Skip to main content

Basically Jalie blog tour

Basically Jalie Blog Tour - Day 2

(This post has been sponsored by Jalie Patterns. There is  a sewalong, rafflecopter, and amazing prizes to win so keep reading! ) 

Majority of what I wear are work/business casual outfits and hence that is majority of what I sew. I am always looking for cute woven tops to add to my rotation. I love making tunic tops especially now that I've learned to fit them. I never liked any store bought ill fitting and stiff feeling tops especially button-downs but now that I can make them and make them to fit, it is a whole different story!

This blog-tour is for basics and I consider woven tops to be part of my daily basic wardrobe so that is what I made for this blog tour.

This is the Rose blouse (Jalie 3881) in a woven crepe fabric I got recently from Sincerely Rylee. The fabric is gorgeous and so easy to work with. 

I chose this top because of the bow. Let's be honest, we love blouses with bows! I have never been able to find a perfect blouse with a fluffy bow. I was happy to find the fit of this blouse is great for my body type. The hips swing away from the body as this is supposed to be a loose, swingy top from the bust down. Perfect for apple shaped or pear shaped bodies! NO adjustments needed to accommodate a tummy. If your waist is in a bigger size, you do NOT need to grade it up. 

I omitted the buttons on this top as I can pull it over my head and don't need them. I may choose to add them at a later time but most likely not. I've already worn this top to work :-) 

The adjustments I made to the top were minor - mainly the petite adjustment at the lengthen/shorten line. I took off about an inch from the garment. I love this length and shape! The only thing I wish I had done was raise the armhole a bit as it is a deep armhole for a petite person! HOWEVER, the armhole is drafted as a sleeveless garment armhole should be drafted! Absolutely no gaping in the front. Lots of pattern makers use the same armhole for sleeveless and a set-in sleeve garment when they should ideally be drafted differently! 

Another thing I have noted in my pattern to fix is to angle the dart more towards the bust. It is something I usually need to do as I am petite and my bust is higher than most patterns as drafted. Easy fixes! I broke my own rule and did not do a muslin for this garment. It is a great result, though, for a straight out of the packet shirt! 

What I particularly like about the construction is that it uses the easy ways of making the placket and setting the collar than the typical Big 4 method and works perfectly. The back yoke is burrito-rolled and hence finished with no exposed seams,which is lovely. 

Overall, this top gets a thumbs up from me. It was my first time sewing Jalie pattern and now I'm so excited to make the other ones in my stash! The blog tour was all the push I needed and I am very impressed with the quality of Jalie patterns. They are highly recommended in the sewing community and I can see why! 

 You can participate in the Jalie Sew along right now and enter for amazing prizes! Read all the details below - 


50661398_10161468105145720_3271995112174911488_o Are there some Jalie patterns you've been itching to get? Now's your chance to WIN YOUR JALIE WISHLIST! Head over to Jalie's website, create an account, add your favorite patterns to your wishlist, and complete the rafflecopter form below (patterns must be added by February 12, 2019 11:59pm EST to be eligible). Incomplete entries will be eligible for fabric prizes only. For extra entries, join our Jalie sewalong! Make a Jalie "basic" between January 28 and February 12 and share it on Instagram with hashtag #basicallyjalie and/or in the Basically Jalie Album in the Sewing with Jalie Facebook group. We are so grateful to our generous sponsors who have teamed up to provide the following prizes (please stop by their shops and show them some love!):

Grand Prize (Worldwide) Win Your Jalie Wishlist - Up to $100 CAD in patterns! Discovery Trekking Outfitters - One (1) x 50 USD gift card D&H Fabrics co. - One (1) x $50 USD gift card

Sewalong Prize (Continental USA only) Win Your Jalie Wishlist - Up to $25 CAD in patterns! The Sewciety - One (1) Subscription box (value: $48 USD) Simply By Ti - One (1) x $20 USD gift card

Sewalong Prize (Worldwide, excluding Continental USA) Win Your Jalie Wishlist - Up to $25 CAD in patterns! - One (1) x $30 USD gift card Discovery Trekking Outfitters - One (1) x 50 USD gift card

