Are you ready for this Jalie???
After I made this dress, I had some fabric left over and I decided I wanted to use it to make a top. I love this blue-green stripe and I could not bear the thought of throwing any of it away. I had to use every inch of it. Does anyone else do this??
I decided to make a long-sleeve raglan top using Jalie 3245. I’ve made this pattern multiple times–I love it–but for some reason I can’t do scoop necks very well.Usually I add a hood to change up the scoop neck, but I wanted more of a tradition raglan top. So, I decided to try and alter the neck line on this pattern. Enter Jalie 2805. This pattern has an awesome crew-neck option. So here’s what I did: I laid a piece of tracing paper on my cutting table. Then, I took the front and sleeve pieces for the raglan top and laid them on top of the tracing paper as if they were sewn together. I traced the original raglan neckline onto the tracing paper. Then I laid the front of the crew-neck top over the pieces and traced the crew-neck neckline onto the tracing paper. I then cut out the two pieces of paper that fell between the necklines and taped them to the raglan front and sleeve. These pieces turned the scoop neck into a crew neck. Here’s what it looked like when I taped the tracing paper pieces to the original raglan pattern.
I cut the front and back from the leftover navy-green stripe. I cut sleeves and neckband from this navy knit that I bought from Fabric.com. I cut the neckband at two inches wide, made the sleeves full-length, and added sleeve cuffs. Here’s the finished product:
I love this top!! I will be making this crew-neck version again, and probably again.
I had a ton of the navy knit, so I decided to try Jalie 3248, the drop pocket cardigan. I’ve been wanting to make this pattern for quite a while, but I got a little obsessed with the Jalie cocoon cardigan and could not switch my focus. But that was then and this is now, and now is about the drop pocket.
This is a pretty straightforward pattern once you get the hang of sewing the front pieces to the back at the shoulders. That took a little rereading and picture-studying for me, but once I did it, the instructions made perfect sense. Although I usually wear a size S or T in Jalie if I want a tailored top, I cut a size U because I wanted an oversized sweater. I also added cuffs to the sleeves and 1.25 inches to the base of the front and back.
It’s a cozy sweater. I’m going to make this one again–same size and length using some heavy-weight sweater knit. It’s a great slouchy sweater pattern.
Now for some pictures of my assistants: