07-Jalie3463aOn Friday my new Jalie Patterns arrived in the mail and I couldn’t resist starting one right away! I immediately traced off Jalie 3463 – The Anne-Marie Tank and Dress (I decided on view A, the fitted tank) and decided on using the coral diamond print from June’s Knit Fix bag with a black jersey contrast for the fabrics.

Because I opted to use only 2 fabrics and didn’t want to break up the diamond print, I decided to morph the two side panels into one, solid piece. I like the end result for this particular top, but am excited to use more colors\prints next time around to give it a bit more interest. I love that this particular tank not only has a built in shelf bra (next time I will be sure to use a more ‘supportive fabric’ such as a stretchy powernet style material), but is finished without bindings (this does mean that you may have to have a bit more experience before sewing this one, but the results are very professional). The fit is wonderful, the shelf bra is comfortable, and I like that the back has a bit of elastic so it doesn’t slip out of place while you’re wearing it.

07-Jalie3463bAll in all, I love my new tank and can definitely see myself sewing this up again fairly soon – especially now that the temperatures are soaring here. While this particular top is meant to be worn casually (I am thinking that I will make a pair of matching shorts next), I intend on using some wicking material in future versions so I have a sportier top (I actually wouldn’t mind sewing up the cute peplum version too even though I don’t play tennis any more…. maybe I should take it up just so I can wear some cute outfits).

Next I intend on tracing the pull on jeans – if I could only find some stretch denim\bottoweight that has 20% stretch and comes in a color that I like (I would love a very light pink, but apparently that color is difficult to find!). Any one have a great fabric resource for this pattern?

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