Welcome to my stop on the Jalie Blog Tour! The new Jalie Patterns Spring Collection is here and I am excited to share their two new underwear patterns: Julie and Gerald. I hope you’ll forgive the lack of modeled photos in this post, I’m not ready to post pictures in my skivvies!
I sewed these items up in a wonderful Supplex from Zenith and Quasar. I have previously used this same fabric for Peg Legs and a workout top. It is extremely soft! It has great recovery and breathes well.
The coordinating blue fabric is a budget supplex solid. I chose the view B pouch and the short boxer length. My husband used to be a kickboxing instructor and still loves to kick the bag at the gym. The design fits him really well and he loves the softness of the fabric! He did say that the coverstitching on the hem leg is too tight. He prefers his boxers even shorter than this, so I’ll cut them off and hem with a zig-zag because that stitch has more stretch.
The pouch is nice feature, but if you make the tights option, it can also be omitted.
I love the Julie bra pattern!! I’m a huge fan of racerback bras and needed more in my size. I used the same fabric as the boxers with some 3/8″ fold over elastic (FOE). I sewed a straight size R with a SBA. The SBA really improved the fit.
This was my first time using FOE, and it was more of a challenge than I thought it would be. Reason #1 being that I used very inexpensive FOE from Ebay. Reason #2 was that I believe I overstretched the elastic in a few places, as you can see on the racerback:
It doesn’t quite lay right, but it looks great on. 🙂 Remember when working with FOE (or any elastic) you only stretch it to match the length of the fabric you are sewing it to.
The pattern calls for 3/4″ elastic in the under bust. I cut the elastic as per the measurements for my size, but the fit was extremely tight. This is most likely due to my small bust and my comparatively larger rib cage. I really can’t stand tight things around my rib cage so I cut the elastic out. The fabric band keeps the bra put, so I didn’t feel the need to replace the elastic.
Rings and Sliders
This pattern includes instructions on inserting rings and sliders to the racerback. I didn’t understand the instructions, however, so I brought out one of my bras to compare. I think a video might do better at explaining this.
I added a lining layer to the bra front so that I can slip bra cups in and out as I please.
I LOVE LOVE this bra!! When I wear a regular bra, my straps always fall down. This racerback bra came together quickly and requires such little fabric, it’s a great scrap buster!
For the panties I made a size Q and graded out to an R in the waist. This is my first time using the burrito method for the crotch lining.
Once again, there are places where I over stretched the elastic. I also basted my elastic on the wrong side on one of the legs. I’m not going to unpick it and I’m not going to apologize, because it’s just underwear and it doesn’t matter!
These briefs fit really well and they’re very comfortable. Next time I might try to use a fabric waistband, I seem to prefer prefer those over elastic.
These are a great additions to the Jalie line of patterns. Please check out the other wonderful bloggers/Instagrammers on the line up. I’ll meet you back here on June 14th to share a new outfit using one of the other 14 new patterns!