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New Pattern Release! The Georgie Pinafore, A to F cups, sizes 6-34

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

A classic shift-style 60s pinafore with an exposed* zip, front inseam patch pockets, and princess seams. A nod to mod with a utility twist.

I hope you're not bored of pinafore yet, because the Georgie Pinafore is here!

Designed to be paired with light layers (though the shoulders perfectly cover bra straps for warmer, non-layers days), Georgie is the perfect seasonal garment. Based on the ever popular Ivy Pinafore, if you love Ivy, you'll love Georgie!

Coming in both the Original and Curve size ranges, Georgie ranges from a 6 to 34 in A to F cups, up to a hip size 159.5cm or 62 3/4".

Pattern Details

The Georgie Pinafore is a classic, semi-fitted wardrobe staple that has been updated to include modern elements like an exposed* zip and front patch pockets.

* If exposed zips aren't your style, you can easily swap this out for your favourite type of zip, whether that's a lapped zip, centred zip or invisible zip. Ample seam allowances are included for you to use any type of zip you like, with no pattern adjustments necessary - simply insert your chosen zip however you usually would.

The gentle rounded V neckline leads down to an exposed centre front zip with princess seam shaping over the bust for a smooth fit. Georgie's shift dress silhouette includes light shaping through the waist, hips and back, with plenty of wearing ease for ultimate comfort during the day.

Make Georgie in a range of fabrics to suit your current season, from heavier wools, denim and corduroy for those in cooler climes, to heavier weight linen, lighter denim and barkcloth for a summer-ready pinafore.

Georgie is the perfect dress for cosy layering with long sleeves on cool days - Georgie is modelled here with the Gable Top - available in both the Original and Curve sizes with integrated cup sizes.

For long summer weekends though, style Georgie with a t-shirt for underneath, or nothing at all...

Pockets are incorporated into the front princess seam panel and the finished hem falls to just above the knee.

Place optional top-stitching around the neckline/zip/armscye and front/back princess seams to give your Georgie Pinafore a more modern, utility look. Otherwise, leave seams clean for a 60s-style nod to mod.

Skill Level

Georgie is designed for Intermediate Seamstresses, though if you're confident and looking to up-skill, Georgie could be perfect for learning a new technique or two.

Techniques include inserting an exposed zip (though you can use any type of zip here), constructing an all-in-one facing and sewing in princess seams.

A video tutorial will be available that will walk you through the best method for inserting an exposed zip (hint: it includes lots of basting, but is worth it for the excellend end result!). Other tutorials will take you through inserting an invisible zip and a lapped zip, if that's more your style.


The Georgie Pinafore includes both the Original and Curve size ranges. The Original includes sizes 6 -24 with A to D cup bodices and the Curve includes sizes 16-34 with C to F cup bodices.

You can read about the new sizing here.

Fabric Options

Georgie is suitable for a wide range of light- to mid-weight woven fabrics with some structure.

You can use denim, corduroy (including lighter pinwale or baby cord), suitings, brocade, drill and wool + wool blends.

For a summer Georgie, look for heavier linens, cotton ticking, light denim, poplin/broadcloth and cotton barkcloth.

Tatenda is wearing the Curve Georgie in a lighter denim with slightly less structure and Jen is wearing Georgie in a mammoth flannel (YES, you can make everyday clothes in flannel - secret pyjamas for the win!).

Meet the Models

In the Meet the Models section on the Georgie Pinafore listing, 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 Tatenda for modelling the Curve 24E (out to a 28 waist) Georgie Pinafore.

You can purchase your Georgie Pinafore pattern here! Available as single size range patterns (Original or Curve) or in a bundle option where you can access both size ranges.

I'd love to hear how you're getting along making your Georgie Pinafore, so why not tag me on Instagram or use the hashtag #JLHGeorgie, #JLHGeorgiePinafore #SewJLH and or #JLHCurve.



New Pattern coming soon... The Georgie Pinafore!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

I hope you're not bored of pinafore's yet because my newest pattern, The Georgie Pinafore is about to land on Wednesday 27th October, unless you're subscribed to my newsletter, in which case, you'll get to see it a day earlier and have access to the subscriber-only discount.

If you're a fan of the Ivy Pinafore, you won't want to miss Georgie, so make sure you sign up to MY newsletter here before 6am Tuesday 26th October NZDT, you won't want miss out!

See you next week!



Replacing a Drawstring Waistline with Elastic

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Today I've got a handy little tutorial for you on how to replace the drawstring waistline on your Quincy/Mayberry Dresses or Farris Jumpsuit & Playsuit for elastic.

It's really simple and doesn't need any pattern alterations - just omit the front drawstring openings, construct your garment up to attaching the bodice and bottom together and then watch the video for the rest.

Remember, all three patterns (Quincy, Mayberry and Farris) are interchangeable, meaning you can become your own designer and mix and match the tops and bottoms around as you desire. Here, I've taken the Farris bodice and paired it with the Mayberry skirt, with some added length to turn it into a more midi-style skirt. This sample is made with rayon. 

You'll need:

  • Your Farris/Quincy/Mayberry pattern
  • Length of elastic (more info below), no wider than 2cm (3/4")
  • A safety pin

Elastic Type:

I used fold over elastic (FOE) for my waistline, as I had some laying around and find that it lasts longer than regular elastic. The stretchy threads are so fine and plentiful in FOE, that when a few are pierced by your machine needle when sewing, they hold up much better than elastic that has thick channels running through it.

The finished channel on your garment measures 2cm total, so don't use an elastic that is any wider than this measurement.

Elastic Length:

You can use any length of elastic you like - the general rule is your waist measurement minus 2.5cm (1") plus 1.5cm (5/8") seam allowance at each end (3cm total). But this depends on how stretchy your elastic is and your personal preferences.

I like mine looser so tend to just use my straight waist measurement plus a seam allowance. But you can also add more length and then try your garment on and adjust from there. 

Remember, it's easier to take away in the first instance than add!

Hope you liked this easy little tutorial!



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