Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Jalie 2794

This top is Jalie 2794, the "Sweetheart Top." I intended to make it for myself, but it just didn't work out for me---too small, and it was binding through the arms. All was not lost, however because the top fits Katie, and best of all, she likes it. So... Katie has a new top. :)

I think the reason the top was too tight on me is due to my fabric choice: a cotton-lycra knit with lots of stretch. I should have gone up another size or two. To make it fit Katie, I did have to take in the side seams another inch.

Construction changes: The Jalie instructions called for hemming the cap sleeves by 5/8". Ick. Double-ick, pressing and stitching a curved hemline. Instead, I made a band just like the neckline band and I sewed it on the sleeve hem. I like the look, and it was so easy to sew.

Also, based on reviews I read at Pattern Review, I raised the neckline by one inch.

I do hope to make this top again--but next time for me. I like the design details. Perhaps I'll try it in a not-as-stretchy knit next time.

Thanks for reading!


  1. This is so cute on her. Makes me wish I had purchased this pattern. I do love Jalie patterns.

  2. Its beautiful on her!

  3. I just read your review, very cute top on your dd.

  4. It looks really cute on her.

  5. Very cute top! I need to try Jalie.

  6. AnonymousJuly 23, 2009

    I've seen a number of versions of this pattern, but I think it suits Katie best. A great look on her!

  7. I never heard of Jalie patterns before, but this looks really cute on your girl! So thank you, always great to find a new pattern source :-)