics from cotton lawn, voile and poplin to linen, tencel and double gauze. Rayon and silks would make a lightweight and graceful Sorrel, while mid-weight denims, corduroy and brocade or jacquards would lend themselves to a more structured garment.

Tatenda's pink lemon Sorrel is a linen-cotton blend that is underlined with a light cotton voile. Jen wears Sorrel in double gauze.







Free Gathered Sorrel Dress Tutorial

Turn Sorrel into your new favourite breezy summer dress with some minor pattern alterations. This floaty pattern hack is gently shaped at the back, with dart released at the front and paired with a gently gathered skirt.

Check out the free tutorial here to learn how to easily adapt your pattern to turn Sorrel into a completely different silhouette, that makes fabulous bump-wear, if I do say so myself. (I'm not pregnant! These photos were taken towards the end of 2018... Rowan's now 3!).




Taken back in 2018 when I was pregnant with Rowan


Purchase your Sorrel here!




I'd love to hear how you're getting along making your Sorrel Dress and how you're finding the new Curve sizes. Why not tag me on Instagram or use the hashtags #JLHSorrelDress , #JLHSorrel or #JLHCurve so I can see and share your makes.

I hope you enjoy making Sorrel!


xx
Jen

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