RSS Feed

Tag Archives: Jennifer Lauren Vintage

Pattern Review: Jennifer Lauren Vintage Bronte Top

After my success with the Afternoon Blouse, I was excited to see another vintage inspired top from Jen and I knew this one would be perfect for my upcoming July 4th parties.

Unlike the Afternoon Blouse, the Bronte Top pattern is intended for knit fabrics. As a relative newcomer to sewing with knits, my first attempt is by no means perfect but has already seen heavy rotation in the three weeks since I sewed it up. I have another version planned soon!
Bronte

Things I liked:
1) Tiling of the pattern allows you to print specific pieces
2) Long sleeve and short sleeve versions
3) Very clear instructions!
4) Button details at the collar can really showcase unique buttons. I used vintage buttons I got for 50 cents at a quilt show a few years ago and I love them.
Bronte Close Up

Things I had issues with:
1) The sleeves were a bit short for me so I had to lengthen the fold over part. Heather had the similar sleeve length problems which she provided a super helpful tutorial here.
2) Keeping the front neckline from stretching out was a big issue. I think next time I will make the neckline binding an inch shorter so the neckline lies more flat.
3) Easing the sleeves was hard for me and I didn’t get it quite right. The very top of the sleeve pokes up a bit but not so much that I won’t wear the top.
Bronte Shoulder

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Lauren Afternoon Blouse Pattern Review

First I must apologize for being remiss in naming the winners of the Kate and Rose hot iron transfers so without further delay, they are Bea and Anneke! Please send me your mailing addresses and I will get them in the mail post haste!

Now onto my review of the first pattern from Jennifer Lauren Vintage: The Afternoon Blouse. I was immediately sold after seeing Jane and Tasha’s versions. The Afternoon Blouse is loosely based on a 1940’s style blouse with kimono sleeves and a front closure. The pattern is aptly named as even for a slow sewer like me, I still finished within a few hours.

The pattern is sold in pdf format and unlike most pdf patterns, is tiled so you don’t have to print all the pieces at once. This is especially helpful since there are two front closure variations. I chose to make the rounded front closure version and only had to make a slight grade to the bust area to fit my 48″ bust measurements. Since the blouse is intended to fit over your head without zippers or buttons, the overall shape is loose. I am a pear shape so the shape fit wonderfully without significant changes.100_1849

I also love the fact that there are only four pattern pieces: front, back, neck facing, and front facing. It took me about an hour to put the pattern together, make my grading changes, and cut the pieces out. Jen’s instructions are super clear and easy to follow and with the exception of the bottom of the front closure being a bit “fiddly”, the blouse was a joy to sew.

I enjoyed making the blouse so much, I made two! The first one used some rose suiting from my stash and the second was made from a yard of Liberty of London Wiltshire. Since I only had a yard the facings were some white lining from my stash.  These blouses also cover my April challenge over at The Monthly Stitch which required me to sew at least two versions of the same pattern. Even though I have sewn two,  I see more Afternoon Blouses in my future!100_1844

The Simple Day

My quest for a transformed life

Sewing Pies

handmade couture

Sewcialists

If you use social media to chat about your sewing, then you're a #sewcialist. Sewing + Social = Sewcialist

Lisa Moorefield

a little scrapbooking

Tumbleweeds In The Wind

Vintage style for a modern world

Tilly and the Buttons

Vintage style for a modern world

Sew Hopeful

Vintage style for a modern world

Handmade Jane

Vintage style for a modern world

The Monthly Stitch

Come sew with us...

Sew Busy Lizzy

she sews by the seashore...

Modern Vintage Cupcakes

new things, old things, and cupcakes too

The Sew Weekly Reunion

because we missed it...

The Seeds of 3

Sewing, Gardening, and Homeschooling Adventures

Did You Make That?

A sewing and knitting blog

Purls and Pleats

A Sewing and Sometimes Knitting Blog

3 Hours Past the Edge of the World

Design Inspiration, Sustainability, Sewing, Style & Cake

A Stitching Odyssey

Vintage style for a modern world

Casey's Elegant Musings

...tiny bits of inspiration

Posie Gets Cozy

Vintage style for a modern world