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More Sewing Patterns on Our E-Patterns Site

I recently received many emails from people looking for our Women's Shirt (2322) and Jean Jacket (2320) patterns. Both were discontinued a while ago and since we will not reprint them, we decided to add them to our e-pattern line, along with the 2443 gymnastics leotard pattern.

You can now purchase them at Once you save a pattern to your computer, you can print/cut it as often as you need. Taping the pages is time consuming, but you don't need to trace it afterwards... Simply cut the pattern and print it again in the future if you need it in another size.

Mademoiselle Jalie

I am happy to introduce you to Éléonore! She was born on October 3rd (a full week late), weighing a healthy 8 lbs and measuring 19 inches long. Even though things are not as stressful with baby, it is a bit of a challenge having a toddler and a newborn under the same roof :) We are very lucky, she is a very calm baby and Henri is an amazing, very caring big brother and his "terrible two" is not so terrible after all.

Since staying home all day is not my forte, I have been in and out of the office for the last couple of weeks, bringing baby and daddy along. We are already brainstorming for the next collection and some exciting new projects... Stay tuned!

The New Sewing Patterns Are In!

Our latest sewing patterns are now in the warehouse (love the smell of fresh ink!). All pre-orders have been shipped and life is back to normal until baby girl arrives (it could be any day now) :)

I can't wait to read the first new collection review... What will it be? Dress, Skatewear, Swimwear?

I went for a family photo shoot and for the "belly shots", I wore a black wrap halter top with all-black yoga pants. I had to fold the waistband over because of the (huuuuge) belly, but it still looked very nice. Henri and his dad had matching black t-shirts

Because my bust measurement is pretty much all "ribs and back", let's just say that I needed less coverage for the wrap (it looked like the little girls' wraps on me and I wanted it a bit lower). We did a little alteration to reduce the width of the wrap on the side, but that took only a few minutes (no need to cut anything, two small stitches did the trick) and the result was exactly what I wanted. I will …

New Patterns Now Available for Pre-Order

Good news! You can now place your pre-order for the new sewing patterns. They should be ready to ship around the 23rd. Happy shopping!

New Sewing Patterns Preview - 7 of 7

Last but not least! 3028 - Figure Skating Dresses, a figure skating dress pattern with a twist... literally :)

This pattern includes two upper bodice styles and optional flounce for the tiered A-line skirt.
View A has a twist front and allows for fun color blocking when you use two different fabrics for the twist piece layers. View B has a halter neckline with a pinched V front. This style will be very popular amongst skaters who like Joanie Rochette's halter dresses! The back is open with a piece that goes across, just below the shoulder blades. An elastic is sewn where the upper and lower bodice meet for a nice snug fit.

A teenager who saw the dress told me it reminded her of Bella's prom dress in Twilight (that I have not had a chance to watch - so I quicly went online to take a look and SHE WAS RIGHT!!! Longer flounces and the right blue would indeed work wonderfully for a Bella program :)

Now that you have seen previews of the entire collection, you will have a to wait a f…

New Sewing Patterns Preview - 6 of 7

Sorry for the delay! My long weekend was pretty busy with pre-press work, pre-baby renovations, and painting/decorating Henri's bowling-themed big boy bedroom - yes... my son is obsessed with bowling... I don't know why... but he is :)
The next pattern in the list is actually three pieces that people will not necessarily wear together, but that will be a staple pattern for costumes of all kinds and for those of you who like quick projects: 3027 - Dancewear

The pattern includes the following:
Wrap halter top (also shown in the yoga pants pictures) - This top looks great on its own, but is also very cute as a swimsuit cover-up or over a cami. This is why I plan to wear (in black) for my "official" pregnancy pictures (with all-black yoga pants). It will be much better than the plain tube top they had at the studio when I went for my first pregnancy!Pull-on spiral skirt (6 gores) - The perfect pattern to get rid of those tiny knit pieces in your stash that are just too pr…

New Sewing Patterns Preview - 5 of 7

Over the years, we received requests from all over the world for rhythmic gymnastics and twirling costumes. We were a little hesitant due to the special requirements for those costumes, but a few months ago, we received an email from a very talented sewist from the UK who was a real inspiration and we decided to go ahead with the design, backed with her expertise and very specific requirements that guided us though the design.
Thank to this great collaboration, pattern 3026 - Rhythmic Gymnastics Leotard will now allow gymnasts from all over the world to get a unique leotard without breaking the bank.

The leotard can be made with or without the short A-line skirt. For the yellow and pink leotards, we cut flowers from  printed spandex and sewed them all over one side and cut 1-cm-wide stripes that we sewed to the sleeves for a spiral effect.

