Linda Wrap Dress: Testers Round-up

To keep celebrating the relaunch of our Linda Wrap Dress, we want to give a shout out to the amazing seamstresses that are part of our Pattern Development Group. Running a pattern business can be tough sometimes and even if there are 2 of us, we often come up with questions we don’t have straight answers to, such as “Do people want to have seam lines printed?”, “Are the instructions clear enough?”. This is why having a sounding board is so great! We currently have 24 people taking part in our group and their input is not limited to sewing the gorgeous version you will see below. They are full of insights and strong opinions, which we love!

But let’s look at their Linda Wrap Dresses for now. One thing we really love about this pattern is that it looks great on so many figures. It’s a dress that will do an amazing job at showcasing a fancy wool or silk crepe! To get your copy of the pattern, visit our Etsy Store and use the code to get 15% off until the end of November!!

Since the testers have sewn their dresses we have updated our grading, I will therefore refer to the new size. For instance, the first dress below was old sizing 38 but now it would be considered a 40, so let’s just say size 40!

First up is the gorgeous work of Anneloes! Unfortunately she doesn’t have an online sewing presence, which is too bad because her sewing is amazing! She used size 40 and a cupro crepe with a nice drape. Drape is super important for this pattern, we cannot emphasize this enough… She made no adjustments except switching the buckle for a D-ring and adding 6″ of length at the hem because she’s 6’2. Hello #sewingtall friends!

Another lovely dark version is the one sewn by Kirstin from Small Bobbins. You can find Kirstin on Instagram and on her blog. She’s already sharing pictures of our next pattern that she’s currently testing, so you can get the scoop! She used size 40 and a black shirting fabric. She didn’t make any adjustment except for the length since she wanted her dress short!

Sue of Beautifull Handmade made this very nice version in size 36 and she also changed the buckle for a D-ring. You can find Sue’s sewing on Instagram and she also recently launched sewing patterns! She wore her Linda Wrap Dress for a job interview and she got the job, congratulations Sue!! She wore her Christy Slip Dress underneath and the result is perfection!

Hilde can be found on Instagram as Hi.Hilde. She used size 46 in a gorgeous blue peachskin and made no changes to the pattern except for the closure. She’s also wearing our Kate Bias Top underneath!

As you are starting to see our testers seems to have been struck by the same inspiration lightning. Tara of Five of Hearts Studio is very close to Hilde’s. She sewed size 40 in a mystery fabric from her stash with no modifications to the pattern. She also changed the closure to a D-Ring.

Moving on to our testers who elected burgundy as their color of choice, we have first Jess of Jess Sews Clothes. You can find her on Instagram and on her blog. She used size 46 for the bodice and 44 for the skirt. She removed some fullness at Center Front and used a poly-crepe that unfortunately gave her trouble but we think the final dress looks fab!

Anna of Ompele Oma Onnessi sewed this rich looking dress in size 40, she didn’t make any changes to the pattern and she looks great! You can find her on Instagram and on her blog (but that one is in Finnish so we just look at the pictures!).

Georgia of Ginger Stitch used size 40 for the bodice and size 42 for the skirt portion. She used a wool flannel and didn’t make any other changes to the pattern. You can find her on Instagram and she wrote a blog post about her Linda Wrap Dress!

And last but not least is Shauni from Magnificent Thread. Shauni made size 44, and her experience pushed us to update the grading. We were already hesitating but her version ended up so big that she couldn’t wear it as a dress for the wedding she was attending. However, we think she had a stroke of genius when she decided to wear it open like a coat over her jumpsuit. Seriously, how chic does she look?? You can find Shauni on Instagram and read the story of Linda becoming a jacket on her blog!

 

We cannot say how amazed and grateful we are for the amazing ladies part of our development group, they did an amazing job!! We hope that you’ll agree with us and don’t forget that you have until the end of November to get 15% off the Linda Wrap Dress pattern with code UPDATEDLINDA15 in our Etsy Store!

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Our Linda Wrap Dress pattern was just updated + a discount code!

We are so glad to introduce you to the Linda Wrap Dress 2.0. In addition to upgrading the look of the information package like we did for the Stephanie Skirt, we decided to make additional changes based on the amazing feedback of our development group.

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If you purchased the pattern before the update, you should have received an email with the link to the new files. This is what is new:

  • Updated grading: while we really thought that the Linda was to be worn very loose, we realize that most of you are more comfortable in a slightly more fitted dress. Thus, we moved the grading down one size. For instance, on the old version of Linda, if you used size 42, it is now labeled as size 44 in the new version.
  • Cleaner pattern pieces: we removed the seam lines, to help making the pieces clearer. We also changed the print marks so that pages are less busy.
  • Less pages in the print-at-home format: a benefit of sizing down the pattern is that it now prints with less pages, the letter format requires 28 pages (versus 32 in the old version) and the A4 format 27 pages (30 in the previous one).JUSTPATTERNS-Linda2102Information-page-002

The new information file contains fabric recommendations and a PDF layout for our 4 printing options. We have also added technical illustrations of the belt construction to the Resource Page since it seems to have been a bit problematic for sewists.

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We very much look forward to hearing your thoughts about the changes! Tomorrow we will be back to show the work of our testers, they all did an amazing job.

