Category Archives: Jalie 2804 Empire Crossover Top

My New Top

After spending quite a bit of time sewing up two projects for the Sewing Republic website, it was nice to spend some time working on something just for me. I retraced Jalie 2804, the empire crossover top several days ago. Instead of going down one size, I decided to go down two – I’m slowly shrinking to more of my pre-pregnancy measurements and I know that only going down one grade will mean that this top will eventually look ‘sloppy’ on me (plus it’s motivation for me to work into wearing that size)! Even though this pattern is a bit snug on me at the moment, it’s still very cute and the fabric works perfectly with this pattern. I can definitely see myself make this one again! As soon as I find some time today, I’ll be posting a full review at Pattern Review.

Project #2


I spent some time in the sewing room again and managed to finish up my second project for The Sewing Republic, which you’re (sneak previewing) viewing above. Although I had the overall instructions mapped out in my head, it took far longer to put this together than what I originally anticipated – although the results were worth it. I have one more project to sew up, but I’m taking a break from it for a few days and concentrating on Jalie 2804. What’s on your sewing table?

Tracing, Again

After spending an hour or so tracing off Jalie 2804 (the empire crossover top) something told me that before I cut into my fabric I should probably re-check my measurements. You see, last night I put on a shirt that I had purchased shortly after delivering and noticed how large it looked on me – after pulling out the tape measure, low and behold, I’ve gone down a size! So, it looks like I’m back to tracing this pattern off again. UGH. I did finally decide on a material:

I purchased this Dainty Floral Jersey print from Gorgeous Fabrics back in April and have been waiting for the perfect pattern before using it. I thought that it had a nice summery feel to it and was just right for this top. Maybe by Monday I’ll be FINALLY ready to sew!