Pattern: Jalie 2921 Scarf-Collar Top
Fabric: Stretch rayon jersey knit from Fabric.com
Last month, I realized when I was assessing my closet that I was in dire need of cute, patterned tops to pair with blazers for work. See, I recently started a new job in graphic design (yay!) and needed to kick my wardrobe up a notch. Luckily I had bought this Jalie pattern for a scarf-collar top I had been meaning to try.
I’ve learned the hard way that it’s better to research other peoples’ experiences with a pattern or recipe before jumping right in. I’m so glad I did! Many reviewers on PatternReview.com noted that they had raised the neckline a little, since with the tie, it hung a little low. I did the same. For me, I just needed to grade the neckline up an inch.
This was actually my second Jalie scarf-collar top. I had sewed the short sleeve version of the top in a faux Missoni print that was simply gorgeous. However, when I tried it on, I realized that I hadn’t cut the fabric out correctly. Yeah, the fabric should stretch around the boobs, not squish them! I definitely looked like a stuffed sausage. So that was a craft fail. All is not lost though. I did recover enough fabric for another project that I’ll post soon.
Aside from that, this was one of the easiest patterns I’ve ever sewed. The construction of connecting the scarf to the top was pretty unusual, but it was fun! This pattern is a keeper. I’m sure I’ll also sew the other versions this season.
So my lesson with this pattern—pay attention to where the selvage is!