Ooh!! Look, shiny! Jalie Patterns has just released a brand new collection of gorgeous patterns. As usual, there’s something for everyone. With an incredible size range from children’s age 2 to a women’s US 24, there are 28 sizes in each pattern! What a wonderful value for money. As a bonus, they’re Canadian! Today I’m featuring Alice, pattern number 3904, from the new collection.
Alice is a blousy, feminine, easy to wear top, designed for woven fabrics. With facings to finish the neckline and very cool diagonal seaming, the pattern is excellent when you are short of fabric or trying to use up scraps.
In my case, I decided to use knit fabric instead of wovens. I have a huge stash of small custom printed panels that are too small for a tee shirt for M, since she’s outgrown the really small sizes. She’s in size 6 now! The panel I used says “Dream Big, Sparkle More, Shine Bright”. I paired it with a gold faux sparkle cotton lycra fabric that I had stashed away as well – look how wonderfully it coordinates with the panel!
The only changes I needed to make to the pattern for this little “hack” were that I skipped the keyhole back, and sized down one size. The keyhole is necessary in the children’s sizes to be able to go over the head, but is optional in the adult sizes. Since my fabric is stretchy she had no issues pulling it on.
By sizing down one size I accounted for the stretch fabric and the wearing ease a woven pattern has. Small little tips that I’ve picked up since working with slippery wovens is akin to torture for me!
I truly enjoy Jalie patterns. Simple and to-the-point, with technical excellence and very *different* from the usual fare. I’ve made a couple of other patterns from the new collection, which I’ll be posting about soon. Stay tuned!