Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Jalie 3022 Hack - Tie-Side Shorts by Dawn

Hi guys! It's Dawn, of Two On, Two Off, doin' a little guest blogging over at the Jalie blog. You knew it would happen eventually. I'm just waiting to get my Canadian citizenship so I can move into Jalie headquarters and be even more of a superfan. If they won't let me live there, I will be that creepy woman around the corner that asks for sugar at your door and then peeks around at the inside of your house. I'm sure they will love that . . .

Anyhoo, do you ever need some mind-numbing vegging time? On the computer? With Pinterest? I swear that site has caused several remodeling projects and several garments over the years. My husband has grown leary of my glassy-eyed admiration.

Me: Honey, what do you think about painting our bedroom Whispering Spring?
Honey Bear: Uh-huh.
Me: Ooooh, what about Quiet Moments?
Honey Man: What? Quiet what??
Me: You know, calm blue shades that will help us unwind. Ooooh, how about Beach Glass?
Him: *blink, blink*
Him: Oh crap, are you looking at Pinterest again?

Well this time I was not looking at paint. Instead I was flipping through the Jalie Inspiration photos. Have you seen those? They have inspiration photos and say, “Use Jalie XXXX and add length to make this summer cardigan.” I stumbled upon the Inspiration – Swimwear category and saw a few side gathered swim bottoms (go look, you know you want to). I knew if I added an inch or two of length, I would have a pair of cute running/summer shorts. So, voila, here you are. I wrote a little tutorial and everything. Aren’t you guys lucky?

First, you should know what I used for my base pattern. I used Jalie 3022 which is a yoga pants/shorts pattern. The pattern is available in both paper and PDF.

Okay, how cute are these shorts?? And really, they'd be cute even without the side detail.

I love the little tie detail on the side!!




And, as promised a little tutorial for you! Toot! Toot!!

Trace off your normal size for all the pieces, one front, two back pieces, two waistband pieces, and a waistband facing. Once you are done, add an EXTRA 1/2” seam allowance to the SIDE SEAMS of the front and back pieces. Be sure to transfer your notch marks to the new side seams. Don’t do anything to any other seams.


Cut out your fabric and sew the front and back together like this. You will be tempted to go ahead and sew your side seams too, DON’T.

Sew your inseam. I always serge this and do an extra zigzag there just to provide some secondary clothing malfunction safety. Eep! While you are at it, hem your shorts. Your side seams are still not sewn.

NOW, you can sew your side seams, but DON’T SERGE THEM! REMEMBER you are sewing this at 3/4” seam allowance!!! Your original seam allowance was 1/4” and you added another 1/2” allowance! You want a straight stitch. Yes, I know these are knit. You can either stretch the fabric while you sew (like I did) or use the lightening stitch. You want those seam allowances to lie flat when you are done!

Now, press those seam allowance open and sew them down. This creates a casing for your ties. I go from the inside and make sure my bobbin thread matches the outside. I used gray in the bobbin for my pair.

Here’s your hem.

This is what it looks like from the right side.

Make some knit tubes and thread them through your casings.

You want a little extra tube to stick out the top where you will attach it to the waistband.

Sew the waistband together and attach it like normal to the top of the shorts. When you sew this at the side seams, this will close the casing and secure the ties in the waistband seam.

From the inside. Yes, I use varigated thread in my serger loopers. :)

From the outside.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

4 Things to Know about Shipping

Your favorite retailer does not have the patterns you want on hand? You can order directly from us. We ship worldwide via Letter Mail (postal service) and Parcel services (Canada Post and UPS).

1 - Always enter your complete address

If you enter only a partial address, you will not see all options available and the quote might be incorrect.

Click anywhere on the page after entering the postal code to trigger a refresh of your shipping options

It is important that you enter not only the country, but also the state/province AND postal code in order for the shipping options to refresh.

2 - Use gift cards to get free or discounted shipping

We offer FREE SHIPPING on Canada / US orders $70 or more (international orders get a $20 discount). The thing is... you don't necessarily need 6 paper or PDF patterns that day.

To get to the $70 total, you can also use gift cards from you to you!

