Maybe this doesn’t look so “basic” to you?
Today we get to participate in a fun tour! The Basically Jalie tour is full of basic inspiration and a fun sew along and of course lots of prizes. We sewed a basic jacket and a not so basic skirt!
For our first pattern, we chose the Jalie 2680 City Coat. While this jacket can be made in many different fabrics for a very versatile jacket, we chose olive stretch twill from JoAnns. Because it doesn’t get more basic than an olive green utility jacket, does it?
One detail of this jacket we absolutely love is all the panels and seaming. It really doesn’t take that long to sew. We sewed almost all of the seams on our serger and then immediately switched to the sewing machine to topstitch each seam.
Another detail that makes this jacket special are the inseam pockets on the front princess seam. Unless you put your hands in your pockets, they are invisible and the clean lines of the jacket are maintained. But they’re there, and what is a basic olive green utility jacket without pockets?
This Jalie 2680 City Coat pattern can be sewn with a hood or a collar. We chose the hood version. After a quick muslin, we determined that we needed to add 1” length to the sleeves, 1” length to each of the body pieces, and 1” width to the shoulders for tall fit issues.
As you can see, the inside of this jacket is very clean and finished. We wouldn’t really recommend this pattern to a beginner due to the lack of detailed instructions. But an adventurous beginner or intermediate sewist would definitely find this a rewarding make!
For the not so basic skirt, we chose the Jalie 2681 Gored Skirts pattern. This knit skirt also has many panels, which echoes the seaming on the jacket. There are 5 different style options for this skirt, and we can’t wait to make more of the views.
All of the views are knee length, but as you can see, we maxified this skirt! Part of the reason was for dramatic appeal, and part of the inspiration was this gorgeous fabric from CaliFabrics. It’s navy floral on black burnout stretch velvet, and even prettier in real life than on a screen! It comes in 4 colors, so a very something for everyone type of fabric!
We lined it with a navy jersey fabric, just to the knee so that the sheer velvet burnout can really be seen below the knee. Modeled with a pair of blue suede shoes this is a very ooh-la-la look and definitely not basic! But amazing, right?
Speaking of the model, Aria is not the intended recipient of this outfit! However, because I’m almost 9 months pregnant, it doesn’t fit me at all right now, and Aria’s measurements are close enough to mine that I know this is going to fit me very well and be a new favorite. And Aria is under very clean instructions NOT to steal it from me. That’s always worked in the past, right?
Now for more information about the prizes I mentioned!
GIVEAWAY!Are there some Jalie patterns you’ve been itching to get? Now’s your chance to WIN YOUR JALIE WISHLIST! Head over to Jalie’s website, create an account, add your favorite patterns to your wishlist, and complete the rafflecopter form below (patterns must be added by February 12, 2019 11:59pm EST to be eligible). Incomplete entries will be eligible for fabric prizes only. For extra entries, join our Jalie sewalong! Make a Jalie “basic” between January 28 and February 12 and share it on Instagram with hashtag #basicallyjalie and/or in the Basically Jalie Album in the Sewing with Jalie Facebook group. We are so grateful to our generous sponsors who have teamed up to provide the following prizes (please stop by their shops and show them some love!):
Sewalong Prize (Worldwide, excluding Continental USA) Win Your Jalie Wishlist – Up to $25 CAD in patterns! PatternReview.com – One (1) x $30 USD gift card Discovery Trekking Outfitters – One (1) x 50 USD gift card(Note: gift cards exclude shipping unless otherwise stated on sponsor website) a Rafflecopter giveaway
Be sure to visit these talented sewing bloggers during the tour: