I can’t stop sewing Jalie 3352
It’s true. I can’t help myself. The hemline on this top is just so great. I just can’t get enough!!
As per usual, I cut the biggest printed size. I also made the sleeves full-length. But this time I decided to mix things up a little bit and made 3 significant changes:
- Instead of fleece, I used the double-faced, quilted material that you see in the picture above. I bought this fabric (on-sale at Joanne’s) about a year ago. I loved it, but was completely perplexed about what to make out of it. The print is so Vera Bradleyish and I really didn’t want to make something that ended looking like a giant tote bag/purse. I felt like things could go wrong in about one million ways.
- I added a zipper. I have seen a lot of active-wear tops with the zipper up the front, and I have been thinking about trying a zipper with this top for quite a while. So I finally bit the bullet and gave it a try. I actually like the way the black zipper breaks the print up.
- I added a funky collar. Originally I wanted to add a hood (as per usual) out of the quilted fabric. I liked the idea of using the hood to show the reverse of the fabric. Unfortunately, the quilted hood did not lay well. So I cut it down to this thing that kinda looks like the Elizabethan collar that my dog had to wear after surgery. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Just not sure.
The collar can be folded out and worn down, but I definitely don’t like that look. It feels to matchy-matchy–not too fashion forward. Ha! I doubt Nina Garcia would find this top to be fashion forward regardless of whether the collar was up or down!
The sleeves are grey, 300 weight Polartec. At first I tried black, 200 weight, but it didn’t look right. The grey sleeves look and lay better.
I’m not sure what I think about this make. My husband says he needs some time to get used to it. This makes me a little worried. Part of me loves it, and the other part of me worries about the part that loves it. Just.not.sure.
Does it look like I’m wearing a totebag?