THREE PATTERNS ($39) + $40 GIFT CARD (to yourself) = ENOUGH FOR THE SHIPPING PROMO!  (you save $14.51 - not bad!)

If you always buy a gift card for the amount you need to reach a total of $70 you will never pay for shipping again! The gift cards are yours and never expire. Yes, buying a gift card means you "pre-pay" your future orders, but for many people, it is much better than paying for shipping :)

(By the way, this little trick may work on other websites too...)

3 - Choose the best shipping option for you

Here is a break down of the most popular options. Some are faster, some are cheaper...

Canada Post

Pros: Tracking, guaranteed delivery time, usually a bit faster than regular mail
Cons: More expensive than letter mail

AIR MAIL (US and International)
Pros: Reasonable price, 5-10 business days to all major cities, no customs
Cons: For 1-3 patterns only (500g max), no tracking

SMALL-PACKET (AIR) (US and International)
Pros: Usually the cheapest option, up to 2kg (8-14 patterns), 5-10 business days to all major cities
Cons: No tracking, no insurance (because no delivery confirmation), goes through customs (service fees may apply to collect VAT)

Pros: Usually the cheapest option, up to 2kg (8-14 patterns), 5-10 business days to all major cities, tracking, insurance
Cons: More expensive, goes through customs (service fees may apply to collect VAT)

XPRESSPOST (USA and International)
Pros: As fast as UPS, tracking, insurance, processing fees at customs may be less than UPS in some countries, no brokerage fees for US shipments
Cons: More expensive than UPS, still goes through customs (service fees may apply to collect VAT)

UPS (Canada)
Pros: As fast as Canada Post, more reliable in some areas. Next-day delivery available for some major cities.
Cons: More expensive than Canada Post in remote areas

UPS Standard (USA)
Pros: Usually a bit faster and cheaper than Canada Post / USPS
Cons: Brokerage fees on orders valued at $200 or more

UPS 3-day Select, Expedited, Saver, Express (USA)
Pros: Suuuuper fast, brokerage fees included, no surprises at delivery
Cons: More expensive

UPS Worldwide Expedited, Saver, Express (International)
Pros: Quick and reliable
Cons: Ships to less countries than Canada Post, fees will be charged upon delivery (check with UPS in your country to know exactly what they will charge you for brokerage and for paying the VAT on your behalf to clear customs)

4 - Avoid / minimize fees at delivery


UPS may charge brokerage fees and/or disbursement fees that can quickly add up to almost the full value of your pattern order! Before choosing UPS as your shipping option, we strongly recommend you check with them first to see if there is any way to avoid at least the disbursement fee.

In some countries, the postal service is the cheaper option overall. We never found all the import information for all countries gathered in one place, so Google, your local UPS office and postal service in your country is the best way to go to get that information.

We know that in France and Germany, the UPS fees are around 30 Euros for brokerage and disbursement. You know about the fees in your country? Please comment below. The more information everyone has, the better!


We charge GST only to orders shipping to Canada and QST (Quebec Sales Tax) to orders shipping to Quebec.

Depending on the value of your shipment, you may have to pay local taxes upon delivery (VAT in Europe for example). Some countries waive taxes on imports of smaller value, some others don't.

Sewing patterns are usually not subject to duty.

Please comment this post to share any information / experience about delivery by UPS or postal service in your country!

Friday, February 19, 2016

How to Print and Assemble your Jalie PDF Patterns

You successfully purchaseddownloaded and opened your Jalie PDF pattern in Adobe Reader or in your browser. You are now ready to print and assemble it.


  • Locate the page where you see a TEST rectangle. 
  • Print (it can be an icon in your PDF viewer or browser or you might have to go through the File menu to select print) that page only. In the Éléonore Jeans PDF, the TEST rectangle is on page one, so we set the printing range to page 1 only:
Printing the test page // page range: 1, fit to page NOT selected

When printing, make sure that:
  • You print at 100% scale. The labels in your dialog window may vary:
    • FIT TO PAGE: NO (or unchecked)
    • SCALE = 100% 
  • You use a fast printing option, not high quality (to save ink)
  • You print on one side only
  • If your pattern is layered (the information in included in the instructions when they are), hide the layers you do not wish to print, to print your size only.


