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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

J Noyed Creations


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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