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The Juniper Cardigan Sew Along - Choosing the Right Size

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In today's mini-post, I'm going to be talking a little more about the sizing for the Juniper Cardigan and how to get the right size for you.

The Intended Fit:

Juniper is a cardigan, it has more wearing ease built into it than my previous knit patterns because it's designed to be worn over the top of other things. Specifically, it was designed to be able to comfortably wear one fitted long sleeve layer under it. So, a long sleeved Gable Top/Dress or a Bronte Top would fit perfectly underneath it.

The bust on Juniper has a very small amount of built-in negative bust ease (aka, it's smaller than your actual measurements). The waist on the cropped version has zero ease (it's the same size as your waist) and the long line has positive ease at both the waist and hips, while still giving you a lovely silhouette.

With this in mind, you can hopefully get a better idea of how Juniper is intended fit VS how you want it to fit.



How do You Want it to fit?

If you're wanting your Juniper to go over the top of a strappy sundress, you might want it more fitted than it is, so sizing down from your usual size could be a good starting point to get the fit you're after.

If you want to layer that baby up as much as possible, sizing up would be advisable - and don't you think having a looser boyfriend long-line style would feel rather cozy?

Extended Measurements for a custom fit:

When you download your Juniper Cardigan instructions, you'll see on page 4 that there are a whole bunch of extra Finished Garment Measurements so that you can easily grade between sizes for a custom fit.

If you have a cardigan that you love already and want to mimic the fit of it, use the Extended Finished Garment Measurements to grade the pattern to fit exactly those measurements, taking the guess work out of how your final cardigan will come together.

Let me know if you have any other questions about choosing the right size! Otherwise, next up, we'll be dealing with everyone's favourite topic, boobs.

xx
J
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The Juniper Cardigan Sew Along - Choosing Notions

Friday, April 21, 2017

There are a few other things, besides fabric, that you will need to make Juniper, and I know that at least a few of you will be a little worried about trying to find fusible knit interfacing. But don't worry, read on...

Fusible Knit Interfacing

For some of you, finding fusible knit interfacing may be a challenge, I certainly thought it would be here in New Zealand. Surprisingly enough though, I did end up finding 2 different kinds in Spotlight.

The first one cost approximately 1 million dollars, came in a neat little box and had enough for a postage stamp (okay, I might be exaggerating there, but for the price, there may as well have only been a postage stamp amount in there. You don't need a lot for Juniper, but still, that price tag, yikes!). The other one, the kind I ended up buying, was living deep down in the interfacing-bin-of-doom amongst all the other interfacing. If you've ever been to the bins of doom at Spotty, you'll know what I'm talking about.

However... if you know you're not going to be able to find any, you don't technically need your interfacing to be a knit interfacing.

Yes, you read that correctly. 

Most of the neckband on Juniper is eased into the cardigan, except the button section, which is where you put the interfacing. So, you don't need any of the stretch in the knit to fit that section into your bodice. It matches exactly to that part of the cardigan, meaning you don't necessarily need the give that you get with a knit interfacing to make the cardigan fit together. You can use a lightweight woven interfacing here.

So, why did you tell us we needed knit interfacing then? Well, it's good practice to use it if you have it - knit interfacing is designed for knits after all, so if you have access to it, I would recommend using it. It does leave your knit fabric with a little more give around the button band area, helping it to lay flat and hang/sit slightly better, while giving the button section more stability. 

Want to know a secret?

Well, let's go back to that knit interfacing I did find (not the 1 million dollar one). It was thicker than I would have liked and while I used it perfectly fine on the navy/mustard version of the cardigan - the sample that used the fabric weight that I drafted the pattern in - the cropped versions? Both of those were made using heavier fabric, 250gsm, and when I trialled the knit interfacing, it was too much for the button band and it ended up making it bubble in a not-so-nice way. So I used plain, light weight woven interfacing for both of those and they turned out beautifully.

So there you have it. If you only have woven interfacing, you can use it on Juniper with lovely results. Don't stress :)

Also, it's a good reminder to test your interfacing on your fabric first.

Buttons

The number of buttons on the supplies list is really only a suggestion - you can use as many or as few as you like. In fact, if you've been paying attention, you may have noticed that the blue patterned cropped version actually only has 5 buttons on it!

The buttons I used were vintage glass buttons. I took them off their card to take a pretty instagram photo (of course) and then promptly lost one. So, five buttons it was.

