I test a lot of patterns, and it’s not often that I’m so confident that a pattern will be a huge hit! But this Jalie Rachel Tie Front Dress is a banger, and it’s got everything going for it: fast, knit, forgiving fit, sexy but also casual, and lots of options! Plus it’s Jalie, so the size range is excellent and the drafting is top notch.
(Side note – look at that gorgeous curvy model! I keep looking at the cover and thinking, I want ALL of those versions!)
I made the short sleeved version with the tie that wraps all the way around the waist. I made CC at the bust and waist, and EE at the hips, because this sort of skirt can tend to ride up over my booty if I don’t allow enough fabric. I like that the tie that goes all the way around pulls in the back waist of the dress too – but the versions with the front tie only or just the gather are also very cute!
What I like most about the pattern is that the front draping is effective but not bulky. it doesn’t create a poof over the belly, at least not in ITY like I used. I have worn this dress a lot since sewing it, and I always feel great in it!
Here’s how it looks untied, on the left, and tied without wrapping it all the way around my waist, on the right. I know my print hides everything – sorry-not-sorry!
There were a few tweaks made after testing to perfect the fit, so it should be even better now. In the tester version the front hem sagged a bit and was longer, which is why I leveled mine off and added a hem band to make it a bit longer than drafted. I’m definitely going to print and sew the final version soon!
Like I said, I think the pattern will be a huge success! I can picture it being so elegant in velvet as a New Years party dress… or in cotton jersey as a weekend athleisure look… in ITY as an office appropriate blouse… my sister will look great in it, and so will my mom! It’s feminine but not floofy and girly, which is exactly my style these days.