Shirt with classic collar, seven button placket, dart at bust and waist (front and back), two front chest pockets with flaps, back yoke, 7/8 cuffed sleeves with a hidden button tab.
The usual Jalie large size range: 17 sizes in one pattern.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were ok. Jalie prints the instructions on the large pattern sheet, but you can download the instructions in pdf from their website and then print them, which I regard as a plus.
My thoughts on the pattern (likes/dislikes)
I liked the style on the envelope, definitely fitted blouse and the sleeve style.
What I don't like (after tracing and sewing it) is that the sleeve is symmetrical. There is no difference in the front and back armhole/sleeve. I've seen this in a more recent Jalie pattern for a knit top which I didn't like so much, I prefer the sleeve drafted differently, which gives a better fit, certainly in a woven fabric. Their way is easier to sew though: no set-in sleeve, sewn like a knit top, side seam and sleeve seam in one pass.
The sleeve is also drawn as a half pattern which is not helpful when you have to cut two sleeves. Easily fixed of course, but strange, as the collar and stand are full pattern pieces. Which has it's own difficulties, as with all the lines of the sizes crossing each other on the sheet, it's difficult to find the right line and make two identical curves on de stand and points on the collar. I folded those pieces after tracing to make sure they were symmetrical.
Cotton batiste. It wrinkles like h… The shirt was properly pressed during construction and again just before the photos were taken. It also doesn't have enough stability for the self facing placket.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made
None, apart from taking off the (smallish) pockets. I had made and sewn them to the shirt, but they were too much for me on the wrong place. That's just personal and says nothing on the pattern.
I used a size X based on full bust measurement, which I've always done for Jalie (knit) patterns. Based on this shirt I should have gone 1 or 2 sizes down and made a full bust adjustment (I should have guessed). I could have done with a little more space at bust level and in the lower part of the back.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might use the body part again and mix it with a Burda or StyleArc pattern for the sleeve armhole and sleeves.
I was not very happy during construction and thought I might end up with a wadder. As it is I will probably wear it around the house, it's not that bad. My son (17) took the photos and his (unasked for) comment was "this is nice". But it's not my favorite pattern for a shirt and will not be without alteration.
Photos on me
Side with "long" sleeve
Side with sleeve held by tab (of course only for the photos worn both styles at the same time.