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D e s c r i p t i o n : The Julia dress is a simple alternation on the Julia sweater. With some small adjustments, you can sew this dress in about 1,5hour! It’s not only super comfy but stylish too. P a t t e r n s : You’ll need pattern pieces from the Julia sweater to sew this dress. Before you start we’ll have to adjust the bodice length and the waistband. That’s why I don’t recommend using the tunnel pocket in combination with the Julia dress. P a t t e r n a d j u s t m e n t s : You’ll need to adjust these pattern pieces from the Julia sweater to sew the dress:
§ Front: adjust the bodice length § Back: adjust the bodice length
Front and back adjustments: Since I prefer to have the waistband a bit higher in this dress, we’ll have to adjust the bodice length first. Subtract 7,5 cm for all sizes. N e w p a t t e r n p i e c e : w a i s t b a n d Draw a new pattern piece for the waistband: Width: the same width as the bottom of the bodice Height: half the height of the original pattern piece NOTE: start from the pattern pieces without seam allowance and add 1cm (3/8 in) again after you’re finished. N e w p a t t e r n p i e c e : s k i r t The skirt is a completely new pattern piece. The A-‐line skirt pattern piece (with or without seam allowance) can be downloaded on my website. N e w p a t t e r n p i e c e : s t r a p Width: 3cm (1 ¼ in) for all sizes Length: waist measurement + 40cm (16 in) Note: these dimensions already include seam allowance
O r i g i n a l p a t t e r n p i e c e s : For the top part, you have to cut the pattern pieces as you would without the skirt part. As mentioned before I don’t recommend the tunnel pocket in combination with the dress as I’ve shortened the bodice for a nice fit. All versions New waistband Cut 4 Cuff (#2) Cut 2 on fold New skirt piece Cut 2 on fold Strap Cut 1 Basic sweater Front (#3) Cut 1 on fold (without extra rectangle) Back (#4) Cut 1 on fold Neckline options: Neckband (#5) Cut 1 on fold Folded collar (#6) Cut 1 on fold With one faux button placket Front (#3) Cut 1 on fold (with 1 rectangle to create the faux button placket) Back (#4) Cut 1 on fold Neckband one placket (#12) Cut 1 on fold With two faux button plackets Front (#3) Cut 1 on fold (with 2 rectangles to create the faux button plackets) Back (#4) Cut 1 on fold Front neckband 2 plackets (#13) Cut 1 on fold Back neckband 2 plackets (#14) Cut 1 on fold
I n s t r u c t i o n s : Mark two buttonholes on the front waistband. Both are 2cm (3/4 in) long and 1,5cm (5/8 in) from the center front line.
Iron a small piece of interfacing at the back of this area. Make both buttonholes following the manual of your sewing machine.
Pin 2 waistband pieces RST (right sides together) and close the side seams. Repeat this step with the remaining 2 waistband pieces. Pin both bodice pieces RST and close the side and shoulder seams as explained in the Julia sweater tutorial on page 7.
Pin both skirt pieces RST. Close both side seams. Pin the waistband with the buttonholes to the front RST around the bodice part. Pin the 2nd waistband loop on top of it. WST (wrong sides together). Sew at 1cm from the bottom to attach. Press both waistbands downwards.
Pin the skirt piece RST around the bodice / waistbands. Sew at 1cm from the bottom to attach. Press the skirt downwards. Little note: I’ve pressed both seamallowances (bodice-‐waistband & waistband-‐skirt) inwards.
Topstitch the waistband twice to create a tunnel. I sew both lines at 1,5cm (5/8 in) from the middle. I use my quilt tool to keep the right distance.
This is the best trick even to sew a jersey straps easily! I use my serger to show you the steps, but you can use your regular sewing machine too. Make a long thread before you start. It must be at least the same length as the strap you’ve cut. Put the thread in the middle of the strap (on the right side of the fabric). Fold the strap in two around the long thread. RST. Close the long side with your serger or sewing machine.
Pull the thread to turn the strap in the right position. Pull the straps through the tunnel and make a knot at both ends.
Finish the neckline and the cuffs as explained in the Julia tutorial. Fold the hem 2cm (3/4 in) inwards and finish it with a twin needle.
S h a r e y o u r d r e s s : Ta-‐daa! Finished! I hope you’re happy with the result! It would be nice if you share your pictures of your Julia dress on my Flickr group. If you have a blog post planned about your project, please let me know! marte@compagnie-‐m.com Thanks!