  • If the measurements are ok:
    • Go ahead and print all the pages
  • If the rectangle is too big:
    • Change the scale to 99% or 98% until it is the right size
    • Print the other pages
  • If the rectangle is too small:
    • Change the scale to 101% or 102% until it is the right size
    • Print the other pages


On each page, you will see a border with thick corners. That is the edge of your pattern TILE (which is 7 1/2'' x 10'' in order to print on both Letter and A4 paper).

Fold one margin and tape the sheet onto the next one, matching marks and pattern lines

A diagram on one of the first pages shows you how to position each tile.
  • Cut or fold the right margin of each page
  • Tape/glue the tiles together, matching the border lines and corners (to form a little diamond), inside pattern pieces
  • Work row by row, left to right
  • Cut/fold the bottom margin of row 1 and tape it to row 2. Repeat for the other rows
Trim bottom of row and tape it to the following row

Once your pattern is assembled, you can trace or cut it. Remember that you can print your PDF sewing pattern as many times as you need, once it is saved to your computer.

If you reached the download limit because you forgot to save / had trouble downloading / hit the button too many times because of slow connection, do not hesitate to contact us.

We are always there to help :)

Happy sewing!

Friday, January 15, 2016

How to Download your Jalie PDF Patterns

You purchased a PDF pattern on the Jalie website and are not sure how to download and print it? This blog post if for you!


All roads lead to Rome! Here are three easy ways to get to your PDF patterns:

1 - Immediately after you submit your order

Click the link in the confirmation message to go directly to the Download Page

Oops! You hit back, closed the window? The link is no longer there? No worries you can still download your patterns:

2 - Through your Jalie account

Click "My Downloadable Pattern" under the "My Account" tab or the link at the very bottom of the page to see the list of PDF Patterns linked to your account.
Drop-Down Menu in the upper-right corner of the screen.
If you are logged out, you will need to log in to see it.

Links in the footer section, on all pages of our website. Visible at all times (logged in or not)

3 - Through your email confirmation

In your order confirmation (you receive the email within seconds after placing your order), you will see the pattern you purchased with a link next to the file name (in blue). Those links will take you to the download page.

You may have to enter your login information if you have not been on the Jalie website for a while. Your credentials are the email and password you used at checkout.


The My Downloadable Patterns is where you will find all PDF purchases, grouped by order and listed by date (the most recent purchases first). You can see how many downloads you have left for each file.

When you click the download button, the PDF will open in your browser. Once it is open, you can save the file locally to print with Acrobat Reader.

Once the PDF pattern is saved to your computer, you can print it as many times as you need to. We strongly recommend you do not print from your browser and it sometimes affect quality and scale.

The buttons may be slightly different on your computer / browser. You might have to go to the File menu to save the PDF

Choose a location you will easily find afterwards. Go to that folder, open the PDF with Acrobat Reader and then you are ready to print and assemble your PDF pattern.

You can also save the PDF without opening it in your browser (useful for larger files like our cycling apparel pattern or men's pants pattern that are scans or the original patterns):

  1. Right-click on the download button
  2. Select "save target as..." or "save linked file as..."
  3. Choose location and save 

Quick and easy way to save the patterns to your computer.
After saving, locate the files, open and print as many times as needed.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

How to Buy a Jalie PDF Pattern

You are not familiar with PDF patterns? Don't worry, we will show you how easy it is to order, download, print and assemble our downloadable patterns.

Why buy PDF pattern?


