Calling Curvy Seamstresses - JLH is Hiring!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Applications are closed... JLH Curve is on its way.

Hello Sewing Ladies!

I have a bit of an announcement to make...

I have been working towards adding a new range of sizes to my patterns - it's something I've been wanting to do for a while, and now that Rowy is a little older (she turned one yesterday!), I feel like I have the space, and tiny bit of extra time, to get this next stage in motion.

So, I'm looking for a Curvy Fit model.

I live in a small-ish city down here in NZ, and am finding it extremely difficult to find a proper curvy fit model - one that is actually curvy and not what agencies are telling me a curvy model is. This is where you come in...

This will be a paid contractual position that will be ongoing. Using a curvy seamstress just seems to make the best sense for me at this stage, since you're the ones who will be using and making my patterns.

I want these to be the best curvy patterns I can make, I want them to fit well and flatter as well as be user-friendly to sewists. I don't want to just add token sizes, I really really want these to be good.

What is a Fit Model? It's basically someone who takes an initial pattern for a style, fits it to their body and provides the details of any adjustments that need implementing back to the designer, so that a consistent fit can be gained across the brand and all styles within that brand.

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You will need to be a relatively advanced seamstress for this position, as you will be providing specific fit alteration feedback. You will need to be able to be objective and not necessarily let personal taste get in the way of making sure the fit of a garment is as intended.

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As much as I'd love someone in my time-zone (I'm in New Zealand, and Skype or FaceTime chats will be part of the job description) getting the right model is more important, so, you can be anywhere in the world! Oh the joys of the internet.

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I've included a table below for my JLH Curve sizes - there is a slight overlap from my current size range, but I'm not including A or B cups in the Curve range, instead I'm adding on an E cup. Depending on demand, adding an F cup could also be a possibility.

I'm after a mid-range fit model, someone who hopefully fits into the 22-24-26-28 D (or E) cup range, BUT, if you fall outside of this and still really want to apply, please do. Your experience and expertise as a curvy sewist is just as important here as fitting into that mid-range.

What I do need though is someone who doesn't tend to need to make too many extra adjustments to their patterns AND fits across one of my sizes in a relatively standard manner - which I know is a very hard thing to speciy, since there are such limited options for you at the moment. So, I'll let you make a judgement call on that for yourself.

Sizing up or down one step in either the waist or hips can be worked around if you're successful.

To work out your cup size: find the difference bewteen your High Bust and Full Bust measurements. A difference of 5cm (2") is a C Cup, 7.5cm (3") a D cup and 10cm (4") an E cup.

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I'd love it if you could let any and all of your curvy sewing friends know about this. It's the next major step in getting a great curvy pattern line up and running.

I will have a separate Curvy Tester database too, and will let you know when I'm ready for sign ups to that.

If you'd like to find out more, want to see the Job Description or want details on how to apply, just send me an email: 

jen at jenniferlaurenhandmade dot com

Thank you for your help, I'm really excited to get going on this!

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