I feel like this is about the 7th or 8th time I have sewn up a version of the Jessie Dress from 5 out of 4. Here is another one for Momma Mia…it is her favorite pattern after all. Anytime I ask her what she wants, she says, “Another Jessie.” Big shock here when she wanted a fall version of her beloved Jessie. The joke is on her though because fall has skipped Ohio and the giant pile of leaves in my front yard is buried with about 4 inches of snow.
This is the long A line skirt option of Jessie with 3/4 sleeves. This time I used the included racer back inset with this dress though. I typically don’t even give her the option of picking this because I don’t like binding fiddly little pieces and this fiddly little piece would require an extra 4 pieces of binding. I sewed a XL with the included FBA graded to a XXL and back to an XL for this dress. I used the high front with the low back options for the neckline. This time I decided to use a solid color for the bands. I rarely do this, but always love when Laura from Kitty Makes It does it.
This beautiful Double Brushed Poly is from Stitchin’ Pretties. It is currently sold out as I picked this up last fall. I made myself a lovely top from it so Momma Mia needed to order herself some! Stitchin’ Pretties has a ton of great options in stock right now so don’t worry, you will find something great! Currently Stitchin’ Pretties has a huge sale happening of buy 2 yards and get a coordinate for free! Super fast turn around time as always!
So what you can’t see from these photos is that I actually drug Momma Mia out into the snow and cold. I took these photos after a weird snowstorm had just popped up. There was beautiful snow everywhere. Every single photo was rubbish. I am still learning my new camera and had somehow set the focus to the background instead of the front. Momma Mia was a frozen blurry blob! Not good for showing just how awesome this dress actually is. Sorry for making you suffer for nothing, Momma Mia! These pictures are a bit better!
Here are all the options included with Jessie
3 bodices: Regular, FBA and Maternity
4 hem lengths: Top, Tunic, Short Dress, and Knee Length Dress Lengths
5 Sleeve Lengths: Sleeveless, Short, Elbow, 3/4, and Long
Multiple Back Options: High, Low Ballerina, Racerback Insert, and Strappy Back where your imagination is your only limitation!
I am so glad I was included in the Love Notions test group when they began expanding sizes! I have loved each of the items I have sewn and my latest is no exception! Their new size chart is inclusive up to 5x. I made a 4x FBA graded to a 5x. The Constellation Hoodie is absolute perfection and I will be wearing it a lot this fall and winter!
I chose the curved hem hoodie option. I loved the look of my very first thumb hole cuffs and was impressed by how easy they were and how neat they looked when finished! I have to admit, I was absolutely exhausted by all the sewing I did the weekend I made this one and had to force myself not to just do basic simple cuffs. Now that I survived the sewing weekend, I am glad I pushed through. The hoodie has been worth every single stitch!
Here is a list of the important things that are included with the Constellation Hoodie.
This pdf pattern is rated for confident beginners
Three hem options: curved hem, bound curved hem, banded hem
Collar & hood options
Clean finish techniques
Two video clips- zipper installation & binding
Cuffs with thumbhole option
The half zip makes nursing a breeze
A FBA (full bust adjustment) piece is included
Trimless pattern format
Print at home
In addition to the print-at-home file is a large format file for copy shop printing is included. This file will print on two A0 (33″ x 46″) size sheets. Be sure to instruct your printer to print actual size in black and white on their cheapest paper. We recommend PDFPlotting for printing the large format files.
I was thrilled when I was assigned this test the Constellation and told that Sly Fox Fabrics was hosting my fabric for the test! I have been shopping SFF since I began making clothing and knew I was going to get some fabulous fabric! Best part of it was, I got to pick exactly what I wanted. The pattern called for a stable knit and I was leaning hard towards French Terry. I knew it would be extra soft and comfy cozy and perfect for a hoodie! For my main fabric, I decided on Baby French Terry fabric and the print is called Reverie. The website lists several coordinates and I choose Heather Sage, also a Baby French Terry. If you don’t know about Sly Fox Fabric, they always list coordinating fabrics with listings, they ship in one business day, and they include a color catcher with every order! This fabric sewed up perfectly. I loved every stitch I made. Go check out their amazing fabrics! You will love anything you order!
This pattern has a lot of working parts and a zipper, but don’t let it worry you! I promise the directions are well written, the graphics are helpful and YOU CAN DO IT!
So now I want to let you in on a bit of a surprise! Not only did Love Notions increase the Constellation Hoodies size range to 5x, but it is only on $5 feature!!