Another TNT for winter!


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!


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…


…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!


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?

muted colours

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!

Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow

Hi! My name is Gillian, and I love to sew! I blog at and I run the Sewcialists.

I’ve enjoyed sewing since I was a kid, but when I started sewing clothes in 2012, it became a bit of an obsession. I’m all about wearable, comfy everyday clothes – and my wardrobe is overflowing! I’ve pulled all the colours that I love wearing into my personal colour palette, which keeps me inspired and my fabric shopping on track. I’ve ordered from Cali Fabric for years, and I’m so excited to be able to join their blogger team!

I live in Ontario (Canada) with my nerdy and awesome husband and our two cats. I’m a teacher by day, and fabric hoarder by night!

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