Jalie swimwear – part deux


Jalie patterns provide the child to adult sizes in each pattern they produce. They’re very family friendly.

Funkifabrics gave me a decent amount of dyesplosion so my littlest niece now has her own dyesplosion beach set for Summer. 

The brand new print you see above was created by Funkifabrics to help raise money for Children in Need. 25% profits made from this fabric will be donated to help the lives of disabled children in the UK.

Jalie swimshorts
My littlest niece is very active so these swimshorts (3351) with swim bottoms work for her (and are approved by her Mum too).

She has been through the ‘pink clothes’ stage and she now loves bright colours so dyesplosion works for her.

The built in pants are made from dyesplosion too.

Jalie top

View B (3247) halter style, seemed the best (practical) option for my littlest niece. 

Finished set

Cut for print placement

The lining is sewn onto the front and then the fold over elastic is sewn on.
About the fabrics 

Funki Fabrics are polyester print base and they are also: 

  • Ulta chlorine resistant
  • Pilling resistant
  • Shape retention
  • Two way stretch 
  • UV protective

Something to consider.

I still had leftover pink lycra in my stash so I made her a pink version using Jalie 3247 view A, racer back top. 

The fabric has a bit of pattern line in it so I obliged and made sure the lighter pink circles balanced across these two pieces.

Below is shows the final hemming stage of construction.

She now has plenty of ‘play wear’ that can be washed many times over.

Thank you Funkifabrics for dyesplosion and Jalie patterns for 3351 and 3247. The hot weather is here and so are some really cute beach outfits for the littlest niece.

Postscript 24 November 2014: The littlest niece loved all of these pieces. She loved the pink set more than I thought. She loved the dyesplosion set too. The Mum’s who saw the dyesplosion set were ready to put in orders for a few more sets for gymnastics. Jalie’s patterns are spot on. The colours in these Funkifabrics are excellent.

Funkifabrics gym gear

The time to wear tame gym gear is over, thanks to Funkifabrics*.
Dyesplosion was my first print choice from Funkifabrics. This print has lots of strong colours and various dyesplosion points. 

You can see the size of the print when you click on the print image. The image is framed with a ‘tape measure’. That’s what drew me to choose dyesplosion. The challenge was getting the print placement as right as possible. As Funkifabrics is a UK fabric manufacturer I then choose two of FehrTrade’s patterns for this print.

XYT top
Dyesplosion and Funkifabric’s lining are used to keep me ‘in place’. I chose XYT Y-back version and used a red lycra accent for a bit of interest. 

This dyesplosion XYT top works well whether I have a tan or not. We’ve just hit Spring or you could say Spring has hit us in Australia, and so this is as fair as my skin gets.

Duathlon leggings
There’s a huge dyesplosion spot on this print so I managed to place it on the side of my legs. 
Wearing dyesplosion duathlon leggings and one of my first XYT tops.
The pockets break up this big print. So my cyclist thighs look like their exploding.

I’ve kept these leggings to above the knee length so I can wear these for boot camp training or cycling classes.
Hamming it up before class
The ‘gym style police’ suggested I wear these pieces separately. So I’ve complied with their request.
The seams are overlocked.
Tech points
If you only have one sewing machine, you can sew this top up using a slim zigzag stitch for the seams and twin needle for top stitching.

I used the overlocker and coverstitch machines to sew these pieces together. 
Here on the left you can see the clear elastic has been zigzag stitched to the neckline.
On the right I’m coverstitching it for a clean finish.
See how nicely the coverstitching looks.
The good news is my coverstitch machine loves this fabric!!! So that means it’s a sturdy quality fabric ie not flimsy.
Here’s an inside look at the XYT built in bra.
The lining from FunkiFabrics has great recovery. It’s soft on my skin and it feels nicer than some of the powermesh I’ve been able to buy locally.

Wash and wear
As soon as this fabric arrived at my door step I threw this straight into the washing machine on normal cycle and then put it out on a very warm day. The colour held fast and I didn’t notice any shrinkage or colour fade. This print is as vibrant as it was when it arrived.

This print has no right way or ‘right side up’ to it. This fabric also has lots of stretch in all directions. So from my point of view, this is a versatile print. You can place your pattern pieces in any direction and get the most out of this fabric.

*About Funkifabrics

They manufacture unique and special activewear fabric. You can read more about them here

Considering sewing your own activewear? Read Susan’s activewear.

PS: The local gym now has me on CCTV – LOL.

Jalie swimwear – part un

Activewear/swimwear is a Jalie specialty. I was given two new Jalie patterns to use with dyesplosion from Funkifabrics.
Every Summer there’s usually a beach picnic and I find it a hassle to keep changing from picnic clothes to swimwear. These Jalie swimshorts (3351) suit my needs for both situations. 
A view of the swim shorts with built in swim bottoms
Jalie have used their cool side pockets (similar to their skort pattern) and this clever pattern provides built in swimwear bottoms too. You can add these bottoms in or leave them out. I’ve added these in!
I did a test version of these swimshorts and found I only needed to add 2cm to the centre back seams of the shorts and swimwear bottoms. That’s it. 
I road tested the first version at a spin class and they passed. I didn’t feel less dressed than when I usually wear tights. The gym fashion police were silent too 🙂
Side view of swim shorts with blue contrast.
The Jalie elastic measurements were spot on. They usually are.
So by the time I made my dyesplosion version, it took me 2 hours ‘tops’ to make my new dyesplosion swimshorts. This time I used a blue panel under the pocket piece for interest. I used this blue fabric for the swim bottoms too.
Crop top
Racer back tops give my shoulders a lot of relief and this Jalie pattern (3247) offers 3 crop top versions. Oh and two basic shorts version to boot!
Front view of this new swim set
This time I didn’t test this pattern. I simply went ahead and made view C with the double crisscross straps. I knew the Funkifabrics lining was going to hold me in nicely so the only adjustment I needed to make was with the strap lengths. 
Back view
The fabric has really good recovery.
Ok, so I placed the large dyesplosion on one side on the front piece. That was easy enough to do.
Inside look at the top
View B was my next choice because again, the only real adjustment would be the halter length. I was happy with the top length on View C. 

With Summer on our heels, here are some local Jalie stockists:A Little Extra With Ronwarb (eBay store)

Flash Fabrics Located in Hobart (TAS)
Glitter and DanceSew N’ Dance Located in Epping (VIC) – Figure skating, gymnastics, and dance patterns
Sew Squirrel online store – selected patterns for men, women and children
Zebra Fabrics online store – selected patterns (women, activewear)
Zigzag Sewing Located in Georgetown (NSW)
For Kiwi readers:
Pattern Postie

About the fabrics 
Funki Fabrics are a polyester print base and they are also: 
  • Ulta chlorine resistant
  • Pilling resistant
  • Shape retention
  • Two way stretch 
  • UV protective
If you’re seriously considering sewing your own activewear, read Susan’s activewear post that she wrote earlier this year. Her sewing industry knowledge is priceless.