New pattern – The testers Jayne dresses.

A few weeks ago I launched my latest new pattern the Jayne dress. As always the pattern went out to be tested by a group of testers. This always offers the valuable feedback needed to make the final tweaks and amendments before publishing the pattern.

It is great to see how the testers interpret the pattern. Sometimes the testers choose to make versions I hadn’t thought about or try out different fabrics. It is always interesting to see and hear about the results:


Jayne dress pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Shelia sized up as she spends a lot of time in her wheelchair. She wanted to ensure it is comfortable to wear. She chose this bright cotton print to make her Jayne dress in. Opting for a cool summer dress.


Jayne dress pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Emma made her Jayne dress in a lighter weight chambray which I think looks great.

Jayne dress pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

On the whole Emma prefers a dress that is more fitted at the waist. Her solution was to make a matching tie belt. This is a great idea and works well in this lighter weight fabric.


Jayne dress pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

I love this idea from Debbie, mixing a floral print and denim. This is the panelled version with hidden pockets in the seam. For me it conjures up a scene in a summer meadow on an easy breezy day. I think it also has an appealing work-wear sense about it. It has inspired me to explore some print and plain mixes for the Jayne dress.


Jayne dress pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Karen made this cute cotton version, also the panelled design though all in one fabric. I love how this works as a simple summer dress style. This version definitely has a modern day sixties vibe .

These versions have all worked so well. Its great to see this is a versatile pattern with room for your own ideas. I can’t wait to see your makes. Please tag me in your social media posts. Its great to share the inspiration.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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