Congratulations to Elise Woolstenhulme! Her photo of the 3241 X-Back gymnastics leotard she made for her daughter (and the lovely story behind it) received the most votes on our Facebook page.
Ann's Fabric Shop, 50$ in trims at Glory's House and two Jalie patterns. We want to thank all participants and our sponsors who made this contest possible!
Yesterday was gymnastics night. Two hours sitting and watching Henri stretch, jump, roll, land/fall, try the same little things over and over without giving up... He just started the pre-competitive program. 4 hours a week does seems like a lot for a little boy, but we are giving it a try because he loved it... just like the 100+ older kids and teenagers training at the club.
With the Olympics coming up, I can't help but thing about all those moms (and dads) who spent countless hours at the rink, gym, driving back and forth and reorganizing family routines around their little athletes' schedule.
Many of them also spent many nights tracing, cutting, sewing… For 30 years, Jalie has helped thousands of mothers make practice and competition clothing for their children… Millions of little outfits made with our patterns worldwide since 1983… Crazy, isn't it? It's great to be part of that :)
Every week, I recognize Jalie gymnastics leotards in the crowd and it fills my heart with joy when I hear a child say very proudly "my mom/grandmother made it". We have heard many stories about "special dresses" or "lucky leotards" from customers. I truly believe that it really makes all the difference in the world when the child knows a loved one took the time to make something unique, just for him/her.
Henri wanted a new leotard for his "big-boy" class. This time he wanted pants (not shorts), like the older gymnasts wear, a black and white leotard with a big gold maple leaf appliqué in the front and red appliqués on each side of it, just like the Canadian flag. "It will be like a Canadian gold medal" he said. The look on his face when he saw his idea turned into a real garment was priceless and he was ready to conquer the world. It is crazy how less than a meter of lycra can boost self-esteem!
Are you a gym/skate mom too? Would you like to win supplies for your next project?
Submit a photo of a garment you made for a little athlete using a Jalie pattern and share your story with us. We will share submissions on our Facebook page and the owner of the photo/story with the most "Likes" will win:
- Two Jalie patterns
- 50$ in fabric from Ann's Fabric Shop (in store or online)
- 50$ in trims and appliqués from Glory's House
It can be an old or new photo. You can submit a photo you sent us in the past or submitted for the hall of fame / pattern page. Only photos submitted through this form will be eligible. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! Please note that you can submit photos of more than one garment for the same athlete as long as each has its own story.
- Submit your photo and story by clicking here, indicating which Jalie pattern you used. Deadline for submitting a photo is February 21 at midnight (EST)
- On February 24, we will create a photo album on our Facebook page where fans will vote for their favourite photo/story. You DO NOT need a Facebook account to submit a photo. Deadline for voting on Facebook is March 2nd at midnight (EST)
- We will announce the winner on March 3rd, on Facebook and on our blog.
For all skating moms out there looking for an affordable alternative to the expensive skating pants in store, here is a picture of our yoga pants pattern on ice!
I wish I could skate like this :)
You can use regular Lycra or a warmer stretch fleece. The two-piece outer waistband allows for fun color blocking (read "using those pieces of Lycra in your stash that would be too small for anything else!"). If your daughter wants a spiral applique around the leg, take a look at the first illustration in our 3026 instructions (we sew a spiral on one sleeve) to see how it's done :) You only have to make sure the diagonal lines match when you sew. It's as simple as that!
We just uploaded a new video tutorial showing you how to make a wireless bra using Jalie 3131 - Bra and Camisole sewing pattern. In the video, you can steps from A to Z and Jeanne shows both the regular and nursing clips (on the same bra).
Here are links to SewSassy, where you can find all the notions used in the video:
Sliders and Rings
Hook and Eye Closures
Strapping and Finishing (plush) Elastic
If you would like to insert bra cups, simply cut an extra pair of cup linings. Before assembling the bra, baste a first lining to the cups. Then, cut across the top of the other lining (this will create an opening between the two linings), pin and baste it so the cup+lining.
As you probably noticed on the video banner on this blog, we recently added video tutorials showing the techniques we use to sew knits and elastics. With all the positive feedback we received, we decided to go ahead and show how to sew our latest skating dress pattern (3136) from A to Z.
The dress has a neckline binding using the same technique as our dress pattern 3024 and our onesie pattern 3133. Go to 1:33 to view the binding technique and skip the first dress assembly steps.
Good news! I just finished uploading the patterns to the website. The new collection is officially avaiable for pre-order. The backs of patterns are there, but I will be done preparing/uploading the PDF instructions only next week.
Please note that all orders containing a new pattern will ship complete when all the patterns are in, which should be between Oct. 5 and 7. Of course, we will process them in the order they were received.
Happy shopping everyone!
Last but not least, pattern 3136 - Dance / Skating Leotards and Dresses
The idea of the pattern is a bit similar to pattern 3026: a leotard with optional skirt sewn to the outside of the garment (instead of having a seam at the waist).
View A has a surplice neckline with binding (like dress 3024)
Here is a photo of View B (boat neckline) as a dance leotard:
The pattern also includes a cap sleeve for more versatility.
That's it :) You've seen all the pattern previews! My next post will be when the patterns are up on the website for pre-order.
Have a wonderful weekend!