This post has been sponsored by Jalie Patterns & Discovery Trekking Outfitters but all opinions expressed here are my own.
This and next week I have the privilege of co-hosting the Basically Jalie Blog Tour with Stephanie of The Petite Sewist! We’re joined by a lineup of talented bloggers from all around the world, all sharing their Jalie basics (see the full list of bloggers at the end of this post!).
But what’s a basic? We’re pretty loose with the term, but for us it represents things in our closets that go into regular rotation: maybe it’s a swimsuit you wear multiple times a week, tops in fun colors, or a sweater worn a few times a week. During our tour you’ll see some fantastic basics using Jalie patterns – underwear, t-shirts, sweaters, jackets, jeans… you’re bound to be inspired to make so many more things!
To top it all off, we have an amazing giveaway! Add all your favorite things into your own wishlist on Jalie’s website, and you might just WIN YOUR JALIE WISHLIST!
But wait – there’s more! We also have extra prizes for 2 lucky people who sew up a Jalie basic between January 28, 2019 and February 12, 2019. (See end of post for the full details and prizes!).
About Discovery Trekking Outfitters
Discovery Trekking Outfitters is based in BC Canada and generously sponsored my fabric for this tour!
Discovery Trekking is a manufacturer of technical outerwear, next-to-skin custom clothing and other niche textile products. Many of the fabrics they carry are made by Polartec® USA. They occasionally have Gore-Tex® fabrics and other highly technical fabrics that came from brands like Patagonia®, Arcteryx®, Nike®, North Face®, and Lululemon®.
Discovery Trekking ships worldwide and are lovely to work with over the phone if you need extra information on something! Shipping didn’t take too long either – about a week from BC to Virginia, USA.
Since Discovery Trekking carry so many amazing fabrics, it took me a while to settle on bright blue Polartec® Power Stretch®. Polartec® Power Stretch® is a performance-fit base fabric with 4-way stretch and excellent recovery that can handle the pressure of demanding physical activities. It has a lovely smooth-face with warm fleece backing, is breathable, and comes in a range of colors.
Jalie 2795 Zip-Front Jacket and Hoodie
For my first basic, I decided to make the Jalie 2795 Zip-Front hoodie. This was my second time making this jacket – my first was made in cotton Lycra for my eldest daughter (Jalie patterns are so versatile like that!).
This pattern could easily be color blocked in many places, but I decided to stick with just one color this time. The hood is optional, and the front has two pockets. While it appears complex, it’s really not that hard – just a little time consuming with all the cutting and piecing together.
In my version of the pattern there are no English instructions for installing the zipper, but it’s easy to work out, especially if you’re familiar with sewing zippers. I did add woven interfacing to the zipper area as this makes zipper installation on stretchy things SIGNIFICANTLY easier!
One other thing I did was bind the collar joining seam in cotton Lycra (you might recognize the melted crayon print from these pants!). I love making things look as Ready to Wear (RTW) as possible, so I had been scratching my brain trying to work out how to do this step for some time. I don’t have pictures, but here’s some written instructions for you!
How to add binding to a jacket collar seam:
- Cut 1/4″ (seam allowance) off lower edge of inside collar piece.
- Make binding strip, about 1″ wide and about an inch longer than the collar piece.
- With right sides facing, attach binding strip to collar lower edge using 1/4″ SA.
- Press open collar piece and binding, pushing seam allowance toward binding.
- Wrap binding behind seam allowance and press (1/4″ of binding should be visible on the front). There should be about 1/2″ binding overhang on each side of collar.
- Assemble collar as directed in pattern. When attaching collar to the zipper, be sure overlapped binding is still in place. Binding overhang will be in seam allowance.
- Hand baste collar to jacket so that binding/collar seam aligns with collar/jacket seam on exterior.
- Machine stitch in the ditch with jacket exterior facing up.
Overall, I just love this jacket! I have been wearing it almost daily during last week’s polar vortex! It is so comfortable, crazy lightweight, and warm! If you need warm clothes for traveling, Polartec® Power Stretch® is a great pick!
Jalie 2805 Women’s T-Shirts
I’m always short on basic solid color t-shirts. And I live in fitted t-shirts. I know I need to make a whole ton of these, but for now I at least have 2 more in my t-shirt rotation! I made this pattern last year in long sleeve, but the thing about living in Northern Virginia is that you don’t really need long sleeved tops for much of the year.
I just love the solid cotton Lycra’s available at Simply By Ti, and used some solid yellow and solid turquoise to make these shirts. (Simply By Ti is also one of our blog tour sponsors, however I purchased these fabrics from her a few months ago).
The V-neck on this pattern is surprisingly easy to do! I highly recommend it!
(Note, I am wearing this a little bunched up in the photo – it’s not actually like that in real life! I was wearing a sports bra underneath and the strap kept showing, so I adjusted the t-shirt to hide it… but as a result, made the shirt look weirdly bunchy in places!)
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
*must have a Jalie wishlist created by February 12, 2019 11:59pm EST to be eligible for pattern prize
(Note: gift cards exclude shipping unless otherwise stated on sponsor website)
Be sure to visit these talented sewing bloggers during the tour:
Disclosure: I’m a Jalie Patterns Creative Ambassador and received these Jalie patterns complimentary for purposes of review and promotion.
I received $50 USD worth of fabric from Discovery Trekking Outfitters for purposes of review and promotion.