I have been making a few knit tops and the first one, because I am low on basics, is a quick version of Jalie's Marie-Claude raglan pullover.
I have a lot to say about this pattern and about using/fitting Jalie patterns in general.
Here we go.
But before I start let's have a look at my top made in the turtle neck version. Note being a grandmother I wouldn't wear this with leggings alone normally but it does help you see the top.
I admire the quality of the draft.
As an example of that here is the pattern piece for the turtle neck, the short sides are seamed together at the back neck. Notice how curved this piece is, to fit the round neckline and compare it to the straight up rectangle we see in most turtle neck collar pieces.
How can you not end up with a better fit around the neck with a collar like this?
That said Jalies have become my sort of TNT staples and I don't have one size I use.
I find that I can play around with the ease by tracing out a size larger or smaller depending on the fabric and on look I want.
For instance I have three different sizes of Jalie's pull-on pant I use (this is one of my favourite patterns because it has a loose leg shape but is trim in the hips and waist - not always usual for pull on pants, definitely not a clown pant look).
I cut out a smaller size when I make these pants in a knit, one size up when I have a fairly structured woven, like a cotton/linen, and one size up that I use to make looser summer pants in a washed linen or a soft cotton.
I feel the same way about this top.
This version, in this fabric a fairly firm poly knit I got at a designer's left over sale with a lot of bounce back when it is stretched. As a result it is quite fitted with a snug neck, sort of what I would call a base layer to wear under sweaters or cardigans.
To get a more of a pullover look in a sweater knit I will probably trace one size up, for looser sleeves and collar for instance.
In the meantime a fast and easy sew and a good basic I will use for years I think.