Hello and welcome to the first day for the Jalie Julia Camisole SewAlong!
First, many thanks to The Fabric Fairy for sponsoring and to Jalie for letting us use your pattern! I am happy you have joined me to sew up this fantastic pattern.
Today we have several goals to accomplish:
- Determine which size or option you will sew.
- Print, put together, and cut out your pattern.
- Make Alterations (optional) Follow tutorial here if you are adding length for a nightgown
- Choose Fabric!
- Jalie Julia 3886 pattern
- Rotary Cutter and Mat and/or Fabric Shears
- Wonder Clips and/or Pins
- 1 ring/2 sliders (for adjustable straps for the camisole or bralette option)
- Pattern weights
- Measuring Tape
- Fold Over Elastic
- Knit Fabric with at least 50% 4-way stretch (good recovery is also important for the bralette and panty option)
Determine Your Size
For sewing the camisole option, the Full Bust is the most important measurement you will take as there is quite a bit of ease in the swing style for your waist and hips. You can also utilize the torso measurement to determine if you need to add or subtract any length to the pattern piece.
As stated in the video for Day 1, I measured my Full Bust, but I also took my Upper Bust measurement. I use my Upper Bust measurement to help myself determine sizing because I typically do a Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) for most of the items I sew for myself. It helps me achieve the best fit possible. HOWEVER, I do not ALWAYS make a FBA, especially when sewing with knit fabrics with a lot of stretch. I HIGHLY recommend making a muslin, or practice garment, any time you are using a pattern for the first time. It’s a step that I rarely skip. It’s difficult to know if a FBA, or any adjustment, is really necessary unless you make a muslin FIRST and try it on to find any possible fitting issues. With the Julia I sewed up during the testing period, I was very pleased with the fit without any adjustments made to any of the pattern pieces.
Jalie has a wonderful photo tutorial on their website with LOTS of helpful information for sizing, especially if you fall into many different sizes (like myself and my daughter!). You can find the information here on the Jalie website.
Printing and Assembling your Pattern
One little detail (But it’s my FAVORITE!) that Jalie added to their newest 14 pattern collection is a print guide that utilizes the layers function of the pdf pattern pieces. I am a visual person, and it’s so easy to quickly see and write down which pages I need to print for the option I have chosen to sew! I highlighted it in the SewAlong video, but you can also find out more information on the Jalie Blog.
If you need more assistance with how to print or assemble your pattern pieces, follow this link to the Jalie Blog for some very helpful tips!
For sewing the camisole option, it’s important to choose a fabric with good drape. My favorites are the bamboo blends from the Fabric Fairy. It is the softest fabric and it’s also breathable, which is especially important because the Julia is my go-to pajama pattern! It’s difficult for me to choose whether I like the cotton bamboo spandex or the bamboo spandex more because I love them both! If you are new to sewing with knit fabric, the bamboo cotton spandex blend has more stability, so it is easier to sew in my opinion.
If you choose to sew the bralette or the panty option, I recommend one of her cotton spandex or other breathable fabrics with good recovery.
There you have it! You’ve completed Day 1 and I hope to see you back here tomorrow for Day 2 of the Jalie Julia Camisole SewAlong!
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