Some of my testers used more buttons, some less, but at the end of the day, it's completely up to you what you choose to do. The only thing I would recommend is not going above 1.5cm diameter, otherwise your buttons may look out of proportion to the button band.


Clear Elastic

To keep your shoulders where they should be over the lifetime of your cardigan, as opposed to slowly drooping out of shape, adding in some clear elastic to the shoulder line is a good idea.

You could also add twill tape or ribbon if that's what you have to hand, but be careful of the weight you choose as you could make the seams bulky, and since the shoulder area is where the detail of the pattern is, you may wish to avoid this.

You can purchase your Juniper Cardigan pattern here.

xx
J
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Colour Combination Ideas, A Mini Post - The Juniper Cardigan Sew Along

Monday, April 17, 2017

Now that we've covered what kind of fabric we are looking for when making the Juniper Cardigan, we can go wild with different colour and pattern combinations. This is most definitely one of my favourite things about sewing and Juniper really is the perfect canvas for this.

So in today's mini post, I'm showing you a few different colour combinations that I've been dreaming of - spring-time subtle in duck egg blue and autumnal greens with copper accents. Oh, and I really do need the first one in my autumn wardrobe too - time to hunt down some fabric me thinks...
A cream and rosey-maroon long line Juniper Cardigan with elbow patches
 A subtle spring-time blue Juniper Cardigan with a cropped bodice and 3/4 length sleeves
 Mixtures of green with copper buttons and leather elbow patches. A perfect autumn Juniper Cardigan.
 Classic mustard and grey - keep the cardigan shoulder line simple and clean by using the same colour for the sleeves and bodice.
 Dark honey mustard and light blue - so 70's, so right.
 Have fun with bright, graphic prints and pops of colour - Juniper is the perfect canvas for having fun with fabric.

Which colours are you thinking about for your Juniper Cardigan?

If you'd like elbow patches on your next Juniper, you can download the free patch pattern here.

xx
J
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The Juniper Cardigan Sew Along - All About Fabric

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Let's kick off this Juniper Sew Along with our very favourite topic, fabric! I've said it before and I'll say it again, no two knits are equal. There are many many different variations, some subtle and some not so much, that can make your garment a success or a bit of a flop (quite literally floppy).

As I mentioned in the Juniper Cardigan Introduction video, this time I did something a bit different by filling you in on the exact fabric I used to draft and fit Juniper. It's really useful information when it comes to choosing the appropriate fabric for Juniper, to the point that I actually can't believe I haven't done it before! Knitting patterns do this 99.9% of the time so that you can get as close a result as possible to the modelled item - for Juniper, I used a 100% merino jersey knit, with a weight of 200gsm. This is the fabric I used for the long line navy and mustard sample.

So let's talk more about this in depth - in the 'suggested fabric' section of the instructions, I mention that you need a stable knit that has a minimum stretch percentage of 30% and a minimum weight of 180GSM. Let's break that down and figure out exactly what that means...

Weight

I think what annoys me most about buying knits online is when the weight is described as being 'light weight' or 'medium weight' etc. It's vague and not really all that useful when lightweight to one person can mean something completely different to another, especially if you're new to sewing with knits and don't necessarily have a reference point for what exactly light/medium/heavy weight means.

This is where GSM comes in. GSM... wha?!

It means grams per square metre. For those who don't use the metric system, I imagine that the conversion would be something like ounces per square yard (OSY??) and I'm sure there's some fancy maths to to convert this...

The reason being specific with weight is so important is because it can alter the outcome of your garment. If it's too heavy it could droop, not have enough stretch, make seams bulky (which for Juniper you want to be wary of with the shoulder curve). If it's too light, you risk loosing the style lines as there may not be enough oomph to help the design and shape stand up.

So, Juniper was drafted with a fabric that had a weight of 200gsm. I'd recommend the minimum weight being 180gsm - this is roughly the standard weight of most common cotton/lycra blends - if you've used any of the Art Gallery Fabrics, Robert Kaufman, Lillestoff etc cotton/lycra blends, this is generally the weight they will be. While these can obviously change and vary, you can bet that more often than not, they'll be 180gsm. And you can always email them to ask.

Depending on the stretch percentage of the fabric and how happy you are with bulky seams, I think going up to a weight of 300gsm would leave you with a nice looking, warmer Juniper cardigan. I personally haven't tried a fabric this heavy, the most I've gone up to is 250gsm, but I would feel comfortable using a 300gsm fabric if I found one I loved.

