Quick Sewing Ideas for Busy Elves

Only 10 days before Christmas, you are busy and running out of time or ideas? Don't worry, we are here to help! We put together a list of 10 sewing project ideas for unique gifts. Avoid the crowds, put on some music and spend quality time in your sewing room rather than running in a shopping mall. Hostess gift, teacher gift, stocking stuffers, last-minute party outfit items... we got you covered.

1- Cocoon Cardigan

For you (yes, you deserve it too!), your mom, godmother or a friend. A quick project that requires minimal adjustments and that has that wow effect!

2- Thermal Socks

To keep small and big feet warm during winter. Made with Polartec Power Stretch or in a french terry (if it has 40% stretch BOTH ways), it will be a success!

3 et 9- Slippers and Aviator Hat 

The 2318 pattern is a classic. It includes mitts, tuque, aviator hat and slippers! It is one of the rare Jalie patterns that starts in newborn sizes. All the items in the pattern can be made with polar fleece and are …

How to Add Ruffle Sleeves

Our 3352 dolman top is a favorite in my wardrobe since its launch. With the big ruffle trend we see lately, I thought it would be fun to take one to the next level and hop on the bandwagon.

Adding this ruffle/bell sleeve to our dolman top is really easy AND you get to skip armhole / sleeve hemming in the process because it it folded in half!

1 - Assemble front and back, hem the bottom and finish the neckline, following the pattern instructions

2 - Measure the armhole opening and your torso (the torso measurement is included in the dolman top's sizing chart)

3 - Cut two rectancles (your sleeves).

The measurements for each rectangle is: (OPENING x 1,5)  by (25% of TORSO measurement).  Torso?!?! Yes! Because the taller you are, the longer it has to be :)

Of course, instead of the torso measurement, you can simply go with the finished ruffle length you want. In this case the calculations would be: (FINISHED RUFFLE LENGTH + 1 cm (3/8'')) x 2.

For my size (U), this means a 24&#…

How to Turn Straight-Leg Eleonore Jeans into Skinny Jeans

When we designed our now über popular Éleonore Pull-On Jeans, we went with a classic straight leg to make sure everyone's calves would be covered. We know that skinny jeans are a staple in many peoples' wardrobe and we knew many would want their jeans fitted all the way to the hem.

Since not all legs are created equal and because fabric stretch can make a huge difference in the amount you have to take it for the transformation, we did not venture into giving people exact measurement.

Instead, we went with a simple diagram showing where to start taking them in. We thought #EleonoreWeek is a good timing to publish this more detailed tutorial, where we show you how to take your straight leg in the right way and... end up with two identical legs :)

We saw strange things on YouTube that would lead to crooked jeans. We think this post will be useful not only to people making the Eleonore pull-on jeans, but to anyone upcycling older jeans or patterns.

Let's get started Marking t…

A Patch Pocket for your Nico (free template)

In our last post, we introduced our new men's raglan t-shirt pattern and the inspiration behind the name. Today, we show you how to add a pocket to the pattern (or any other t-shirt pattern). 
Adding a pocket is not complicated, but there are some tricks to doing it right. In this post, you will learn how to make a symmetrical pocket with sharp corners that will be nice and straight.. 
Keep reading and don't forget to post pictures of you Nico tees in our Facebook group or on Instagram with hashtags #jalielife #jalienico !
You will need:  - Your Nico t-shirt pieces, cut and ready to sew - Cardboard (cereal boxes have the perfect thickness) - Glue stick - Scissors (fabric and paper/cardboard) - Something to mark your fabric (tailors chalk, disappearing ink pen), iron, pins... the usual :)
The Nico pattern is available on the Jalie website, but you can also purchase it from a retailer near you. In this tutorial, we will only cover the pocket application, not the t-shirt constru…