Sewing the hood of the Jasper may not be the most difficult step of the construction process, but I do think some steps benefit from real garment photo’s. Plus I have some tips to share that make it easier to achieve a neat end result. So if you prefer a big hood over the collar, follow these steps and you’ll have one in no-time!
Welt pockets are not a common feature on sweatshirts, but I love the structure they add to the Jasper Sweater/Dress. They give a polished look to the design and they’re not so hard once you understand the process. They are considered one of the more tricky techniques to master, but that just makes it more satisfying to add to your skill set! So no need to worry, if you need more words and photo’s to understand this process, that’s what you get in this post.
The Jasper instructions already provide a clue to what sort of fabric is best suited for this pattern. The Jasper is a structured sweatshirt, not a sloppy one so it’s important to choose the right fabric. In this post I want to elaborate on what fabric qualities you’re looking for, and where to find them.
I am super psyched to bring you this news: our new pattern is available in the shop! The Jasper Sweater/Dress is a design long in the making. It started as an experiment back when I had no clue how to draft patterns. It turned out wearable enough, and now that I do know how to draft I could only share it with you. The most recognisable version is the sweater with a big hood and a cowl neckline. I couldn’t resist making it in a dress version though, because everybody just needs a sweater dress! And if you’re not into hoodies, you can make the big collar, with or without epaulet.
A not so Christmassy post from me today, but one that still might come in handy. I hope you’ve managed to plan some sewing time after the Christmas madness is over. I think those days until New Years are always so nice and quiet, perfect for catching up on projects. I’ll have to work on the next pattern, but it does involve sewing so I’m not complaining. If you’re planning to sew up some PDF patterns, here’s a quick work order and some helpful links. Merry Christmas and happy sewing!
If you want some more tightness at the waist of the Jade Skirt you could add elastic in the waistband. This could be especially useful if you have traced the pattern with the waist size bigger than the hip size (hopefully making it easy for yourself by using this method), or when you’re using a jersey fabric. Inserting elastic is not hard to do, and in this tutorial I’ll show you how it’s done.
The Jade comes in two versions, mini and midi. I like the mini a lot, but it’s a bit on the short side because I’m 5’10”, and the pattern is drafted for a height of 5’7″. When I make the mini, I like to add a half inch to an inch (1-2,5 cm). Due to the way the front pattern piece is folded, lengthening or shortening this pattern piece is not as straightforward as just shifting slashing and spreading along the middle, or even at the bottom. So in this post I’ll show you how to adjust the length of the Jade front piece.