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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.


Make sure you sign up to get all the goods in your inbox before anyone else (and access the subscriber-only discount!). Then maybe, just maybe, Millie might stop giving you the side eye.


Subscribe here.



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

JLH Curve Sorrel Dress Coming Soon...

Wednesday, April 6, 2022


I'm so excited for this one! 


The extended sizes JLH Curve Sorrel Dress pattern will be here in a few short weeks - it will include C to F cups and range from a size 16 up to a size 34 (that's a 159.5cm or 62 3/4" hip circumference measurement).


Sorrel will be released to the public at 8am on Wednesday 20th April (NZ time) BUT if you'd like to be the first to see it, and nab that subscriber-only discount (that applies to both the Original and new Curve sizes, as well as the bundle) then make sure you sign up to my newsletter before the pattern goes live.



Sign up here to see Sorrel first!



Look forward to seeing you in 2 weeks time...


xx

Jen

Tutorial - How to attach the Esme Top Neckline

Wednesday, March 23, 2022


I have an exciting (?!) tutorial for you today - I'm showing you how I attach the neckline for the Esme Top, and it might be a little different to what you're used to!


I use this technique for both the shawl collar and the V neckline, and this is how I instruct you to do it in the Esme Top instructions. 




What do you think? Will you give it a go? It always results in a clean neckline for me when I do it this way, so I'm very interested to know how you get on with it.


Esme is available in both the Original and Curve sizes, A to F cups, size 6-34! You can purchase your pattern here.


xx

Jen

Pricing Changes coming April 2022...

Tuesday, March 15, 2022


Way back in April last year, I wrote about needing to increase the prices of my digital patterns. I did end up splitting the size ranges as I said I would back then, but have held back on increasing the overall prices for as long as I could.


The time has now come for me to implement the changes I talked about nearly a year ago - helping me to keep up with the increasing costs I've been absorbing for several years now. These new price-points also keep me more inline with other indie designers, while still keeping me at the lower end of this spectrum.


I hope the value I provide with my patterns - 6 individual cup sizes, an increased size range (a total of 15 sizes), along with the Original+Curve Bundle option I offer, will more than make up for this small pricing increase.  Along with the continued sizing expansion of older patterns and all new-release patterns being made available in the Original and Curve sizing.



Digital Pattern Prices will increase on the 1st April 2022, NZDT



  • All individual pattern sets (JLH Original or JLH Curve) will retail for $14.50USD.

  • Original + Curve Bundles, (which includes both Original & Curve sizes), will retail for $21USD.

  • To standardise pricing across the board, the Ostara Top and the Nixie & Trixie Briefs will all go up to the standard individual $14.50USD price bracket.

  • The Gable Dress expansion pack will go up to $6.50USD and the Gable Bundle will go up to $18USD.


You still have a couple of weeks to snap up any patterns you've been lusting after at the current prices.


Thank you for your continued support and understanding.


xx

Jen

NEW PATTERN RELEASE - The Updated & Extended Ivy Pinafore Pattern!

Wednesday, March 9, 2022






The Ivy Pinafore...
Now available in
JLH Curve sizes (16-34, C to F cups)
with added cup sizes, A to D, in the Original size range.



The next pattern to get a make-over is finally HERE... Not only is the popular Ivy Pinafore now available in the JLH Curve sizes (16-34, C to F cups) but the Original version now includes A to D cups as well!


Ivy is one of those patterns that I released many years ago - pre-Original cup sizes and layers - and I've had people asking for the expanded sizes over and over again.


So it's with utmost pleasure that I'm here today letting you know that the updated pattern and extended sizes are now available and that they now also include layers (something that many of you will be very happy about!).



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Ivy is modelled here with the Gable Top
also available in the JLH Curve sizes + extended cup sizes in the Original pattern.



Ivy is a classic JLH pinafore pattern with two very different views.


View 1 - the tent-style dress - is all about the drama, where as View 2 (the slim-line) is more like a shift-dress and casual in its silhouette.


Taking inspiration from the 60s, Ivy has yoked necklines that fasten with a button at the front (you don't need to make this functional though, Ivy has enough ease to slip over your head), side seam pockets and is fully lined (check out this tutorial if you don't want a fully lined garment).


Ivy was originally designed to be paired the the Gable Top; though you could also choose the fuller sleeves of the Aisling blouse to give you a completely different look.





JLH Cup Sizes


Ivy comes with C-F cups in the new JLH Curve sizes and has also been updated to include the A to D cups that you now expect with all JLH Original patterns (Ivy was released before I introduced cup sizes into my patterns). Check out the JLH Sizes here.


Check out the Finished Garment Measurements and read through the new 'Intended Fit' section included in the instructions, to see what might suit you and your personal tastes when it comes to wearing ease.


Tatenda wears a 24E cup, graded to a 28 waist in the slim and a 26 in the tent  - you can read more about her on the pattern listing page here.



Skill Level


Ivy is a great project for the adventurous beginner seamstress and beyond.


Learn techniques like inserting darts, top-stitching and how to full line a garment.



Fabric Suggestions


Ivy works a treat in sturdier fabrics like denim, corduroy and wool. Perfect for layering up in the cool mixed weather of Autumn and Spring.


View 1 would also look gorgeous in floatier fabrics like silks and cotton voiles, or even a sateen for a glam night out. (Just add sparkly yoke fabric, dramatic winged eyeliner and a beehive - are you with me?!).







Free Original Pattern Update


If you've purchased Ivy in the past, you are eligible to get the new and improved Original pattern update for free. Just forward your receipt (or the email you checked out under and I can find it) to jen at jenniferlaurenhandmade dot com and I'll send along the updated pattern.


Please be patient with me, as there will be a lot of you - I'll be working my way systematically though.


Apologies that I can't quite make my back-end re-send all previous purchases of Ivy - it's a shortcoming that I'm trying to find a work around for, especially as more updated patterns continue to be released throughout the year.



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 of/combination of sizes your heart desires. There will be no paper patterns at this stage.



Purchase Ivy Now!


You can purchase your Ivy Pinafore in the individual size ranges (Original or Curve) separately, or both together in the economical Bundle Option.




I'd love to hear how you're getting along making your Ivy Pinafore and how you're finding the new Curve sizes, so why not tag me on Instagram or use the hashtags #JLHIvyPinafore, #JLHIvy or #JLHCurve.


xx

Jen

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