Jalie, Tops and Blouses

First try at a Jalie pattern

… And it certainly won’t be my last. As I type, I have a second version of this pattern, with longer sleeves, that just needs hemming.

Jalie #2794 – Sweetheart Top

As so many people have testified before, this is a great pattern. In fact, I loved it so much that after I’d made this top, I decided to order the first Jalie dress pattern that just came out. The only thing that threw me for a loop with Jalie was the 0.6 mm seam allowances. I’m really not used to working with such small allowances, and I guess mine inched more towards 1 cm than 0.6 mm.

I used the size S all around (which as I just explained ended up being a smaller-than-planned size S), and the back could do with a slightly snugger fit.
You know what – I’ll just have to remedy this in my third version. 😉

23 thoughts on “First try at a Jalie pattern”

  1. I usually move the needle over so that it's 1/4″ away from the edge of my presser foot, but you could also get a quilting edge foot that has a little flap of metal that helps keep you in line if you can't move your needle position from side to side. Also, if you have a serger, (on mine at least) the standard 4-thread overlock is almost exactly 1/4″ as well. Hope that helps for next time! 🙂 I love the finished shirt too, it looks so pretty on you! 🙂

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  2. I love it too, Isabelle. You're so gorgeous that everything looks good on you :o)

    I’d prefer slightly longer sleeves but I never liked those very short ones since they came into fashion, they remind me of mini-skirts – you need lovely arms to wear them.

    I often use 6 mm allowances because when I was still learning the basic sewing skills it was easier for me to keep even narrow seam allowances – especially sewing curves. Wider ones were all over the place.

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  3. Lovely tee with pretty details! Especially love the colour on you.

    I do have the pattern and know it is pretty popular but have never tried a Jalie myself. Your version is making me lean towards a try soon.

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  4. This is so pretty, Isabelle! Very figure-alluring shape, like the bit of gathering at the bust, and not least that soft lavendery-blue fabric! This looks great on you! Will be eager to see your longer-sleevered version soon. :o) Happy Weekend, dear friend ((HUGS))

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  5. Looks great! When I first used Jalie patterns, I wasn't used to the smaller seam allowance, either. For the first few, I cut an extra 3/8″ to give myself the 5/8″ seam allowance that I was used to having. I'm much better with the seam allowances now, and just use them as drafted.

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  6. Hello my dear friend !
    Your top is really pretty, I like the sweet colour of the fabric and (oups, je repasse au français) la jolie forme des épaules qui suggère un petit boléro … j'ai hâte de voir les prochaines versions …
    Gros bisous !

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