2015: My year of hacking
I believe that if you find a pattern or hack that you love, you should sew the hell out of it. As you may or may not know, I love making Jalie 3352 out of 200 weight, sweater-faced Polartec fleece. I cut the largest size available, make the sleeves full length, and add a hood. The hood has an elongated neck and is cut with the front on the fold. I sew/serge 8 seams, coverstitch all hems and hood opening, and then wear it for days on end.
Here are the reasons I love this version of Jalie 3352:
- It is easy to cut and sew. I cut, sew, and finish the whole garment in about 2.5 hours.
- It consistently produces a cool-looking (yet warm-feeling) top.
- It is crazy comfortable.
- It is easy to wear–it looks good with jeans and requires no special care. It doesn’t wrinkle.
- It has a really cool cowl-necky hood and the sweater-faced fleece drapes perfectly with it.
- Did I mention that it’s comfortable?
- I get compliments on it. Here’s the deal: I like to wear the things that I sew, but when I do, I still worry that I look like Patchwork Polly wearing some sort of craft project. Sometimes when I’m at work, people will say, “Did you make that?” I say, “Yes” and they say, “Wow.” Those comments worry me. Not.good. But when I wear my Jalie 3352 hack, here’s what happens: I am in the check-out line, buying my groceries, and the 23-year-old cashier says, “Cool top!” I say, “Thanks, I made it.” She says, “OMG, no way!!” That interaction right there is the thing that makes me feel like I can really sew. It’s also the thing that makes me want to get better.
So here is my year of Jalie 3352 hacks.
My love affair began with this plum number. I got this Polartec on super sale and didn’t know what to make. My husband bought me a RTW top with a drop tail and elongated-hood, and I thought, “I bet I could make that.” Jalie 3352 had the hemline I wanted, so I gave it a try.
After my initial success, I wanted to make another. I got the black and gold, also on super-sale, so I tried it again.
Then a few months later, I had a big sewing failure. I spent a lot of time (and money) making what I thought would be a sensational garment, and it turned out to be a hot mess. I was down in the sewing dumps and needed a pick-me-up in the worst way. Jalie 3352 was my drug of choice–this time in 300 weight, rust sweater-face. This baby is warm.
Then my addiction took hold. I started buying sweater-faced, 200 weight fleece with the full intention of making 3352. I made this purple-heathered version. It might be my favorite.
Then, a couple of months ago, I made this red version.
I tried something different with the leopard print one. I used Mood fabric on that one. I wanted to see if I could make a dressier version–one that I could wear to work.
Then, I made three other versions of this hack (all in Polartec fleece) to give as Christmas gifts. I made a navy, sweater-faced for my 23 year-old niece, and hunter green, sweater-faced for my 22 year-old niece, and black, double-velour for my mother-in-law. Here’s my oldest niece in her navy 3352:
After the holiday sewing, I wanted to make things for ME!!!!! Two days ago, I tried 3352 in quilted material with a front zipper.
And then yesterday, I made a blue, sweater-faced version.
This fleece is a medium blue, and I didn’t have any serger/coverstitch thread that would match. So I opted for a contrast color–chartreuse. It looks kind of white in the photos, but it’s really chartreuse.
And here’s what the hood looks like when it’s not being a cowl neck. The hood definitely requires a fabric that drapes well. I learned that lesson on the quilted version!
I know that I will sew this pattern again. It is my drug of choice. I have no shame. It’s the thing that makes me feel like a seamsta. Don’t we all have a garment like that??????