Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays!


Jalie will be closed from December 24th thru January 3rd. All orders and emails will be processed/answered as soon as we reopen on January 4th.

All new patterns orders placed before today have been shipped. Many online retailers will receive the new patterns shortly.

I would also like to take the time to thank you all for being there, sewing, posting and reviewing. Knowing that people all around the world share the same passion as us and like working with our patterns is truly inspiring.

We wish you all a wonderful year filled with creativity, good health, fun and quality time with your loved ones.


Jeanne & Émilie

Friday, December 11, 2009

New Patterns Now Available for Pre-Order

Here are links to the new patterns on our website:

Jalie 2915 - Dance Leotard and Tutu Skirt
Jalie 2916 - Strappy Unitard
Jalie 2917 - Freestyle and Dance Skating Dress (with skate boot cover)
Jalie 2918 - Men's T-Shirts
Jalie 2919 - Pleated Cardi and Vest
Jalie 2920 - Leggings, Stirrup Tights and Mini-Skirt
Jalie 2921 - Scarf-Collar Tops

You might also want to check with your local or favorite online retailer to see if you can pre-order from them (to save on shipping). I just sent all the pattern cover images and backs of patterns to online retailers.

The new collection should ship around December 23. Orders will ship on a first-in-first-out basis. If you are ordering on www.jalie.com and want to make sure that yours ships before we close for the Holidays (Dec. 25 - Jan. 3), please place your order before December 18.

I haven't had time to put the instructions together in PDF format yet. They will be up next week.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Last but not Least...

Classic style with a modern twist... and without the bulk! I loooove draped knit cardigans. They look awesome when they are wrapped on models... but for some reason (I wonder if it's only me) I can never get them to stay wrapped nicely for more than 5 minutes and I end up taking them off after a while because I get tired of all that fabric hanging... And I end up thinking I look big because of the extra volume in the front... Not good..

Since we thought that other people were in the same situation... We are proud to show you the new "Jalie Cardi". It has the draped look we all like, ease around the hips, but no fabric getting in the way! The lovely pleats that run from shoulder seams down to the waist not only give it a unique look, but it keeps the garment flattering and fitted where it should be. The pointy shawl collar also adds a little je-ne-sais-quoi :)

The cardigan hit around the hips area, but if your fabric stretches a lot and is a bit on the heavy side, it might look a little longer (see the difference between the vest and the long-sleeved cardi?).

 Here is a close-up of the pleats:




NEW COLLECTION UPDATE

Septuplets... 38'' x 50'', 1/4 lbs each... Sending the pattern files to the printer somehow feels like labour & delivery (just as stressful and tiring, but without the pain of course)!

If everything goes as planned, the new patterns should be ready to ship around Dec. 22-23. Since many of you will probably be anywhere but sitting at your computer, ready to place a pattern order a few days before Christmas, we will accept pre-orders (probably starting later this week or early next week).

I'm pretty sure that a few online retailers will also do the same. I will keep you posted as we go through the printing-folding-shipping-packaging steps... I will also let you know when online retailers outside Canada setup their catalogs to accept pre-ordres.

Now ladies, let's all keep our fingers crossed so that everything stays on schedule!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

For Our Loyal Figure Skaters...

As you probably all noticed, every single Jalie collection includes at least one skating dress design. Many people begged us to design a dress with a longer skirt for dance programs... Well... Their wish has been granted :)  Our new pattern will work with pretty much any music style, for dance as well as freestyle programs.

From a classic waltz (long sleeve, mock neck, double-layer skirt) to a fiery tango or paso doble (sleeveless, crew neck, single-layer skirt)...
 
to a Wizard of Oz program (short puff sleeve, mock neck, shorter circular skirt, suspenders)!



With mock neck, sleeve and skirt options, the possibilities are endless! You can also play with contrast fabric at upper bodice and waist (for a cocktail dress with contrast sash look). The pattern also includes the skate boot cover shown on the Dorothy picture.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

And Now... A Knit Top Pattern Preview!

