Hey, Hey! It’s Weatherly from Love and Lilies Designs and today I’m here with a review of Jalie 3132 aka the “Women’s Nursing and Regular Tops and Tunics.” I, myself, absolutely LOVE hoodies when the weather starts getting colder and I knew I wanted to make myself some new ones this season! So when the opportunity to review the Jalie 3132 pattern popped up, I just had to do it. I love that this top encompasses sizes from 0 - 22 and features options for sleeve length, top length or tunic length, style (hooded or V neck), and even a nursing option; which is amazing for nursing mommies!
I had never worked on a Jalie pattern before so there were a couple things I had to get used to in terms of directions. The first being that there are both French and English directions. The second being that the worded directions are on one page and the line drawing/picture directions are on a separate page. However, the directions are very easy to follow and the pattern pieces go together seamlessly! For my top I decided to do a hood, elbow length sleeves and a kangaroo pocket. The fit is amazing and I love the hood feature, especially since I didn’t feel like I had to squeeze it over my head!
I’m so in love with this pattern that I already have two more cut out! I can’t wait to head into the cooler months with some fabulous new hoodies for myself.
Sarah's version of the Nursing 3132
Hello, everyone, Sarah here, from Sewing with Sarah. I’m back today with a review of Jalie 3132- officially titled “Women’s Nursing and Regular Tops and Tunics”, but which I refer to as “the best nursing top ever”. As pretty much every mom (and lots of supportive dads) can agree, nursing is hard work- and it’s made more challenging by a lack of clothes and patterns that are designed for nursing and pumping moms.
When I saw the chance to review the Jalie 3132 pattern, I jumped, because I’m always up for more nursing clothes- ones that are actually stylish and allow me to feed my baby without a lot of fuss. This top fits the bill perfectly, and goes together very quickly. In addition to the extensive size range (0-22!), there are also options for sleeve length, top length, and style (hooded or V neck), and a non-nursing option as well.
When it’s time to feed baby (and we definitely tested this feature!), simply pull up the top portion to reveal the hidden nursing panel, and you’re good to go.
I did make a couple unintentional changes to my top, as I got distracted by the baby in question while sewing, and cut my sleeve and hem shorter than I should have. To solve the problem, I simply added bands on my sleeves and hems- an easy modification that gives you one more look! To do this, measure the length of your sleeve and hem openings, multiply each by .80, add seam allowances, and cut a band measuring 5-7” tall (depending on preference) by your calculated width. Serge/sew the short side of the bands together, and then attach them to your sleeve and hem openings, stretching to fit and matching the seams. Voila! Problem fixed!
I’m really excited about all the nursing friendly hoodies I can make with this pattern, and look forward to nursing in style all winter long!