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|Reviewed by:||Aroura|| |
|Posted on:||9/29/11 5:26 PM |
|Last Updated:||8/13/14 10:19 PM|
Jalie Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 4 people Very Helpful by 7 people |
|See other patterns in this category: Tops |
|Available for sale on PR: $12.75 Pattern Details |
|Fabric:||Polyester Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Edit for Version 2: 8/13/14 |
I made a new version of this top for summer, as my first version is more for cool weather.
So this one has the cap sleeves, and I didn't add to the length of the body like I did before. I actually shortened the tie about 2". (I like it longer, now that I've done it both ways).
The fabric is this crazy knit with sparkly stuff glued all over. I have no idea what possessed me to buy it, but once I did, I felt obligated to make it into the planned top. Not sure how much I like this color or the blingy-ness on me, but this pattern and fit are still good!
I did spend some time cutting the 2 front pieces carefully, so the diagonal splash of sparkles looks continuous. It's one of those silly things that would look bad if done wrong, but you don't even notice if done right.
Do we really need another review of this top? Yes, we do!
No one, as far as I see, has tried this top for a child. It's true that I wondered if it would be appropriate for a kid, as it is a pretty adult look, but it takes so little fabric, I figured it couldn't hurt to try. I think it looks nice, a bit dressy, but not too fancy. I really wanted to tie the scarf neck into a bow on DD's version, but I fail at bow tying 101 for kids.
I love Jalie because I can make clothes for DD and myself for the cost of one pattern, and often (though not this particular time), I can make her top out of the remnants from making mine. It's like free clothes for her!
Women's knit tops with scarf collar attached with a buckle (A), through opening at center front (B), or tied in a bow (C).
A great thing about this pattern is that although you must pick a sleeve length, you can have ALL the scarf looks in every top! Just leave the small CF opening and viola! 3 looks+ for the price of 1.
Top with buckle (View A)
Through CF opening (View B)
Tied in a bow (View C)
DD's top, in a loose neck tie
Like all Jalie patterns I've seen, 2 through 22.
For my daughter I cut a 3 (G), which is intentionally a little big on her, as I wanted some growing room for this top to last through this fall, winter and next spring.
For myself, I cut a T on the top, and tapered it to a U at the hips, as I seem to be keeping the weight I put on my hips last year.
As usual with Jalie, the fit is perfect.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, very much!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I know it's already been expressed half a hundred times, but it bears repeating. After reading many other reviews about the unusual burrito roll collar technique, and how it "might" be confusing but really isn't, I was worried I'd be that one person who couldn't work out how to do it. But everyone is right. The illustrations make it quite clear, and it turns out to be a very simple technique, just really cool and tricky.
It is also a very quick to sew pattern. I am usually a pretty slow sewist, but I managed to get both of these done in record time. Not including tracing and cutting, it took me about 2 hours each to sew these tops. Now, that isn't including hems, because I hand hemmed the sleeves of both, and the bottom of mine, which took a few more hours. I just love hand hems. If I hadn't spent the time to hand sew the hems, I could have finished these in 2 days.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
What is there to dislike? This is one of the best patterns I've ever sewn! This deserves to be in the hall of fame eventually, imo. It can be worn in SO many ways, even more than the 3 that the pattern describes. It can be casual or dressy, and it has absolutely no negatives I encountered.
I LOVE that I can wear this top in a variety of ways with just an easy change. I think I liked the buckle best, but also like the CF opening loose hanging look, and the bow.
I do not think the neckline is too low at all (some people raise it a tad). The scarf provides plenty of coverage, and I felt quite comfortable with it in all 3 positions. I think the cut and fit is perfect.
For DD, an inexpensive 100% polyester Jet-set knit from Jo-anns. I got it for 99c a yard with coupons, and DD picked the color. It was not a good choice of fabric for this pattern, as it doesn't have 2-way stretch. My mistake in missing that note on the pattern.
Also, it's just a chap fabric overall, and although easy to sew and easy to wash and won't wrinkle, I won't be buying any more of this kind of fabric.
For my top, I got this 1-5/8 yard remnant back on the clearance isle. From a burn test I did, I think it is cotton, but it doesn't wrinkle when wadded up, so I'm not sure. I know I've seen other reviewers use this exact same fabric before. It's nice, has a great drape and soft hand (is that the right way to say it?)
I'm not sure about how "young" this print looks on me though. As I was finishing it up, DD says to me "That's a pretty top for Grandma". Yeah, she thought it looked like something Grandma would wear, so now I'm not so sure how this print looks on me either! :/
I decided to try the buckle on mine, and just salvaged one off an old belt that no longer fits. I wish I had a round one as the pattern calls for, but the rectangle actually looks good, and matches all my silver jewelry (as I own almost no gold).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I lengthened the sleeves to full length on mine to make it into a fall/winter/spring top. I also added 2" in length to the bottom as other reviewers have mentioned, and I like it pretty well, it covers my bottom. :D
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes! Although, I probably won't be making more for DD, as I think it isn't really a child-friendly looking top (though she like it).
I already plan on making more for myself for winter. I may or may not not add the 2" length again.
This is sure to be a TnT pattern for me!
My new favorite knit pattern of all time! Though my experience with knits is very limited, to be sure.
Suitable for almost all figures (and ages), and very versatile. A truly great pattern!
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