Team J Stern Designs- Fundraising

Hey Everyone,

I’m doing an 8 hour spinning event in March called the Charity Cycle Challenge.    Last year I help my husband shoot it.  I was so moved by all the people that came out to raise money for a cause that was near and dear to their heart that I’ve decided that I’m going to participate in the challenge next year… My husband can still shoot it!   I’ve decided to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Association because it’s a concern in my family.  To kick things off, I did a make it-take it  in my booth at the American Sewing Expo.  We made twisted bead bracelets…  They are very cute and super easy.   Check out the step-by-step tutorial below.  If you would like to make them using stuff you have at home, wonderful… If you’d like to order a kit for a suggested donation of $5.00… Wonderful too!   Thank you and Enjoy! :)

Order your Twisted Bead Bracelet Here

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Topstitching Demo– Size 14 vs Size 16

If you’re having trouble getting good results when you’re topstitching with heavy topstitching thread, maybe it’s your needle.  Check out this demo comparing the stitch quality when using a size 14 vs a size 16 topstitch needle.

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Quick Video Tips


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Hey Everyone,

I’m trying to make my website easier to use!  If you’re looking for information on a specific technique, you can check it out here.  I’m going to be adding quick video tutorials that address a single technique or notion.


  1. Diana says:

    I just saw your interview on, and had to write to tell you how impressed I am! Your shirt is just what I have been looking for (I have the same figure issues), and your coat…OMG. I have done machine embroidery, so I have a deep understanding of what it took to make something so beautiful. It will, someday, be a museum piece.
    I haven’t sewn in years, but we are moving and I will have room again to set up a sewing room. You have whetted my appetite to sew, and your shirt pattern is where I will start!

  2. Annette says:

    Jen, I took your T-shirt class at ASG conference on Thursday. I’m having trouble with the shoulders of the shirts, they are too narrow and I don’t like that look. How can I widen the shoulders in the pattern # 0041? It puts my sleeves in an awkward place. I’m using the XXL size. I like the yoke effect, just not the narrow shoulders.

    • Jennifer Stern-Hasemann says:

      Hi Annette,
      Thanks for checking in. You can add to either the side front or center front piece to lengthen the shoulder. If you want to push the shoulder out closer to the tip of your shoulder, add to the armhole side of the shoulder seam on the side front piece (and the upper back bodice too). You can also add to the neckline by adding to the shoulder length at the neckline on the center front piece too. Let me know if this helps. Thanks Jen

  3. Judith Berg says:

    Hi Jen. I am taking several of your classes on Pattern I am retiring this week and am looking forward to sewing a lot and teaching my granddaughters and their friends to sew.
    Thank you for your very understandable instructions and warm demeanor.

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Zipper Tip. See why wider is better

See why wider is better.  It’s amazing how much difference an 1/8″ makes when you are inserting a zipper into a front fly.  Plus, get some great tips too!

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Metal 5.o YKK Jean Zipper with Locking Pull

This zipper is perfect for front fly technique.  The wider width makes it easy to insert using a 3/8″ zipper seam allowance.  Check out a Video Quick Tip – Demo of inserting a 4.5 jean zipper  vs a 5.0 jean zipper
The locking pull allows you to order a longer length zipper than you need… That way the pull will never be in the way!
Black zipper tape measures 7/16″ Antique Nickel finish.  Available in 4″, 6″, and 8″ lengths

4″ Metal YKK Zipper

6″ Metal YKK Zipper

8″ Metal YKK Zipper

size 16 Topstitch

Size 16 Topstitch Needles

Schmetz Topstitch Needles – Size 16

When you’re working with heavy topstitch thread such as YLI Jean Stitch, these needles help you get perfect results.  Check out a Video Quick Tip — Comparing topstitching  using a size 14 and a size 16 needle

Twisted Bead Braclet Kit (Includes a strip of batik fabric and a pandora style bead)

Please see step-by-step tutorial on how to make this bracelet by clicking on

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Teaching Schedule 2014-2015

The American Sewing Expo:  Pre-Show Jean Fit Workshop – Thursday, September 25, 2014  9:00 am to 5:00 pm

                                                           Full Bust Adjustment for DD cup + – Friday, Saturday, Sunday September 26-28, 2014  2:45-3:45

                                                           Professional Jean Construction Techniques –  Saturday, September 27, 2014  8:30-11:30 am

The Sewing Tree:  2-Day Jean Fit Workshop  –  Saturday and Sunday, October 18-19, 2014


URI Master Seamstress II Certificate ProgramJean Fitting and Construction
Wednesdays 9am-noon March 18, 2015-May 13, 2015–No class April 22, 2015

The Greenwich Club, 5426 Post Road, East Greenwich, RI

This workshop is a unique opportunity to work on a custom pair of jeans from pattern to finished garment.  Enjoy a relaxed pace by spending 7 weeks fitting, adjusting your pattern, constructing and finishing.

Albany Chapter ASG –  Trunk Show and Jean Fit Workshop – Friday and Saturday, May 1-2. 2015

Location TBA



  1. Sue McFarland says:

    I am researching finding an educator for my chapter of the American Sewing Guild. We are located in the area of Aiken – Columbia, SC. Please provide info for classes you offer, costs per day, travel costs, etc., for traveling to this area. We would like to have either one or two days of classes, and could probably have a member who would house you if that is OK. Thanks, Sue McFarland

  2. Peggy Carroll says:

    Please e-mail me with info about your Jeans Fitting class and workshop as well as Professional Construction Techniques. We are interested in a two day event in October. Please let me know what the cost would be for each day. I can arrange the workshops at the same hotel you will be staying. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you.
    Peggy Carroll, President
    Birmingham, AL Chapter
    American Sewing Guild

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To see the entire J Stern Design Pattern Line

New J Jeans Pattern:

This jean pattern is designed for women who have less than a 2″ difference between their hip and thigh measurements.  Because the side seams are straight this pattern is perfect to use with Japanese (selvage) denim.



