Striped Jorna dress- Perfect Pattern Parcel #3

My summer dress! The pattern is Jorna Tank Dress by Jenna Brand. It is a very simple dress with basically just one piece of pattern. The front and back is the same except for the neckline. The dress has three different length options: tank, jumper, and dress. I cut the jumper in size XS but since I’m not tall it becomes knee-length dress on me.

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The neckline and armholes are finished with facing so they are a bit stiffer than the usual knit band finish, but it gives a very clean appearance. Instead of using the facing pattern, I cut the facing using the same front/back pattern and shortened it to underbust length. Then I stitched foldover elastic to the bottom of the facing so they are snug around my underbust. This way I can wear the dress braless if I want to because the upper part is double layers. I also stitched a strip of clear elastic on the shoulder seams to stabilize them.
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I found the illustration for attaching the facing not too clear, especially for the armholes. It is done by sandwiching the upper part while sticthing the armholes, pulling the whole thing through one strap. Then doing it again on the other side. At the end I finally understood what it meant because I often used the same method but I can see that it might be a bit confusing.

The fabric is cotton jersey in stripes pattern. I’ve been wanting to make the dress in striped fabric to showcase the drapes that fall on both sides. Check out the matched stripes on the side seams!

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This pattern is part of Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 that is on sale for limited time until June 13th. You might remember the Summer Concert Tee that I made from the first parcel. I was offered to participate in the blog tour and given all the patterns in the parcel. As before, part of the pattern parcel sale will go to Donor’s Choose, an organization that matches up the needs of teachers and their students for specific projects with willing donors.


Like the previous parcels, parcel #3 features five patterns by indie designers. The patterns are:

This time the parcel includes a bonus pattern if you choose a price of $28 or greater! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Prefontaine Shorts for Women by Made with Moxie.

Blog tour! Check out all these awesome blogs to see their versions of the six patterns in the parcel:

Sew Busy Lizzy || Pienkel || SeamstressErin || Design By Lindsay || the Brodrick design studio || Cookin’ and Craftin’ |Diary of a Chainstitcher || a happy stitch || Disaster in a Dress || sew Amy sew |Idle Fancy || Casa Crafty || Kadiddlehopper || Dandelion Drift || Our Family Four || Lexi Made || The Quirky Peach || Stitched || verypurpleperson || sew a straight line || Sewbon || Shawnta Sews || Mama says sew || sewninestitches || ‘So, Zo… What do you know?’ || oonaballoona || A Stitching Odyssey || Sew Charleston || Sew Sweetness || True Bias || Ozzy Blackbeard || Welcome to the Mouse House || Sew Caroline || Adventures in Dressmaking || Peneloping || YoSaMi || sewVery || la inglesita || La Pantigana || Sanae Ishida || Seamster Sewing Patterns || Paunnet

PDF pattern is Jorna Tank Dress by Jenna Brand – part of Perfect Pattern Parcel #3, size XS.

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  • I bought the pattern parcel a couple weeks ago and wasn’t sure if I’d like this dress but now that I’ve seen your version I want to make it. The shelf bra addition is a great idea!

  • Absolutely perfect!!!!! So adorable for summer!

  • What a beautiful dress! And you did a really great job matching those stripes at the seams! Impressive.

  • ooooohhhh that lining tip is SO AWESOME! brilliant. i really like how the bodice portion is finished, i prefer lining sleeveless dresses that way but you don’t see it in instructions too often. this dress looks great! i’ll have to check out the pattern!

    • I agree, usually they are finished with band strips so this is such a nice detail. Thank you! 🙂

  • This looks awesome! The fit is great and the fabric is perfect.

  • Great idea with the shelf bra! How clever, it creates a clean finish for the neckline and sleeves AND it offers some support. This is the perfect lounging dress!

    • For even more support, you can also sew bra cups on the facing!

  • EUREKA! I LOVE THE SHELF BRA IDEA! The dress looks amazing, you are brilliant and beautiful, and thanks for making a Jorna!

    • Thank you for wonderful pattern Jenna! I love how simple and versatile it is 🙂

  • Wow! You nailed that pattern matching! This dress looks fabulous on you and I love it with read shoes. And great idea to make the facings in to a quasi bra top. 🙂

    • Thank you Jill! It is a great look for summer 🙂

  • This looks so awesome on you! I love it! And extending the facing into a sort of self-bra is SMART. You, lady, are a genius!

    • Aw you’re too nice! I think I saw this kind of facing in several store-bought tops 🙂

  • You look fantastic! I love the stripes. It’s a perfect dress for summer!

    • Thank you! Too bad it is raining all week here. I can’t wait for summer!

  • Meg

    I love this! Particularly the way you modified the facing- I might have to do that to the Jorna I just made!!

    • You can also sew bra cups on the facing! 🙂

  • THAT is some pattern matching! Looks so nice on you!!

    • Thank you! The fabric doesn’t slip around too much so it kinda helped with the pattern matching 🙂