The nice thing about Jalie patterns is because they come in so many sizes I can try them out for my kids first. That way I can make the inevitable mistakes on their clothes, not mine! Stuff looks cute on an eight year old, even when it’s not perfect.
Making the shorts was surprisingly easy until I came to the part about the sewing the elastic in the waist seam allowance. I sewed it wrong, but then figured out what the problem was by watching Jaslie’s You Tube video, which shows in detail how to make these leggings. The stitching at the waist should not be showing! My next version will be better. I really like the style lines on this pattern and it flatters most anyone who has made them.
I also omitted the leg bands and just turned up the hem and used the coverstitch machine to hem them. I’ve been getting skipped stitches again. I have a love hate relationship with that machine, the Janome 9000 CPX. If anyone else has had problems with skipped stitches on this machine, please do tell how you fixed it!
The tank was made from the Jalie raglan sleeve tank as a base. I traced the pattern and added new style lines for the side panels. She wanted the top cropped, so I added some elastic to the bottom to keep it from riding up. The top is kind of a mess construction wise, with lots of skipped stitches on the edges from going over the folded elastic, but she likes it. She chose the Disney comic strip printed cotton lycra fabric while on a recent trip to Joann’s. The blue fabric was leftover from the Lullaby Layette.
I made these shorts in a size 6 width with a size 8 length. My little girl has become quite the runner, and will be wearing her new ensemble to cross country practices. We found out this week she has qualified for the Jr. Olympics in December. Florida, here we come!