It’s time to sew!
This is part two of a three part post about my experience sewing and fitting the Jalie #2921 Scarf collar top.
ITY can be a bit of a slippery beast to tame, (thanks for that line Lorna), so I elected to use my sewing machine for construction instead of the serger. I used a “lightening stitch” (lengthened), 1/4 inch seam allowance and a Stretch 75/11 needle for all the seams.
I started sewing using my dual feed foot, but soon changed it for my flat bottomed “A” foot. The constant pressure of the flat foot held the fabric more securely than the dual feed foot.
The included instructions were very clear and easy to follow. The diagrams were also very helpful. The instructions are also available as a stand-alone PDF on the Jalie website, so you can print them and keep them handy.
I followed the instructions provided for the most part, but did make a couple of very minor changes.
- Attaching the collar using the burrito method is brilliant! It’s attached in two stages, first the right side of the scarf is sewn to the wrong side of the garment neckline. Second, the entire body is rolled up and the other side of the scarf is wrapped around it then sewn from one point, up the length, then along the original seam line and back down the other side. I found that if I sewed the second step with the first line of stitching up and visible, that I was able to sew directly on top of the original sewing line, so I didn’t have to worry about it showing through to the right side.
- I also elected to leave the space for turning along one side instead of the bottom. For me it made the hand-sewing the opening closed easier.
I did experience some issues with my sewing machine trying to eat my fabric at the beginning and ending of the scarf, but quickly solved it by slipping a scrap of pattern paper underneath the fabric and sewing through it all. The paper tore away easily afterward.
The rest of the construction went smoothly.
There is a small opening left unsewn just below the neckline in the center front seam, and that’s where the scarf comes through to the front. I fused short strips of 1/4 inch wide Steam a Seam to the wrong side of the seam allowances after sewing, peeled off the paper, then fused the seam allowance open to stabilize it.
The hole is hard to see, but it’s between the arrows.
I used this twin needle for all the hems, the fusible knit interfacing made it smooth and easy.
Photo time! I love this top! The fabric is sew comfortable to wear, the colour is perfect for me, and the style is a bit dressy, but not too much. Thank you sew much Catherine and Distinctive Sewing Supplies!
It fits tighter that I’m used to, and with my already long neck, and no cleavage to show off, I feel a bit exposed.
I’m going to sew it again, larger, and I’m going to raise the neckline by two inches.
That will be the next post. Stay tuned…….for Chapter Three