Jalie 2795 Hack version 3.0
Y’all, I think I did it. I took me three tries, but I think I successfully turned Jalie 2795 into a half-zip. On my first try I added a center band that was too high. On my second try, the center band was too low. But on this third try I wizened up and ditched the center band!!
I started by drawing a new bodice front. I took the original pattern piece and used tracing paper to cut it on the fold. I then used my newly acquired French curve to draw a seam line that would separate the the half zip from the bottom.
I used some brand new 300 weight Polartec fleece for the majority of the top. The great thing about this fleece was that it has a heather gray face and then a light gray reverse. I decided to use the light gray side, but then use the heather gray on the bottom sleeve panels. For the contrast, I used a sweater that my husband put in the pile for Goodwill. When I saw it was merino wool, I threw it in the washer, felted it up, and then added it to my stash of felted wool. Here’s the sweater before I cut it up.
After I cut all my pieces out, I started by assembling the sleeves.
Then I sewed the 3 back pieces together.
After that, I attached the sleeves to the back at the shoulder seams.
Then it was time to put the front together. I start by attaching the welts to the pouch pocket front.
Next, I attached the zipper to the two upper bodice pieces. I left room at the top of these pieces to attach the collar and then finish attaching the zipper.
Then I sewed the top front to the bottom piece, the pouch pocket.
After I had these pieces together, I could attach the side panels.
And then sew the front onto the sleeves.
At this point I added the collar, finished attaching the zipper, and then added the collar lining.
Finally I added the waistband and the sleeve cuffs.
I really do love how it turned out. I think the felted wool is the perfect contrast.
I do think I need thicker ribbing for the waistband and cuffs. I’m going to order some tonight and then swap them out.
I used the heather gray on the inside of the collar.
And I love the pouch pocket with the welts.
Happy New Year everyone!! Let’s hope it’s a good one!!!