From the catalog (quick purchase without going to the pattern detail page): 

  1. Move your cursor over the pattern image, then over the shopping cart icon to open the little tab and click ADD TO CART and select PDF (if you only see Paper, it means that the patterns is only available in printed format)
  2. Click the ADD TO CART button

From the pattern detail page: 

  1. Check the PDF box
  2. Click the Add to Cart button

  3. The item will appear in your Shopping Cart.

  4. Click "GO TO NEXT STEP" when you are ready to check out.
  5. Complete the Order Form and Submit your order

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Collection - The Éléonore Pull-On Jeans

Jalie 3461 - Éléonore Pull-On Jeans

The Surrender

By now, you probably know that my daughter Éléonore is a little girl who knows what she wants. When it comes to pants, here is what a pair of pants need to have to get her approval:
  • comfy low rise waistband (the belly button is off limits!)
  • no buttons (not quick enough!)
  • slim leg (but not too tight!)
  • stretch woven (non-stretch denim is not comfortable enough, she wants her knits for leggings only and she claims lightweight non-stretch woven fabrics are "shorts fabrics")
Her requests did make sense (and aren't we all picky when it comes to jeans?) but being as stubborn as her, I tried to have her wear yoga pants, poplin pants, cute jeans with appliqués. She.would.not.budge. 

I decided I had to pick my battles and let her win this one because I don't want her to wear leggings until she goes to college (and I also wanted to avoid going insane... arguing with a pre-schooler about pants rise before 7am is not my favorite thing to do). 

Finding pants like that in stores is not impossible. The only problem is that she is 4 1/2 but her hips measurement is closer to a size 2. This leaves us with the usual two ready-to-wear options that I'm sure many of you face when shopping for pants: huuuuuge waist and ok legs or ok waist but legs that are way too short. 
In Québec, we have a familiar expression "Avoir de l'eau dan' cave" that literally means "to have water in the basement". We use it to describe pants that are too short, when kids outgrow their pants. Cute, isn't it?
Jeanne came to the rescue. Éléonore now has comfy pull-on jeans that fit at the waist and "has no water in the basement" :)

Jalie 3461 - Éléonore Pull-On Jeans
Also know as The Best Jeans in the Universe (according to this little model)

What started as a side project for my little one became an "official" pattern idea when a friend of Jeanne's came over and mentioned how difficult it was to find a great-looking pair of pull-on jeans/trousers. That's what we call great timing!

She preferred the feel of a wide waistband to the usual zipper fly and button but did not want to have pants that looked like denim jogging pants either. Pull-on pants and much quicker to sew too!

That's all Jeanne needed to hear to start grading her grand-daughter's pattern! We both tried the jeans in our size. We fell in love with the very first prototype! That's how our new pull-on jeans pattern was on its way to becoming one of our favorite items in this collection!

She loves her new jeans AND is thrilled that I own a matching pair!
(Éléonore is wearing the 3352 Dolman Top

The Pattern

Here is the nitty-gritty (which is pretty close to Élé's wish list!):
  • Designed for stretch woven fabrics with AT LEAST 20% stretch across the width
    • Please do not email me to know if your 10% stretch denim of if your lightweight poplin will work. You need 20% stretch or more.
    • Order samples when buying online as descriptions do not always include the fabric stretch. Here is how you measure fabric stretch.
      • Éléonore's favorite pair is made in this stretch twill. It is listed as a fabric with 15% stretch, but it's closer to 20%. Because of its lighter weight, it worked beautifully.
  • Wide waistband that hits just below or at the belly button
    • There is a one inch elastic inside the waistband. You can use a wider elastic if you have some on hand, it's really up to you.
    • We used the main fabric for the waistband, but you can also use a knit to make the jeans easier to pull on. 
    • You will have to use a knit waistband if you want to sew a waistband in a smaller size than your jeans (for example a size T waistband onto a size V jeans) and you want to make sure the waistband is nice and snug against your lower back.
  • Faux pockets at the front
    • Less bulk and much quicker assembly. 
    • With the yoke piece, you can easily hack the pattern and create your own pockets. I'm confident someone will blog about that hack or share something on PatternReview about this eventually ;)
  • Fitted through waist, hips and thighs, straight from the knee down
    • These are not skinny jeans, but are "skinny friendly". As a big-calf girl, I is SO frustrating when a pair of skinny jeans fits perfectly everywhere but that just want to explode at the calf! It's easier to take in than to let out.
    • With a straight leg, you make a first muslin and then decide by how much you want to take in your next pair (because you will want many, many Éléonore jeans in your closet). 
      • For example, Dawn took in 3/4'' at each side of the hem, 1/2" at the knee whereas I only had to take in 1/2'' at the hem and 1/8'' at the knee for the same fit.
Jalie 3461 - Éléonore Pull-On Jeans
Easy to turn into skinny jeans!
  • Yoke and real pockets at the back
    • For a "real-jeans" look and because pockets are on MY wish list.
  • 1 cm (3/8'') seam allowance
    • You can sew it with your serger at 6 mm (1/4'') for a little more ease
  • Two lengths
    • Long and cropped (pixie, pedal pusher, capri...).