Grey merino interlock, both fabrics are 250gsm.

Stretch and Recovery

For Juniper, you want a minimum stretch percentage of 30%.

If you take a 10cm length of your fabric and can stretch it to at least 13cm, that means that you have a fabric with 30% stretch and the more you can stretch it, the higher the percentage of stretch.  You need this minimum amount of stretch to make sure you can ease your neckline in and so that the cardigan fits to your shape well (Juniper does have some negative ease built into the bust and no ease in the waist of the cropped version).

Once you've stopped stretching, you do also want that fabric to go back to it's original size - this is how well your fabric 'recovers' from being stretched. If it doesn't ping back, or you can poke holes in the fabric with your finger and they stay there, you might want to consider a different knit fabric.


Behaviour

This leads on from recovery - how your fabric behaves, being stable vs droopy (or maybe you can describe it as flowy?), can have a big effect on not only how easy it is to sew Juniper up, but on how the garment will wear over the course of the day or evening.

I probably wouldn't recommend a slinky knit for Juniper. The fabric needs enough oomph to be able to showcase that shoulder line. A slinky knit is not only much harder to sew with (it can slip around a lot under your sewing machine), but it can have a tendency to droop over the course of the day. This is fine if you're making a cardigan that is designed to be drapey, but it's probably not as ideal for Juniper.

Bonus useful thing - Fibre Composition

This is a personal preference, but I tend to stick to fabrics with a high percentage of natural fibres when I buy knits -  either cotton/lycra blends, 100% wool, or wool with a small amount of acrylic etc. They're easy to work with - especially if you're new to knits - they generally last longer and they are nice to wear, especially against the skin because they let the body breathe.

I really dislike polyester knits. I've tried to like them, but I just don't. And, there's this.

I know some people love them and wouldn't be without them, but I am not one of them. I find them not that nice to wear (a body needs to breathe, especially the upper part), I don't find that they last all that long before pilling (with little spider-web type threads coming off) and they smell funny, no matter how many times you wash them (and I guess washing them lots isn't a good idea anyway!). Maybe it's the type of polyester knits I've had access to in the past, but I just don't like them.

What about viscose or rayon knits? Well, they're technically both the same thing - it's just marketing that makes you think they're different - and while I don't find them as yucky as straight polyester (they do originate from cellulose or plant fibre but they are technically man-made because of all the processing that goes on) they tend to be very slinky knits that don't have a whole lot of body. So, I don't think they'd be a great fabric choice for Juniper, unless you want a drapey cardi.


So, what should you look for? If a fabric has ticked all of the above and is called something like jersey or interlock, you'll probably have a lovely fabric to make Juniper with.

If you have any questions or want to know whether a specific fabric you have in mind would work for Juniper, send me an email or link to the fabric and I'll let you know!

xx
J
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The Juniper Cardigan - Sew Along Details (plus see Juniper in action!).

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hello everyone,

Well first of all, thank you SO MUCH for the amazing response to Juniper! I've had so many lovely emails and comments over the past week since it was released. I'm not going to lie, it can be a nerve-wracking experience to release something that's a little different to the norm, but the reception has been beyond amazing.

Today I am announcing what we'll be covering in the sew along, and I've recorded a short little introduction video for you. Not only do I get to show you what the pattern looks like on a moving person, but I talk a little more about the pattern itself and introduce you to some of the things we'll be discussing during the sew along.


If you'd like to skip to various topics throughout the video, here are the different start times...

0.01 - Introduction to the Juniper Cardigan
0.55 - The details: saddle shoulder, bodice and sleeve length variations
1.43 - Fabric ideas
4.12 - The intended fit and choosing your size
6.17 - Skill level
7.15 - The Sew Along
8.17 - See both versions of Juniper in action!

Sew Along Topics -
And the part where we sew...
  • Assembling the Neckband
  • Attaching Sleeves — Front & Back
  • Sewing up side seams and attaching the waist/hip band
  • Attaching the neckband
  • Making and attaching sleeve cuffs
  • Attaching grosgrain ribbon - when to do it and how.
  • Adding buttons and buttonholes
  • How to add pockets plus FREE PATTERN PIECES!
  • Juniper Cardigan Round-up!

Juniper posts will go up one to two times a week, hopefully that'll allow me to blog about things that aren't sew along related as well. If there's anything else you'd like to know about, send me an email and I'll try to add it in for you either in the right order or at the end — jen at jenniferlaurenhandmade dot com.

