This new sewing pattern is an empire dress pattern with a choice of three different necklines and an optional flounce. A dress... Yes! Jalie now has a dress pattern :) Not only is is very versatile, but you can sew this under an hour. That's even faster than driving to the closest store to find a dress that fits!
- View A is a short kimono sleeve and boat neckline with hidden binding
- View B is a sleeveless cross-over neckline with visible binding
- View C is a sleeveless scoopneck neckline with visible binding
Here is a picture of View C we made with a striped knit we found in Montreal during PR weekend. Having the waist inset and skirt of the same color gives a totally different shape to the dress, raising the waistline to the narrowest part of the body.
Last but not least, View B and a belly update:
At 36+ weeks, needless to say that is is stretched quite a bit :) It looks much shorter in the front (hence the cropped photo) since I would really need a full tummy adjustment by now. The binding technique allows a snug fit that does not gape.
The way it is sewn gives it an "elastic" feel, without the elastic. The binding is only visible on the right side for views B and C. The technique is simply reversed for the boatneck so that only the topstitch is visible on the right side of the fabric.
Another interesting thing about this pattern is that front and back are identical. We had very skeptical women of all shapes and sizes try this dress and they all fit like a glove. This allows you to have two dresses in one when using a print and can't decide on pattern placement (for example, my dress has more black on one side and more pink prints on the other side). Hint hint: View B and C having the same shoulder strap width, you can even combine scoop and crossover necklines. One dress, two totally different looks: scoop front with crossover back or crossover front with scoop back!
Once your closet is packed with new Jalie dresses, you can use this pattern to make knit tops. Simply crop the pattern to the desired top or tunic length :)
Next up: A pattern for skating practices