Thanks for stopping by for my second post of the Jalie Patterns Blog Tour! This week I had the opportunity to sew up two new Jalie Patterns: the Mimosa tee pattern and the Lisette pencil skirt pattern.
The Mimosa is a very relaxed fit t-shirt drafted 40% 4 way stretch. I used a beautiful bamboo/lycra it from D+H Fabrics Co that has 8% spandex. In looking at some of the other finished Mimosa Tees in the Facebook group I decided I would need to size down. I wish I had sized down two sizes. Bamboo spandex tends to grow and grow, and I forgot it grows even more than rayon spandex. I tried the version with the tie sleeves first, but the bamboo (being the very drapey fabric that it is) didn’t tolerate that shape well. The weight of the ties pulled at the shirt and cause the sleeves to flare out.
I removed the tie sleeves, and attached the regular short sleeve included in the pattern. SO MUCH BETTER! I also did a narrow shoulder adjustment, (a standard adjustment for me) brought up the shoulder seam slightly, and took in the side seam. I could accomplish almost the same fit by sizing down 2 sizes next time and taking the side seam in another 1/4″ (and tapering to the standard seam allowance at the hips).
For the first time, I tried my hand at a shirt pocket. Hmmm…I don’t think I’m the best at sewing those on but it was a fun experiment! I used fusible hem tape to keep the pocket in place while I used a coverstitch chain stitch to secure in place. My advice to you is, don’t sew on the pocket until AFTER you check it’s placement on your body.
Hit me up with your tips for sewing pockets on slippery knits! This is something I’d love to improve on 🙂 I think my coverstitch machine was having an off day.
The other change I made to the pattern is that I folded the sleeve cuff up twice instead of once. I tacked it in place so it’s not going anywhere!
I really loved working with this bamboo spandex. It has a really good weight to it. I always dry my fabric in the dryer the first time to shrink it. This fabric recommends line drying. Even though I threw it in the dryer it still looks wonderful. I would love to order this fabric again!
I’d like to try this pattern again with a 2-way stretch knit. It’s technically drafted for 4 way, but it’s such a relaxed fit that I think a 2 way linen knit or even cotton/lycra knit would be so comfortable and chic!
For the skirt I used a scrumptious Art Gallery yarn-dyed stripe, also from D+H Fabric Co. This stripe knit is not see-through at all. It has 50% 4-way stretch and is made of cotton Lycra. I made view A of the skirt which was super simple! I wish my local shop had this pattern in stock so I could teach it as a class.
The fit is on point and it sits right at the waist. The top of the skirt folds over on a piece of elastic, you hem it, and WHAM, you’re done! It’s the perfect easy skirt for summer. Love it, I want like five more!
I love my little photo bomber…she’s picking berries of the bush! She always wants to be right by me unless Dad is around.
Thanks for reading!
The patterns and fabric were provided to me in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.