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My Gucci Inspired Jalie Hack

July 28, 2016

butterfly top

I follow Nina Garcia on Instagram and a few weeks ago she posted a picture of herself wearing the top above. I immediately became a little obsessed with this top and so I did some internet sleuthing and discovered that it was a Gucci top that retailed for $1,490.00!!! Holy moly!!! Who knew that people spend that kind of money on a top?????

Since there was no way in heaven and earth that I was going to forgo groceries and a mortgage payment to buy this Gucci top, I decided to try and make it. I knew I could use my trusty Jalie 3352 for the dolman pattern. I decided not to use lace, but the lace would have definitely been cool. Instead, I used some royal blue sweatshirt fleece that I got from I made the varsity stripes out of some red and white striped sweatshirt fleece that I bought from Girl Charlee. I thought about embroidering the butterfly onto the fleece, but I don’t have a hoop big enough to make a giant butterfly, and the shirt really needs a giant butterfly. Instead, I ordered this giant sequin applique from


As  usual, I cut the largest size, FF, in this pattern because I wanted it to be loose and drapey. I did end up taking it in about 2 inches on both sides because, as I learned, sweatshirt fabric doesn’t really drape all that well. IMGP3979

I had never worked with a sequin applique and wasn’t quite sure how to apply it. After researching various methods, I decided to use my free-motion foot and sew that thing on. This worked surprisingly well.


This is an admittedly unusual top, but after I saw it on Instagram, I could not let it go. I just kept thinking–I could make that top. So now I’ve made it!! I’m not sure when and where I will wear it, but I will wear it. Nina styled her Gucci version with some black Yves Saint Laurent pants and some strappy silver heels. I’m not sure I can get away with that here in Boonetowne!! For now, I’m styling it with jeans.


I don’t think one is supposed to smile when modeling high fashion. So here are my serious poses:




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  1. Saw your inspiration shirt on a Quebec magazine cover. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the photo at the supermarket was not Gucci but “Jalie dolman hack” 🙂

    • Great minds think alike!!! I’m actually getting ready to re-work this hack–I don’t like how the sweatshirt fleece drapes. I’m going to try this hack again with some royal blue sweater knit. Hopefully it works because I am still in love with that Gucci top!!

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