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Pattern Tester Call!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Sign ups are closed, thank you!

It's time to update my Tester Database! I have several new patterns in various stages of development that will be ready for testing soon, but I also have one that is ready for testing right now :)

So, if you've ever wanted to test sewing patterns, then now's the time to sign up and find out what it's all about. Please take a moment to read the Tester FAQ's below first though, so that you know what you're getting into before you sign up...

1) Do I get paid to pattern test?
Unfortunately no, 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 digital pattern as a thank you.

2) 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.

3) 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 you to answer.

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.

4) 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 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 :)

5) Is the pattern going to be in pdf? Do I need a printer? I hate pdf's by the way...
At this stage, all tester patterns will be delivered to you in digital pdf format. You won't necessarily need your own printer though as you will receive both the A0 Print Shop file and the A4/Letter Print-at-Home file. 

I do 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 :)

6) 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.

7) What if I'm a beginner seamstress?
Great! I release a range of different patterns that suit all 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.

8) 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.

Sign ups will close at the end of the week (NZDT).

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Introducing Paper Patterns!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Hot on the heels of last week's Sorrel Dress release comes the release of 4 more paper patterns!

During my Kickstarter Campaign last year, we surpassed my initial goal so quickly that adding on additional patterns was just a no-brainer. I didn't have any more 'new' patterns ready for release at that time, but I knew that there were firm favourites that everyone had been asking about having paper available for for such a long time.

So, I decided to do an initial run of paper patterns for The Pippi Pinafore, The Gable Top, The Juniper Cardigan and The Ivy Pinafore. You can purchase all of these, as well as Sorrel, in both Digital and Paper format from my shop or from my lovely Stockists.

If your favourite local retailer isn't listed, you can either ask them to get in touch with me, or I can get in touch with them for you — just email jen at jenniferlaurenhandmade dot com and I'll get right onto it.

And just for a bit of fun, which patterns would you like to see in paper next?

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New Pattern Alert! The Sorrel Dress...

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Sorrel is a fresh take on the classic shirt-waist dress, seamlessly pairing vintage elements with modern design.

With inclusive sizing, A to D cups and pockets!

Now available in Digital and Paper formats!

After last year's successful Kickstarter campaign, I'm so happy to finally be able to release The Sorrel Dress today, in both digital and paper pattern variations.

The Details

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

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

Layer with fitted long sleeves and boots for cool weather, or make up in a seasonal double gauze or flowing cotton lawn 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 keep the design simple and the construction straight-forward.

With A, B, C & D cups included, as well as clever inset pockets, Sorrel is a perfect project for confident beginner seamstresses.

Multiple Bust Cups & Inclusive Sizing

The Sorrel Dress spans across a large range of sizes from a 6A (bust size 74cm or 29") all the way to a 24D (bust 126.5cm or 48 3/4").

Included in the instructions are a full set of Finished Garment Measurements as well as a step-by-step guide to figuring out which bust cup size you are, so that you can make a garment that fits your unique shape.

Skill Level

The Sorrel Dress is a perfect project for confident beginner seamstresses.

Sorrel looks like a more complicated shirt-waist dress than it actually is! The collar is cut in one with the front bodice and open-ended darts eliminate the sometimes troublesome bubble tip that can so easily appear with traditional darts.

The frame-skimming silhouette is as easy to fit as it is to wear - with grown-on sleeves and side seam pockets.

Gathered Sorrel Dress Tutorial

Get even more out of your Sorrel Dress pattern with the easy Gathered Skirt Tutorial here!

With a looser silhouette, it's perfect for the warmer months when you may not want a fitted garment (or you're 18 weeks pregnant like I was in these photos). I can also attest that it's the perfect breastfeeding dress post-partum. Comfortable, stylish and so easy to wear.

Tester Makes

During the campaign last year, I posted several sets of Tester Makes which you can read through below.

They're a great way to see what the dress looks like on many different silhouettes, as well as getting an understanding of where the hot spots are in the pattern.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Emmy Couture

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You can purchase both the digital and paper Sorrel pattern directly from my website, or find out where your nearest JLH Stockist is here. And while you're at it, why not add another paper pattern or two to your order?

Don't forget to tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #SorrelDress


The Sorrel Dress is coming...

Sunday, July 28, 2019

It's nearly time for the official Sorrel Dress pattern release! Woohoo!

Sorrel will be available in both paper and digital format. If you'd like me to pop into your inbox and let you know when it's ready (before anyone else and with a cheeky wee discount!) just sign up to my newsletter here before 8am Tuesday 30th July NZDT.

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A Slow Return...

Friday, July 26, 2019

Hello dusty little blog space!

Somehow, Miss Rowan is 5months old (!?) which means my maternity leave is pretty much over, which means Hello JLH! I'm back!

To be honest, finding a balance is going to be interesting as I'll still be at home essentially full time with Rowy. I'll be working around her naps and Oscar's Kindy days during the week, then spending evenings working and weekends with the family (and my garden! I'm itching to get back into it).

It's going to be busy, but I'm at the stage where I'm ready to get back to it. I'm bursting with ideas (even though I haven't had an uninterrupted nights sleep in over 5 months - turns out, Rowy's not a night sleeper...) and there is plenty in the works already.

Next week I release The Sorrel Dress (in both paper and digital format) and then shortly afterwards, I'll be officially launching paper patterns for four of my other designs -  make sure you sign up to my newsletter.

I also have pattern releases planned for the next year or so - which is something I've never done before. Mostly because I change my mind quite often, but also because planning patterns that far in advance means that there's more room for cross over with other indie pattern designs. But I've realised that even if something similar comes out before I've released one of my designs, no two patterns will ever be exactly the same. And it's nice to already have designs decided upon so I can just work towards getting them done, rather than um-ing and ah-ing about every-little-thing. Energy is limited and decision fatigue is real right now.

I know I had planned to post a few tutorials during the time I was away, which obviously didn't happen (I blame lack of sleep...). But I do have everything prepped and ready to go, so I'll be posting those over the coming weeks.

I may still be a little slow and fuzzy around the edges, so I hope you'll forgive me, but it is so nice to be back.  I missed you guys.

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Baby Bump News! She's here...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Hello dear readers - if there are any regular readers left out there...

As some of you might know, I was expecting our second baby this year, and I'm so happy to announce that Rowan Anne Gretchen made her early arrival on Wednesday last week. Everyone is home and doing well.

A 35-week Rowan bump!

I've been away from this little space over the last few months because I've been working away on getting paper patterns made and produced. If you were a Kickstarter campaign backer, make sure you keep a regular eye on the Updates section of the campaign page to stay in the loop. If you weren't a backer but want access to paper patterns (including my newest pattern Sorrel) as soon as they're released, you might want to sign up to the newsletter - you'll get all the info first! They'll be landing at the end of July...

I will be taking maternity leave until the 22nd of July, but I do have some blog posts scheduled and emails will be checked regularly until I return. Please accept my sincere apologies if replies take a bit longer than you're used to from me though, I'm sure you all understand.

In the mean time, I'll be enjoying some baby snuggles and popping onto Instagram on occasion to see what everyone is up to.

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