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New Pattern Release - The Pippi Pinafore...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

With a fitted bib, deep patch pockets and fun side button fastening, Pippi is a fresh take on the classic overall dress, combining comfort with a sleek and playful silhouette.

The Details

The Pippi Pinafore will become your favourite go-to weekend dress. Darts and gently curved sides shape the bib, creating a flattering silhouette for multiple bust sizes. The pleated front skirt and side button placket create a relaxed look while also stepping your sewing repertoire up a few notches.

Straps cross over the back and fasten to the bib using your choice of overall hardware or buttons (depending on what you have in your stash). And deep, curved patch pockets make sure you have room for everything you might need throughout the day.

Casual meets practical with a relaxed fit around the waist and hips, and when paired with a fitted knit Gable or Ostara top, or your favourite shirt, you'll be ready for a weekend away in the woods or for your favourite weekend brunch spot.

Multiple Bust Cups

Pippi is perfect for those who like the bib-style pinafore dress, but want more shaping around the bust for a flattering fit. With cup sizes A to D included, 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.

Pair Pippi with a short sleeved Gable Top for a cool, handmade summer outfit. 

If winter is coming your way, making your Pippi Pinafore in wool and pairing it with a long sleeved Ostara Top, will keep you cosy and warm over the colder months.

Skill Level

Pippi is a perfect project for the adventurous beginner seamstress and beyond.

Learn techniques like top-stitching, constructing a side button fastening and attaching patch pockets.

Fabric Options

Pippi has you covered year round - made up in chambray or linen and paired with your favourite t-shirt, you'll be summer ready. And when winter temperatures hit, choose wool, corduroy or denim for the perfect dress layered over tights and boots.

Fabric with structure and some drape work best, but stiffer fabrics will lend a more defined quality to your Pippi Pinafore.

Lining Fabric:

The bib, waistband and button band are all lined pieces - it's important to choose a light-weight lining to help keep bulky seams to a minimum (especially if you have heavier weight fabric in mind). Cotton lawn, voile and poplin make great options, as do quilting cottons when using a lighter weight fabric for your main garment.

The Layers Function

Both Print-at-Home and Print Shop Pippi pattern files now include the Layers Function.

You can choose to turn on and off any number and combination of pattern sizes to suit your personal needs and preferences. Check out page 3 of your Pippi instructions for a full step-by-step tutorial on using this handy little function.

Purchase Pippi!

You can now purchase the Pippi Pinafore pattern for $12.99USD. Links to your Pippi Pinafore will be emailed directly to you. You'll be able to choose from the easy-to-assemble A4/Letter version OR the A0/Print Shop version (or both!).

I'd love to hear how you're getting along making your Pippi Pinafore, so why not tag me on instagram or use the hashtag #PippiPinafore so I can see and share your makes!

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Me Made May 2018!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

I've been caught up in last minute Pippi Pinafore preparations (the early bird newsletter went out this morning! Wow, I'm over whelmed by the support!) as well as trying to register for KAN (Knit August Nights) and making my Me Made May pledge had completely slipped my mind.

It's actually the first of May here today and I'm in an Ivy pinafore and pair of Nixie Briefs as I type.

I actually pretty much only wear Me Made garments these days, but I've realised that I've been reaching for the same combinations over the last few months (an Ivy paired with a Gable or Ostara top and a cardigan) and while it's such a comfortable outfit, I really need to start getting a little more inventive with my everyday handmade outfits.

It's not like I have any lack of choice - this year is the first year that I'll have handmade underwear to add into the mix, so the only things I haven't made that I wear on a daily basis in my wardrobe are tights, socks, bras and shoes. And I'm pretty proud of that little fact.

I do want to focus a little more on my knitting this month though (winter is looming...), completing another knitted garment is high on my list and should be very achievable - I have a cardigan for Oscar that is halfway finished, a nearly completed Wainthropp that is just awaiting some button band stabilisation (and buttons) and my Arboreal jumper is slowly taking shape (well, the fairisle is anyway...).

