Phew, it has been a whirlwind week here! (Or perhaps a whirlwind few months if I’m truly honest with myself.) I’m notorious for biting off a ton of things in the hope that some of those things get accomplished. My super-planner husband shakes his head always!
For the last few years we’ve been using Classical Conversations as our base curriculum in our homeschool, and this week has been our annual conference (“practicum”) and kids’ camp. The theme of this year’s conference was Latin and English Grammar, so my head has been filled with all these things I wish I were better at! But, the great thing about learning is that you are never too old to learn something new, and the great thing about homeschooling is that you can study these things along with your kids. Win-win! The other awesome thing about our practicum this year has been our speaker. She’s a Yale Law grad and also taught our middle school (“Essentials”) students this year. I know I for one never had a middle school teacher with a Yale degree, so I think it’s pretty amazing that these pre-teens get that opportunity!
Anyway, sewing. That’s what you’re here for, right?
Unless you’ve been hiding under a sewing rock, you’ll know that Jalie finally released their much anticipated 2018 collection two weeks’ ago! When we received the line drawings, I of course wanted to sew it ALL! But eventually pared my sews down to 4 patterns.
I’m going to share two patterns with you today, and another two on Sunday!
Jalie Lisette Pencil Skirt
First up is the Lisette Pencil Skirt (3883). I was particularly drawn to the color blocking in this pattern, as I’d never seen a skirt with those details before. To test for fit though, I made the basic knee length skirt first in this *FABULOUS* light-medium weight black and white ponte from Simply By Ti. I just love the print on this fabric so much – I feel like it really makes this basic skirt have some real WOW value.
In terms of fit, I hadn’t worn a knit pencil skirt before and I thought it was perhaps a little tight around my hips, so I remeasured (this time using this hip measuring technique) and found I was actually a size larger. So for my next version (black heavy weight ponte), I made the larger size. However, this time the skirt was way too baggy and just looked weird in places. Sooooo….. eventually I recut it down to the original size and found it to be a much better fit. A heavy weight knit is actually better suited to this pattern (the pattern calls for medium-heavy weight knits) so I think this accounts for some of the reasons why fit-wise, this one works better for me.
I also made a third version (with the color blocking) using stretch faux leather from Simply By Ti, but being such a lightweight fabric, it just didn’t seem to work right. However: not all is lost. I tried it on over my leggings and hitched it up a bit and it actually looked kind of awesome, so I’m going to try to rework it before the weekend is out and show you in my next post!
Overall, this skirt is a very fast sew if you use the correct fabric. It’s a great wardrobe builder piece and can easily be mixed and matched with leggings and tops. Making the basic version can be done in under an hour too!
Jalie Bobbie V-Neck Top
I decided to pair my skirt with the Jalie Bobbie V-neck top (3880) and it really is the cleverest shirt design in my closet! The top is made with a crop top facing underneath that allows you to have nice big flowy armholes and complete bra coverage! It’s PERFECT with any fluid/drapey knit fabrics. This is definitely a top pattern you want in your collection! (nIt also starts at size 2T so it’s great for the girls you sew for too!)
I made two versions – one with Simply By Ti Yellow Paint Splatter ITY, and another with Simply By Ti Mint Rayon Spandex. I LOVE both of these tops! They work great with skirts and jeans, and work well for both business and casual attire. Both tops are in my rotation of favorite shirts to wear!
Construction-wise, most of the shirt was made on my serger, but there are parts that require a regular sewing machine (the facing/neckline in particular). A little hand sewing is also required to tack the facing to the shirt side seam (confession: I haven’t got around to doing this yet, but I will get to it – without the two parts connected, it can be a little confusing to get on, so DO take that extra step with your needle and thread!).
Thanks for stopping by today! Let me know which of these patterns you’ll be getting and what fabric you’ll make yours in!!
I’m a Simply By Ti Ambassador and received the ITY and Rayon complimentary in exchange for review and promotion.
I’m a Jalie Patterns Creative Ambassador and received these Jalie patterns complimentary for purposes of review and promotion.