Jalie 2919

This is such a great pattern.  If you look it up on www.patternreview.com you will see no fewer than one jillion reviews of this pattern.  Really, so many that I’m surprised that lovely Jeanne & Emilie have not been able to retire on an island in the carribean with the profits.

I tried it on when they generously brought samples to the PR Montreal weekend.   This pattern is great if you are tall, the sleeves are quite generously long.  They are also drafted in an unusual way in that the sleeve cap is symmetrical – and the sleeve is cut on the fold.   Because this is a knit pattern, it did not cause any problems with fit, and is way easier to set in the sleeve as you don’t have to worry about matching left or right.  And you can take advantage of the fold in the cutting layout!

The pattern has a sewn on band in the front and pleats at the shoulders to bust, releasing through the waist/hip area.  Here is a close-up of the shoulder pleats:

Shoulder detail

You can also see the fabric, which is a stable knit in a wavy Missoni-esqe pattern.  The colours are lovely spicy colors ranging from brown, oranges, deep rose, gold and a bit of pale citron green as well, this will go with so many things!

The applied front bands are clean finished by wrapping the hem of the sweater front around the bands when you sew them on, then turning right side out and hemming with a coverstitich or twin needle.  The back is shaped at the waist, for a more tailored look than other sweaters:

Sweater Back View

My next project is view C of Vogue 2614, an OOP pattern.  I’m making it from some FREE fabric from Fabric.com – they sent me the wrong order and replaced it with the correct one, leaving me with 2 free yards of Vera Wang fabric in a charcoal grey twill.  I need some lining and a ready made belt, maybe quilted in the body (red?) and kasha in the arms and a simple belt made of wide elastic with a cool closure. 

I’m also toying with the idea of Sewing with a Plan & Making Tim Gunns 10:

Basic Black Dress – The basic black dress has been around for a long time. It is often called the “Little Black Dress”, and it’s true that shorter skirts on the basic black dress, when they hit you in the right place, can be more flattering than a long black dress.

·  Trench Coat – The trench coat is one of the pieces that is both classic and currently a hot fashion item. Most any store sells this piece now. It is great for fall and you can pick it up in a wide range of lengths.

·  Dress Pants – Although it doesn’t say black, this is probably what you want to look for. Black is flattering on all figures and goes with everything.

·  Classic Shirt – The white shirt is a definite classic. But it can also come in many different styles to make it look trendy and not dated or like a man’s piece of clothing. Find one that accentuates your best attributes and minimizes trouble spots. For example, if you have wide shoulders, stay away from large collars.

·  Jeans – Everyone has a pair of jeans, but does everyone have a pair of jeans that make them look great? The wider leg, low-rise jean style has been popular (and still is) but a narrower leg is coming back along with a higher waist, which eliminates the unflattering “muffin top” look.

·  Any Occasion Top – Find something you look great in that can look respectable under a jacket but bring on the fun after hours.

·  Skirt – If you need dress pants then you also need a skirt. A skirt is womanly and can be flirty or businesslike. Nowadays women do not wear many skirts or dresses, which makes a lot of them fall into a rut of dressing sloppily or like men. See number 8.

·  Day Dress – Women also are not wearing as many dresses anymore. It was certainly liberating to go from the ’50s when women wore dresses every day to wearing more practical pants for gardening, exercising, and so forth. But the dress does not have to be abandoned altogether. They can be very flattering, and there is nothing wrong with “dressing up” for daytime.

·  Jacket – A jacket does not have to be masculine. Find one with a proper, fitted shape. Women’s jackets should follow the silhouette of a woman’s body and accent the hourglass curve at her waist. It is also a perfect piece to put with the skirt or dress pants, and white shirt. Or make it casual with a pair of jeans.

·  Sweatsuit Alternative – As mentioned before, women wear fewer skirts and dresses these days. But some women have taken casual to the extreme and spend days on end in sweatsuits. It is possible to be casual and comfortable without looking like a slob. Find a comfortable material (that’s why this doesn’t say jeans again – denim is not as comfortable as a nice soft cotton) that you would want to wear every day. It could be khakis, cords, a cotton dress, or much more