The ribbon and start appliqué pattern is included in the pattern and we indicate in the instructions when appliqués should be sewn to make it as ea…

New Sewing Patterns Preview - 4 of 7

Now, a sewing pattern for skaters of all ages and levels that need fun pieces for practice: 3025 - Figure Skating Dresses. Even though this pattern is labeled as a skating pattern, I'm sure many people will make good off-the-ice use of this pattern.
The pattern includes two short freestyle skirts and two longer dance dress that would be great for ballroom dancing:
View A: A-Line skirt with optional patch pocketView B: Fishtail skirtView C: Asymmetrical skirtView D: Circular skirtAll styles have a yoke with 3/4'' elastic and attached briefs. View D is shorter on the sides so that the leg looks longer.

For those who are wondering about the leotard on the pictures, it is sewing pattern 2674. We simply omitted the skirt and pinched the front using the technique shown in our unitard and tutu pattern.

I can't skate, but plan on making the asymmetrical skirt or fishtail skirt in a nice slinky when I am back to pre-pregnancy size. I will most probably turn it into a simple pull…

New Sewing Patterns Preview - 3 of 7

Those of you who attended PR Weekend in Montreal in May had to chance to see (and even try on) new pattern 3024 - Dresses.
This new sewing pattern is an empire dress pattern with a choice of three different necklines and an optional flounce. A dress... Yes! Jalie now has a dress pattern :) Not only is is very versatile, but you can sew this under an hour. That's even faster than driving to the closest store to find a dress that fits!
View A is a short kimono sleeve and boat neckline with hidden binding
View B is a sleeveless cross-over neckline with visible bindingView C is a sleeveless scoopneck neckline with visible binding Here is a picture of View A made in one solid color with the optional flounce at the hem for a longer dress:

Here is a picture of View C we made with a striped knit we found in Montreal during PR weekend. Having the waist inset and skirt of the same color gives a totally different shape to the dress, raising the waistline to the narrowest part of the body.


New Sewing Patterns Preview - 2 of 7

Many of you emailed us asking for more swimwear. some of you asked for swim dresses, others for tankinis with wider shoulder straps for more support, some wanted hip and young designs while others wanted something suitable for moms, with more coverage, but not too much. You talked, we listened!
Here is the next pattern in our new collection:3023 Tankini / Skirtini

This pattern includes:
 A tank top with integrated shelf bra, side shoulder straps (that can be sewn straight or crossed in the back) and optional casings at side seams for adjustable ruching. I have been wearing those tank top prototypes (in a more subtle cotton lycra) during the whole summer (which as not been very pregnancy-friendly for Quebec standards!!!)Briefs with a wide waistband that pleases both kids and adults - not too low, not too high. The waistband has a hidden elastic (same technique as the yoga pants) at the top.Swim skirt with attached panties and wide waistband. Many moms will be happy to finally have an swi…

New Sewing Patterns Preview - 1 of 7

I know that many of you have been waiting for news of the upcoming collection for a while. Without further ado, here are some pictures of the first pattern to be release soon (before the end of the month):3022 - Yoga Pants and Shorts

We recently discontinued pattern 2445 to replace it with this super-flattering, tighter fitting and more jogging-friendly pattern. The pattern will be available in 27 sizes.

Here are the main differences with pattern 2445:
Waistband has a hidden elastic (topstitching only visible on the wrong side of the waistband) that keeps the waistband from riding downThe outer waistband allows for fun color blocking (i.e. getting rid of tiny knit pieces in your stash that you just can't use for other project but that are too cute to throw away)The leg is more fitted and the flare now fits much better over a pair of sneakersThere is a seam on the back of the leg that 1) makes it much easier to adjust for those (lucky) ones who have skinny thighs and 2) breaks the …

Back in Stock

Just a short post to let you know that reprints of our running skirt (2796), sports tops (2563), women's underwear (2568) and cloth diaper pattern (2907) are now back in stock. Please allow for a few days/weeks for your favorite retailer to replenish their stock (you might want to contact them if you have a pending order). If you were planning on buying on, the patterns are already back on the "In Stock" list.

We are currently sewing garments for the new pattern covers... Next step: photo shoots! I will be posting sneak peaks soon. Stay tuned!

How to Use Double-Needles

I sometimes receive emails from customers who ask for tips an tricks for things like sewing fold-over elastic, topstitching knit tops and hemming. I often recommend double needles for a neat look, but I realized that many people are afraid of using them (and don't sew enough to justify purchasing a cover stich machine).

Since we do not have time to come up with little videos or articles about sewing techniques at the moment, I thought I would share one I found this morning with you. There is an interesting video on Nancy's Notions that shows the different sizes available (and the use for each of them) and how to use double-needles to hem a knit garment.

Double-needles come in very handy with the following sewing patterns:
2564 - Women's underwear (using fold-over elastic)2915 - Tutu pattern (topstitching the leotard)2796 - Skort pattern (topstitching the pocket and hem)2558 - Shrug pattern2563 - Bra tops (currently out of stock)They are also great when sewing swimwear in o…

All our Sewing Patterns on the Same Page

This is a minor addition to our online catalog, but some of you might find it useful. We added a category called Sewing Patterns by Jalie that displays all our current patterns on the same page (no need to browse around to look at all our patterns).

