I’ve been sewing a lot lately, however haven’t been blogging my makes. I’ll likely do a big post with a lot of makes to catch up, sometime in the next few weeks. In the meantime, here’s my most recent.
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Jalie 3675, the Charlie Bomber Jacket
This is one of the patterns that Jalie released early last year (2017). I bought it when it was first released, however have only just gotten around to making it now. I already have another four planned!
Pattern Description: Charlie Bomber Jacket, from Jalie Bomber jacket for stable knits or stretch woven with zipper at front, ribbing collar, cuffs and waistband. Pocket with single welt made of pocket fabric and forward shoulder seam.
Pattern Sizing: 27 sizes, from child to plus-size
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. There are written downloadable instructions, as well as being included in the pattern, and a video. If you’re an experienced sewer the video would probably be enough!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the range of sizes, the good instructions, and the great drafting. Plus it fits true to measurements across the size range.
Fabric Used: Both the outer and ribbing fabrics were bought from Zebra Fabrics. The outer is a cotton lycra jersey, Znok Penguins in grey. The cuffs, collar, and band are tube cuff ribbing in berry colour. The lining is minky, purchased from Lincraft.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a few changes, mainly around construction rather than design changes.
- I interfaced a 1″ strip down the front to attach the zipper. This isn’t in the instructions and is my only frustration with Jalie, I think their jackets would benefit from interfacing. I was taught to always interface zips, including in knits. It makes the zip sit nicely, and prevents the fabric from stretching and looking wavy.
- For my next Charlie, I intend to interface a rectangle where the pocket is inserted. I’m a little concerned about strain in the fabric and interfacing would help support it.
- The original pattern isn’t lined. I wanted the jacket to be thicker – the jersey is only t-shirt weight – and also warmer as we’re coming into winter. I also simply prefer jackets to be lined and neat on the inside. To line it, I roughly followed the instructions for making a reversible Charlie from Filles a Maman. I did find these instructions unclear, which I think is due to the language barrier (the original is in french with an english translation). I didn’t want to risk stretching the pocket out by leaving a gap and turning through the pocket, so I left a gap in a side seam of the lining, turned through there and hand stitched it closed.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I highly recommend this pattern. I have another four Charlie jackets planned or in construction now.
Conclusion: I love this pattern and will be making more Charlies this winter.
The minky lining is such a great addition to this jacket. It’s soft, silky, makes the jacket easy to get on and off, and feels beautiful. Plus it will keep the kiddo nice and warm through winter. I probably could have matched the colour better, but I had this in stash.
Amazing Welt Pockets
These pockets are brilliant. I’ve never seen this method used to set in welt pockets, however I can see me using it on other garments. It’s extremely simple, quite fast, and results in an accurate and tidy welt pocket.
If you look at the bottom right corner of the welt, you can see some of my markings still – I accidentally marked the right side of the fabric instead of the wrong. I use Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers, bought for a few dollars at K-Mart, Officeworks, Newsagents, etc, to mark fabric. I can iron on it, sew over it, steam it, and it still washes out. The only thing I’ve ever found it didn’t wash out of totally was a 100% nylon supplex fabric.
Opening for Turning
The opening in the lining side seam. It’s roughly 15cm, or 6″. Once it was stitched closed you can’t even tell it’s not sewn the same as the rest of the seams. It does help that the furry fabric hides any stitches. *grin*
Label of Love
Yes, definitely made with love. I’m not sure the girl-child has noticed this yet. Then again, she’s been wearing the jacket since she saw it, so I guess it’s difficult to see when it’s on!