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The Willa Wrap Coat - New Pattern Release!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Snuggle in and let Willa take you from chilly morning walks to glamorous evenings, all with a single fasten of a button...

The Willa Wrap Coat has been loooong time in the making and I'm beyond thrilled to finally be able to release it into the world today, in both Original and Curve sizing!

I started designing Willa during the winter I was pregnant with Rowan (mid-2018, YIKES!). I wasn't feeling well, it was cold and I just wanted to rug up in a blanket every time I had to head out the door.

The only thing was, I didn't want it to look like I was wearing a blanket, you know? I wanted a stylish blanket, one that kept me snuggly warm while still looking somewhat like I made a little effort (even though I didn't).

I like to think of Willa as a perfectly tailored blanket...

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Pattern Details

Leave Willa tied or buttoned at the waist for the full dramatic effect of the wide collar design, perfect for an evening out, or button it at the top for a cosy funnel-neck styled collar to keep the cold at bay (a bit like an in-built scarf!).

Semi-fitted through the back and shoulders for a sleek silhouette when viewed from behind, Willa is deceptively easy to fit around the front due to the easy wrap-style, darted front princess seam and multiple bust cups (Willa comes with A to F cup sizes!).

Willa also sports patch pockets to carry all of your essentials and belt loops to keep your belt where is should be, perfectly cinched at the waist.

With enough ease to make light layering underneath easy and stress free, Willa is fully lined and is designed to fully cover and sit just below your bum (gotta keep that warm, huh?!).

All buttons/closures are optional - Willa looks equally lovely left completely open at the front.

Willa is all about style mixed with absolute comfort and warmth, with just a sprinkling of drama. It's a blanket in disguise, with just the right amount of tailoring to look effortlessly put together.

Keep the cold at bay with Willa, the dramatic yet modern coat of your dreams.

Skill Level

Willa is designed for advanced seamstresses or intermediate seamstresses looking to up skill.

But why not sew along...?

If you're feeling the urge to sew your first coat but are a little nervous, a full Sew Along - starting in January - will hold your hand through all of the steps of the process, if you're up for the challenge!


The Willa Wrap Coat includes both the Original and Curve sizes, ranging from 6 to 34 with cups A to F. You can read about the new sizing here.

If you're worried about fitting a coat and choosing a size, I've also included a whole bunch of additional Finished Garment Measurements - from armscye and bicep circumference to shoulder width and more!

Simply compare these measurements to a coat you already like the fit of (or one you know you'd like to alter) and you'll be surprised at how much of the hard stuff is already done.

Multiple Bust Cups: A to F

Due to the relaxed nature of the wrap style, two cup sizes are integrated per front bodice - A+B and C+D Original Pattern, and C+D and E+F Curve Pattern. This gives a total of 4 front coat pattern pieces to choose from (rather than 8 separated cups).

If you fall into the smaller cup size, you may find there is a touch more fullness at the bust, but this should not effect the overall relaxed fit and feel of the coat.

Fabric Options

The Willa Wrap Coat is suitable for mid-weight woven fabrics with body and some drape.

Melton, boucle, herringbone and tweed, suitings, corduroy and light quilted fabrics would make a lovely coat.

Lining should be light-weight - cotton voile or lawn, rayon, polyester or silk linings work best to keep bulky seams to a minimum.

Meet the Models

In the Meet the Models section, you can find model information like their measurements, the size and block (Original or Curve) they are wearing as well as any pattern adjustments made to suit their individual bodies.

A huge thank you to Kyla (who also happens to be my neighbour - very handy for late-night fittings!) for modelling the new Curve 20C+D bodice.

You can find out all about us (and any particular quirks) on the listing page here.

Digital Release Only

You will receive both pattern size ranges delivered instantly to your inbox!

From there, you can choose my easy-to-assemble print-at-home file or you can send theA0 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/combinations of sizes your heat desires.

There will be no paper patterns available for Willa at this stage.

Purchase Willa

You can purchase your copy of the Willa Wrap Coat here!

Make sure you tag me on Instagram or use the hashtags #JLHWillaWrapCoat or #JLHCurve so I can see and share your makes!



SALE 30% Off Store-wide!

Friday, November 27, 2020

It's somehow that time of year again...  

I know it's been an incredibly tough/weird/strange year for everyone - huge ups, huge downs - but honestly, THANK YOU for all of the support this year.  I truely appreciate it - I absolutely couldn't keep running this little business without you. 

So, like every year for the last few years, I'm running my biggest sale again, as a little thank you for your support and encouragement. 

