Not exactly the release of a new pattern, but the improvement of an existing pattern. The Jade Skirt has been out for four months now, and she needed some attention. We’ve had the time to see what people’s experiences with the pattern were. To g some distance to think about what could be improved. It feels good to complete this project now with an improved design and a larger size range. The Jade Skirt V2.0 is now available in our shop, and at a sale price of 15% off! And keep reading for another little surprise…
In this post I’d like to give you some insight in how our size chart is built up, and how we came to this range of sizes. As you might know almost every indie pattern company creates its own sizechart. Every designer does his or her research on the subject, and then chooses the sizes/size proportions he or she thinks represent the average women best. I know, there is no such thing as an average woman, but you have to draft your patterns based on something, right?
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.