Saturday, February 6, 2010
Jalie scarf top 2921 in progress
Snow from the other day. The snow today was taller than that.
My neighbors completely took care of it for me, woo!
Tonight I decided to trace and cut out Jalie 2921. This is my first time working with Jalie. There are only 4 pattern pieces (3 if you go sleeveless) so it wasn't a big deal to trace it. I looked at the size based on my measurements. It seemed too small so I went up two sizes. I was assuming 5/8 seam allowances. After cutting out the fabric, I looked at the pattern and saw the seam allowances are 1/4. Ohhhh....
Ok, I wound up sewing quite a bit of it.
Here's what it looks like so far:
So from the front, it's pretty good. It's actually a bright pink color, but looks more red in the picture/on my monitor. I don't like how wide and long the ties are, but there's not much that can be done there. The construction of the scarf, like many have noted, is very clever. Once you get that puppy on, there's really no going back.
The back of the shirt is not as good. The reason the front looks good is because I used a binder clip to clip a big wedge out of the back collar. Talk about gaposis! Someone on SPR talked about this and basically sewed that wedge from about 2 inches out, tapering down to nothing at the collar. Otherwise the collar does not sit flat around the neck.
There's also some swayback pulling going on. I think I might sew a center back seam.
I also need to hem.
And I need to do something about the sleeves. Folks on SPR raved about how the sleeves "weren't too tight" or "had to be taken in". Had to be taken in?? I guess I have big biceps because they need some more room.
So I'm thinking of trying the sleeves again, this time with larger sized sleeves (I have enough fabric to cut another set of sleeves), or just making it sleeveless or short sleeved.
Also I'm totally envisioning this in a blue with a white scarf, or white with a blue scarf, for a sailor-style effect. I think that would be pretty rockin'.
I've been awake since 4:30am and actually did work work for a while today. I should go to bed but I'm thinking of watching Project Runway from this week online....