Jocole Blog Tour – A Spring Quick Top

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Spring has finally sprung here in NZ and it is time to start enjoying some new spring clothes, so the Jocole blog tour was a great opportunity to sew up a top I have been wanting to sew since I first purchased the pattern on its release last year!

Yip, tell me I am not the only one who buys patterns for me a never gets round to sewing them up for ages!  I have almost all the Jocole ladies patterns and have sewn up a few but not all of them yet, this Summer I plan to spend more time sewing for me as the Gingerbear Princess is off to school soon and so will be wearing a uniform.

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The quick dress and top really earns it name and is really beginner friendly.  I made the extended sleeve with contrast front yoke version and had it printed taped and cut out in 40mins and less than a hour later I was wearing my new top.

The pattern is so easy to tape together thanks to the grid lines in the background.  I chose to contrast the front yoke and leave the back in one solid piece using the boat neck cutting line.

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There are many more options for this top including a variety of sleeve and top lengths all neatly laid out in both the many line drawings and tester photographs.   You could set up a huge part of your wardrobe on this one pattern alone and have no two pieces looking alike.  I also like that a little bit of really cute or expensive fabric can co a long way if used in the yoke.

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The other great aspect of this pattern is that it can be made from either wovens or knits or a mixture of both.  I sewed this version in rayon and I love the way it drapes and feels lovely and cool as the days start to heat up.

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Jodi the designer/owner Jocole patterns writes awesome tutorials and they are definitely one of the ones I measure others against.  They are really detailed with clear digital line drawings but also have a “cheat sheet” option without pictures for those who are more confident.

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So pick yourself up a pattern or two here, using the tour discount code detailed below and check out all the other awesome items for adults and children my fellow bloggers have made.

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Bundle Up Blog Tour Post 1 – The Dress Post

Just in time for Me Made May the opportunity to take part in the Bundle Up blog tour came up and what a hard time I had choosing what to make!   

For those of you new to the concept Bundle Up is that a group of designers release new patterns as part of a bundle in which the more pattern you chose to purchase the cheaper each pattern becomes.  A great way to build a pattern stash.

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So what do you do when you can’t choose … sew up three items of course!

Today’s post will cover the dresses I made, with another post to follow in a couple of days.

First up is the Jocole Shift Dress.

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Jodi’s patterns are always so simple to put together, matching up perfectly is simple with the the grid background. I also love that along with illustrated instructions there is also a single page sheet with only the step by step instructions on it.

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Not only is the pattern easy to put together it comes in a great range of sizes XS – XXXL which means if like me you are a size or two smaller one one half of your body it is simple to frankenpattern.  Even better it is designed for wovens AND knits.

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I first made a muslin (trust me ladies do this step it will make all the difference in how you feel about items you make for yourself) in a cotton and worked out my fitting adjustments detailed below.  My final dress was made in a mid-weight wool blend since we are coming into Winter and along the way learned a valuable lesson that in spite of both fabrics being stable the cotton had a little more give over the bust which fooled me into thinking I didn’t need a FBA.

Jocole front detail

I made a couple of fitting alterations with this dress.  The first being a 1″ swayback adjustment to sort out the pool of fabric at my lower back cause my pear shape, then a 1/2″ full butt adjustment which sorted everything out.

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Overall I love the style and how quick it is to put togther – well unless you choose to do a Hong Kong finish on your seams that adds a little time but makes a dress feel pretty special.  Being and unlined shift the neckline and armholes are enclosed with bias binding, and I couldn’t go past this cheeky black and white polka dot in my stash.

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I am looking forward to making another in a ponte for this Winter.

Next up was the Violette Field Threads Ginger Misses.

Now many of you will have seen the adorable children’s version that has been around for a few years, well now you can have one too.

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In sizes 0-16, I recommend checking your measurements as with any pattern, because my initial though was that this pattern was not for me, but on checking the chart it was!

HURRAH!

Not only that I knew I had the perfect polka dot rayon waiting for just such a vintage style dress, so I accented it with some red quilting cotton also from my stash, another HURRAH for stash-busting!

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The Ginger Misses is a deceptively simple sew and oh so much fun to wear, once it is on all you want to do is twirl.

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I did make a couple of changes, the first being turning the halter into regular straps (a personal preference of feeling more secure and very easy to do), the second being an invisible zip and the third enclosing the waist seam rather than leaving it exposed.

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I loved making this staring down winter it made Summer feel closer and I can’t wait to wear in a few months time.

VFT detail

So check out the stops on the blog tour and be sure to Bundle Up before the 8th of May.

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Come back soon for a review of the Greenstyle Jillian.