Sunday, February 24, 2019

Designer Stitch JoJo

Do you ever see a style and wonder if you can pull it off? I have to admit that I really did not think the slouchy box top suited me at all. However, I had the opportunity to test out the JoJo by Designer Stitch this past January, and I think I have come around to this style. Today's blogpost will be fun. 

I used a thinner (almost burnout type) jersey from Knitpop. I thought it would be fun to match all these stripes..... Haha! Well, I don't think it was fun, but it was certainly worth it. 

This top has no armscye seam, which is different from everything I have made. My initial go at the pattern proved that I could touch my elbow to my stomach because of how roomy the armpit area is. I pinned out some of the side seam and scooped it out some, but I couldn't really fully do that without changing the pattern all together. In testing, I pull out my Type A hat and try to sew the pattern as closely to it is drafted as possible (except for necessary size grading and height adjustments) because otherwise, I feel like a liar when I show photos on my blog. Haha! Outside of testing, I play a lot more with patterns and make sure to show you any changes I made. 

Slouchy Dolman PDF Pattern Review

I made the box length and did the wide turtleneck. Since my fabric is floppy, my turtleneck does not quite stand up, but if you used a chunky sweatshirt type fabric, you could get an awesome wide turtleneck. 

So, I have worn my finished JoJo several times since making it last month. It definitely shows my stomach (like a lot) when I lift my arms so I have learned the grocery store is not an appropriate place to wear it. I got WAY too many looks from the opposite sex when I reached for anything. I am short, so lots of arm lifting is necessary when I shop. My husband on the other hand, absolutely adores this top. He says it is one of the nicer things I have made. 

I made the long sleeve length. The final version of the pattern has sleeve cuffs included, which I HIGHLY recommend you using. The sleeve is just way too open at the ending and moves all over the place. I end up grabbing it, getting it wet, pushing it up, and just noticing it all day long. Now that the final version is released of the pattern, I plan to print the cuff and add it so that I can enjoy this top more. 

Will I sew it again? Surprisingly yes. I want to use a thick cozy sweatshirt type of fabric without drape to see how it changes the wide turtelenck. I am sure that won't be until this coming fall, though, because I already have major excitement for Spring. I also may want to make the dress version because I love dresses. 

I think I am very happy with how this JoJo turned out. If you choose to use a non-striped fabric, this may be the quickest long sleeve top you can make!

  • The Designer Stitch JoJo pattern can be found HERE.
  • The fabric I used is from Knitpop.
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Disclosures: I received this pattern for free as part of the testing process to give the designer feedback about the instructions and fit of the pattern. This post also may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you.  Any and all opinions expressed are my own.

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