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Bonne Année!

I can't believe 2008 is almost over! We are currently closed, but I wanted to take a few minutes to wish everybody a great year 2009. The new patterns are coming soon and I can't wait to post sneak peeks! We were hoping to launch the collection in 2008, but because we have more patterns than expected and don't want to rush anything to the market you will have to wait a few more weeks. I promise that you won't be disappointed :)

I wish you and your loved ones all the best for the new year!

More Jalie Videos

As most of you probably know, you can view a Jalie video tutorial on YouTube (How to make stretch fleece thermal socks).

We plan to make more of these (with audio and better resolution) about different themes. Since the sewing-related subjects are unlimited, we would love to know what you would like to see.

So, any suggestions for our first videos? How tos, specific pattern tutorial, sewing technique?

Birthday Week Special

I'm turning 29 this week! To celebrate it with all of you, we offer a 29% reduction on all our sewing pattern downloads . Actually, we rounded the prices down to $8.99 - it looks better than $9.22. You don't need a promo code or coupon to take advantage of the discount. The new price will be in effect for quite a while (just like our "buy 3, get 1 free" promotion on our sewing patterns in paper format).

And The Winner Is...

Alex, who wrote the 498th, 499th AND,most importantly, the 500th Jalie review on Pattern Review! She wins a free pattern of her choice on www.jalie.com. Guess what? We will give a free pattern to the people writing the 600th, 700th, 800th, 900th review! I'll try to come up with a brilliant prize idea for the 1000th review :)

Thanks everyone for taking the time to write up detailed reviews that are so helpful to many sewers and that help us improve our patterns and instructions to make them as easy-to-use as possible.

2005 & 992 Now Available For Download

25 years after the Jalie patterns was printed, we are now officially offering patterns for download. For now, only a few patterns are available in our e-pattern catalog but we will keep adding more out of print patterns regularly.

Each pattern sheet print on 36 8 1/2 x 11 pages. Many patterns have 2 sheets, (72 page printout). I haven't had time to put a little guide explaining how to print and assemble the tiled pattern, but I've found this illustrated tutorial.

My mom was 29 and I was 4 1/2 when the first pattern was issued... Now I'm 29 and Henry is 4 1/2 months old... What a cute coincidence :)

Win a Jalie Pattern!

We will give a free pattern to the person writing the 500th Jalie review on Pattern Review.

Canada Post Support Staff on Strike ($#*(&@!)

A 72 hour strike... Canada Post claims that mail delivery will continue as normal because those people handle "only" clerical, financial, engineering and administrative work... I doubt that it will have no effect on the service after watching morning news (some picketers were blocking mail trucks and other employees won't cross the picket lines).

Orders shipped this week may take a few more days to be delivered but let's keep our fingers crossed and hope the problem will be solved ASAP!

Article in English

Article in French

OOP Patterns Brought Back To Life

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We are currently working on an e-pattern project. We will create a new store with out of print patterns in electronic format that people will be able to purchase and print at home.

We will be using Payloadz for our new store so any of you bloggers with a paypal account could eventually sell your favorite Jalie e-patterns on your blog. How cool is that?

You can check out the Payloadz website and click on "Affiliate" to see how it works.
2005 (t-shirt pattern) and 992 (speed skating suit) are the first patterns that we will add to the store. Since we won't scan all our old patterns right away, I would love to have your input to know which discontinued pattern you would like to see in our e-pattern store. You can see many oop pattern covers on http://public.box.net/jalie.

Please leave a comment with the pattern number or a pattern description of what you would like to see in our new e-patterns catalog. The more suggestions we have, the more complete our catalog will be :)

PDF Downloads + Trip Down Memory Lane

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Good news! You can now find pattern instructions, backs of patterns and pattern coversall in one place!

All the files we have are there (including instructions for some out of print patterns). I also left images of oooold patterns in the folder just to show what our patterns used to look like 20 years. That's me wearing a yellow snow suit and a grey hat on the pattern cover (circa 1985) :)

Super Henri!

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Henri is proudly wearing his first Halloween costume!



Here are all the items:


As I mentioned in a previous post, I slightly modified pattern 2318 for the Bathat and made Batsocks using pattern 2448.

Then, I made a Batdiaper (pocket diaper without the inserts) with the upcoming diaper. Henri wears it over Battights made of swimsuit lining fabric. I did not use any pattern for the shirt and tights (Henri's grandmother can actually cut such basic items without any measurements - Lucky me!).

Finally, I used fusible interfacing to apply the batman logo cutouts to the garments.

I don't know if Henri felt like a superhero with his costume, but he rolled over, from his tummy to his back, for the first time during the photo shoot!!!

Baby Fleece Slippers

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I put the Halloween costume project on hold and decided to use pattern 2318 (since it was already open) to make a last-minute gift for a friend of mine who just had a baby. I made little fleece slippers in the smallest size (which is already wayyy too small for 3-month old Henri!). I'm quite happy with the result!

Halloween Costume

Henri is still too young for trick-or-treating, but I thought I could make him a little costume just for the fun of it... I don't want to make anything complicated and don't have much time, so here's my plan: a baby batman "costume"! Well... by costume I mean Batman diaper and hat :)

I bought some Batman PUL (laminate fabric we use to make diapers) from Kids in the Garden a few weeks ago that I could use to make a batman diaper.

For the hat, I will try making something cute using pattern 2318 since it includes baby sizes. I will modify the hat on the right to make it pointy in the middle... I hope it will work!

Teeny Tiny Thermal Socks

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It's getting chilly in Quebec... Henri is keeping his feet (and cute chubby legs) warm with his new Power Stretch socks (pattern 2448).

The pattern runs from size 0 to women's shoe size 12. A great way to use stretch fleece scraps :)

You can see how easy it is to make these on YouTube

Working with Little Henri

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As many people know, Henri is now part of the Jalie team! He's been testing dozens of cloth diaper prototypes, a new pattern that will be part of the next collection. But don't worry, the new collection won't be all baby patterns!

Here is what we plan to release before the end of the year:

- Diapers and diaper cover (for AIO's, pocket and fitted diapers)
- Women's pants and tops
- Boys / Men's gymnastics leotard
- Skating / Ice Dance / Ballet dress
- Men's tops

As you can see, that means a lot of work ahead of us! We are working hard to launch the collection ASAP. I just hope that Henri will start napping more and eat less often during the day so that I can be a little more productive :)