Do you suddenly want to sew all the floral prints up come springtime? I do!
I made the skirt in a size 4 with no adjustments. It’s a simple sew, especially the second time.
I wanted a fitted black T shirt to wear tucked in with it, so I decided to cut the princess lined Jalie Bella dress into a top. It was super easy since the pattern is already divided into a top and bottom half. I just traced the top part. I never see princess lined T shirts in stores, and they give a nice shape. I apologize that the princess seams are hard to see in this black fabric.
I found this knit fabric downtown for a dollar a yard. It must a be a rayon lycra as it does get wrinkly and needs to be ironed. Honestly, I prefer pain old cotton lycra to these types of synthetic knits that have become so common. But what do you want for a buck a yard?
Do any of you over forty remember those Betsy Johnson tops and dresses from the 80’s and 90’s? I used to shop at the Betsey Johnson store in Hollywood on Melrose as a teen. It was quite expensive, as it was all made here in the Good Old USA, but there was a little basket in back where treasures could be found for ten dollars each. I spent my waitressing money many times there! The cotton lycra was so nice. They don’t make fabric like they used to! But I digress.
I made the top in a size V. I originally made the T but it was skin tight. Jalie patterns tend to be really fitted, or actually true to size, and I tend to be unrealistic about what size I should cut!
I think I may add a half circle skirt to this top pattern to create a simple summer dress. The Jalie Bella is a great dress, I’ve made it for the girls, but it looks like it may cling too much in all the wrong palces for me. I think having a waist seam with a circle skirt will be a cute basic style for a summer dress. What do you think?