Also, remember to use the hashtag #junipercardigan so I can see all of your amazing creations (and add you to the pattern round up if you'd like to be included!) and tag me on instagram.

Talk next week,

xx
J
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New Pattern Release - The Juniper Cardigan

Wednesday, March 29, 2017











If you like versatile cardigans and charming details, The Juniper Cardigan might be just what you're looking for.

The Details

With saddle shoulder details and a flattering V neckline, snuggle up in comfort with either the long-line boyfriend style paired with your favourite jeans, or go for some vintage flair with the cropped version worn over the top of your favourite 50s sundress.

The Juniper Cardigan has you covered on those chilly Spring and Autumn nights with long or 3/4 sleeve options; it's also the perfect canvas for colour and pattern blocking.

 View 1 - Cropped with 3/4 sleeves
View 2 - Long-line with long sleeves

Juniper has it all: for the ultimate customised cardigan, use different colours and patterns to show off the saddle shoulder details, as well as the separate waistband, sleeve cuffs and neckline pieces.

Skill Level

Designed with intermediate sewers in mind, Juniper will build on your previous knit sewing skills - if you've made a Bronte Top or Gable Top/Dress before, Juniper will take you to the next level.

The Sew Along

If you still consider yourself a beginner in the knit sewing world, but are feeling inspired to give Juniper a go (you can do it!), a full sew-along in the coming weeks will guide you through some of the trickier stages as well as giving you some new ideas to extend and personalise your Juniper pattern and handmade wardrobe.

I'll be announcing the dates on the blog in a week!



I love seeing your takes on my patterns and would love it if you tagged me on Instagram or used the hashtag #Junipercardigan so that I can admire your makes! I'll also be doing a Juniper Cardigan round up on my blog after the sew along has finished, and would love to feature some of yours.

I so hope you like Juniper! 

xx
J
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PS) The Juniper Cardigans above were modelled with The Afternoon Shift Dress and The Felicity Dress Skirt.

The Juniper Cardigan Sewing Pattern - Coming Soon!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I've been a bit MIA lately, and that's because I've been working on the finishing touches of my next sewing pattern, The Juniper Cardigan.

With Spring and Autumn happening right now on opposite sides of the world, it's the perfect transitional piece. And as always, you can expect that interesting little detail that will set it apart from any other cardigan sewing pattern you might have stashed away...

If you'd like to be the first to know when the pattern is available, as well as have access to the subscriber-only discount, make sure you sign up to the newsletter before 8pm Monday 27th March NZDT.

Talk soon,

xx
J
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Short & Sweet - February Days

Thursday, February 23, 2017










Knitting - Winter mitts while I wait for another ball of wool to arrive so I can finish off my Owls. Rookie mistake = not ordering enough wool.

Sewing - All the Juniper cardigans.

Cooking - meatballs. On the way home from playgroup last week, I asked Oscar what he wanted for lunch, he said meatballs. Meatballs it is, dude.

Drinking - white wine spritzers and pretending summer is here.

Learning - Alternate Cable Cast-On, it's so pretty!

Hoping - Oscar gets better soon. He's been sick since the weekend and while the cuddles are lovely, I want that happy little boy back.

Wanting - all the indie yarn. Seriously, just all of it. Thanks.

Deciding - what to knit next? What to sew next?

Enjoying - the sunshine & impromptu walks down to see the diggers at the bottom of our street.

Collecting - avocado pits. Natural dye, here I come.

Listening - to bees buzzing while we dig in the sandpit and make sand castles.

Watching - Land Girls. Those 40's overalls.

Smelling - summer roses in the garden.

Wearing - Ivy pinafores. I don't think I've worn much else these past few rainy weeks.

Wondering - which sewing pattern designs to work on next.

Admiring - how much talent this creative community has and how willing people are to share and give advice.

Grateful - for lovely emails from friends, even though we've never met. Both new, out-of-the-blue notes as well as ones from old friends.

Loving - quiet evenings.

Feeling - all over the place.

Buying - more wool.

Baking - zucchini bread (with half the sugar & how ever many cups 2 grated zucchini's yield - don't squeeze out the water!) with zucchini picked fresh from the garden.

xx
J
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A Handmade Day Podcast, Ep5 - Knitting Failures & Successes

Friday, February 10, 2017
I know, I'm a little late to the par-tay, but the first A Handmade Day podcast episode is up for the year!