Here is one versatile pattern that am sure many of you will fall in love with!

It is a Scarf Collar Top that you can tie is many different ways: through a buckle (as shown on the picture), with a bow, in the back for a cowl neck effect or you can also simply slide the ties through a little opening at center front for a clean, simple, yet stylish look.

Here is a picture of the "buckle" version (just like the top I wore in Portland). You will see the other options on the pattern cover :)




The top can be sleeveless or with short or 3/4 sleeve. Paired with our mini-skirt made with the same fabric, it looks like a tunic (or mini-dress) and you can wear it with our super-duper leggings (also an upcoming pattern). It is very easy to make and it perfect for all those light/medium weight drapy knits hiding in your stash!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Little Dancer's Dream Come True

Every ballerina-to-be dreams or wearing a glittery tutu one day... Well... This lovely dancer we picked at a local dance school had the chance to not only wear a beautiful Jalie tutu, but also will be on the cover of our upcoming leotard + tutu pattern!

Here she is posing with Jeanne. She told us after the photo shoot that she was really happy she went to her dance class that morning after her soccer practice :)



The leotard has a special overlap design that covers the basque waistband (or any waistband: leggings, skirt or even jeans). As you can see on this picture, the leotard and tutu skirt are separate.



Here is a picture of the leotard with a mini skirt and stirrup tights:



The pattern will include a basque pattern and instructions showing how to sew the 5 layers of tulle. The tutu skirt on the picture has some hooping (to keep it looking like a "pancake" as much as possible), but it can be made without for a softer, bell shape.

The leotard will come in 22 sizes (like our skating patterns), so that grown women can wear it to dance class too! I plan on making one for my flamenco classes... I currently wear a tank top with a flamenco skirt and I hate that "bumpy" waistline (the elastic waistband has to be fairly tight to keep the skirt from going down... so it "digs" into my not-so-back-to-pre-baby-weight waist... The leotard overlap will hide it all!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Shhh... More Jalie Previews...


First off, I want to say that I now officially have nooooooo idea how photographers can work with toddlers for entire catalogs(for Gap or Children's Place)...

This morning was haircut day + photo shoot with Henri... Let's just say that it's not easy trying to convince a 16-month-old to stand still while mommy is 6 feet away "taking his picture with a funny-looking black toy with Canon written on it"!!!

Anyways... here is a sneak peak at our upcoming men's t-shirt pattern in adult size. It has a choice of two necklines: crew neck or V neck and three sleeve options: Short, Long or Double Sleeve. The pattern will include 27 sizes (from F (about 2T - that Henri wears on the picture) to FF - for 50" chest), just like most of our casual clothing patterns.



Special thanks to the guys working at 2nd Skin in Quebec City who did a great screen printing job on the t-shirts!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

When Artists Meet...

Since one of our skating model is also a trapeze artist, we decided to have a trapeze installed in the studio for our latest photo shoot. The model brought her coach, Richard Cameron-Morneau, along for some tips and tricks (and to help us with the installation) and a professional make-up to look as "cirquish" as possible :)

We were delighted to meet and work with him. He is not only is a coach at the Ecole de Cirque ("School of Circus Arts") here in Quebec City, but also an aerial performer and make-up artist. He even worked with Cirque du Soleil on a few productions. Art runs through his veins and he is passionate about his work just like we are.



Here are a few pictures taken during the photo shoot (and a sneak peak at our upcoming unitard pattern ;) ).

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Last-Minute Costume


We are so busy working on the upcoming collection that I totally lost track of time and thought for some reason that I still had plenty of time to come up with a clever costume idea for Henri...

On my way back from work on Thursday, I suddenly remembered that Friday was supposed to be early-Halloween at daycare... Grandma came to the rescue (once again!). I checked my costume stash and found a tattoo sleeved I had bought a while back and thought "Hey! That would work!". In fact, I saw the rocking tattoo tee on Stacy's blog and since Henri and Easton look alike, I was hoping he would look as cool as his US twin :)

It's a good thing that we will have a new Men's t-shirt (including a double-sleeve version) in the new collection - we had the pattern to make the t-shirt. We used the tattoo sleeve for one arm and sheer fabric (that we use for skating dresses) for the other. The sleeves were a bit long (which is not a big deal for a normal tee, but it looks a bit odd with the tattoo sleeve...) but... it's daycare and last minute...