So, onto my pledge!

I, Jen of Jennifer Lauren Handmade and @jenniferlaurenhandmade on instagram, sign up as a participant of Me Made May '18. I will wear me made clothing everyday of the month and will get more creative with my daily handmade outfit combinations.

I'll also finish at least one knitting WIP and will document my outfits as much as possible throughout the month. I will post the occasional round up on my blog and post updates on my instagram account.

Are you signing up for Me Made May?

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New Pattern, Coming Soon! The Pippi Pinafore...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Newsletter with the subscriber-only discount has now gone out - apologies to those who missed out.

Hello Hello!

I have a little treat for you today, a sneaky peek of my new pattern, The Pippi Pinafore, which will be released next week.

If you like overall/dungaree dresses, top stitching, pockets, side button fastenings and a pattern that you can make in multiple different fabrics, then Pippi might just be up your street.

If you'd like to see the pattern first AND get access to the Subscriber-only discount, make sure you sign up to the newsletter. Make sure you sign up before 8am Tuesday 1st May.

I'm so excited about this one, I can't wait to share it with you, I think you'll like it :)

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Pattern Testing Sign Ups Open!

Monday, April 16, 2018

~ Sign ups now closed, thank you! ~

Hello everyone!

Just a quick post today to let you all know that I've opened up my Pattern Testing group for sign ups again. It's been just over a year since I did the last one, so it's time for a refresh :)

I don't like having a massive testing group because my inbox always gets a little stressful around testing time - it's hard to keep up.  So if you want to be a tester, I'd suggest signing up ASAP, as I have a feeling that the group will fill up pretty quickly (previous testers had first dibs on signing up again, so it's already pretty full).

Looking forward to sharing some new and exciting patterns with you soon,

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Inserting the Sweetheart Neckline - The Ostara Top

Friday, March 23, 2018

Today, I'm showing you how I insert and secure the pleats for the sweetheart neckline for View 2 of the Ostara Top.

You can choose to stack your pleats on top of each other (depending on how thick/slippery your fabric is) or you can off-set them slightly.

I have off-set my sample versions by about 3mm (1/8") from each other, but feel free to play around with this to suit you and your tastes. If you stitch your neckline in and don't like how it's looking, simply unpick it (leaving your pleat markings in place) and try again.

To see how it's done, watch the video below (I've also included a few static close up images in case that's useful).

You'll Need:


I think this step is really about taking your time and experimenting with the look of the neckline. You also don't have to use all of the markings (leave the last one off for a shallower neckline).

Let me know if this was helpful! 

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Tailor's Tacks for The Ostara Top, Sweetheart Neckline

Monday, March 19, 2018

I released The Ostara Top just a little over a week ago and I've been seeing some gorgeous versions popping up around the internet.

One of the things I promised was a tutorial on how I insert the markings for the sweetheart neckline (as well as how I permanently stitch the neckline in, but that will be coming at the end of the week!). Before you remove your front paper pattern piece from your cut out fabric, you'll need to mark the notches along the centre front fold. For a shallower neckline, you can just mark the top three notches.

I've made a little video, as well written up a full tutorial with photos below. You can definitely do things your own way, but this is how I like to do it - I hope it helps!

You'll need:
  • Your Ostara Top Front Pattern Piece
  • Needle & contrast thread
  • Scissors or thread snips


1. Take your needle and thread and at the first notch, insert your needle into the centre front fold, you only need a tiny bit of fabric for this.

2. Pull your needle through, leaving a tail.

3. Go back through the stitch you just made, making a loop at the centre front fold.

4. Pull your needle through, leaving the tack loose-ish and trim your thread off leaving a tail. Repeat for remaining tacks.

This is a easy and quick way to mark your sweetheart notches, plus, they won't go any where until you need them.

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Pattern of the Month, Reviewer Round up - The Juniper Cardigan

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The Juniper Cardigan was the latest pattern to be reviewed in the Pattern of the Month review series that I've been running.

