Lindsay T asked about our sewing failures yesterday. So now I am holding her personally responsible for causing last night’s sewing to be a complete and utter wadder. 😉
I have been slow to get on the Jalie bandwagon, but Cidell, Eugenia, and Karen and their recent Jalie successes have slowly been infiltrating my sewing thoughts and had finally convinced me to try this little independent pattern company. I have had this Jalie top in my pattern stash for a while and am in desperate need of some tops. So enter Jalie 2806.
I decided to make the sleeveless, gathered view, in other words, the easiest view on the envelope. I have several knits in my stash that I can use for muslin purposes that, if the muslins worked out, I wouldn’t actually mind wearing. The one I chose to work with last night was actually a $5 yard remnant from Kashi at Metro Textiles. It has a really regular pattern to the print, so it was really easy to get the folded fabric on grain for once. Phew!
However, the only negative about the print was that it required careful placement to avoid a pastie disaster. I would link to a pastie picture, but I don’t want that in my google search history if you know what I mean. I will rely upon you to do the requisite research. I tissue fitted the front bodice pattern to mark the bust point and then confidently placed my pattern on the fabric and cut away.
I happily followed the great Jalie directions. I was fancy schmancy and used a contrast fabric (black) for my neck binding. And I serged away.
I was hopeful that this top would be the first of many, hence the term, Jalie-palooza. But the best laid plans of mice and men and all that… The first thing I noticed was that it was really hard to gather a knit fabric so close to the fabric’s edge. The second thing I noticed was that my first time attaching a neck binding using the Jalie method was not spectacular and that I didn’t like how the serged seam allowance kept flipping out. Am I supposed to topstitch this down? If so, it’s not in the directions. The neck binding width after attaching is pretty thin. The third thing I noticed were my pasties. I had managed to carefully and perfectly place medallions on both of my bust points. If I adjusted how I wore the blouse so they did not lay directly on the bust points, the top looked like it didn’t fit well. The fourth thing I noticed was how terrible and uneven my gathers looked. The bad gathering caused the mid-point of the top to drape concavely within my cleavage. Not a great look I’m telling you.
The overall fit was meh. It looks like there is ease built into this top judging from the pattern picture, so my problem is probably that I picked one size too small to make. I used the U size. If I try this again, I will make it up in the V size.
I am always picking a size too small.
Here are some pics (not on me, but in the bathroom on a hanger). Any suggestions on further Jalie experimentation would be greatly appreciated.
Tonight…. some jammies for Jack. At least I know he doesn’t have fit issues.
Happy sewing everyone.