Jalie Bella in crushed stretch velour.

bella8bella1bella2 bella3 bella4Pattern- Jalie Bella- Second use so average cost is 10.00

Fabric- Panne Velvet from Joann on sale, 6.00 a yard. 1.5 yards 9.00

Total cost 19.00

This is the second version of the Jalie Bella and it won’t be the last. It fits Lily perfectly in size R and I know I want one for myself and am planning on making Gigi one, too. I love how Jalie patterns have sizes for all ages in one envelope. With four daughters that comes in handy!

This crushed stretch velour isn’t really the best quality and it’s a little thin. I’ve since found a better local source for higher quality velour- Fabric Town in Ventura. Velour is back in style in a big way this season. So is velvet.  I recently read an article about sewing with velvet but they used stretch velour in the photos instead of actual velvet which is woven. I’m sure there most be woven velvet with lycra mixed in but I’ve never seen it. But most stretch velvet out here is usually almost always really just ‘velour.’ I’m just waiting for those velour sweatsuits to come back in style! Remember those?  Juicy Couture! The Mom uniform of the late 90’s and early 2,000’s. I had one, too!

I did fold out two inches at the shorten line to make this dress more of a mini than the last one.

Jalie bella is a quick sew if you have a serger and coverstitch machine. The most time consuming part was pinning the hem which is quite voluminous since it’s a several gored circle skirt. It took about two hours to cut out and sew.

I totally recommend this pattern.

Happy sewing!





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  1. Sandy Osborne says

    It could not fit her any better — she looks great in it. (nice backdrop, too)