Then, iron-on transfer and tadam! A Halloween costume he could wear inside for the day. My mom made a super cute "studded" bracelet using snaps and leftover fabric from the t-shirt... It was awesome, but Henri didn't want to wear it... That's why he's crying on the picture.

Finishing touch: I found a cheap mini-guitar at a department store (which he loved) and we were ready Friday morning to rock daycare!

Thank you Stacy for the inspiration! It's too sad that Quebec is wayyyy to cold at this time of the year to go trick-or-treating with only a t-shirt on... I'm planning on making a little viking costume Henri could wear over his jacket... He should wake up in about 2 hours... Wish me luck!

Stay tuned, I might post some new collection previews (like this one) from time to time :)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Henri the Mini-Model

Here are some pictures of Henri showing off his new jackets:


The fit of the softshell jacket (2679) is pretty good, but I forgot to take into consideration that 3 year-olds usually don't wear cloth diapers like he does... So let's just say that he could have used some extra ease at the hem (that is about hip level). As I expected, sleeves are long (I can actually fold the piece I to the inside).

Now... the 2795 jacket... First of all, I have a confession to make: grandma finished it (and decided to add the hood :) ). It looks great, but because I did not check the required stretch ruler on the back of the pattern and because this sweatshirt fleece does not stretch at all, it is really snug... So what we will do is probably give this one to our cute tiny red-haired neighbor (who is only 3 weeks younger than Henri but much smaller and about half his weight!) and we will make another one for Henri with more ease everywhere, but keeping the same length. It looks short on the picture, but it's only because it is too tight to go over his hips.

I don't have good picture of Frédéric wearing his softshell jacket. The fit was pretty good for him too. We only had to take in at waist level (side seams and back seams) because he's lost some weight and he prefers when his jackets are fitted at the waist. The sleeves are perfect and he loves the jacket length (even though I think we should have lengthened it by 2 1/2 or 3 inches (instead of 2) to look like exactly like the jacket on the pattern cover).

I will post pictures of the two of them together as soon as I have a decent one :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Like Father, Like Son

My mom made the cutest little softshell jacket today AND a bigger one for Frédéric (my boyfriend/Henri's dad) too!



Frédéric is 6'2" tall, has looong arms and 40" chest so she used Women's Softshell Jacket Pattern 2679 in size Y and lengthened the pattern (pieces B, C, E, F) by 2 inches just below the pocket. She lengthened the bottom part of the sleeve (piece I) by 2 inches. For Henri's jacket, she made size G as is.

I can't wait to get home tonight to see how they fit!

The fabric is a light blue-grey Power Shield 7796 that we bought from Malden Mills a few years ago. This fabric is 4-way stretch (suuuper comfortable), blocks wind, is water repellant AND very easy to sew!

I checked on Mill Direct Textiles' website and they don't seem to have any in stock, but some stores seem to carry it:

Peak Fabrics
Seattle Fabrics

If you plan on buying online, please make sure the fabric stretches. Some Power Shield styles do not stretch and you definitely need some stretch for a comfy 2679 jacket.

New Link for the Gaposis Fix

I recently changed my username on Picasa, so the link posted on the Pattern Review boards doesn't work anymore. For those of you who were looking for the photos, here is the new link: http://picasaweb.google.com/jaliepatterns/2908JeansAlteration#

For those who have never seen them, we show how to fix the gap at center back on the 2908 Jeans patterns for a perfect fit.

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Henri is Growing up Too Fast!

I haven't started sewing the jacket... And am having second thought about the size I should use...

After trying this size F pullover (made last year), I think I will have to make the jacket in size G if I want the jacket to be big enough to last more than a week... Since I'm using sweatshirt fleece, it won't stretch that much and since Henri hates tight sleeves (don't ask... he doesn't mind tight pj's, t-shirts or bathing suits though... only tight sleeves!).



