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.
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.
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!
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:
- Jorna Tank Dress by Jenna Brand
- Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files
- Poppy Tunic by Make It Perfect
- Staple Dress by April Rhodes
- Water Bottle Tote by Radiant Home Studio
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