Hello dears, this great and airy summer dress simply cannot be missing in every woman’s wardrobe. The summer dress Jana by MamisLiebenNähen inspires with its elegant and timeless cut design. The flattering pattern accentuates curves and creates a great feminine silhouette.
This summer dress is easy to sew and wonderfully comfortable to wear, especially on warm days.
I sewed the Jana summer dress with my two BERNINA machines, namely: the BERNINA L 850 overlocker and the BERNINA 590 sewing machine. The L 850 is an overlocker with an automatic air threader. In addition, this machine has a great free arm and an ingenious extension table, which increases the work surface.
The B 590 is a compact sewing and embroidery machine with everything a sewing fan needs. This machine offers maximum convenience and precise stitch pattern results. In addition to the automatic thread cutter, this device also has jumbo bobbins, which means that there are significantly fewer sewing interruptions. I am also impressed by the perfect fabric feed and the large touchscreen, which is super easy to navigate.
My used material overview is as follows
- Sewing pattern “Dress Jana” – on sale for 2 euros from MamisLiebenNähen: Dress Jana
- Matching fabric Jersey or French Terry: my fabric is from Fabrilogy
- Iron-on fleece line for receipts
- Seam or shaping tape as required
- Rotary cutter or fabric scissors
- Clips, pin and tape measure
- Pattern in paper form or beamer for beamer file
- Sewing machine and serger (optional)
- Multicolored bulky yarn as a highlight
Instructions for the summer dress Jana
cutting of all parts
- 1 x front part in break
- 1 x back part in break
- 1 x receipt front part in break
- 1 x document back part in break
- 2 x opposite sleeves
- 2 x skirt part in break
- 1 x belt strap in break
sew on receipts
In the first step, it is best to reinforce the facings for the front and back sections with iron-on fleece. We place the facings right sides together and close the shoulder seams. The bottom edge of the finished slip ring is also trimmed.
Sew the main part and join the back part
Now place the front piece on the back piece, right sides together, and sew up the two shoulder seams.
Sew the facing to the bodice
Now sew the lining right sides together around the neckline. The slip is then turned to the right side, ironed well and topstitched.
Topstitch with colorful bulky yarn
I decorated my quilted slip here with colored bulky yarn. See it as a real eye-catcher.
Sew the sleeves to the bodice
Now place the sleeves right sides together in the armholes. Make sure the sleeves are positioned correctly. Where at the sleeves front and back
is taken from the marking on the pattern sheet. The center of the sleeve should meet the shoulder seam.
The sleeve is evenly distributed and sewn on in one go. Then fold the front piece onto the back piece and sew the two pieces together. It is important that the seams meet.
Sew the belt together and sew it onto the bodice
Lay the belt band right sides together and close the sides. The closed circle is now sewn to the upper part, right sides together. Here you simply put the ring completely around the top. Again, please make sure that the side seam meets. Finally, I topstitch the belt band with a nice stitch.
Prepare the skirt and sew it onto the bodice
Before I ruffle my skirt, I fold my hem down 2 cm. Then I topstitch it either with a twin needle or with a coverlock machine. Iron the hem well.
Gathering the skirt part with the Framilon ribbon
I always mark the gathering area on the wrong side of my fabric and cut the Framilon ribbon to the desired length. Rule of thumb is half the length of the marked area plus 2 cm seam allowance.
The seam allowance at the beginning is sewn on unstretched. From the marking, the stretched Framilon tape is sewn on with a zigzag stitch. After the end of the marking, the Framilon tape is sewn on again without being stretched by 1 cm.
As a special highlight, I added lingerie lace to my skirt. I bought this from Limamalu.
Sew on the ruffled skirt with the sewing machine
Now comes the final step to the summer dress Jana. Tuck the ruffled skirt evenly into the bodice. Pay attention to evenness and the side seams. Then sew the two parts together. Done 🙂
I hope you like the instructions for the summer dress Jana and that I was able to arouse your interest in sewing this dress.
Have fun sewing!