The Rachel

When I first saw this “cat phone” print at Girl Charlee, I knew I had to have it – it’s quirky and fun, just the way I like it! I didn’t have a project in mind when I bought it, so I picked up 2 yards and stashed it until the right pattern came along. That pattern? Jalie’s Rachel.

First off, let me say this pattern looks way more complicated than what it really is to sew. I thought that this project would take all day to make, but I was able to finish it in just a few hours – I honestly think it took longer to tape the pattern together and cut it out. The instructions and illustrations were good (I found the illustrations very helpful for creating the drape) and everything came together nicely. As for the fit, I LOVE it! I was a bit concerned how a thicker cotton fabric would work with this look, but it’s extremely flattering – and if you’re worried about a bit of tummy showing, the drape\gathers hit you in just right spot. I would definitely make this pattern again!

As for the fabric, I’m really hoping that Girl Charlee has more prints available from this designer. The material has a good thickness, it has very nice stretch and recovery, and overall sews very well (speaking from experience, I know that some Girl Charlee prints are not always this way).