Introducing The Afternoon Shift Dress Pattern - an Afternoon Blouse Expansion Pack...

Friday, February 26, 2016
Here it is you guys, the newly updated Afternoon Blouse & Shift Dress
an expansion pack of the popular Afternoon Blouse pattern.






This new version includes additional sizes in the upper range as well as a comfortable and stylish Shift Dress variation with your choice of back box pleat or light gathering for additional shaping, as well as some all-important side seam pockets.

With pretty kimono sleeves and two different neckline options, The Afternoon Blouse & Shift Dress is a great pattern for beginners and advanced seamstresses. You can make both the dress and blouse in most fabrics. Why not make use of all those quilting cottons in your stash for a crisp garment, or use light cottons like voile, lawn and linen for a softer, lighter finish - perfect for wearing in spring and summer. If you want a little more luxury or a bit more of a challenge, try stitching them up in silks and rayons. 

And for those of us heading into winter, why not stitch up your very own shift dress in a snuggly flannel or drapey wool-blend? Then layer it up with tights, boots and a scarf, and you're set for an autumn afternoon walk.















As the name suggests, you should be able to whip up either the blouse or dress in an afternoon, so if you're after a quick and satisfying make, then this should be right up your alley.

What if you already bought the blouse when it was first released...?

This is a free pattern update! Yay! All you need to do is forward me a copy of your Etsy or Paypal receipt and I'll email you a new copy. Please note, due to demand, I will be emailing new patterns once a week, so you may not get your new pattern straight away, but it's coming - jenniferlauren.is@gmail.com

So, what do you think? Will you be swanning around in an Afternoon Shift or Blouse soon? I'd love to see them if so, make sure to tag me on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram!

xx
J
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17 comments on "Introducing The Afternoon Shift Dress Pattern - an Afternoon Blouse Expansion Pack..."
  1. Oh my gosh, I love this pattern in all it's incarnations. The dress with the pockets is my idea of a dream dress. I will have to get your pattern once I am back into the mood of sewing. I have been busy doing refashions for my blog so I haven't really had time or interest to start a sewing project from scratch. But I do have some fabric in my stash that would be perfect for this. Cheers, Michele

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    1. Yay, I'm so glad you like the updated pattern. A shift dress isn't my usual style, but since becoming a mum, easy dresses that slip on and don't require any fuss (but still make you look put together even when you're covered in porridge) are what I need right now, hehe! I can't wait to see your version when you get a chance to make it up. I totally understand needing to be in the 'sewing mood'. I've been in the mood for several months now, which has been amazing, but finding the time has been a whole different story. So, I'm hoping the ride lasts a bit longer so I can get more done.

      xx
      J

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  2. This is lovely! A really nice update to the dress! I won the pattern first time around, but I'd love the dress too, if that's OK? I will dig out the original email and mail it over to you. X

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    1. Hi Helen, yes! I remember :) I'll email it to you with the first batch, it's apparently sending right now but it seems to be taking a while, there might be too many people on the list... You should get it soon any how. Did you ever try the blouse as a nursing top? I didn't, I really should have, but time just slips on by...

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    2. Thanks so much, Jen. I have received it already! I never did get round to making that version, time does slip away too quickly, doesn't it? I'm looking forward to making the dress version for the summer, though. Thanks again! X

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  3. Ah it looks amazing! I am seriously tempted but I have to sew some stash up before spending more money on sewing :-(

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    1. Yay, glad you like it!! I totally know what you mean about needing to use some stash first - I have so much I keep meaning to make, hehe :)

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  4. Hello, I love this extension, it looks beautiful. I was going to ask whether you thought it would be suitable for nursing as a dress? Do you think the front button opens far enough for it? I miss dresses!

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    1. Hey Deborah, that's just what Helen and I were talking about above! Neither of us gave it a go, though I totally meant to, but that time just went by so quickly!

      I've only just started wearing dresses again, and it's so nice! I feel your pain. If you do make it as a nursing dress, one thing to consider is your bust size. The dress and blouse are slightly more fitted at the bust (well, there's around 4cm ease included there, so it's not fitted, but it's more fitted there than the waist and hips), and from my experience, your bust can grow quite substantially when breastfeeding. You could try making it up in a knit though! I think that would work and would give you all the extra room you needed there. Otherwise, I'd probably grade out a size in the bust.

      Let me know if you give it a go, I'd love to hear whether it works or not!

      xx
      J

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    2. it really is beautiful, on my todo list both blouse and dress.

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  5. I love this! It looks like it would be very comfortable to wear! I like to wear a lot of dresses because they are so easy and you look put together no matter what. I may have to give this pattern a try.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth :) It's not my usual style, but it's so comfy and you're right, you still look put together. Right now, I just can't go past comfort and so this has been the perfect choice on days when I just can't be bothered :)

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  6. This dress is super lovely. I love the simplicity of a pull-on dress. I like the design of this dress plus the pockets and back shaping - its a winner!

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    1. Yay, I'm glad you think so :) It's also a quick sew, perfect for when you just want something made already!

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  7. Wow, the dress is so pretty and I have linen in burning red just like your sample, so I can't wait to make one for my self! (Waiting for an update, but I guess I wasn't in the first batch, bummer).

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    1. Awesome! The pink one is a linen, so that should give you a good idea of how it will fall, the red is in rayon :) I hope it's come through to you now - I've done two big batches so far!

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  8. Great outfit! Love the shape and texture of it. Amazing design clothes online!

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Jen

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