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|Jalie: 2920 (Leggings, Stirrup Tights and mini-skirt) - Type:Activewear |
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|Reviewed by:||Lucy in Virginia|
|About Lucy in Virginia |
|Member since: 12/20/07 |
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|Sewing skills:Advanced Beginner|
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|patterns reviewed: 37|
|Posted on:||12/27/12 7:37 PM |
Jalie Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Available for sale on PR: $12.75 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Supplex ® [See other projects in this fabric]|
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From the pattern envelope: Ankle length leggings (A), stirrup tights (B) with encased elastic waist and pull-on self-lined (no hemming) mini-skirt (C) with exposed elastic at the waist, that you can wear with your favorite tops for a layering effect.
All sizes in one pattern from size 2 for little girls all the way up to size FF women. I cut a size V in length with a size X in width. Since my fabric was super stretchy, I probably could have gotten away with a size V everywhere.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
A note about Jalie: Although the construction pictures are included in the pattern, you need to download the instructions from their website; and they are a bit minimalist--as if they went to the Burda School of Sewing Instructions. But still, these were super easy. In fact, I had to read them about 3 times to make sure they were as easy as I thought they were!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
--Well, this was a super fast and easy pattern to sew and yet it looked great when made up, which is not always the case with easy patterns. I think now that I've sewn it once and made all the adjustments I want, I'll be able to cut and sew up in an hour.
--1 pattern piece, ladies!
--No outside seam. Makes for a very smooth and classy fit on the outside.
--The pattern called for 1 1/2 yards of fabric, but I had enough left over that I think I'll be able to make a sports bra or racer back top or even shorts.
--1/4 inch seams. Does anybody love these? I was just too lazy to add to them, but they turned out fine.
The pattern calls for a fabric with 70% stretch. I used Supplex from Fabric Mart online. This fabric is super soft and make sure you have no hang nails or dry skin as it can snag. I was hoping for something a bit firmer (like those bicycle shorts) to hold in lumps and bumps, but after wearing it to the gym today, I decided it was too heavenly feeling to care about such little things.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added 1 inch to the length just to make sure it would cover my ankles. I think this worked well.
This was a muslin, which is wonderfully wearable, but after sewing up and wearing, I decided to add a 1 inch prominent abdomen adjustment, like this. I've lost 5 inches from my abdomen since Thanksgiving (thank you Atkins Diet), but I've a ways to go still!
Special sewing techniques:
I sewed this on both my sewing machine and my serger. I used several techniques to sew these, which may be helpful to those new to specialty knits. Many of these techniques come from Sandra Betzina's outstanding book More Fabric Savvy:
--Needle: 75/11 Stretch (for both sewing machine and serger)
--Machine Foot: Walking Foot
--Stitching techniques: Triple straight stitch (sewing machine) on all seams first. (Don't skip this step, it's a must. Ask me how I know. LOL!); 4-thread overlock (serger) to finish all seams.
--Beginning a seam: I wrapped about the first inch or so of a seam in Sulky Water Soluble Stabilizer to keep my machine feed dogs from eating the fabric. Then I cut away the excess and steamed away the leftover bits. You could just use a piece of paper if you don't have this, but you have to use something because with such tiny seams, your feed dogs just won't be able to resist.
--Crotch: To reduce bulk in the inside seams, I turned the seams in opposite directions. This also helps you achieve on the outside perfectly matched seams!
--Elastic casing: To reduce bulk, I followed a Sandra Betzina method of joining (not overlapping) the edges together and zigzaging with a piece of the fashion fabric in the back. Then cut away the excess fabric. Here's the finished top of the elastic; and here's the finished back of the elastic. Then I zigzaged the elastic to serge-finished edge, folded and cover-stitched (serger) for the casing. I love how stretchy the cover-stitching is!
Oh, and make sure you add a label or contrasting thread to the back, as it looks just like the front!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I wanted a pair of leggings to wear to the gym. Now that it's winter, the equipment is just too cold to sit on in a pair of shorts. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the price of these leggings at Sports Authority. My fabric cost $13.49; the pattern cost $11.47; and the thread and elastic were already in my stash. Once I make this again, the average cost will go down even more. I wore these today at the gym, and they looked and fit like a dream and they kept my legs oh so warm!
This was my first Jalie pattern and I can see why so many PR members love them. The no nonsense, "only-the-easiest" construction methods combined with fashionable styles remind my of Kwik Sew patterns. I love my leggings and I highly recommend this pattern. All pictures here.
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