It's mostly about knitting, but if you'd like to get a peek at the Gable Dress in real-time, you can check it out right at the start. You can also hear about some of my favourite sewing gadgets towards the end in the Ask Jen segment.

Unfortunately, I realised a little too late that a lot of my knitting from last year was coming out yuge due to the fact that I was knitting at a really loose tension for some reason. Like, really loose. I've since remedied this, perhaps a little too much on my first finished project for the year (Oscar's Owlet), but at least this one is wearable. If not for two winters, at least for one.


The times for individual segments are below in case you want to skip to particular sections...

0.01 - Happy New Year!! *contains spectacular celebrations*
0.54 - Baking of the Episode - Barb's Chocolate Brownie
1.57 - Wearing - The Gable Dress (not ironed. What's new?)
5.37 - Other sewing? Not so much... except for The Juniper Cardigan (coming soon!)
8.00 - On with the knitting failures, first up, The Belfast Cardigan
12.14 - The Anouk Cardigan
16.47 - My first finished project of the year and a big success, Owlets for Oscar
20.43 - The beginning of my very own Owls (hopefully another success. TBA)
24.11 - The beginnings of some future knitting plans...
25.06 - Ask Jen! Carole wanted to know what some of my favourite sewing gadgets are, so behold -
  • 25.26 - A wrist pin cushion (I got mine from Miss Maude)
  • 27.39 - A good sewing machine (& my thoughts on computerised machines vs manual machines). I have a Janome My Excel 18w and if you're looking for a reliable workhorse that does everything, I highly recommend it.
  • 34.40 - A Tailor's Ham (and I just happen to have a free pattern here in case you want to make one of your own).
xx
J
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* or not...

Become a JLH Pattern Tester!

Friday, February 3, 2017

THANK YOU!! 
The list is now closed, but check back in the future for other openings.

Yesterday, I deleted my very first tester database *gulp* but it was time.

I started that database all the way back in August 2014. Over the years, people have naturally dropped off and those that were on it, became confident seamstresses, ready to tackle anything. So this week, I emailed that amazing group of people, told them that the list was being deleted and that if they still had time and wanted too, they could sign up to the new Pattern Tester list.

And now, you can too!

For a limited time I'm opening up the list to new people who might fancy testing a future pattern for me - oh, and the Juniper Cardigan will be ready next week! May as well hit the ground running right?

Please take a moment to read the updated FAQ's below so that you know what you're getting into before you sign up...

1) Do I get paid to pattern test?
Unfortunately not, but you do get a (hopefully) cute pattern! Once all feedback is collated and any changes are made, I'll also send you a final copy of the updated pattern as a thank you.

2) Do I need to blog about it once the pattern is released?
Absolutely not! In fact, I have testers who don't even have blogs or an internet presence. What I need from testers is honest feedback about the pattern, and then should you wish, you are more than welcome to blog about your experience with the pattern (good or bad) once released, but there is no small print stating that you have to blog about it (though obviously, I'd welcome it!).

3) Do I need a blog or web presence to test?
Again, absolutely not, see above answer.

4) How do you pick who get's to test?
Once I have the next pattern ready, I'll email the entire database to let you know. From there, testers will be chosen on a first in per size email basis. If the first 10 people signing up are all a size 14, obviously I need a range of sizes to test for me, and sending the pattern to a large group who are all sewing up the same size isn't going to give me a good idea of how the pattern works across all sizes. So in that instance, the first few in that size group will get to test.

5) What do I have to do?
Once you've received my email with a description of what the next pattern is, if you want to test it, all you have to do is let me know. If I receive your email before the testing group is full, I'll email you the pattern with a list of questions I'd like to know about.

After you've made the pattern, you'll need to email me back with the answers to my questions and any other comments you think might be useful for me to put into the pattern (whether it's fit, typos, missing information, instructions that are hard to understand etc). This usually needs to happen with a 2-3 week turn around.

6) What if I'm too busy to test a pattern with a 2 week turn around?
I'll always let you know what you're in for before you commit to testing a pattern. If you think there's no way you'll be able to provide feed back in that time (sometimes sooner!) then I'd appreciate it if you'd pass on testing that time and let someone else do it.

Don't worry, just because you pass this time, doesn't mean you get a black mark next to your name for next time :)

7) Is the pattern going to be in pdf? Do I need a printer? I hate pdf's by the way...
Yes, at this stage all my patterns are in a digital pdf format. So, yes, you'll need a printer. My patterns work for both A4 and US Letter sized paper.

