1. Lengthen - Shorten Step 3

    How to Adjust the Length of the Jade Skirt

    The Jade comes in two versions, mini and midi. I like the mini a lot, but it’s a bit on the short side because I’m 5’10”, and the pattern is drafted for a height of 5’7″. When I make the mini, I like to add a half inch to an inch (1-2,5 cm). Due to the way the front pattern piece is folded, lengthening or shortening this pattern piece is not as straightforward as just shifting slashing and spreading along the middle, or even at the bottom. So in this post I’ll show you how to adjust the length of the Jade front piece. [Read more]

  2. Step 4

    How to Draft in Between Sizes

    It’s all nice and well if your fit in one size column, but the reality for the majority of women is that they span multiple columns. I know I do; my bust, waist and hip usually have a column all for themselves. Most Indie patterns are ‘nested’, which means that the different sizes are drafted in such a way that you can easily draw a line from one size to another. The Jade pattern is also nested for this purpose. However, the front piece has kind of a zig-zag outline, which makes drawing a neat line a bit difficult. In this post I’ll show you the easiest way of drafting between sizes on the Jade skirt front piece, taking my own adjustments as an example. [Read more]

  3. Folded front

    How to Fold the Jade Front

    Probably the most unconventional technique used to make a Jade skirt is folding the front piece. To make this origami a little easier to grasp we made a video!  [Read more]

  4. Step 8B

    How to Install an Exposed Zipper

    The Jade pattern offers instructions on how to insert an exposed zipper at the center back. It describes our preferred way to do this, but if you’d like to do it a different way you can find some alternatives here. In this post we’ll go through Step 8 of the Jade instructions. [Read more]

  5. Jade Skirt View A

    3 Ways to Install an Exposed Zipper

    The instructions for the Jade skirt include steps to install an exposed zipper at the back. This is our favourite method since you won’t be able to see any seams on the outside. Below we’ve listed some other methods that you could use also. Note that the zipper is an optional feature if you’re using a knit fabric. [Read more]