Here is a picture of my not-so-little man wearing the 2911 pullover (view A with shawl collar) made with Malden Mills' Power Stretch in size F. As you can see... The fit is pretty good, but it will be too small in about a month!

Back to cutting!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Mini Jacket for Henri

I have printed out (yes, I know I'm lucky - no need to trace!) pieces to make a 2795 jacket for little Henri who needs something warmer for this weird fall-like weather. Because I don't have much time to work on this project, I plan on skipping the hood and pockets (I don't think he'll notice) ... so it should be quick and easy.

Since Henri is pretty big, I can already use any pattern in size F (which is about a size 2 Toddler in RTW). No need to draft/alter baby patterns anymore :)

I plan to use the gorgeous green sweatshirt fleece I bought in Portland (PR Weekend 2009). Now I have to decide on the zipper color... Same green, darker green, brigther green, white... Any suggestions?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

And the Winner Is...

Melissa B in WA wrote Jalie reviews #698, 699 AND 700 on www.patternreview.com! Congratulations Melissa! You win a free pattern to add to your Jalie stash :)

Here is a link to her review of scoopneck pattern 2806

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

New Site Up & Running

Even though all pages have not been populated yet, our online catalog and cart are now fully functional. Here are some fun features available on the new and improved jalie.com:
  • Billing currency (CAN$, US$ or Euro) choice in the upper right corner
  • Access to your order status at any time by clicking the "Order Status" link in the upper right corner. This feature is not available if you do not register at checkout though
  • Search tool (using keywords or pattern number) to quickly find what you are looking for
  • More categories and sub-categories that allow to easily browse our pattern selection
  • Additional views (and customer creations) on each product detail page
  • Larger images (coming soon) and zoom in for pattern covers
Do not hesitate to leave us a note (in the Contact Us section) if you notice any glitches or bugs on the new website. We really appreciate visitors' input!

With the new site taking most of my time, I didn't notice that we will soon hit the 700 review mark on Pattern Review!!! We will give a free pattern to the 700th reviewer! Hurry! Pull that pattern out of your stash and hop to it :)

Friday, July 31, 2009

Extreme Makeover - Website Edition

We will be launching our new website in a few days. New look, new platform, billing in three currencies (instead of CAN$ only), search, order tracking... This is so exciting (and a bit stressful to be very honest)!

Since we want to make sure everything runs smoothly when it is live, we will do extra testing and therefore www.jalie.com will be down for a few days.

But don't worry! We will work as fast as we can so that you can browse our new online catalog ASAP :)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Customers Never Cease to Impress Me!

I was reading Jalie reviews this morning and was flabbergasted when I saw this beautiful nursing top Morzel made with pattern 2804. How clever! She lowered the empire waist and modified the modesty panel... Voilà!

I did wear the empire crossover top during my pregnancy but it never crossed my mind that it could work well as a nursing top. To be honest, I was too lazy to attempt an alteration...

Thank you Morzel for this very helpful review! I'm sure that many mothers-to-be will be very inspired by your beautiful top!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Birthday Time & Summer Schedule

Henri is already a year old... Time flies by... Soon enough he'll be the official Jalie blogger :)

Even though it's hard to believe with the pretty bad weather we've had so far, IT IS summer and we are planning to take a few days off to get ready for the fall season.

So... Our office will be closed July 17 thru July 31st. If you need to order some patterns during that period, you can purchase from one of our retailers. All orders received while we are closed will be processed in the same order they were submitted.

A picture of my big boy
(with his crazy blond curls)
and me (with my stiff neck and lovely scar-to-be)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Temporarily Out of Order

Good morning everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I might not be as quick as usual answering emails. I had half of my thyroid removed last Friday (yuck!) and I won't spend much time in the office in the upcoming days.