J Jean Pattern (sizes 6-18): $20.00


Curvy Girl Fitted Pants

Straight Girl Fitted Pants

newpantpatternClassic Fitted Pant Sloper designed to fit your shape.

The Curvy Lady Pant Pattern is designed for women who have more than an 8” difference between their waist and full hip measurement. This pattern is fuller through the hips and thighs combined with a fitted waist. The Straight Lady Pant Pattern is designed for women who have less than an 8” difference. This pattern is perfect for women who have less  definition in the waist and hip.

Curvy Girl Fitted Pants Pattern Available in sizes 8-28 (Full Hip measures 44″-64″)

Straight Lady Fitted Pants Pattern available in sizes 6-28 (Full Hip measures 38.5″-60.5″)


New! The Perfectly Fitted Shirt by the Cup-Full

The Perfectly Fitted Shirt by the Cup-Full is a classic button-down shirt drafted for cup-sizes A-DD.  It features a  collar with collar stand,  bust and optional waist darts and cuffs with an easy continuous placket.  The instructions are complete with lots of detailed step-by-step illustrations.  Includes fitting tips.  The Perfectly Fitted Shirt is available in Misses’ sizes 6-14 and Women’s sizes 16-24.        price $20.00 Indicate  your size preference in the box below.   (Finished garment full bust measurement for size 14 is 43″. Finished garment full bust measurement for size 24 is 53″– Allow approximately 4 inches of ease at full bust. )

Sizes 6-14 or Sizes 16-24

The Jean Fit Workbook

The Jean Fit Workbook is designed to help you adjust your Jean pattern for a custom fit.  Start by making a muslin of your pattern.  Analyze the fit of the muslin to determine how to adjust your pattern pieces.  The workbook includes a worksheet to record measurements and adjustments.


$20.00 for Jean Fit Workbook

$30.00 for Workbook and 3 yds Muslin

$40.00 for Workbook, Muslin and Jean  Pattern (Please select Misses’ or Women’s Jeans)

Misses’ or Women’s Jeans

The Ribbon Skirt

Ribbon Skirt is cut on the bias to create a flattering silhouette that looks great on everybody.  You’ll make this skirt over and over because the possibilities are endless.  Work with knits and loosely woven fabric like linen to create “fit and flare” skirts that do not need a zipper to get into.  For more closely woven fabrics like soft denims and silks you’ll need to insert an invisible zipper in the side seam. There are step-by-step tutorials showing you how to make this skirt from start to finish.  Check out these tutorials before you purchase your Ribbon Skirt!

How to cut out the Ribbon Skirt on the Bias How to construct the Ribbon Skirt How to adjust the side seams and Part I invisible zip How to insert an invisible zipper into the side seam of the Ribbon Skirt How to finish the waistline of the Ribbon Skirt with a custom facing How to make a knit version of the Ribbon Skirt in 1 hour     Price $12.00 Pattern includes:  Multi-sized pattern sheet (sizes 6 – 20, hip measurements 36″ – 50″), fabric recommendations,  yardage requirements, notions, and pattern layouts for 45″ and 60″ wide fabric

J Jeans Pattern
jjeanfcoverThis jean pattern has straight side seams. It is designed to fit women who are
straight through the hips and thighs. Because the side seams are straight, Measure
your fullest hip and thighs (with your legs together). If these measurements are
within 2” of each other, this pattern will work for you.


  1. Katie says:

    Hello Jennifer. I’m wondering if it’s possible to just buy the jeans fitting PDF workbook without the muslin fabric? I’ve made a muslin already but I’d really like your expert guidance on a couple of fitting issues (namely gaping at the back waistband and wrinkly knees). Thanks!

  2. Hunny says:

    Love Any patterns cut on the bias. Hoping you’ll develop a jeans pattern cut on the bias as an extention of the adventure you related on your blog w/the thrift store find. Any chance of that happening any time soon? – I’m a Very old lady :)

    • Jennifer Stern says:

      Hi Hunny, I did a post showing how to adjust the jean pattern for bias cut fabric! I used a pair of men’s jeans that I found at the thrift shop (that were cut on the bias). I took them apart and used my adjusted pattern pieces to cut out really cool bias cut j stern design jeans! You can find it by putting “bias cut jeans” in the search feature! Jen

  3. Dx says:

    Also, how do you not have the “fold over” in the center front seam. I have this problem on my skirts and cannot get rid of it. The center seam in this skirt shows what I am talking about but is not as bad as most of mine.

    • Jennifer Stern says:

      Hi Dx, The tutorials are available on my website whether you buy the pattern or not : )

      And to answer your question about “fold over” at the hem in the center front seam…. The fold over is caused by excess fullness in the fabric. It can happen along any seam. … If you take in the excess fabric along the seam, it should solve that problem. If it happens along the side seams, there may be excess in only the side that’s folding over (for example, if the back is folding over to the front, just take in the excess fabric in the back) Please let me know if this makes sense to you.. Feel free to contact me via email if you need more help : ) Jen

      • Dx says:

        Wow, I just found this reply. I must have really gotten sidetracked. So the photo of the ribbon skirt… if some of the fabric was taken out of the left front seam the fold would not be there? As I said this is a major fault in my skirts.

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Check out where I’ll be teaching Workshops in 2014!  I love traveling around the country teaching pattern fitting and design workshops.  If your group is looking for fun, hands-on workshops in fitting, clothing design, or embroidery, I invite you to email me at for workshop info.

All of my workshops can be tailored to meet the individual needs of your group.

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