On that page, you can filter the results to view our latest collection or patterns that will soon be discontinued (i.e. sewing patterns available in very limited quantities that will not be reprinted). These new catalog sections are listed at the bottom on the left-hand side of our website.

Jalie in Sew News

In the current issue of SewNews (June/July 2010), there is an article about swimwear and three of our patterns are shown in the Swimwear Showcase (One-Piece Swimsuit (2317)Tankini (2447) and Board Shorts (2678) (our Board Shorts pattern 2578 being the only men's pattern in the bunch!). It is always quite an honor to see our pattern covers in such popular magazines!

The article is quite interesting. It describes how to make a bathing suit (not a Jalie pattern though) and adapt a pattern to include bra cups for additional bust support. Many people are afraid to tackle swimwear project, but with all the beautiful fabrics available out there (and the sometimes ridiculously high price of RTW swimwear), I really think that everyone should try to make a swimsuit/bikini/tankini at least once!

For those coming to PR Weekend in Montreal, just ask me and I will tell you where to find fun (and affordable) swimwear material on fabric shopping day (we will be on beautiful-lycra hunt too for…

A Special "+1" for PR Weekend Montreal

For those who did not know, Jeanne will be a guest at Pattern Review Weekend Montreal in June (18-20). She will give a few demos with your favorite Jalie patterns, showing different technique, tips and tricks. We will bring cases of patterns along as well and lots of Jalie garments in different sizes for people to try on.

I will be there to translate the demo (and chit-chat) and of course enjoy 3 days in a city that I loooove! We are very excited and are really looking forward to seeing everyone and meeting new PR Friends! We will soon get started on that "travelling trunk show" to get as much done as possible for the event. Any special requests from people who will be in Montreal and are still unsure about trying a new Jalie pattern? :)

If you are not familiar with PR Weekends (or Pattern Review) and would like to know more about this fun sewing getaway, make sure you check out the "PR Weekend in Canada" post on the Pattern Review message board. Registration is o…

Discontinued Yoga Pants Pattern

Some of you emailed me about discontinued pattern 2445 to know if we would reprint it. The bad news is that we decided to discontinued the pattern, so we will not reprint it, BUT it is now available as a download on our e-patterns store. We will also add pattern 2215 later this week.


True Work of Art

This post won't be very long... Henri has been sick two weeks ago, I caught his cold, which turned into a sinusitis... Now the doctor tells me I have an ear infection... g-r-e-a-t! Let's just say that I'm not 100% productive and that unfortunately the blog is the first thing to get bumped down the "to-do" list...

In today's post, I would like to talk about a customer's blog. Dani, who lives in Australia and makes ballet costumes for her daughter, got in touch with us a few weeks ago. She sent us pictures of what she had made with the 2915 tutu pattern. I was more than impressed with the quality of her sewing and attention to details! 
She recently set up a blog where she discusses her latest creations and where everyone can see pictures of her beaaaaaaaautiful tutus. Seriously... All those lovely fabrics, colors, decorations... The hours of work... We can really tell that she has a true passion for both dance and sewing.

If you want to see real princess dre…

As Promised...

Here is a little "action shot" showing how well my new bathing suit (made with sewing pattern 2916) did in the fun Salvadorian waves and a closeup of the back, which is what makes it special.

Since there was no lining in the upper front (because the fabric did not have the best stretch, we did not line the entire front like the unitard pattern calls for), we decided to use a little trick we learned from a local skater mom. I picked and old (and ugly) beige bra that we sewed to the front (where the straps are) and at the back (where the first loop is). To know where to sew the bra, I simply wore it underneath the bathing suit, dear mom marked the front and back edges onto the bra, sewed the bra where it should be and I cut (it does feel weird to cut a bra, but it was for a good cause!) whatever exceeded the edges.

I was very pleased with the result. Even though the bra doesn't have much padding, its wire helps for shaping and it acts as a very good lining where it's n…

A Little Vacation...

After this crazy new collection rush, we are taking a few days off. I will be on the sandy beaches of El Salvador recharging my batteries to get our creative juices flowing when we reopen on January 26. This will be my first vacation without Henri (thanks mom!)... I'm going to miss him soooo much!

Meanwhile if you need some patterns, the following stores should have the patterns you need:
A Little Extra with Ronwarb (Australia)
Atelier de couture Michèle (QC, Canada) Club Tissus (QC, Canada)
Davey Fabrics (AB, Canada) (UK) (Netherlands) (Netherlands) (France)Pattern Review (US) (US)
Sundrop Textiles (BC, Canada)I will be packing mostly bikinis for the week, but I wanted to have a one-piece suit, just in case. As usual, I called mom to the rescue for some last-minute sewing. We taped 2916 bodice to 2800 panties (I didn't want a seam at the waist) and I now have a cute one-piece with a pinch front and…