These instructions are completely free and let you extend your Josie Blouse pattern into a dress. And there’s no zipper required.
These steps assume you already own a copy of the Josie Blouse. If you don’t, you’ll need to get a copy before you start. You can choose between a PDF Version or Paper Version.
Extra fabric requirements:
|Sizes||Add to your original fabric requirements|
|Ava – Cara (31″- 35″)||0.5m (0.55yds)|
|Dee – Gia (37″- 43″)||1m (1.1yds)|
Step 1: Fold Bodice Pieces
Cut or fold along the “Below Waist Lengthen Line” on both the front and back bodice pieces.
If you’ve cut it you can then tape the section back on when you are finished with the dress version.
The hem is not dipped on the dress version.
Step 2: Print the dress extension pieces (A4)
Note: These measurements are for a height of 5’7″.
If you are taller than 5’7″: And would still like it to be knee length, you might consider ordering a bit more fabric than suggested above.
If you are shorter than 5’7″: I would suggest trying it on before choosing to remove excess fabric from the hem.
Step 3: Pairing the extension pieces with the bodice
Tape the front bodice extension to the bottom of your folded front bodice pattern piece and then do the same for the back bodice and its extension.
You can still use the same fabric layout suggestion that is in your main instructions but shifting down the bodice pieces as necessary to allow for the extra length both pieces require.
That’s it! There are no other changes to make. Hemming will be exactly the same as the instructions for the bottom of the original style blouse but it’ll be a straight line so even easier! Wear it loose or with a belt to add a bit more shape.
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Note: These are steps to extend your Josie Blouse into a dress. If you do not already own the Josie Blouse you can get a copy below: