First off I am so tickled to be part of the Canadian Pattern Tour so many of designers are among my favorite designers. We used this opportunity to try a new designer that we have never tried before. Let me tell you it didn't disappoint.
Al & I are always talking about the supportive nature of our sweet husbands. Without their help, encouragement, pizza runs, fabric store shopping, photography our blog would still be on square one. They have always supported us since the beginning because they knew that is was what we were passionate about and they were passionate about us. This project really is the perfect way for us to show our appreciation for them.
The Jalie Men's Shirt pattern has 2 necklines (v-neck & crew) and 3 sleeve options (long sleeve, short, and a layered double sleeve) making it a great choice for the casual relaxed style guy. The sizes start from a Boy's 2 (Chest: 22") and goes up to a Men's 22 (Chest: 50"). Really you couldn't ask for more in sizes from a tee pattern.
Al and I planned ordering a masculine looking knit that would fit the 40% stretch across the grain and in the length (according to the pattern). I felt like finding a fabric that met the requirements and what the guys would wear was a little difficult and May ended up being SUPER CRAZY for both good and bad reasons so I just pulled out a flat t-shirt sheet that I had on hand to sew them both up. Now that Sew Kinetic is back open I plan on making the next one out of their Triplex Heather, because it has the 40% across grain and length (I will just have to figure out whether Aqua or Surf will look better with Slim Jim eyes).
The only adjustment made to both tops was to add additional few inches since both guys are well over the average height for men. Slim Jim is almost 6'5" and Samson 6'4".
This was my first Jalie pattern and I really like the way they write their instructions in a single sheet with references to the diagram page. This made it quick for sewing up and easy to reference specific questions. All instructions are written in both English and French.
My biggest complaint with the pattern was trying to figure out printing. It requires printing off the bottom pieces once for the front and once for the back. Printing off the front pattern pieces that match your choice of neckline style and then the back bodice piece.
Sometime V-Necks can be a little tricky but I felt like with the overlap it would be a great sew for event the most beginning sewist. I think this would be perfect for a boy that was wanting to start sewing for himself. For me it was easy to sew both shirts at the same time, you really could build a whole wardrobe around this pattern. The neckline uses the same fabric, so you won't need ribbing.
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Need additional inspiration on why you should jump into a Canadian patterns? Check out the inspiration below:
Creative Bug * The Wholesome Mama * stitched by crystal * Shaffer Sisters * Call Ajaire * hibbadoray * Handmade Boy * Rebel & Malice * Sew Out of Control * All Things Katy! * Not Sew Fast * Conversas de Hermana * From-a-Box * Made by Sara * Climbing the Willow * Swoodson Says * Thread Riding Hood * Sprouting JubeJube * Create3.5 * Calm and Carrion * Stitches by Laura * Pattern Revolution * PhatQuarters * sewstarly * House of Estrela * gloria june * Sew Far North * AmandaRose * Mae & K