|Pattern Description: A: Raglan top with curved hem, half sleeve and binded neckline B: Raglan tunic with curved hem, half sleeve, patch pockets and bound neckline C: |
Pattern Sizing:girls' 12m to women's 22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?yes
The method for applying the skinny binding is quite good and absolutely will produce RTW results, though it takes some practice to stitch the binding down evenly. After the lace version and the two racerbacks" target="_blank">racerbacks I made, I opted for a regular slightly wider binding because I'm not so good at manipulating fabric while under the presser foot. I originally said that the binding method is very time consuming, but I suspect it doesn't add that much time. It took ME a long time because it's not what I usually do, but I'm confident that with practice it would be just as quick as anything else.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?It's a great basic pattern. The scoop at the neck is more feminine than a lot of raglan tees out there and the curved hem is also a fun touch.
I wish there were a regular hem included in this pattern. It was not a big deal to swap out the sides and hem of another Jalie tee that I have, but for such a basic pattern, it seems odd to me that a regular hem is not included.
Fabric Used:#1 rib knit + stretch lace
#2 poly blend jersey
#3 cotton spandex
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:My first attempt seemed to indicate that the armscye was too low for me, so I took a 1/2" fold horizontally on front, back and sleeve. After #2 and #3, I think 1/4" would be sufficient.
Because tunic length does not work for me at all, I shortened the top to make a more standard tee length. The problem with this is that this pattern is drafted as a tunic really, so there's considerable extra flare at the side seams so that it will skim over your hips and not get stuck on your bum. I brought in the side seams to help, but it's really too much flare (I think) for a regular t-shirt. If you lengthened it to a dress, the extra flare would be fine, but to shorten, note that you will have to take the side seams in.
For #2, I shortened the sleeve, slashed and spread it vertically to the hem to gather it into a band with an added keyhole. I also added a hem band tie that I constructed from the inside out, much like the ties in Jalie 2921 are made.
For #3, I split the sleeve vertically in thirds, seaming in a thin piece of white lining between the two pieces of fashion fabric. Over the lining fabric, I stitched a piece of 3" wide vintage crocheted lace.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I put this on my wish list the second it came out as I've been looking for a good basic raglan. This pattern lends itself easily to adaptation and it's a quick and easy sew. It would be a great 1st knit fabric project for a beginner.
Conclusion: Jalie, you burn holes in my pockets, but your fit and drafting are unmatched.
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