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I’ve been a long time fan of Wolf & Rabbit Fabrics, and when I saw the latest preorder collection with puffins, fish, pandas, rainbows and more, I knew I had to sew some up! My son doesn’t get a whole lot of sewing love, so I decided to make him the priority for this round of sewing! Thankfully he loved it and mostly cooperated for photos!
I received 3/4 yd of navy fish, 1/2 yd of cool tone stripes and 3/4yd of avocado from Wolf & Rabbit to create these pieces. I also had some denim blue solid in my stash, and some navy (that one’s not Wolf & Rabbit). This fabric is all certified organic European cotton Lycra and designed by Ella Solomea Randall, the owner of Wolf & Rabbit (she hand paints the designs before digitizing them). Sewing it is a dream, and it stays smooth and the colors remain vibrant wash after wash.
I’m gradually working my way through Jalie’s extensive pattern collection, so for this look I used the super popular Nico mens raglan top and Frederic hoodie (both first time sews for me). I paired them with the Henri joggers that I’ve made a few times (Henri #1, Henri #2, Henri #3).
Before beginning this project, I sketched up the design in Photoshop to determine where all the fabrics should go. I love doing that first, particularly when I’m struggling to visualize how something will look. My initial plan was to make a shark applique on the shirt, but my son really wanted a goblin shark instead of a normal looking shark and… let’s just say, that’s a really ugly shark and it wasn’t going to spark any sewing joy for me! So in the end I decided to just make a turtle (his favorite animal) and be done with it.
Jalie Frederic Hoodie
Frederic is a full-zip hoodie with set in sleeves, lined hood, ribbed cuffs and hem. The front pockets have hidden zippers too! As with all Jalie patterns, the size range on this goes from 2T – mens XXL (so I do have plans to make my husband one too!).
Some things I love about this pattern — those pockets! I used invisible zippers on mine, because that’s what I have an abundance of, but normal pant zippers are your best option on this.
Another favorite is the binding around the hood seam – the enclosed seam definitely gives a more professional finish. I found it easiest to do this step with a single needle on my coverstitch machine.
I decided to size up with this one, making a size H width (he measured G) and lengthening to the K. I accidentally cut the wrong length on the arms, so they’re about an inch longer than they should be (and cold weather this morning meant my son refused to expose his hands for our photos!).
Jalie Nico Raglan Tee
Nico is constantly recommended in many sewing groups, so it was about time I got it sewn up! I also sized up one with this one, making a G (he measured F) with K length.
To make the overlapping sleeve effect:
- Cut short sleeve as normal.
- Make a faux long sleeve by measuring where the cut edge of the folded short sleeve hem is, and cutting down to the long sleeve hem line.
- Right sides together, sew the short sleeve hem edge to the top of the long sleeve.
- Fold short sleeve along hem line and press. Fold long sleeve down so that right sides of both short and long sleeve are visible.
- Stitch hem of short sleeve.
- Proceed as normal for sleeve.
As I said earlier, I love professional finishes, so I used the Fredric instructions to conceal the neckband seam.
Now to the applique! This was actually the first thing I did when making this shirt. I found the design in the Silhouette Store and printed it on my normal printer, transferring it onto Wonder Under before ironing it to my fabrics. I then cut them out and ironed the light blue pieces into place on the navy blue and then the green. Once that was done, I used my Bernina Open Embroidery Foot and a straight stitch to sew each piece down. In hindsight, I should have stitched the turtle shell onto the navy turtle, and THEN stitched the turtle onto the shirt. Since there were lots of tied off threads on the underside, I ironed Fusible Knit Tricot onto the back once I was done.
Jalie Henri Joggers
Finally, little man needed joggers to complete his new outfit (Jalie Henri). I used super cozy fleece backed French Terry from Phee Fabrics, and created colorblocks on the front leg (the knee is one layer of French Terry and one layer of cotton lycra). He was SO excited to try them on! The design itself comes with a back pocket as well, which I omitted this time. I also skipped the drawstring. I did make the mistake of measuring my son’s waist *after* a big dinner though, and so I’m going to have to redo that part as it’s way too big for him (oops).
If you love these fabrics as much as I do, be sure to preorder them by Monday, November 30, 2020. And don’t forget to join the Wolf & Rabbit Fabrics Facebook group for more inspiration!
Disclosure: I’m a Jalie Patterns Creative Ambassador and received these Jalie patterns complimentary for purposes of review and promotion.
I received fabrics from Wolf & Rabbit free for purposes of promotion.