(Note: gift cards exclude shipping unless otherwise stated on sponsor website)

Hand Drawn Arrow - singleEnter the Sweepstakes Here!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blogger Lineup

Be sure to visit these talented sewing bloggers during the tour:

Wednesday, Feb 6 - The Petite Sewist | auschick sews | Replicate then Deviate | Deepika Blogs

Thursday, Feb 7 - Sew What Yvette | Sew Cucio | Shalini's Sewing Space | Curtiepie | A Jennuine Life

Friday, Feb 8 - SeamsLikeStyle | It's Liesel | SewSophieLynn | Danvillegirl Sewing Diary | Skirt Fixation

Monday, Feb 11 - The Crafting Fiend | Sprouting JubeJube | its sew colorful | Diskordia's Curvy Sewing

Tuesday, Feb 12 - All Things Katy! | BigFlyNotions | needle and the belle | Zoopolis


Vanessa said…
What a gorgeous blouse!!
Karen said…
I am not a blouse person, but that looks beautiful!
auschick said…
I love this on you! Looks so good!! Glad you finally had the impetus to get some Jalie sewing done! Looking forward to your future Jalie makes!
Stephanie Allen said…
Glad you enjoyed sewing your first Jalie pattern! I hadn't remembered that you are petite, it was fun reading the adjustments you made.
Emily said…
So gorgeous on you!!!
Becky said…
I love the burrito roll, the Jalie construction really is top notch!
An Staute said…
Lovely job! Congratulations from all of us sewing sisters at Discovery Trekking Outfitters specialty fabrics! Leslie
Tami said…
Beautiful! That bow really is showstopper!
Curtiepie said…
Wow, that blues really suits you! Great sew
Unknown said…
This is wonderful! I made two Rose shirts for my daughters and I particularly liked that the bow was separate. So we could decide if we wanted to wear it or not. Now to make one for myself!!
LauraMichelle said…
Looks amazing! Well done. So professional.
Unknown said…
This pattern didn't do much for me before but seeing it on you makes me want to try it.Thanks for sharing it!
Andrea said…
That's so pretty! It really looks great on you.
SeamsLikeStyle said…
Your shirt looks awesome and I agree with the choice of a shirt with a big bow - they're just fun!
Terri Shaw said…
Gorgeous blouse! It looks great on you!
JosesphineSews said…
nice top
lovely sew! rose is such a gorgeous pattern - the fit is great !
Liesel said…
Absolutely beautiful. You make me want to sew this pattern right now!

Popular posts from this blog

Monster Tour

Sewing by Ti - Monster Tour It's October and that means it is time to make your little ones (or big ones!) Halloween costumes! Growing up in India we did not celebrate Halloween so when I first moved to the US and was living in an apartment, I was amazed at all the dress up and trick or treating concept. I made sure to buy tons and tons of candy because we got so many kids coming to our doorstep. While I didn't get into making costumes for me, I love making them for my kids :) My oldest is turning 14 tomorrow(already?!) and is no longer interested in Halloween and that made me a little sad. He says trick or treating is for little kids and I respect his choice in the matter. My 8 year old, however, wanted to dress up as a cat - a cute and cuddly one. She got one! She made an easy choice this year and was very involved in the designing of her costume. She is getting more and more interested in making her doll clothes and comes up with interesting shapes and experimen

Itch to Stitch blog tour

Itch to Stitch blog tour Day 2 Sewing community is such a vast space spanning multiple continents and what brings everyone together is their love for sewing. When someone in this community is hurting, sewists all over the world come together to make it better. Our much loved designer, Kennis Wong - owner of Itch to Stitch Designs , was robbed a couple of weeks ago leaving her with no way to run her business. This blog tour is promoting Itch to Stitch patterns to make up for some of the monetary loss so she can be back on her feet and produce top notch quality patterns again! I picked up the Newport top in the recent sale and wanted to make a nice top for this blog tour. I'm also really feeling the velvets this time of the year. Stylish Fabrics is one of the sponsors of this tour and I picked up mauve velvet and charcoal ponte to make my outfit. The pinky mauve color is probably my all time favorite color for nail paint but I rarely wear clothes in this color.