Sunday, November 3, 2013

Jalie 2921 - Short sleeve yellow, taupe & black scarf-collar top

I needed a quick and easy project after my boucle jacket, so I picked a simple knit top. This pattern was all the rage several years ago, and was even awarded a "best pattern of 2010" award at patternreview.com. However, I have a bit of an ornery streak in me, and I never like to do what everyone else is doing. It's a good and bad trait, depending on the situation. After hanging on to this pattern for multiple years, I have finally stitched it up.


This fabric is some sort of mystery knit I bought off ebay two or more years ago. I think it's a cotton/viscose blend. I liked the yellow background but was completely surprised when it arrived in such a large scale. Originally I'd wanted to tie the ends in a bow, but that completely disappears into the busy print, so I'll be wearing it straight down like a true scarf. I wore this outfit shoe shopping this afternoon and the scarf has great movement. It blew off to the sides while I walked and I felt tres chic!


I used my twin needle and black thread to finish all the hems. This top was so quick that I completed it in just one day of sporadic sewing. That's lightning speed for me! I cut a straight size T with no alterations.


This top was actually a test to gauge the fit. I've a nice ivory silk jersey that I want to use for the tied version, but didn't want to waste my fabric if it didn't turn out to my liking. It turns out I like this quite a bit, and I'll probably have the next version out before the end of the month!

52 comments:

  1. You picked a retro styled print for this top that will make it timeless.

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  2. This is beautiful...and better late than never!

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  3. I like this Jalie pattern a lot too having made it a few years back. What do you think of the tie length?. Mine was in a very stretchy knit and ended up very long.

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    1. This knit wasn't that stretchy, but I could see them being too long in a different fabric. Any longer and they'd be getting stuck between my legs when I walk. And they do tend to fall into stuff, but most scarves do that. My next version I plan to tie in a bow, so hopefully that won't be an issue.

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  4. I love this pattern! And, like, Gail on my second -- I made the tie a bit shorter. Congratulations! This is my favorite knit pattern.

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  5. It is very pretty. I love the fabric.

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    1. Thanks Dk's Wife! By the way, I always wonder if you're a football player's wife because you name reads as #39's wife. :)

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  6. Cute. I like it. The fabric is great...jealous of the fabric :)

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  7. Very cute! I haven't made an easy knit top in a while, and now you've given me the bug. :-)

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    1. They are a great palate cleanser. Thanks Jenny!

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  8. That's such a great wardrobe builder! I need to make it!

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  9. Love it! Isn't it nice to follow a big project with an easy one?! I'm right there with you!

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  10. This looks so cute on you! Really nice!

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  11. I love this top! You always seem to make great things! Out of curiosity, do you get a lot of compliments while you are out and about; or even questions about where you bought what you are wearing? If so, what is the response when people find out you actually sewed the item? I sew, but I aspire to create things as amazing as you do one day!

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    1. I never know what will bring in compliments. Sometimes a garment that people have liked a lot here on the blog will go unnoticed when I'm around other people I know. If I do get a compliment, I very rarely follow it up with,"Thanks, I made it." That seems like bragging to me, although if someone else said it to me I wouldn't think anything of it. People that do know I sew will ask if I made the thing I'm wearing, and I'll tell them then yes or no. If they don't already know I sew they are sometimes shocked. Sometimes they ask if I'll do alterations for them. I get all kinds of reactions. But mostly nobody asks where I bought what I'm wearing.

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    2. Okay, thanks for the response. I think you have an amazing gift and talent, and you beat RTW anyday!

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  12. I love the big graphic print and the fit is perfect!

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  13. Perfect fabric, both weight & pattern.

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  14. Oh you always get it so right! this looks gorgeous and perfectly fitted :)

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  15. I am often the last one to get around to trying patterns people have been raving about too. This looks great, I love the print and colours.

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    1. Thanks Allison! I have so many of those types of patterns in my stash and just do not have the time to make everything I want!

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  16. Very cute top! I am trying to start sewing for myself and I was wondering if you would mind sharing what sizes you wear in ready to wear clothing. The few things I have made have not turned out nice because I went by the measurements on the envelope and the fit was horrible.

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    1. Hi Banana - so, I would suggest you not go by the pattern envelope sizing at all. My measurements put me at a 12 for bust and 14 for waist and hips! That's one size up from what I normally cut, so they include a ton of ease. The most helpful thing is to look at the finished measurements printed on the actual pattern tissue, and then decide you much ease you feel comfortable. If your hips measure at 38" and the finished garment measurement is 39", that would probably work, providing that you don't like very loose fitting clothes. Hope that helps!

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  17. Really cute! Not usually a fan of yellow, but really liking this fabric just the same.

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    1. Thanks Debs! There are so many shades of yellow - most people can usually find one that works with their coloring. Of course you may just plain not like it, but it is actually my favorite. :)

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  18. Comments don't seem to be working for me today so I think I will try again. If it shows up twice I am sorry! But, I wanted to say I really like this top! Its not just a run of the mill knot top with that tie. I like it a lot! ~Laurie

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    1. Sorry you had some frustration today, but I'm reading this just fine without a duplicate. Thanks for the comment!

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  19. Great outfit!! I like the top a lot. It's a timeless looking top :)

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  20. Great top! I love the necktie and the fabric print your chose.

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  21. What a great top, I love the fit on you. A great print that I'm sure can be dressed up and down. It looks great with jeans.

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  22. I like being a bit contrary too, avoiding things if they are too popular! This top though is worth following the crowd, it's a great style and the fabric is very eye catching. So, did you buy any shoes?

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    1. Thanks Kristy! The weird thing is I like fashion, so am following the styles set forth by designers. For some reason that's okay to me, I just don't like making the same pattern as the crowd. And yes, I did get some light brown flats (though they do have a small wedge attached) and some silver flats (that rubbed my ankles badly and have already been returned.) I still need some sort of metallic flat so I'll have to go shoe shopping again.

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  23. Love this on you! And the yellow is gorgeous against the darkness...

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  24. What a cute top! Look forward to seeing the ivory silk :)

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