I think 'hate' is a rather strong word, but I understand the difficulties of working with pdf patterns. However, if you're yet to try one of my PDF patterns, I hope I'll curb some of that dislike. My pdf's are laid out in a way that you don't end up needing to rearrange your entire living room to tape together one big blob of paper. You get to print out only the version you want to make, and you'll save a bunch of paper and time doing it my way :)

I've also just added A0 Print Shop versions to all patterns and I will send you both layouts when testing.

8) What if I don't like the style of the pattern on me?
I'll hopefully describe the pattern to you as best I can without actually showing everyone what the pattern looks like (cause that'd be giving it away!). Based on that information, you'll need to decide if you think it's something you'd like to make, and then fingers crossed you like it.

If you end up hating the style, I'd still need your feedback but I guess you'll just need to look at the pattern objectively (rather than emotionally) so you can let me know any issues with it.

9) What if I'm a beginner seamstress?
Great! I will be releasing patterns that suit different levels of sewing experience. If I've stated in an email that a pattern is intermediate or advanced but it sounds like something you'd like to have a go at making, then please feel free to sign up. You never know, while I think it's an advanced pattern, you might think it's super easy, which would then mean I'd need to re-think my classification of the pattern anyway.

10) If I sign up and give you my email address, will you use it for other spammy 
purposes, or give it to spammy people who will send me spam?
No way! Your email address will specifically go onto my testers database, and you'll only ever get an email from me if it's about pattern testing (unless you'd like other emails of course! You can sign up to my actual newsletter here). And I'll never give your email address to spammy people either, don't you worry.

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Does that sound like something you'd be up for? If so, you can...

Sign up here! I'd love to have you.

Make sure you get in quickly as I'm not going to be leaving the list open for too long, having a massive tester database doesn't actually help as much as you think it might - people inevitably get disappointed if they don't make the sign up in time when a new pattern is ready, and unfortunately, there's not too much I can do about that.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Otherwise, thank you so much for all of your support! And here's to testing Juniper next week (gin optional).

xx
J
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All Patterns Now Available in A0 Print Shop Format!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Good morning, good morning,

Over Christmas, I sat down and re-laid all of my patterns into A0 Print Shop format and while they've actually been available for almost all of January, I'm only just getting around to officially announcing it. So, er...


If you purchased a pattern from me during January, you should already have the new format in your chosen design, however, if you purchased earlier than that, you won't. SO, if you'd like the A0 Print Shop format of your pattern(s) please forward your receipt (either your JLH, Etsy or Paypal receipts) to jen at jenniferlaurenhandmade dot com and I'll forward you the relevant files.

Please note - I'm expecting a huge number of requests, so it may take a few days to receive your file. If you don't hear from me within a week of emailing, please email again, just in case!!

xx
J

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The Gable Dress Expansion Pack - NOW AVAILABLE!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

One of the things I most love about sewing is the ability to make what ever you want. You can make things that never existed before. You can re-imagine loved garments. You can mould the rules to suit different fabrics and shapes. You can extend the life of loved sewing patterns.

And so here we are today, reinventing one of my most popular patterns, The Gable Top, and turning it into one of the most comfortable and flattering dresses in your wardrobe...

With pleated and gathered skirt options, The Gable Dress Expansion Pack includes new bodice, pocket and skirt pattern pieces, making this one of the most versatile patterns in your stash.

Use any of your three original Gable Top sleeve patterns (or this tutorial for 3/4 or bracelet length sleeves) and you'll have tops and dresses sorted from spring to winter.

Keeping the original classic 50s-inspired slash neckline and comfortable knit fabric construction, The Gable Dress is the perfect quick make. It can be made up using any of the recommended fabrics from your original Gable Top pattern — from cotton lycra to snuggly merino knit, the choice is yours.


The Gable Dress Expansion Pack is now available from my shop for just $3.50. It includes my recently introduced A0 Print Shop files as well as the standard A4 Letter files. You will receive all new bodice, skirt and pocket pieces as well as detailed instructions on how to construct the dress.

This is an expansion pack though, so you will need your Gable Top pattern to complete the dress!


If you haven't already purchased Gable, not to worry. You can purchase The Gable Bundle, which includes the original Gable Top and the new Gable Dress Expansion Pack. Usually $14.50 when purchased separately, you can buy them in bundle form for just $14.

I'd love to see your Gable Dresses, so why not share them with me by either tagging me directly, or using the hashtag #GableDress.

xx
J

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