Yesterday I mistakenly identified the Jalie pattern I planned to make for my niece. This is the one I really was planning to use. It’s better suited for the fabric. So here you go…
Pattern Description: From Jalie’s website, “Stylish V-neck top, raised neckline at back, with or without sleeves.” I made View A with long sleeves.
Sizing: All sizes are included in the pattern. My niece is a size 6-8 petite, so I made a size T in Jalie’s sizing.
Fabric Used: Fabulously Cozy Cotton Sweater Knit – Heathered Gray from Gorgeous Fabrics. I love this knit. It’s almost got a berber-y feel to it on the face, and the backing is nice and soft in its finish, so you can wear it right next to your skin.
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle. Metrosene polyester thread.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? They were just fine. I had made the sleeveless version of this top for myself a couple of summers ago, so I didn’t really need them. This pattern goes together beautifully.
Construction Notes: Because of the innate bulk of this fabric, I decided not to do it Jalie’s way, which is to use two layers of the fabric in the upper bodice. One layer is the outer shell and the other is the self-facing. Instead, I just used one layer. I cut the front in two pieces instead of one piece on the fold. I sewed up the center seam with a 1/4 inch seam and turned the neckline edge under and stitched it down, as you can see here.
I serged all the other seams, and turned up the hems and finished them with a 1.0mm wide, 3.0mm length zigzag stitch.
Likes/Dislikes: I think this is a cute, casual top. She lives in Montana, and this will be good for wearing to school. I like the lines of the top. As I say, it’s really well drafted. It sewed up in less than an hour, while I was listening to the second half of the Pats/Bills game on the radio (Yay Pats! Sorry Pam)
No dislikes at all.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? You bet to both.
Conclusion: It’s comfortable, cute and a winner. I think she’ll like it! Here are pictures of the front and back.