There are so many wonderful creations, and they're all so different — from modern colour blocked long-line Junipers to stunning bright red cropped versions that wouldn't look out of place on an old Hollywood movie set.

There are also plenty of little tips in each review as well if you're thinking about adding a Juniper to your handmade wardrobe, so make sure you click through to read the reviews in full.  Oh, and I did a full Juniper Cardigan Sew Along in case you're interested :)

I'm taking a small break from the Pattern of the Month this month as I tie up a few little loose ends here and there. There should be a new one of these in a couple of months though, and if you've been wanting to join the group, keep an eye out, as I'll be opening it up again soon :)

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I am having a dusty-pink moment at the moment (having nearly finished my Wainthropp cardi in just that colour) and this amazing cropped Juniper by Wis really has my heart singing.

With the addition of the contrast plaid, I'm planning to somehow raid Wis's wardrobe so I can have a turn wearing this beautiful Juniper. Planning my trip across the world as we speak...

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Elly made both versions of Juniper, a fun springy (dusty!) pink cropped version and a stunning, long-line quilted black version.

I love the pop of colour the buttons lend to Elly's black version, and I love that she chose to button it all the way down. It really changes the silhouette of the long-line version, and it's an easy adjustment to make (just add extra buttons!!).

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Everyone needs a cropped Little Black Cardigan in their wardrobe, right?! And when made from a ribbed fabric (or quilted like Elly's above), it really elevates the piece and gives it some subtle interest. 

Plus, the stripes on the saddle shoulders will run horizontally across the shoulder, adding even more perfect detail. Add some shiny jet black buttons and you have the perfect wardrobe staple. 

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Sharon's fabric choice is just stunning! I love how she has styled her long-line Juniper with slim-fitting pants. I know I usually tend toward vintage-styles, but Sharon has really showed how modern you can make the Juniper silhouette.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of Sharon's Juniper cardigans with additional pockets (which you can download for free here).

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Donna has gone one step further and turned her long-line Juniper into the perfect robe! Just add a little waist belt and you're done. And made up in a rib, you can really see the saddle shoulder detail: subtle but perfect.

I don't know why I hadn't thought of this, but Juniper made up in a cosy merino with some flannel pj's is just about the cosiest outfit I can think of right now.

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Now that autumn has nearly settled in down here, I know I'll be craving bright colours and handmade clothes that lift the soul. Maider's Juniper is just what the doctor ordered.

Made from soft velour and with a contrast burnt orange waistband and sleeve cuffs (and paired with a little crab decorated dress!!) you can't not feel happy in the depths of winter.

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Jodi went for classic greys when choosing her fabric combination. All three tones complement each other perfectly and show off the design lines in the cardigan so well.

Also, Jodi's is another gorgeous example of a modern take on Juniper. This is definitely one of the things that excites me most about these reviews — seeing how people can take one of my 'vintage inspired' patterns and make it modern simply with colour choice.

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Angelica's Juniper is going to be such a pretty garment in spring — especially when paired with a full skirted fit & flare dress like the one she's wearing in these photos.

I'm so looking forward to seeing Angelica's rainbow of Junipers, I would very much heart that <3>

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I've seen this Michael Miller fabric around and have been eyeing up a length for myself (I shared a beautiful Gable Dress by Emily made up in this exact fabric on Instagram a few months ago...) and I was so pleased when I saw Vanessa use it to make her cropped Juniper.

I love the contrast of the pink button bands, cuffs and waist band, and the addition of the pink snap buttons really do just top it off.

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Even though Lise didn't end up being a fan of the fabric she chose, I love how it looks in pictures! The subtle shimmer of the threads really does catch your eye and you can see that there is something different about the shoulder line, so it draws you in to have a closer look.

I can't wait to see the grey wool jersey version Lise has in mind (when she finds the perfect fabric. If you know of any, leave a link in the comments, I'm sure Lise would be very grateful!)

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It's getting cold down here now, and after seeing all of these amazing Juniper Cardigans, I think I might need to lock myself away in my sewing room for a bit and whip up another for the chilly mornings ahead...

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