So I've been wondering what the difference was between the "old" Jalie 2005 and the new Jalie 2508. The 2508 is supposed to be the replacement for the 2005 pattern. The 2005 is a favorite at PatternReview.com with over 80 reviews. I was hoping that Jalie was not just repackaging the same t-shirt pattern so they could generate more sales. I have made the Jalie 2005 several times (maybe 7 times!) and was satisfied with the fit. It did wrinkle above the bust a bit but it was exactly like RTW and it wasn't that bad. I received Jalie 2804, the empire cross top, and decided that I should compare the two. I really, really love boatneck tops. Jalie 2005 has a boatneck version but the new version has a polo-type version instead. I decided to trace off the 2804 pattern using the boatneck pieces from the 2005 pattern.
Turns out, there are some substantial differences between the armscye of the two patterns. The new Jalie has a very scooped front armhole. It is much shorter than the original t-shirt. These pictures are comparing front and back.
These pictures are comparing the old and new in one picture. You can see that the front is scooped a lot more in the new pattern. The back is straighter in the new version.
Here are the sleeves. The new Jalie is a bit wider and quite a bit more flat. And just FYI, that notch does not line up with the shoulder seam. It matches up to a notch on the upper back.