New Collection - The Carmen Skating Dress

Jalie 3465 - Carmen Skating Dress
(long sleeve with point and finger loop, nude glitter mesh sleeve with lace-over-neon spandex bodice and skirt)
Jalie 3465 - Carmen Skating Dress
(long sleeve, in a printed stretch mesh / neon spandex combo)
Making a seamless sleeve was no easy task, but we worked hard and are so happy with the final result and very proud to share it with you today!

Who is Carmen?

We did not name this dress after the famous opera or famous detective. Carmen is the owner of Entreprises Rodebec, our town's best kept secret. She opened the store in the 70's, selling speed skating skates and has now become a reference in the region for gymnastics, skating, synchro swimming, dance.

At 78 (going on 30!) she is always there, welcoming young athletes every day with her beautiful smile, singing as she cuts fabrics and counts rhinestones.

Whenever we need something for a skating costume or photo shoots (fabric, feathers, ballet slippers, rhinestones, skates, chiffon in 750 different color, tiaras, name it!) we call her to the rescue, even when the store is closed!

We go there so often that Rodebec was the kids' first official Jalie fabric shopping experience!

2-week old Henri and 6-month old Éléonore shopping for fabric at Rodebec

The Dress

  • Seamless sleeve: three-quarter length, long or with point and finger loop
  • Keyhole back with clasp to hold the sleeve at center back.
  • A-line skirt with hem shape than makes the leg look longer

The seamless sleeve style has been very popular in skating competitions in the past years. Nude mesh for a strapless dress illusion and tone-on-tone were the two styles we would see.

Jalie 3465 - Carmen Skating Dress
(three-quarter sleeve, in a blue glitter mesh / blue glitter velvet combo)

For a little inspiration, take a look at Yuna Kim's seamless sleeves that were absolutely stunning: nude mesh sleeve with lots of rhinestones, black mesh sleeve with gradient bodice and skirt.

We played around with fabrics and loved printed sleeves (in opaque spandex or stretch mesh). You can find lots of stretch mesh fabric at Funki Fabrics. They also carry stretch lace that has a lovely stretch both ways. They would make stunning dresses for a flamenco / latin program with matching velvet or solid spandex.

Éléonore trying a blue mesh / blue spandex Carmen Dress prototype

It also makes a great Elsa dress (Frozen... sooooo 2014):
Carmen Dress prototype as Halloween costume... why not?
Jalie 3465 in white glitter mesh, mystique bodice and nylon spandex skirt

Mix and Match

As we explained in the Anne Cheerleading Uniform blog post, the two patterns are compatible at the waist. This means that you can use the Carmen bodice and pair it with the Anne shorts or skort! Awesome, isn't it?


Anne-Marie said…
You know how much I love to hack your pattern. This dress would make a perfect base for a cocktail dress. Wonderful lines. Simple, pure lines for a perfect pattern, on the ice or on the street ;-)

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