Jalie Knit Dress (3024) in Art Gallery Knit
We love Jalie Patterns for their practical designs, accurate drafting, and good instructions. As a bonus, you get all sizes in one pattern, from little girls’ size 2 to women’s size 22! And did we mention that they’re printed on real paper, so you don’t have to wrestle with flimsy, easy-to-tear tissue?
Of all our Jalie patterns, this Jalie Knit Dresses pattern has been the most popular, by a long shot. Last summer we couldn’t keep them in stock, and even sold the store sample we made in this cool Buck Forest Knit.
So this summer, we decided to make another one and to blog the results, so you can see for yourselves what makes the Jalie Knit Dresses such a great pattern!
“Fitted empire-waist knit dress with waist inset and choice of 3 upper bodices/necklines. View A has a boat neck with short kimono sleeve (with binding on wrong side of neckline); View B is sleeveless with a crossover neckline and visible binding; and View C is a sleeveless scoopneck with visible binding. The pattern also includes an optional flounce for the hem.”
Bonnie made View A, and included the hem flounce.
This pattern starts at girls’ size 2 and goes up to women’s 22. Bonnie made her version in a size 10, grading out to a 12 throughout the bust.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yep! We tend to find that Jalie is good at representing their finished garments, and this was no exception.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pros: It fits great, has an easy design, and straightforward instructions. The con: The pattern is described as being “fitted,” but it’s hard to know exactly what that means without finished garment measurements. Unfortunately, this pattern doesn’t give finished measurements (and only uses 1/4″ seam allowances), so Bonnie initially cut out a size larger just to be on the safe side.
This lovely soft Art Gallery Magnolia Knit in Nightfall. Art Gallery cotton knits are so soft, and contain 5% spandex for good recovery. They’re easy to sew with, too, and come in lots of fun patterns!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
In order to get a good fit, Bonnie narrowed the neck opening at the shoulders by 1/2″ on each side. She also lengthened the sleeve cap slightly, and as a height-challenged person shortened the overall length by 4″.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! There’s a reason this pattern is such a best-seller: it has a great design and fits well. It’s easy to make and would be a good pattern (and fabric) for someone new to sewing with knits. The bodice and flounce variations make this a versatile pattern, and it’s also a sweet dress for a little girl. Overall? We highly recommend it!