The orders will still ship within 1-2 business days as usual. Please note that Wednesday is Canada Day, so pretty much everything is closed here, including Canada Post and Jalie :)

The surgery was a success and I should be 100% back on my feet in no time. I'm just taking it easy for a week or so, "enjoying" our rainy weather... and watching out when carrying Henri (who now runs by the way!). I'm just afraid he might hit the stitches by accident and make the scar all crooked!

The new website should go live in a few weeks (the whole design is done and we are now populating the database - which is taking for-e-ver). I hope you will like it :)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Embarassing...

One whole month without a single post...

May has been pretty busy but since most of it was brainstorming/prototyping, I can't write much about it :)

The highlight of the month was - hands down - meeting Pattern Review members in Portland for PR Weekend 2009. It was a real treat to meet with some Jalie fans (Melissa brought 17 Jalie pieces in her luggage!!!) and I met incredibly creative and talented people during those three days or fabric shopping / conference and sewing chit chat.

It was my first trip since Henri was born and I thought it would be hard to be away from him for 4 days... but I the weekend just flew by and I only realized I really missed him when I was about to sing a lullaby to the toddler being me on the plane who cried during the whole flight from Chicago to Quebec City (Yes - we do have an airport in Quebec City!!!), driving pretty much everyone on board crazy (except me of course!)...

Being the world's absolute worst procratinator, my Portland pictures are STILL on my memory card... But for those of you who don't know what PR Weekends are, you can read more about it on Pattern Review and take a look at these blogs:

Miss Celie's Pants
Loohoo Originals
Assorted Notions

I can't wait to go to Philly next year for PR Weekend 2010! We might even attend PR Europe (Paris) in November... Paris + fabric + fun sewing enthusiasts.... How could we resist?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New Video!

We just posted a video showing how to make All-in-One / Pocket cloth diapers using pattern #2907. Since it was over 10 minutes, we had to split it in two parts:

Sewing Pattern 2907 (Cloth Diaper) - Video Instructions - Part 1
Sewing Pattern 2907 (Cloth Diaper) - Video Instructions - Part 2

I'm quite happy with the image quality (click HD to see a crisp image) but iMovie gave me a hard time and there are a few glitches with the sound in Part 1... After hours (days) trying to fix it, I decided to upload it even though it's not peeeeeerfect because I can't keep everyone waiting forever... Thanks for your understanding :)

Next up: How to make jeans using pattern 2908... Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Getting Ready for Portland

Spring and my upcoming trip to Portland gave me the motivation to make new jeans and new tops in my new *sigh* post-baby size... At the same time, we filmed new material for the upcoming videos.

For those who didn't know, I will be attending PR (Pattern Review) weekend in Portland (May 15-May 17). My first trip without Henri!

I will have surprises for PR members attending the event, including one for the top Jalie reviewer and another for the person who has the most Jalie clothes in her luggage for the weekend.

I'm really looking forward to meeting with PR members, visiting some Jalie retailers in Portland and going on a fabric hunt.

After the new collection rush, sewing sprint and video shoots, we are now back in full-creation-mode, working on the first prototypes for the next collection... I love my job :)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jeans Alteration

I've been trying to keep track of the Jeans Sew Along posts on Pattern Review, but with 31 pages of posts and many threads going on at the same time, I'm having a hard time figuring out who did what with which pattern and who needs what kind of information.

I did read a post about gaping issues at center back with pattern 2908. I posted a reply that contains a link to pictures I took of my Gaposis Fix.

I decided to put the link here too since some of you probably don't know about the Jeane Sew Along but still would like to see how to do a quick alteration for this fairly common fitting issue.

Monday, March 16, 2009

2908 - Stretch Jeans Pattern

Our new Women's Stretch Jeans Pattern includes BOTH low and regular rise. The jeans has a back yoke, patch back pockets, flared leg and is designed for stretch woven fabric. Many of you might wonder if this pattern would work with regular denim. I'm not a big fan of non-stretch jeans and have not tried the pattern with regular denim. Since there is negative ease on the pattern, you would have to go a few sizes up for sure, but I don't know how much alteration would be involved.

