What? Another Jalie pattern review? Why, you ask? Because they are awesome! We love this Rova tunic/dress and to give it a nice airy drape we decided to make it in this fun floral rayon challis. Alternatively, cotton lawn or a washer linen (rayon linen blend) would also make up nicely.
As always, Jalie is very accommodating in their offering of multiple variations. With the Rova, you have to option of making it with or without pockets, with a drawstring or with elastic or in either a tunic length or dress length. The pattern description claims that the back is cut as a 'wide' racer back and the line drawing on the front of the pattern depicts just that, however, I found this feature to be almost non existent. So if you like this feature you may want to cut the back in a little more to create the desired racer back shape that you would like.
The neckline and armholes are bound with pre-made cotton/poly bias tape. There is no way you'll ever find me making rayon bias tape, way too slippery! For the more patient among us, have at it.
Jalie's written instructions and step by step line drawings were superb and easy enough for a beginner to follow. Beginners beware of shifty fabric like challis, maybe start with a cotton lawn first so that you don't pull out any hair. Hopefully non of you have actually ever pulled out any hair over your sewing frustrations but if you have, hugs!
Jalie has yet to disappoint and we urge you all to give them a chance. Visit their wonderful website sometime https://jalie.com to get a little more familiar with their brand. Thanks for reading and happy stitches everyone!