Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Jalie 2921 scarf collar top - finished!

So, here I am in my Jalie scarf collar top.

This is the first time I’ve made a Jalie pattern and I have to tell you that I am super-impressed. I thought I was probably on to a good thing because this pattern has 33 reviews on Pattern Review and patterns are usually popular there for a very good reason. Here’s what it looks like


I like the style because although it’s got the comfort of a knit top, it’s a little dressier than a basic t-shirt. The fabric I used is rayon with some silk in it – it’s very drapey and quite sheer but ok to work with.

When I first noticed (and I do mean noticed because it’s in very small print!) that the seam allowances were only ¼” I was rather alarmed. Being used to the usual 5/8” that the big pattern companies allow I was fearful that there just wouldn’t be enough to work with – but, I have to admit, I was completely WRONG. I loved how it all just slotted together and whizzed through my serger without any trouble at all. I think that from now on I’m going to trim all seam allowances for knits to ¼” – it makes attaching the sleeves so much easier!

Of course, I have to mention the neat burrito technique for attaching the collar! The instructions had me thoroughly intrigued – I just couldn’t fathom out how it was going to work. For those who haven’t got this pattern it’s a bit difficult to explain but basically you have to roll the front and back inside the collar and sew around the collar with the top inside it. But I had faith – after all, I told myself, 33 Pattern Reviewers can’t be wrong. I meticulously followed the instructions, being very careful to get the right side and the wrong side the right way round (if you know what I mean) and, yes, it worked. It was so exciting when I fished the top out of the 1” gap at the end of the collar and the seam allowances were all neatly enclosed inside.

I think I’m definitely nuts about knits at the moment because next on the cutting table is this one,

Vogue 1179, which I’m making in a black double knit (another thing I'm nuts about at the moment!). More soon ……….

41 comments:

  1. The top looks beautiful on you. I have yet to try Jalie. Looking forward to seeing your Vogue dress, have been attracted to the pattern for a while.

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  2. So pretty! Looks awesome on you. The whole outfit is well put together.

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  3. You look great in this! It's *really* flattering. I like your version - i.e. tied in a bow - the best. What a fun top.

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  4. Eugenia this top is one of the most flattering things you have made in my opinion. The top is gorgeous and you are right so much nicer than a plain knit . I also like the short bow on your top the best .

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  5. This top is perfection and it looks beautiful on you. Must get this pattern now.

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  6. This style is so flattering on you, and what a perfect color! Nice to hear you loved the pattern too. I just ordered it last week and am anxious to try it myself. The couple of Jalie patterns I have tried I have loved.

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  7. Love that top and is that color cranberry? Can I interest you in a matching pair of corduroy pants? ;)

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  8. Yes, Peter, I think that you could call this cranberry - all THE BEST people are wearing this shade at the moment. Come Thanksgiving everyone's going to be envious of our seasonal outfits!

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  9. Eugenia - this top is absolutely all you and a great "cranberry" color.

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  10. Very cute top and I agree Jalie is great and the way the way they have you do the tie, very unique. I can't wait to see your next knit garment, very pretty.

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  11. You look great in your new top. The color is a perfect choice.

    Thank you so much for your encouraging comments on my blog.

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  12. You look fabulous, Eugenia! The top looks wonderful on you, and the color is great too! Now you have me intrigued about the burrito technique!

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  13. love the color and you look fab in it!

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  14. This is great. I'm inspired by your top and your review of Jalie to give a Jalie pattern a go!

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  15. I agree with the previous posters, this is a very flattering top on you. I have never tried a Jalie pattern, but you make them sound very tempting! Where did you find black double knit? Here in the UK?

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  16. Awesome! Love that color on you!!!

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  17. Great fall color- love the style.

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  18. Love your top! That's a great color on you :)

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  19. Great blouse. I can see why so many sewists have like this pattern. Looking good, lady.

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  20. A very flattering style, it looks great on you and works perfectly with your skirt.

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  21. Beautiful! I made that top earlier this year and was scared that that roll thing wouldn't work. But it did and it does. Marvelous isn't it?

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  22. Looks fab! I've made that dress twice and it's fabulous.

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  23. You look fantastic inthis new top. I have yet to trace and fit this pattern but it you are inspiring me.

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  24. Very flattering top and color on you.I love your stile.

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  25. What a beautiful, flattering top! I'm so tempted to try this pattern now.

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  26. Jalie has an excellent reputation. Your top looks terrific. Good luck with the dress you're working on. Love the pattern!

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  27. THat colour is beautiful on you. The top looks elegant and comfortable at the same time, great combination!

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  28. I've sworn off knits, but this looks so good on you I might reconsider...

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  29. You picked the perfect color to make this top in! It's lovely on you!

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  30. Congratulations to on your knit - it looks fab! You really have some serger skills! I love it and can't wait to see your next knit! I need some inspiration:)

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  31. Eugenia!! That whole outfit is so flattering on you.....beautiful.

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  32. Wow, I love that top! And the color is fantastic!!

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  33. It's beautiful! That color is gorgeous and the fabric looks like it probably feels really wonderful.

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  34. Lovely lovely lovely! I also gave you the beautiful blogger award, one can never have enough!

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  35. What a great top! It's a lovely color on you!

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  36. Your top looks so good, definitely dressier than a t shirt! Love that dress pattern too.

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  37. So pretty! Like everyone has already said, it is a great color on you. I have tried Jalie patterns yet, but they are definitely on my radar.

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  38. I do not know if I like more the pattern or color of fabric, I think it is the perfect top to make over and over again in different tissues. It´s perfect on you!

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  39. I'm late to the comment party, but your top looks wonderful. I might have jump on the Jalie bandwagon.

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  40. Oh, I just saw this on your linkwithin widget! I've been trying to decide what to sew for the Think Pink contest on PR and THIS IS IT!! You are am inspiration!

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  41. I just bought this pattern, and I love your version! Yes, love how it is a dressed-up comfy top.

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