Another TNT for winter!

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Last post I blogged about a Jalie raglan and McCalls sleeveless cardi that I’d sewn with TNT (Tried’N’True) patterns. Well, I’m back today with another TNT Jalie pattern, in a gorgeous floral rayon french terry from Cali Fabrics!

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This time it’s the Jalie hoodie, minus the hoodie and with a rectangular cowl instead! This is a very classic boxy hoodie pattern, which I’ve made before in beefier knits. In cotton french terry, the pattern was almost too snug; in stretchy sweatshirting is was just right; and in a drapey, light rayon french terry like this, it’s almost too big!

I have some fit issues around the armscye in this version that didn’t show up in the other versions, and the shoulders came out really wide…

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…which is how this “design detail” happened! The shoulder seams were stretching off the shoulders, so after I finished sewing, I went back and added elastic tightly across the back neckline. It pulled in some of the extra width, and I’m hoping that the back gathering looks intentional!

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This fabric is so pretty though, that I’ll wear it even if the fit isn’t quite perfect! Right from the start I knew this fabric was crying out to be a cowl-neck sweater – and in fact, I saw someone else on Instagram had tagged Cali showing that they’d made almost exactly the same top with this exact fabric! Great minds think alike, right?

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This project fits right in with my new love for muted tones instead of my normal bright colours. I’m grateful that Cali has such a nice selection of prints and solids, which make mixing and matching really easy!

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