The Jessica dress is a round yoke dress with elbow length puffed sleeves and a hem band. The dress fastens at the center back yoke and the PDF pattern includes instructions for buttons, snaps or hook and loop tape fastenings.
View A has a plain or piped yoke. Instructions are included for using piping.
View B has a ruffled yoke. Instructions are given for making the ruffle from fabric, but you could use eyelet or lace trim if preferred.
While traditional in style, the Jessica dress is very versatile and a modern look can be achieved by using contrast fabric for the yoke, cuffs and hem band.. An optional tie belt changes the look of the dress completely. The tie belt could also be used as a hair band for a more modern look.
When made in lightweight fabrics like lawn or batiste, this dress can become a perfect heirloom style summer dress, particularly if you add a lace edged ruffle instead of the hem band.
Use lace for the yoke ruffle and add some pretty embroidery to the yoke and cuffs to complete the Edwardian summer look.
Recommended Fabrics: Quilter's cotton, cotton poplin, polycotton, lawn, batiste
-A third of a yard (from the bolt) for your main fabric. If you are using fat quarters (18” x 22”) then one fat quarter is sufficient for the main fabric (because the FQ fabric piece is taller and narrower).
-A quarter of a yard of toning or contrasting fabric. (Either from the bolt or a FQ).
-A small piece of lightweight fusible interfacing. Note: if you are using a lightweight fabric (e.g. muslin, lawn or batiste) you will need enough lightweight iron on interfacing for the full yoke and cuffs.
-1¼ inches of Anti Snag hook and loop tape, OR, two snaps OR two small ⅜” (8 mm) buttons to fasten the yoke.
-Approx 2 yards / metres of contrasting piping for the yoke, cuffs and hem band (optional).
-One yard of purchased trim can be used for the yoke ruffle if preferred.
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 33 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.Download, Print, Sew!
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