Use the code THANKS2020 to get 30% off store-wide until 8pm Monday 31st November NZDT

Next week I'll be releasing the final JLH Pattern for the 2020 year,  The Willa Wrap Coat, so if you'd like to know when that's ready, make sure you sign up to the newsletter here.



* Sale ends 8pm Monday 31st November NZDT

The Willa Wrap Coat - New Pattern Coming Soon!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

 The last pattern of 2020 is going to be released NEXT WEEK!

The Willa Wrap Coat is finally on its way, a pattern I've been working on for a VERY LONG TIME now. It comes with both the Original pattern sizing (6 to 24 A to D cups) as well as the new extended Curve Sizing (16 to 34, C to F cups).

If you'd like to be the first to see it (and access the Subscriber-only discount) you can sign up to the Newsletter here.

Make sure you sign up before 8pm Monday 31st December NZDT, so you can be sure you're on the list before it's scheduled to be sent out. 



The Dulcie Pinafore - Tutorial: Hemming the Skirt

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

In today's little tutorial, I'm going to be going through how to hem the Dulcie Pinafore! Again, it's one of these things that looks more complicated than it is. So, here we go...

You'll need:

  • Your Dulcie Pinafore, constructed up to hemming the skirt (using the included instructions)
  • Pins + iron


1. Open out the skirt facing and press the raw edge of the entire skirt hem up by 5mm (3/16").

2. Flip the skirt facing around so that it is now right-sides together with the main skirt front (keeping your baby hem pressed up from the first step). Pin in place.

3. Stitch your facing hem in place using a 1.5cm (5/8") seam allowance, back-tacking at each end.

4. Trim out the seam allowance from the inner front corner, leaving a centimetre or 2 (3/8" - 3/4") of the facing remaining at the outer edge.

5. Turn your facing back around so it is now right sides facing out.  Press the corner of the skirt out gently with something pointy (a knitting needle or a point turner can be handy here!).

6. When you turn your facing out to the right side, it will naturally bring up the rest of the skirt hem with it. Press the remaining skirt hem up evenly (1.5cm or 5/8") and pin in place. 

Remember, your baby 5mm (1/4") hem from step one should still be folded in place!

7. Leaving long thread tails at each end, stitch your hem in place right at the edge of the baby hem folded up in step 1. Pull thread tails to the back and knot securely before trimming.

And you're done! Easy, huh? And such a lovely clean hem and skirt corner :)

You can purchase your Dulcie Pinafore Dress pattern here.


The Dulcie Pinafore - Tutorial: Finishing the Waistband

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Dulcie Pinafore is aimed at Intermediate seamstresses mostly because there are some time-consuming parts (hello button holes!) and some bits that are a bit fiddly. If you're a confident beginner looking to sew up Dulcie,  this tutorial will help put you at ease when tackling the construction of the waistband, especially if you're a visual learner like me! 

It's pretty straight forward, but it can seem confusing until you do it... 


1. Assemble your bodice and attach your waistband pieces to the finished bodice as per the instructions.

2. Open out your waistband, then right sides together, line up the interfaced waistband (the one that sits on the outside of the garment) along the skirt waistline. The waistband should stick out 1.5cm (5/8") on each end. 

Due to the curve of the skirt, it may feel like it doesn't fit, but it does! Just line up your notches and ease the waistband in.

3. Back-tacking at each end, stitch your waistband to your skirt. Trim down the seam allowance along the waistline leaving 1cm (3/8"). 

4. Draw the interfaced waistband down, bringing the bodice with it, so that it is now wrong side down (or right side up!). 

5. The non-interfaced waistband will now sitting on 'top' with the bodice sandwiched between.  The two waistbands will now technically be right sides together along the length. Pin the waistband seam allowance together at each end along the 1.5cm (5/8") seam allowance, being careful not to catch the bodice or skirt.

6. Back-tacking at each end, stitch the waistband closed at the ends, being careful not to catch your bodice/skirt.

Tip - you can use a zipper foot to get close to this seam without catching your bodice. AND, once you've got past the edge where the bodice is attached, you can fold it out of the way.

7. Trim down the side seam allowance and notch the corner.

8. Pull the non-interfaced waistband down so that right sides of the waistband are now facing out and the bodice and skirt are pulled out.

9. Press the non-interfaced waistband down.

10. Tuck the raw edge of the waistband up to the wrong side by 1.5cm (5/8"). Pin in place.

12. Stitch in place around the entire waistband, 3mm (1/8") away from the outer edge of the waistband.

And you're done! Like any 'tricky' step when sewing, just take your time, you can do it!!

You can purchase your Dulcie Pinafore pattern here, it includes both the Original pattern (6-24, A to D cups) AND the Curve pattern (16-34, C to F cups).

Happy sewing, 



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