“Jane” Dress

Gertie is one of my favorite seamstresses/sewing instructors – I’ve been following her for years and have all her books and most of her patterns (Simplicity/Butterick, and her own line, Charm Patterns). Her most recent is the Jane Set pattern- which features this lovely bodice paired with capris or shorts. I’m not quite ready to dive into the capris but I LOVE that bodice so I set out to pair it with a pleated skirt!


I first made a muslin, which ended up being 2 muslins to get the right fit:

Thank you, old bedsheet, for giving me muslin material.

Once I got the fit correct, I went about “fussy cutting” this beautiful fabric (also Gertie’s – she has a gorgeous vintage inspired fabric line) to make best use of the borders and different sized flowers:

The instructions were straightforward and I only had one hiccup: I forgot to add my pockets and had to seam rip the side seams of the skirt to put them in. I debated doing this but decided I HAD to have pockets!

Oops- there are my pockets calling my name! “You must put me in this dress”…

I love the interior details of this dress! The inside is just as pretty as the outside:

Isn’t that lovely? It has an interior bra; the instructions call for boning but I skipped that. The fabric has a nice structure and I felt it didn’t need it.
Lapped zipper- so satisfying to see those waistline seams lined up!

And… ta-da! Now that I have this bodice down, I’m going to use my Hawaiian fabrics and attach sarong skirts for some Summer vacation dresses!

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