Back to School with Jalie Patterns

Jalie Label 2

I’m wrapping up my contributions to the Back to School tour with Jalie #3242; Underwear for Men, Women, and Children.

I really coveted this pattern from Jalie for two reasons. 1. The whole family’s needs are covered and 2. We’d be set for life. One of the really wonderful things about how Jalie creates their patterns is the incredible size range -29 sizes in this pattern. With one pattern I can sew for the little guy into his adulthood and we can all choose between styles.

Jalie Boys brief

I used cotton spandex remnants to make a coordinating set for the little guy. I skipped the elastic in the leg and used a fabric waist band, relying on the stretch in the fabric. So far, so good. In the future, I’ll try to work out adding in a front fly.

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I muslined myself a pair of the women’s bikinis and will do a pair of trunks next for the hubby. I’ve already traced and transfered pattern pieces to cardstock for repeated use. The only way I see an underwear shortage is if I run low on elastic.

As always, thanks for reading today.

Please visit the other bloggers on the Back to School tour too.

Back to School 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017  Host: Sprouting JubeJube     Bloggers: Sewing by Ti * mahlicadesigns * Momma You Can Make It * Kutti Couture * MoonStar – Wondermirakel * Call Ajaire

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Host: Lulu & Celeste       Bloggers:  Sew and Tell Project * From-a-Box * Ronda B. Handmade * MeMade * House of Estrela * My Heart Will Sew On * Tales From A Southern Mom

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Host: Sprouting JubeJube        Bloggers:mahlicadesigns * Gracious Threads * Adventures With Bubba and Bug * Elli & Nels * Bellevi * Little Heart Threads * Sewing By Ti * Lulu & Celeste

Thursday, September 28, 2017  Host: Lulu & Celeste    Bloggers: Paisley Roots * The Crafting Fiend * Sewstarly * It’s Liesel * Tales of a Tester * Kaleidothought * auschick sews

Friday, September 29, 2017  Host: Sprouting JubeJube        Bloggers: SewSophieLynn * Sew Haute Blog * mahlicadesigns * Sew and Tell Project * RP Custom Fabrics Blog * FABulous Home Sewn * Sewing By Ti * Phat Quarters

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*Jalie Patterns provided the pattern for me to sew my creations for this post- Thanks for getting us covered.

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Jalie Drop Pocket Cardigan for Core Wardrobe building

Holi-Daze week for my Sew Long Summer sew along was a bit of a challenge sewing wise. I was hoping to make a big batch of tees or undies, but it just didn’t happen. Weekends are not where I get my sewing time, so I just barely finished the Jalie cardigan I was working on to show off with my sewing tips post.

Drop Pocket Cardigan 1

I’ve had the Jalie Drop Pocket Cardigan on my list since I saw Jamie’s last December. I’ve also been seeing Hacci knits around and wondered what they are like to sew and if using one would give me a warmer cardigan. The jury is still out on the warmth; it’s not quite cardigan weather yet. I purchased my Hacci sweater knit from Girl Charlee during their July 4 sale.

Drop Pocket Cardigan by mahlicadesigns

A little about the pattern. Jalie patterns come on a large sheet for you to trace off and include a huge range of sizes. The seam allowance on this one was pretty narrow at 1/4inch. Since I was using my serger I was ok with it, but otherwise I would recommend you think about adding more of a seam allowance as you trace. The pattern is put together to enclose as many seams as possible, because of this there were points in the instructions that I definitely would have been lost without the diagrams, so have both handy.

The pattern is a fabric hog, needing four of the front pieces shaped like a big “L” so the pocket part folds over the front. With stripe matching and my best pattern Tetris skills, I got a size U for 36in bust out of 2.25 yards (60in wide).

Drop Pocket Cardigan by mahlicadesigns

Hot Tip: Check your length before you cut. The pocket does not allow for much to be just cropped off the bottom if you forget.

Working with the Hacci sweater knit was very similar to working with a jersey knit; a little rolling at the edges but no fraying. I had some trouble getting the tension adjusted on my Janome 4618LE sewing machine to handle the stretch of the Hacci, but had no problem using my serger for the majority of the construction. I would think twice if I only had my machine to use.

Jalie’s Drop Pocket Cardigan should take you about 3.5 hours cut to finish.

Fabric $9      Pattern $ free     Total $9