Two Jersey Knit Casual Tops

I purchased this beautiful Mood Fabrics poly floral jersey at the first of September:

I bought 2 yards with the intention of one knit top. Well, I pulled out the Renfrew top and Jalie 2921 trying to decide which one to make. Sometimes I feel like that is the hardest decision in sewing—what pattern to use? I posted my dilemma on Instagram and Carolyn was the only one to voice an opinion, which was the Jalie. Well, I cut out the Renfrew first but no worries, Carolyn, I had enough fabric to make the Jalie, too. My choice of the Renfrew, was one that would show off this fabric, it looks like a watercolor. I selected the fabric for the purple and plums which seemed more fall to me. Editor’s note: Loads more jersey prints available here at MoodFabrics.com.

Mood Fabrics' Soft floral knit jersey top Sewaholic Renfrew top

It is a fun top, looks good with dark corduroys and will be good for the fall. This is the first time I made the 3/4 sleeve in the Renfrew. In the future, I need to eliminate some of the width in the cuffs, as they are a bit wide for my forearm. So do note that if you make this sleeve length.

Mood Fabrics' soft floral jersey knit

I had enough fabric for the Jalie 2921, so in the end I did not have to pick one pattern over the other. Carolyn, you were right, the Jalie tie top is a much better fit for the fabric. It just looks so much better in the combination of the fabric and pattern. In the future, I will cut out and sew your suggestion first. My moral of this story, when in doubt, ask a friend! With all the social media, opinions are readily available. My social media choice is Instagram, because as the name states, it is instant!

Mood fabrics' soft floral jersey top

With this Jalie top and the cut of the top, I will be able to wear this top with jackets and cardigans. This floral knit was very easy to sew. My only tip if using a regular sewing machine to hem the top, interface the hem with a knit fusible. Make sure the stretch of the knit interfacing is going with the stretch of the knit. By using the interfacing, it will stabilize the hem, especially if using a twin needle.

Mood fabrics knit top with ties, Jalie 2921 with a jacket

Here is a side-by-side comparison

side by side

Which do you like better?

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Comments


  • Pam
    September 27, 2013

    I’m kinda in love with the Jalie top — so I’m going for the Jalie — but your other top is very nice as well — I can see it paired with some casual shorts too!

    • Lori
      September 27, 2013

      Thanks, Pam, the Jalie top is such a winner it is easy to love.

  • Peter
    September 27, 2013

    Love the print, Lori. My preference is the Renfrew — I like the simpler lines and the way the wider neckline frames your neck and face. Great job on both!

    • Lori
      September 27, 2013

      Thanks, Peter, I went back and looked at the pictures and I like your perspective. I always prefer lower round neck tops and now I know why!

  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    September 27, 2013

    I like the draped front, it’s more feminine and goes with the floral theme of the fabric.

    • Lori
      September 27, 2013

      Thanks, you are right the fabric does suit the drape.

  • Cissie
    September 27, 2013

    Both tops are very nice with that yummy fabric. I can’t choose — you just can’t go wrong with either pattern!

    • Lori
      September 27, 2013

      Thanks, Cissie, it is yummy fabric, you are so right. I wanted to venture out from my typical Renfrew but I do love that pattern.

  • Karen
    September 27, 2013

    Both tops are beautiful, I don’t think Icould choose a favorite. However, I think the renfrew looks more romantic to me, like date night romantic, and I agree with Peter’s comment about it framing your face nicely.

    • Lori
      September 27, 2013

      Thank you, Karen. I appreciate it. I will pass along the date night to hubby! I will look at tops and necklines differently and consider framing my face. Thanks for the input.

  • Carolyn
    September 28, 2013

    This made me laugh out loud! They are both pretty tops and both work well with the fabric but of course I love the Jalie one best. I think the print just works better with the Jalie silhouette. Though I am jealous that you got two tops out of the two yards of fabric!

    • Lori
      September 28, 2013

      Happy to provide a chuckle! You have a great eye for pattern and fabric, I think you for your opinion. I didn’t have any fabric left that would have been enough for a pattern piece.

  • Ginger
    September 29, 2013

    Really, really cute! I love both of these on you!

    • Lori
      September 29, 2013

      Thanks so much, they will be good transitional tops.

  • oonaballoona
    September 29, 2013

    they’re both beautiful–but if i had to pick i’d go renfrew. shows off your figure!

    • Lori
      September 29, 2013

      Thank you so much, the Renfrew was needing a vote, it was feeling lonely! LOL

  • Mood Sewing Network
    September 30, 2013

    I love the draped front top but they both look great!

    • Lori
      September 30, 2013

      Thanks, that one seems to be a favorite.

  • lsaspacey
    September 30, 2013

    I thought I would prefer the Jalie but I like the Renfrew with the way the sleeve and hip bands seem to give the top more weight and make the fabric look more substantial. It also stands out more and has more of a presence.

    • Lori
      September 30, 2013

      Thanks, it is amazing how the fabric looks different in each top.

  • Amanda S.
    September 30, 2013

    Both are nice and now you don’t have any leftovers in the remnant pile! Perhaps one of your sweet daughters could wear one and then y’all would match! Or not. Probably grown daughters are not into that anymore… Can you tell I’m sleep deprived? :)

    • Lori
      September 30, 2013

      Thanks, Amanda, no I think my daughters would melt into the pavement if they thought we were wearing the same thing.

  • Lauren
    October 1, 2013

    I love this as a Renfrew, but you’re right that the Jalie is definitely better. It really works with that print – and I love how you styled it with the denim jacket.

  • Amy
    October 2, 2013

    I love a good bow, so I really like the Jalie top here. But, I’m also a huge fan of the Renfrew. I wonder what the Renfrew would have looked like with the cowl neck in this fabric? Either way, you’ve got yourself two very nice new shirts!