Junna vest for kids and women – tutorial
Black Friday, it is a concept that made its appearance with us a few years ago.
Originally it comes from America, where most people hathe day off on Friday after Thanksgiving.
That day the Christmas shopping period starts, with major discounts and interesting offers.
This year we’re also participating, not with a huge discount, but with a free pattern for every order: the Junna vest for kids and women.
For kids we drafted sizes 80 to 164, for women sizes 32 to 52.
You get this full pattern for free with any paying order on www.beletoile.com, between November 25 and November 30, 2022.
You don’t have to do anything extra, the free product will appear in your shopping cart right after adding your favorite pattern(s)
You can find the tutorial here on the Bernina blog, so we’ll dive right in ;-).
The pattern provides 2 ways of finishing:
-finish edges with bias tape
-lining the vest completely (then it’s reversible too!).
You can also add patch pockets on the front, as an extra accent and to keep your hands warm ;-).
-sewing machine and overlocker (optional)
-pattern of the Junna vest
-main fabric and lining (for lined version) (see pattern for fabric requirements)
-bias tape (for unlined version) (see pattern for notion requirements)
1.VERSION WITH BIAS TAPE
Attention, if you’re making the women’s version in size 50 or 52, you will first need to stitch both pattern pieces together.
To do this, lay both pattern pieces on top of each other right sides together.
Pin and stitch the center back seam.
Press seam open.
1A. Finishing the armholes
Are you adding sleeves?
Go to step 1B and proceed from there :-).
We’re going to finish the armholes with bias tape.
To do this, pin your bias tape to the wrong side of the fabric.
Don’t exactly stitch into the pressed foldline of the bias tape but just next to it.
To do this, move your needle 1 to 2mm to the right.
Reduce seam allowance to 0,5cm.
1B. Shoulder seams
Pin the shoulder seams of front and back together, right sides facing.
Stitch and press seams open.
Are you making the sleeveless version?
Go to step 1D 🙂
Pin sleeve side seams right sides facing.
Stitch seam and press open.
Pin sleeve head to shoulder seams and sleeve seam to armhole seam.
Pin the rest of the sleeve between those 2 points.
Stitch sleeve into place and finish seam with your overlocker or use a zigzag stitch.
Press the hem of the sleeve 2cm inwards and stitch into place.
Your sleeve is in, good job!
Repeat for the other sleeve.
1D. Finishing the edges
We’re going to finish all edges with bias tape.
Again, it is useful that you do not stitch exactly in the foldline of your bias, but just next to it.
To do this, again move your needle 1 to 2mm to the right.
Stitch all around and be extra precise at the curves.
Finish at 2cm from the end of the bias tape, letting the last piece hang loose.
We are going to attach the ends (beginning and end) of the bias tape together.
To do so, pin the ends of your bias tape right sides facing each other.
Make sure the finished lenght of the bias tape precisely matches the hemline length.
Give small cuts in the hemline curves and in the neckline.
Stitch your bias tape in place at 2mm from the edge, starting and ending at center back of the hemline.
Stitch slowly and accurately for the best result ;-).
Press seams flat and your edges are neatly finished.
Stitch a guideline at 1cm from the edge of the pocket pieces.
Increase the tension of your thread a little, this will help you with pressing and stitching the curves.
Pin (or use a glue stick) your pocket to the indicated place on the front panel.
2. Lined/reversible version
Attention,if you are making the women’s version in size 50 or 52, you’ll need to stitch back pieces together first.
Put both pattern pieces on top of each other, right sides facing.
Pin and stitch center back seam.
Press seam open.
Do you want to add pockets?
Let’s do that first :-).
Follow the instructions from step 1D (see above)
2B. Shoulder seams
Pin shoulder seams of front and back piece, right sides together.
Stitch and press seams open.
Repeat for the lining.
2C. Attaching main fabric and lining
Lay the outer vest right side facing up.
Reduce seam allowance to 0,5cm and clip curves.
2D. Stitching the armholes
Pin armholes of main fabric and lining fabric together.
2E. Side seams
Turn your vest right side out.
To do so, reach between main fabric and lining and pull the front pieces through the shoulder seams.
Put the side seams of the outer fabric right sides together and pin.
Be sure not to pin the lining yet.
2F. Closing the bottom
Turn your vest inside out again through the opening at the bottom.
This way the hemline seams of outer vest and lining vest will face each other, right sides together.
Turn your vest right side out through the opening you left.
Press all seams nice and flat.
Press your vest again and you’re finished!
I look forward to seeing your versions pop up!
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Happy sewing and kind regards,