NEW PATTERN RELEASE - The Kinfolk Dress!

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

 Kinfolk, a sleek bohemian style dress, loose and flowy with waist ties for definition.

The Kinfolk Dress has bohemian 40s style at its heart. Part kaftan, part wrap-style dress, slip Kinfolk over your head and wrap the front waist ties around to the back to cinch in the silhouette however you please.

If mid-summer bonfires, flower-crowns and floaty dresses are right up your street, then the Kinfolk Dress has you covered (and then some!). The second brand new JLH pattern for 2022 is available in both the Original and Curve sizes, with A to F cups included, in sizes ranging from an NZ6 to 34.

Not that you need ethereal summer parties and fields of flowers to wear Kinfolk. She's a versatile piece and ready to become your new favourite make.

The Details

With princess seam shaping from the shoulder down over the bust, a curved panelled centre front bodice and 6 gored skirt, Kinfolk is your everyday throw-on dress that will take you from beach coverup to BBQ dinner in no time.

Construction isa breeze with no fastenings and casual grown-on sleeves. A gentle rounded neckline and in-seam pockets are paired with a pretty A-line shaped skirt, falling to just below the knee.

Plenty of ease is included at the waist and hips, and an optional step is included at the end to add elastic into the back waist seam, to help keep gathers even underneath the ties during wear.

Kinfolk evokes the best part of breezy summer gatherings in the woods. Make Kinfolk in light linen or broidery anglaise and your sorted for midsummer nights around the bonfire at the beach. Equally, made up in light denim or chambray styled with sneakers and you're ready to hit the pavement for weekend outings with your own kinfolk.

Multiple Cup Sizes - A to F

The Kinfolk Dress includes both the Original and Curve sizes, spanning from a 6A cup (bust 75cm or 29 1/2") all the way up to a 34F cup (156.5cm or 61 5/8").

Included in the instructions are a detailed set of Finished Garment Measurements, meaning you're able to compare these to a similar garment that you currently like the fit of, or know you want to adjust. This takes much of the guess work out of making Kinfolk, before you've even cut anything out.

Tatenda wears an 18D cup, graded to a 20 waist. Jen wears a 10C cup out to a 12 waist - you can read more about us on the pattern listing page.

Skill Level

Kinfolk is suitable for confident seamstresses looking to up-skill.

If you have a few makes under your belt, Kinfolk could be a great next step in building your handmade wardrobe. With no fastenings, Kinfolk is a quick make, but techniques such as inset-inseam pockets, a panelled front bodice and princess seams will build your skillset and give you the confidence to tackle more technical garments in the future.

Fabric Suggestions

Kinfolk is suitable for a wide-range of light- to medium-weight woven fabrics with some drape.

Cotton lawn, voile and poplin to linen, tencel, light chambray or denim, as well as double gauze, sateen and seersucker are easy to sew with and wear.

Rayon, silks, crepes and other slinky fabrics also work well, as does flannel and wool suitings for a heavier garment during cooler weather.

Tatenda's copper Kinfolk is a textured twist cotton (similar to flannel but more light-weight) and Jen wears Kinfolk in a cotton jacquard (blue) and a cotton double cloth (grey gingham).


Do you follow me on Instagram?

I've started filming some videos (yikes! Talk about nerve wracking!!) and have a fun set of reels coming up showing the construction of Kinfolk. I've also posted some recent Reels on choosing your JLH Cup size and the importance of choosing the right High Bust size for a great fit in the upper bodice.

If you're not following along already, you can find me here.

And while you're at it, when sharing your JLH makes to the 'gram, tag me or use the hashtags #JLHKinfolk or #JLHCurve so I can see and share them too.



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