New Pattern Release! The Asteria Dress and the Aisling Blouse

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Aisling Blouse and Asteria Dress are sister patterns, combining the classic 60s square neckline into a modern silhouette.

Hello Sewing World!

Thank you all so much for the support over the years. It does feel strange to be releasing patterns now, while we're in lockdown, and I did consider holding off, but wondered what that would achieve. The general consensus on Instagram was that it would be welcome. So, my hope is that by releasing Asteria and Aisling today brings you a little light relief, a little normalcy, a little distraction, even if it's only for a minute.

So, the patterns! Not just one, but TWO! The Aisling Blouse and Asteria Dress are separate patterns that complement each other perfectly.

Both feature square necklines with an optional collar. The bodices are shaped with bust darts and you can choose whether you'd like a full button-down bodice or have it cut on the fold.

Both patterns include A to D cup sizes.

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Pattern Details

The Aisling Blouse gently flares out from the bust in a flattering A-line shape - perfect for wearing loose with skinny jeans or tucked into a high-waist skirt.

The long blouson-style sleeves end at the wrist with a comfortable elastic hem for a little touch of drama, while still making them the perfect everyday sleeve. Cottons, rayon, silks and linen are all perfect fabrics for Aisling.

Skill Level

Aisling is aimed at confident beginner to advanced seamstresses; the pattern includes techniques such as set-in sleeves, buttonholes (V1), elasticated sleeve hems and an optional collar.

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Pattern Details

The Asteria Dress is a short sleeved, semi-fitted dress from the bust down, shaped with ties at the natural waist.

Pockets are neatly integrated into the box-pleated skirt. Asteria can be made with a number of different fabrics from summer-ready linens, rayons and lawns to heavier fabrics (for the perfect winter dress layered over long sleeves) such as pinwhale cord, denim and barkcloth.

Skill Level

Asteria is aimed at intermediate to advanced seamstresses; the pattern includes techniques such as set-in sleeves, buttonholes (V1), a box pleated skirt and an optional collar.

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Multiple Bust Cups

Asteria and Aisling include pattern piece for A to D cups so that you'll no longer need to make additional bust adjustments for the perfect fit.

Included in the instructions are a full set of Finished Garment Measurements, as well as detailed instructions on choosing the right size for your unique shape.

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Digital Release Only

I've had to make the hard decision to release Aisling and Asteria in digital-only format for the time being. I hope to release these in paper in the future, but since things are so uncertain, rising patterns going missing, or not being able to fill orders due to sickness etc isn't worth the risk in the meantime.

But don't worry, both patterns are laid out in my easy-to-assemble format. Both include layers (meaning you can turn on and off as many sizes in as many combinations as you'd like) and both come with an A0 Print Shop copy.

The Aisling and Asteria Bundle!

If you love the look of both Asteria and Aisling, why not purchase them together in a pattern bundle?

For only $24, you'll get both patterns (rather than purchasing individually), you'll save more, and you can focus on making something beautiful while being stuck inside.

Links will be emailed directly to you and I'd love yo hear how you're getting a long with making your Asteria Dress or Aisling Blouse. Tag me on Instagram or use the hashtag #JLHAsteriaDress or #JLHAislingBlouse so I can see and share your makes.

Please know that I appreciate every single one of you - all of the makes you share, the emails you send, all of the comments and likes. We will get through this -  we may look and feel a little different afterwards, but we will.

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