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Friday, July 26, 2013

Jalie 3130 Women's top

Pattern Description:
Here is my description of this top: Semi-fitted top has front and back darts, collar with stand, patch pockets with flaps, optional rolled sleeves with tab closure. 

Pattern Sizing:
All sizes are in one envelope. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yep, It does!  I sewed it with basically no modifications. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Super easy to follow although could be considered a little sparse.  If you have sewn a blouse before, you can handle making this top using just the illustrations.  If you haven't sewn with a Jalie pattern before, be aware the directions are printed on the pattern paper--you might be tempted to cut this off and throw away! 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The fit is great!  It is a classic and timeless style that you can embellish in many ways--contrast facings, etc.  This pattern allows you to play with your fabric!
I really, really like the way the sleeves are put in flat before the side seam is sewn.  It worked beautifully and honestly, does anyone really like to set in sleeves?
Oh, an please excuse the wrinkles.  I wore it out to dinner with DH.   

Fabric Used:
I used a stretch cotton from my stash.  If I remember correctly I purchased it for almost nothing at Fabric Mart last summer.  It was a little tougher to sew than I thought it would be as the stretch comes from very, very thin elastic threads running parallel to the grain of the fabric.  I also used interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply--best stuff in the world! 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Only my usual swayback adjustment of 1/2".  Length is great for someone 5'7".  I started with way to big of a pattern size--about a T, I think but ended up taking it in about 2 inches on each side seam.  Not sure if that was due to my fabric choice or not, meaning it may have stretched somewhat as I cut. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Oh yes, I plan on sewing it again.  There are so many cute versions out there that a girl just has to make several of her own! 

This is such a great top.  It fits well, is easily alterable in the length, fabric choices, it can be dressy or super casual depending on what you choose.  I do believe it took me longer to put in the button holes and sew on the buttons than it did to create this top.  You can leave the pockets and flaps off it you'd like and it will give a completely different look!  DH even gave his stamp of approval! 

Thanks for reading!


  1. Great top. Love the stripes.

  2. I love that pattern. Your top looks very nice, great fit on you!

  3. Did you need to do a full bust adjustment for this top? I'm having triuble with the Big 4 and love Jalie patterns but have only used Stretch nit patterns.