This sewing pattern is now available on our website in paper and PDF formats.

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Collection - The Bella Fit and Flare Dress

Jalie 3460 - Bella fit and flare dress
(in a drapey polyester knit)

How it all started

Last October, we received this email:
This is my heartfelt plea for you to expand your ballroom dancing section to include dresses suitable for competition and exam use. Like so many young dancers' mums (I'm actually a grandmother), I'm struggling to find suitable patterns for juvenile (under 12s) and junior (12+) dancers.
At first, we thought we could never, e-v-e-r fit a ballroom dress pattern onto a pattern sheet. We were not sure we wanted to launch a two-sheet pattern but because we were absolutely stunned by the price of ready-to-wear ballroom dresses out there ($300+ for a very basic dress), we thought it would make many mom (and grandmothers) happy with a pattern.

Jalie 3460 - Juvenile ballroom dance dress with bishop sleeve
(stretch crushed velvet dress, stretch lace sleeve and lightweight knit leotard)

The pattern includes a leotard that is attached to the dress at the armholes (this way, there is no pulling at the neck if the fit on the leo is a little short and less layers at the neckline). Needless to say that it was not difficult convincing our little model to wear a "princess dress" and twirl for the photo shoot :)

Jalie 3460 - Bella fit and flare dance dress with attached leotard
Stretch lace over polyester knit leotard - Many stretch laces available at FunkiFabrics

Love at first twirl

Knowing Dawn sews at lightning speed, I asked her if she was willing to test the pattern (with a regular sleeve, without the leotard), just to see how it would fit on her tall and slim twins.

The response was, let's say, pretty positive :)
There was too much begging, I had to make another one [...] The dress is amazing. Bella is asking me to wash it so she can wear it again. :) Both of the twins have been wearing it in the evenings and twirling in it. Obviously a winner. 
We were so focused on the original request that it hadn't even crossed our minds to make it as an everyday, fun little dress too! We decided to add a cap sleeve and voilà! The Bella dress was born!

The pattern

We went all out! Here are the specs:

  • Two lengths: knee and ankle
  • Princess seams - great for fitting, color blocking (or mixing a bold print for the center front panel with solid side panels) or adding pockets!
  • Three sleeves: long, cap or bishop sleeve
  • Optional leotard (I plan on hacking that piece to make a fitted slip under a lace dress like this Boohoo Ivy Dress!)
  • Scoop neck (higher in the front, lower in the back)
    • I tried the dress backwards and guess what?! I love it even more! Thanks to the generous stretch of the fabric (60% in the length and width), it fits perfectly both ways!!! Here is our model, wearing the dress backwards:

Jalie 3460 Bella Dress - Backwards for a lower front neckline

This dress is perfect for twirling, and we mean it! The skirt is a full circle and the great thing about it is that the flare starts lower than the waist. This means no wardrobe malfunction when twirling too much. You will only be showing a lot of leg :)

Jalie 3460 - Bella Dress - Full-circle skirt hem finished with horsehair braid

Éléonore wore a prototype last Christmas in glitter velvet with a lighter knit sleeve. Jeanne finished the hem with horsehair braid for a special touch. It really gives more oomph to the circle skirt and it is almost easier to sew than a regular hem!

Jalie 3460 Bella Dress - In stretch velvet with polyester knit sleeve and leotard
More recently Jeanne made her a new "beach-cover-up" version in a printed spandex that matches her bikini! It is basically a knee-length rash guard that covers the bikini bottom (and the legs, when she is crouching). Great for building sand castles AND stopping for ice cream on the way from the beach :)

We love it when specialized patterns like this one turn out to be so versatile!