Monday, February 11, 2019

Basically Jalie Blog Tour

Find out what happens when you mix Jalie patterns, Discovery Trekking Outfitters base layer fabrics and a Brother 3550 coverstitch

I actually got my Sabrina walk into my sewing room, as I was sewing the last seam, saying "hummm, I like that, is it for me?" In all truthfullness, I had made Marie-Claude for me but how could I say no to such a face and I made sure that one of the conditions to getting said top was to get her to model it!

Now going back to the beginning of this project. I gave Discovery Trekking Outfitters a call to talk about the fabric I wanted to try. I spoke to Martha who was so helpful and patient. She spoke of the different properties the Polartec power wool has and I determined that I wanted to use the light-weight power wool. There are three different weights to the power wool : silk weight, lightweight and the heavier one which is more like a fleece. The combination of marino wool on the inside of the fabric and the polyester on the outside of the fabric help keep you toasty warm and dry while being active. The grid space traps warmth and keeps the fabric breathable. The fabric has enough stretch for comfort and ease of movement even for a close fitting garment.

After placing my order I received my fabric quickly, within the week! Washe it by machine and hung it to dry. I didn't want to take the change of shrinking the fabric since it does have wool in it. It washed beautifully and was even softer on the inside that when I received it.

I purchased the pattern some time ago first because I love raglan style tops and second, I also love hoodies. Since I had the pattern version (it can also be ordered online in a PDF home printable version) I traced out the size and pattern options I needed on a thin non-fusible interfacing.

When sewing, I would recommend stretch needles in your serger and coverstitch. My machine had issues with skipping stitches but changing the needles did the trick. I love the pink accent made with the coverstitch (and obviously so did Sabrina).

This pattern has three neckline options to it, I made the hoodie version but you can find a regular neckline and a turtle neck as well. Also included in the pattern are 27 sizes so this is a pattern that will get a lot of use.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway, and be sure to see the other blog posts on the tour! Enjoy!


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!):

Grand Prize (Worldwide) Win Your Jalie Wishlist - Up to $100 CAD in patterns! Discovery Trekking Outfitters - One (1) x 50 USD gift card D&H Fabrics co. - One (1) x $50 USD gift card
Sewalong Prize (Continental USA only) Win Your Jalie Wishlist - Up to $25 CAD in patterns! The Sewciety - One (1) Subscription box (value: $48 USD) Simply By Ti - One (1) x $20 USD gift card
Sewalong Prize (Worldwide, excluding Continental USA) Win Your Jalie Wishlist - Up to $25 CAD in patterns! - 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)
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Blogger Lineup

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  1. I love the pop of color the pink stitching gives this top. Such a great top! I can see my daughter wanting to keep it too.

  2. This looks great! On the pattern cover it looks like it's a much closer fit. Would you say this was sized up? If so, how much? Thanks for sharing it!

  3. oh my gosh - I want that hoodie too!!!!

  4. Great hoodie, I LOVE it! The cover-stitch detailing is great too, and really makes the sweater "pop".

  5. I LOVE your coverstitching! The pink is such a great accent! I have some of this fabric in black.... might have to make this a future project with it!

  6. That is such a great looking hoodie! Well done!

  7. Now I need that pattern! I'm in love with your hoodie .

  8. So beautiful! Love the contrast stitching!

  9. Wow I love the coverstitch, it looks amazing, well done!

  10. This is gorgeous!!! I love the colors you chose.

  11. You did a FABulous job. We were happy to sponsor the fabric. Most of us at Discovery Trekking also sew, so we are pretty much in love with our fabrics. I love the color blocking and the contrast in thread. Kudos! Leslie and the girls at DTO.

  12. Thank you for the post. I am definitely going to try discovery trekking outfitters.

  13. I love the contrast reverse coverstitching on this project! And I've got to make something with power wool now.