Also perfect was the mossy green lightweight sweater knit I picked up at Fabricland in a sale just a day or two previously. It was so very soft I couldn't leave it behind. Luckily it has just enough stretch in it to be able to get away with using it for this pattern.
It's a simple design, and Jalie's drafting is so good, that I cut it without too much concern. I wondered if I'd got my sleeve shortening alterations right, as the drop shoulder threw me off a little - but as it turned out it is perfect. I love the way it drapes on the body and the shape and fit are just what I was looking for. Because I'm short I didn't alter the length - I wanted it to end at the bottom of my hip so didn't have to change anything.
I don't have a serger, so I sewed this way I usually sew knits, with a narrow zigzag stitch - 3 long & 1.5 wide. Jalie's instructions gave a different method but I didn't try it out so can't say how effective it might be (though of course, with Jalie being the experts in sewing stretch fabrics I'm sure there woul be no problems). I wonder how this would turn out in a different fabric -- because it was so simple and I really, really like the result of this attempt, I may just try again.
Really if you haven't tried any Jalie patterns before, download this free pattern and give it a go. I think you might be pleasantly surprised.
Very cute! I love the color combo of this stripe!ReplyDelete
Thanks! I like greens and they are not always easy to find so I grabbed this one :)Delete
And it looks like you matched your sleeve stripes with the body!! Impressive. Looks lovely.ReplyDelete
Note: If you like free PDF patterns, have you looked at Tessuti's Fave Top (one size fits all)? It also goes together beautifully, for a different look. I just made it this week.
Thank you :) I'm glad they matched up. I forgot to take a pic of the side seams, which are also close to being matched, I'm very pleased with it.Delete
I do like free patterns and have the Fave Top & Mandy Boat Tee both downloaded but neither has been made up yet...