Jeans are hard. Not only was the fitting a challenge, as you know, but the actual sewing is physically demanding. Denim is thick and tough to sew; there's lots of practical details like belt loops and topstitching, to be sewn through multiple layers, and there are metal zippers and metal rivets, and buttons that need to be hammered in place. Assembling the main pieces of the jeans is relatively quick; finishing them off takes three times as long.
When the Sewing Lawyer has had it with a tough project it may be time for some knit tops. Jalie always seems ready to come to the rescue.
By lucky coincidence there were two dark brown-based knit fabrics in stash begging to be made up, and so another iteration of Jalie 2805 and Jalie 2921 (the scarf-collar top) came quickly into being.
I cut out the back with the print in this orientation (orange swirls at the shoulder) as you can see in the next picture, but the front in the opposite direction after a moment of angst about whether the print had a noticeable direction.
What do you think? Not obvious? Phew!
The scarf-collar top is, as any of you who have tried it will know, quite magical. The instructions for the ingenious construction of the collar/tie are well illustrated in the pattern, but I was also lucky enough to see Jeanne Binet demonstrate how to make this top at PR Weekend Montreal. I'm sure it works best with a thin knit; luckily that's what was on hand in the stash (a crepey polyester knit acquired at Couture Elle in Montreal, a few years back). This is another big-scale print, but although one needed to be alert to avoid the dreaded big "bull's eye" on the upper front, cutting it out involved less angst.
I'm wearing the top with a vintage plastic buckle in this picture. It also looks good threaded through the little hole in the CF (another genius trick in this pattern) or simply tied in a bow.
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