Category Archives: Jalie 2561

Jalie Pants – Version 1

While it doesn’t look too horrible in the photo, these pants look more like leggings in real life – they’re just too tight in the legs even though I used a stretch material. I’ve also noticed some pulling along the crotch line because the fabric is stretching to much in the upper thigh (possibly hip as well). Even thought I traced off the size that should work with my measurements, things just don’t look quite right so I’m going to go up one size up to see what difference this makes in the fit (although I keeping the lower portion of the legs – below the knee, the same width since this area fits fine).
Before I start version 2, I’m going to start work on the Burda top. I’ve been working up the nerve to cut into my black and white art print from Gorgeous Fabrics for this (I keep reminding myself of my New Year’s resolution: stop being afraid to use my ‘favorite’ fabrics that are in my stash). Wish me luck!

Pants Sewing Day 1

I spent some time with my sewing machine and have made a dent in my pants construction. It’s difficult to see in the photo on the left, but the pockets are in and the legs are sewn. I test fitted the pants and think that they feel a bit snug in the upper thighs. You see, I have legs like Conan the Destroyer (working out makes them even larger) so fitting pants is always a challenge.
Now it’s onto the fly and waistband. I’m anxious to see how this area fits – I have a feeling I’ll be retracing new sizes of this pattern very soon.


Why would a stretch suiting material have the stretch going with the selvage?
Let me start from the beginning. I raided my stash in an attempt to find a black fabric suitable for my upcoming pants project. Since nothing would work, I decided to head out to Joann’s to find a stretch suiting. I came across a (relatively) nice material that would work, washed it, and started cutting. After cutting out one leg, I realized, the stretch is going the wrong way! Now my fabric is too short to place the pattern pieces the other direction so later on in the evening I head back out to the store to buy more material.
This leads me back to the question, ‘Why would a stretch suiting material have the stretch going with the selvage? ‘ You don’t even want to know the answer I got from the girl at the cutting table.
Edited to add the cutting girl’s comments: I’ve had quite a few emails and comments asking what the girl at the cutting table said – let me tell you, I still don’t understand what she was trying to say. Basically she told me that the reason for the stretch going with the selvage is for skirts – so people are able to pull them down while they’re wearing them (she even demonstrated this for me after I gave her a confused look). After that, I told her I still didn’t understand why you wouldn’t want the stretch going across your body – she just made a funny face and handed me my fabric to check out.


Tracing. Lots and lots of tracing. It’s been so long since I’ve used a pattern that you can just whack into I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like!
There are several projects that I’ve been meaning to sew or that have caught my eye. Consequently, I’m making it ‘priority’ to work on them this week. Currently, I am tracing off Jalie 2561 (the Express Editor style pant) and the boatneck top (108A) from February’s Burda World of Fashion magazine (I’ll be putting both of these on the sidebar today). I’m thinking if the boatneck goes well, I’ll be altering it to make a “Walk on the Wild Side” mesh top similar to Ann’s.
What are you working on this week?