|Background: I wanted some simple tunics to wear with black leggings/ponte pull-on pants and boots, since that's the standard "mom-on-the-go" uniform here in Seattle. This pattern looked like a nice option for that, with the added bonus that I could whip up a matching top for my daughter at the same time. (Cheesy, I know, but we won't wear them at the same time except for this photo shoot!)|
Pattern Description: From the Jalie web site: "A: Raglan top with curved hem, half sleeve and binded neckline B: Raglan tunic with curved hem, half sleeve, patch pockets and binded neckline C: Racerback top with curved hem, binded neckline and armhole D: Racerback tunic with curved hem, patch pockets binded neckline and armhole."
I started off with the intent of making the tunic for myself, but didn't check the length before cutting my fabric. The finished length of the tunic was far too long for me (I'm 5'2"--the tunic ended just above my knee), so I took 3.5" off the length.
I sewed the top version for my daughter. I didn't see a tunic hem option in the children's sizes.
All 29 sizes included in one envelope: Size 12M through women's sizes up to a 52" full bust.
I sewed a size E (18M) for my 16 month-old-daughter who usually wears a size 18M in RTW. Width was spot-on for her, but the sleeves and overall length was a bit short. To get longer use out of the top, I'd sew a 2T the next time.
For myself (48" full bust) and having heard that you can go by full bust size with Jalie AND that there's a famous lack-of-ease in Jalie patterns, I went up a size and sewed a size EE (50" full bust). I'm not sure if it's because my fabric is very stretchy/drapey or the style of the top compared to other Jalies, but I would have been fine going by my size chart size (DD).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except that mine was much longer on my short figure, pre-hemming. If you're short-ish, you'll want to check the length on this one before cutting your fabric.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were very clear and concise. This is my second Jalie pattern, and I still can't decide if I like their method of binding. It leaves a neat finish, though.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: I love that all of the pattern sizes are included in one envelope. The top/tunic goes together very fast, as well. I think I spent about 4-5 hours total, between tracing, cutting out, and sewing both tops. This is a good, basic pattern.
Dislikes: I would have liked more shaping at the waist, but that's easy enough to add.
For the main body, I used a rayon knit (formerly a "one crazy priced fabric" from a few weeks ago) from FabricMart. The sleeves are from a bamboo/rayon knit from my stash, originally purchased from fabric.com a few years ago. I chose the fabric combo for the print/color, but in future versions, I'd go with fabrics with a bit more body.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None, this time. Will lengthen for my daughter (or go up a size) next time, and will just go with the "top" (not tunic) view for myself next time, and possibly go down a size, if I feel like re-tracing the pattern for something this basic.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely sew this again, and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a nice, basic scoop neck raglan top/tunic pattern.
Good, basic top pattern. A good pattern to have in your arsenal, especially if you're sewing for multiple women or girls of different sizes.