For those who aren’t familar with Jalie (http://www.jalie.com/), it is a Canadian pattern company that got it’s start making figure skating costume patterns. Knitwear, both casual and active, is their specialty. I have tried 2 other patterns by them, with mixed results. I’m still not certain about this one.
My goal is to find knit patterns that can pass for vintage. I live in knit tops in the winter and I really enjoy sewing them. I think this top, in solid colors, would go nicely with an early 1930’s skirt. I’ve seen several V-necked, bow collared blouse patterns. This one might even look nice in a sweater knit or double knit.
The problem with this top isn’t the look but the fit. It is the same with all the Jalie tops I’ve tried. To start off, they are drafted with several inches of negative ease. That would be ok in excercise clothing or a swimsuit but not a top and certainly not on the higher end of the sizes. Second, it’s almost completely straight up and down, no going in at the waist, no flaring out for some hips. I started out using a size larger than the chart called for and flaring out to the largest size at the hips. It’s still a tad snug at the hip and very baggy at the waist. However, the fabric was on sale at http://fabric.com/ , so I’m not too upset that it’s not perfect. I got another rayon jersey at the same time, so I’ll give it another go. Oh, and one last thing: the pattern calls for 1 yard of fabric. That would only work if you weren’t planning on using the scarf.