As a thank you for your trust and patience, we would like to offer you 15% off  the Linda Wrap Dress sewing pattern, valid until the end of November. Simply use the code UPDATEDLINDA15 at checkout in our Etsy Store!

Updated pleated skirt, meet the Stephanie Skirt!

You may have noticed that we decided to make some tweaking to the way we present our sewing patterns. They now have names to be easier to remember and the latest one to be updated is our popular pleated skirt pattern, now called the Stephanie Skirt.

Just Patterns - Stephanie Skirt CoverWe took the opportunity to do some redesign of the information package, the cover is has changed a little but more importantly we now include more information on the style and fabric recommendations. The pattern itself is still exactly the same!

Just Patterns - Stephanie Skirt Information PackWe clarified certain areas and added a PDF layout for the print at home options to make is easier to tape together. You can find the Stephanie Skirt pattern in our Etsy Store, don’t forget to check the Resource Page, where we gather tutorials to help you complete your skirt.

Little by little we will be updating the packages for our 3 other patterns and we have some exciting new patterns lined up for fall. We will be back very soon to show you more! All the changes were based on the feedback we received from our customers so let us know what you think, we are listening and striving to improve your experience!

Happy sewing!

Sewing Bias – Cutting bias strips and making Spaghetti Straps

Whenever you cut a garment on the bias it’s generally a good idea to use the “lost” corners of the layout to cut some extra bias strips. 1 1/2 inch is a versatile width to bind edges or seams, or make spaghetti (rouleaux) straps like we are showing you today!

To cut delicate fabric like silk and chiffon, we recommend sandwiching it between two layers of paper. Dotted pattern paper is what we like to use, we buy it locally but you can find it here.

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After ironing your fabric lay it in a single layer over a first layer of paper. Use the edge of the paper to align the selvedge perfectly.

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Then carefully unroll the second layer of paper over the fabric. Again align the paper edge carefully to the fabric and the first layer of paper.

Just Patterns - Cutting Delicate FabricLay your pattern pieces over the second layer of paper and draw 1 1/2 inch Bias Strips wherever you have significant remnants.

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You can store your additional strips by pinning them together and hanging them close to your sewing machine. They will come in handy more often than you think!

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For the spaghetti/rouleaux straps, fold your strips lengthwise and sew along the folded edge, at no more than 1/8″ (3mm).

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The secret to nicely rounded strap is to not trim the seam allowance and to use a loop turner. Alternatively you could use thread on a tapestry needle but it will be more difficult.

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Insert the loop turner all the way through the strap and make a small notch about 1/4″ (6mm) from the end to pull out the hook.

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Pull the loop turner gently, moving and easing the fabric as you go until it is completely turned out.

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Congratulations, you made a beautiful strap ready to be installed on your Kate Bias Top or Christy Slip Dress!

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Sewing Bias – Getting started with Just Patterns

The information we include with our patterns may be less detailed than what you are accustomed to, but they should provide enough information for an intermediate sewer or an adventurous beginner to complete the garment. In this post we’ll show you where to locate the most important elements and use the layered PDF functionality.

When you buy one of our patterns in our Etsy Store, you can download 5 files:

  • The information file
  • The pattern in Letter format
  • The pattern in A4 format
  • The pattern in A0 format
  • and the pattern in US copy shop format

Below is the cover of our Christy Slip Dress:

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In the following pages you will find information about fit, fabric and selecting your size:

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Next is the cutters must. It summarizes how many of each pattern pieces you need to cut in each fabric (self, lining, fusible, etc.). As well as other pieces for which paper pieces are not provided, such as bias strips. It also includes the technical drawing of the garment and an estimation of fabric requirements. We currently do not include cutting layouts because of how much they can vary  depending on the size you are cutting and the width of your fabric.

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The following table is a suggested order of operations. This is the order we used to sew the samples shown on the cover. But if you are making changes to the pattern, for instance you decided to make the pattern single layer and finish the edges with bias binding, then this operations will be quite different. The table is designed for you to check at a glance the width of the seam allowances and the type of seams so that you don’t have to rummage through pages of text to find it.

Just Patterns Christy Slip Dress information Operations

In case you need more help, links to tutorials, videos, etc. are available in the resource page of each pattern. Finally, you’ll find the hashtags to share your work on social media. For the slip dress it’s #christyslipdress and for the camisole it’s #katebiastop (there is another Kate Top sewing pattern out there by Tessuti, so don’t forget to add the bias!).

Now let’s have a look at the pattern files! The layers are enabled in every printing format. When you open your pattern in the Adobe Acrobat Reader, use the layers tab on the left of the screen and select only the size you need but keep “print marks” and “all sizes” activated.

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As you can see above, the pattern pieces extend beyond the cutting marks. This should make it extra easy for you to put it together. You will also notice that the seam lines are printed on all pieces. Because our seam allowances vary with the type of seams, they are printed on all pieces, for every size. This is why we strongly recommend you use the layer function. Otherwise it can get quite busy, even for a simple pattern.

We hope that this post was useful and we will be back soon for some actual sewing posts! Don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments or anywhere else if you would like more information! Do you see a Christy or a Kate in your near future?