Pattern Description: From Jalie’s website, “Women’s knit tops with forward shoulder seam, banded surplice neckline, sleeveless or with three-quarter sleeve. View A has a neckband that goes all around. View B has a mandarin collar and banded front neckline.” I made the sleeveless version of View A.
Sizing: Every last one. I made a V
Fabric Used: Cotton blend jersey that I bought when I was in New York last. I used Wide Silk Jersey in Tangerine for the contrast neckband.
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch needle 75/11. Tricot knit interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply to stabilize the shoulders, Steam-a-Seam (yes Karla, Steam-a-Seam) on the front only, Mettler thread.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes. One thing to note about this pattern is that it is LONG. I hemmed it the recommended 3/4″, and it is down below my hips. I’m not especially shortwaisted, but I’m not longwaisted by any means. I think I’ll take about 2 inches off and re-hem.
How were the instructions? I took a cursory look but I really didn’t need them. this is a very well drafted pattern, and it goes together beautifully. The instructions are quite adequate if you do use them.
Construction Notes: My kids were playing with my camera and set it to manual focus, and I didn’t realize it until too late, so I didn’t get a picture of how I used Steam-a-Seam. The front has two identical pieces overlaid on one another. You then turn the hems together and stitch them as one. To keep them from shifting, I used Steam-a-Seam between the two layers. After applying it, they were a cinch to turn and sew as one. I also used 3/8″ strips of interfacing in the shoulder seams of the back to stabilize them.
One thing to note about this top is that it’s clearly drafted as a sleeved top. You use the same pieces for both the sleeved and the sleeveless versions. As with other tops that are drafted this way, I found that if you make the sleeveless version and you have any bit of a bust, you must add a bust dart. I didn’t need a FBA, and I suspect if I had made up the sleeves the problem would not be so obvious. But without the sleeves, there is a gap at the front of the armhole. A dart took care of it, and I’ll adjust the pattern to remove the excess for future versions.
Any changes? Just those noted above
Likes/Dislikes: I like the wrap effect. It’s a cute pattern that will be great for summer. The only thing I don’t really like is the length, and that’s easy to fix.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes!
BTW, you’ll notice my wrap overlay goes from the left shoulder to the right hip. Yeah – that was intentional. Riiiiight…