My love for Jalie patterns continues. This time I made Jalie 2682, the V neck top.
This pattern was voted a "Best Pattern of 2007" and for 2008 on Pattern Review. I agree, the pattern is very good. The best part about is the clever construction of the front bodice. I made the version without the zipper. 2 front bodices are cut on the fold. They are then sewn right sides together from a pattern mark to the bottom of the bodice. The 2 pieces are folded in half with the seam at the center forming the seam below the V. One piece becomes the left side of the bodice, and the other is the right. Here is the link for the instructions. This method creates a fully lined front bodice and the neckline edge is the folded edge of the bodice piece so no finishing is needed!!
Here is my version. I used a springy textured knit purchased from the Vogue Fabric booth at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Fredericksburg, VA. I searched for the same fabric on their website, but didn't find anything close to it.
After seeing this photo, I describe the expression on my face as my "Erica Bunker" face. She always seems to wear the same expression in her photos. This is a good example. What do you think?
Here is a Meigan face:
I adjusted the pattern to make the shoulders and upper back narrower, which is a normal adjustment for me. I should have made it even narrower as you can see from the back view. The sleeves are very long on Jalie patterns which is nice for a long sleeve winter top.
Here is a closeup of the fabulous neckline:
Side view: the seaming on this top made a swayback adjustment very easy!