New Pattern Release - The Dulcie Pinafore

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

 Designed with autumn layers in mind, Dulcie brings 60s charm to a structured pinafore dress.

I am so excited to be releasing the Dulcie Pinafore to you today - the first pattern in my new extended JLH Curve sizing.

Dulcie includes additional sizes 26 to 34 as well as E+F cups within the new Curve pattern. The Original pattern includes the usual 6 to 24, A to D cups and the Curve pattern includes sizes 16 to 34, C to F cups.

If you fall into the cross-over sizes (16 to 24, C+D cups) you can choose to use either pattern. For more information on the new pattern block, you can read the blog post here.

Pattern Details

Autumn is in the air for many of you, so meet The Dulcie Pinafore, a structured, button-down pinafore dress with a square neckline and semi-fitted A-line skirt with square in-set pockets. 

Princess seams provide shaping through the bodice for a smooth fit over the bust and back, and deep roomy pockets carry all of your daily essentials. The bodice is fully lined for a clean inside finish, and optional top-stitching in key areas can add a modern element to an otherwise 60s mod design.

Wear Dulcie over light-weight blouses and shirts or fitted knit tops, for a warm layered dress. If you're heading into the warmer months however, and don't want to be wearing additional layers, Dulcie has plenty of coverage and is able to be worn on its own as a sleeveless summer dress. 

Dulcie works perfectly paired with any of the JLH knit top patterns. Dulcie is styled here with a Gable Top, but Ostara, Bronte and Vielle would also look lovely, as well as the Aisling Blouse.

Throw on a cardigan and a pair of gumboots for a stroll, or layer with a shirt and add heels for the office.

Skill Level

Dulcie is a perfect project for intermediate seamstresses or confident beginners looking to up-skill.

Several tutorials will cover some of the tricker steps in the coming weeks.

New Sizing

With the addition of the extended size range, all JLH patterns have had a slight measurement makeover to ensure everything is cohesive.

You can find the new sizing information here, including how to choose your cup size. Make sure you re-measure yourself, then compare these to the new sizing tables.

The Dulcie Pinafore includes both the Original and Curve sizes, ranging from 6 to 34 with cups A to F. You can find out a bit more about the new JLH Curve block and patterns here.

Multiple Bust Cups - A to F

If you were ever worried about performing FBA's on princess seams, worry no more...

Dulcie includes pattern pieces for A to F 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.

Fabric Options

The Dulcie Pinafore is best suited to mid-weight fabrics with some structure. Denim, corduroy, wool, suitings, tweeds and mammoth flannel will make a great Dulcie Pinafore.

For the bodice lining, look for light-weight woven fabrics such as cotton lawn or voile to help reduce seam allowance bulk.

If making Dulcie for warmer weather, denim is perfect, though most mid-weight cottons (or any natural/breathable fabric) will work well.

Note: if you are using a bulky/thick fabric, you may want to cut your second waistband (the one that will sit on the inside of the dress) in a lighter weight fabric to reduce bulky seams.

Meet the Models

Oh hey there Stacey!

I've added a new feature to the pattern listing page - this will be included with all new pattern releases.

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 additional pattern adjustments made to suit their individual bodies.

It's me, Jen!

Digital Release Only

You will recieve 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 the A0 file to a PrintShop 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/combination of sizes your heart desires.

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

Purchase your Dulcie Pinafore Pattern here!

Why not share your Dulcie Pinafore on Instagram? Tag me and use the hashtags #JLHDulciePinafore and/or #JLHCurve.



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