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January 9, 2017

Introducing the Cashmerette Harrison Shirtdress!

There’s no doubt that the sewing community loves a good shirtdress, so I’m thrilled to be able to introduce you today to the latest Cashmerette Pattern: the Harrison Shirtdress!

Harrison Shirtdress

Based on our best-selling Harrison Shirt, it combines the double princess seams that you love with a flowy silhouette and no-gape sleeveless armholes.

Want to make a sleeved version? No worries! A simple tutorial will be following tomorrow.

Harrison Shirtdress

Harrison Shirtdress

The Harrison Shirtdress is available in two formats:

  • Expansion Pack ($7). If you already have a copy of the Harrison Shirt, you can buy the expansion pack which has the additional pattern pieces you’ll need to make the Harrison Shirtdress, and brief additional instructions.
  • Full pattern ($14). If you don’t already have a copy of the Harrison Shirt, you can buy the full pattern which has all the pattern pieces you need to make your Shirtdress, and full instructions for making the dress.

Harrison Shirtdress

The Harrison Shirtdress works fabulously in flowy fabrics like rayon, cotton voile or even silk, and has a more structured look if you choose something with a bit more weight like chambray or linen.

The double princess seams combined with the cup sizing from C/D to G/H mean you can get a great fit through the bust, and the additional ease and shaping at the waist and hip mean you can sit down without having to worry about gaping (make sure to measure yourself sitting down to ensure you sew the right size).

Harrison Shirtdress

This pattern is available as a PDF only, which includes files for printing at home, or taking to a copyshop (in US and A0 sizing). As always, it’s available in sizes 12 – 28, and cup sizes from C – H – and with our PDF files you only need to print out the cup size you need.

Harrison Shirtdress

Finally, we also have a kit for you! This beautiful Japan-inspired dark purple/blue rayon has tiny dark and light blue flowers, and has a great drape for the Harrison Shirtdress – and no pattern matching required. The kit comes with fabric, interfacing and 18 co-ordinating buttons, and you can buy it with the expansion pack pattern, or the full pattern. You can buy the kit here.

Harrison Shirtdress kit

Whether you wear it out in the sun, with a cozy cardigan, or add on sleeves, we hope you love your next Shirtdress!

Harrison Shirtdress


Cashmerette
August 7, 2011

An ever-so-nearly-professional-looking yoga bag

I was in downward dog the other day, and was suddenly struck by that most un-prana of emotions: envy. Envy for my adjacent yoga practioner’s splendid yoga bag. But while standing on one leg in tree pose, pondering all the things in the world I may never have, I had a splash of inspiration: why, I learned to sew for moments like these! I *was* planning on taking some photos of said cute bag, but my iPhone unfortunately takes about 7.5 minutes to turn on and I thought it might be particularly stalkerish to accost the poor woman when she was already halfway down the street.
So, instead, I decided to make it FROM MEMORY, PEOPLE! Oh yes. I did try to download an Amy Butler pattern from the interwebs, but apparently they were out of service today. And I figured, how hard can it be to make a cylindrical yoga bag that fits my mat, sweaty-towel (it’s hot yoga), dry-y towel, water bottle and keys? Exactly. So, a first: an actual Jenny Design ™.
First, I made a cunning plan. Presented here:
Then, I tried to construct it in my mind, but kept getting confused. Especially with the tricky sewing-a-straight-line-to-a-curved-line challenge. So I decided to play on the safe side, and make a muslin. This is a handy way to do a test run without messing up one’s lovely fabric (from Gather Here, of course). Here’s the piece I made for the bottom of the external water-bottle-pocket:
Here’s the curvy bit sewn to a straight bit (apologies if this is getting too technical):
And here is the proof of concept! Done.


And given it was a day for firsts, I thought: why not finally learn how to make binding tape? It looks pretty. And adjacent-yoga-practioner’s bag had green binding tape. So I bought the widget (three guesses where, readers) and followed the helpful instructions.
First, cut some fabric on the bias (i.e. at a 45 degree angle to the grain):

Then you pin it to your ironing board, feed one end into the bias-tape-widget and then put it along and iron what comes out the other side. Then, you have to iron *that* in half so that it’s a v-shape that you can put over the two sides of your fabric edge.Getting pinned on…

Et voila! I was quite pleased with myself at this point. Next step: sewing the pocket onto the main bag. Some hot topstiching action for you here:


Then I decided to go a bit mad with the green-trim-theme. I made the drawstring holder out of the nice green Kona cotton as well, and threaded through a rope that’s apparently meant for making piping (I do not know how to do that. One day.).

Sewed up the sides (including putting another green panel in.. because I measured too small, I hear you say? Never!), sewed on a circle at the bottom (very hard), and here she is! One home-made yoga bag. And if only I hadn’t forgotten to leave a space for the strap, and hence had to unpick and re-sew seams, it would be almost-professional-looking. If I say so myself.


Right, I’m off to do a Happy Baby and Chatarunga Dandasana.
Namaste.

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