Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Whole Kit and Kaboodle (Jalie 2215)

You guys should know by now how much I love Jalie. This is the third and fourth time I've made this pattern. The first two times were running shirts (here and here). This is the first time I've made the pants. Unsurprisingly, they fit well straight out of the envelope. First, let's talk tops. I made this turtleneck by sewing the top together and not slashing the polo opening. Then I made the front of the scoop a little bit deeper. When I measured the circumference of the top it totaled 16" so I made my neckband 15". I wanted it to be snug versus really slouchy. Then I quartered the top and collar and attached it. This is a fabric my husband bought for me during one of his many Houston trips last year. It's an organic cotton with little holes in it (scroll down on the link above and you can see a close-up). It is a dense enough weave that I don't have to worry about any bra peekage. Pardon the funny faces but it's 3° outside right now. ETA: I should add that the shirt is just an undershirt. I don't run in cotton shirts. I would freeze my everything off.






Next, the bottoms. The bottoms are a size S which is two sizes bigger than the top. I'm a true pear-shaped woman. These pants are made out of a very thick bottomweight four-way stretch knit I bought from the Fabrics and Notions coop group run by Ressy (thanks EFQ!). The only change I might make next time is to flair the legs just a little bit more. These are also a cotton mix so I wear them at the gym and as lounge pants. I won't wear these when I run outside either.





And the requisite butt photo.



I really like how the pattern is lower in the front and higher in the back. No one wants butt cleavage on the track.





Hmmmmm, next up? I'm not sure. The kids probably need more winter stuff. It's been chilly, chilly here.

16 comments:

neighbourhood.gal said...

Nice! Have you ever made any of the Jalie patterns for your kids? I've run into trouble there.

I like the wild bright shoes. Did you put screws in those, too?

Lynn said...

Cute, very cute. And what a great idea to create your own top from the pattern. Nice butt too.

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

The shirt looks so perfect for winter running. I've never made Jalie patterns. I will need to look into them.

Vireya said...

I can't imagine temperatures that low, let alone going out in them and exposing bare midriff.

Great garments!

Sue said...

It looks so cold there(heat wave here!) I have not made those Jalie pants but have made some others and love them - soooo comfortable! You are getting very clever at adapting patterns. Both pieces are lovely and I love your reflective shoes!

Marie-Christine said...

It's called a pointelle knit.. Nice suit, and I totally approve of the reflective shoes for the winter :-). But wouldn't you want to go running in something like powerdry instead? I shudder to think of sweaty cotton in 3o weather..

Marybeth said...

really nice! I like how your shoes are glowing the pictures...

KID, MD said...

Great fit! Looks perfect for a brisk run. I like the new blog banner , too. Fun!

Cole's Corner said...

Cute shirt... but that second photo of you is adorable!

designdreamer said...

Cute, and nice fit on those pants!
Brrrrrr 3 degrees? OMG! You are a dedicated blogger! We FINALLY got some relief from our heat, and (of course) have turned our heat on. I think it's been maybe 2 weeks since we've had the A/C on - CRAZY!

Bunny said...

Wonderful fit! Those shoes are just too cool.

amber said...

As a fellow pear-shaped gal, I would have had no idea from the pictures you post - you're so long and lean that I totally had you pegged as a different body shape. And now I have to pay even more attention to the stuff you're making and consider more of the patterns for myself. :)

Very cute outfit!!

Lilian said...

Great top and pants! You might as well go running in them...you would give 'fashion as seen on the RUN-way' a whole new meaning :)

Bug Adventures said...

Nice ass Dawn :0) Those shoes really do glow!

Anonymous said...

Oh I just love both of these patterns.....I just love Jalie patterns, I'm just finishing a skating dress from Jalie for my daughter's competition... The next thing I make will be Jalie 2215! Chantal

elizabethe said...

Not that there's anything wrong with pears, but you're not a pear! You have broad shoulders.

Great pants, I lover the color of the turtleneck.