THE CUT
The low rise is 2-3 inches below the navel (in adult sizes) and regular rise is at the navel. The difference between low and regular rise is barely noticeable for little girls because we don't think low-rise jeans are appropriate for kids.

The waistband is cut on the bias. This is great because it adds a little more stretch and is more comfortable. If you are running short on fabric, you can cut it across or along the straight grain.

THE FIT
This pattern is very close fitting through the hips. No bumps and lumps. Here's a picture of me (and my fuller thighs) wearing the low-rise version in size V.



Here is another picture of a lady wearing size FF. Her waist measurement corresponds to size FF, but her hips were closer to size EE. Since she wanted extra ease on the hips and thighs, we made size FF as is.



THE FABRIC
Not all stretch denims are created equal. Some have more spandex than other, some are stiffer, some have 4-way stretch. I would say that the more stretch the better. However, I try to stay away from thin / lightweight stretch denim that shows every little "post-baby-detail" :)

The fabric you see on the pattern cover is from Fabric.com just enter "stretch denim" in their search box and you will see what they have left.

This pattern works great with stretch corduroy too! They did have some on Fabric.com a while ago, but it seems to be all gone :(

For the pocket lining, we used stretch cotton poplin scraps we had in our stash, but you don't really need a stretch woven for that.

Because denim shrinks quite a bit, PRE-TREAT YOUR FABRIC AT LEAST TWICE before making your jeans (washer + dryer if you plan on putting your jeans in the dryer of course).

THE NOTIONS
Thread: For the topstitching, we used the same thread we used for the construction but using a triple straight stitch that made the topstitches look "thicker" without going through all the trouble of switching threads all the time... It takes more time than a regular straight stitch, but a lot less than re-threading and it looks pretty good :) We used the serger to finish the seams edges before topstitching to prevent fraying.

Buttons and rivets: We used snaps for the little girl's pants (and glued some pink rhinstones on the snap - she loved it) but made a buttonhole (it can be quite a challenge for some machine sewing a nice straight buttonhole through the waistband) and used a "shank" button that looks more RTW for the adult's jeans (and mine :)). We did put rivets on both jeans. It looks really professional and reinforces pocket corners.

Zipper: We used coil zippers for all jeans because we had many on hand. You could also use a brass zipper for a more RTW look.

Interfacing: We used fusible knit interfacing for the waistband (interfacing cut on the bias for stretch) and fly extensions.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

2907 - Cloth Diaper Pattern

Our cloth diaper pattern includes 2 diaper styles and 1 diaper cover pattern in 8 sizes (from preemie to toddler)

A) POCKET OR ALL-IN-ONE DIAPER
My absolute favorites! We tried hundreds of different diapers in the last 8 months and I found that having a waterproof diaper not only looked better, but it is as simple to use as a disposable diaper. Those types of diapers is even accepted in daycare!

The pattern is the same for both styles. The only difference is that the soaker layers are sewn to the inner fabric for the all-in-one diaper. There is an opening in the back to insert a soaker pad (pocket diaper) or turn the diaper inside out (all-in-one diaper) to reduce drying time.

Both feature hook-and-loop closures and laudry tabs.

Now for the pros and cons... Pocket = "Ikea" diaper :) You need to insert the soaker pads into the pocket before and remove it from the pocket before washing the diaper.


All-In-One... Always ready to use, but most all-in-ones take forever to dry because the soaking layers are trapped under a layer of waterproof fabric... I even ripped a fancy store-bought diaper apart after 1 hour in the dryer. At that point, the inner fabric (against baby's skin) felt dry but inside - surprise! - the soaking layers were still a little damp... not good... We had to come up with a better all-in-one than that!

That's how we came up with the idea of leaving the pocket opening in the back to turn the diaper inside out!



Another great thing is that with the opening, you can add doublers inside the diaper for more absorbancy. Adding it on top of the inner fabric also works, but it tends to move around a little.

Cloth diaper making might scare some people off. Well, there is nothing to fear! Not only will you save money making your own diapers (all-in-ones and pocket are usually around $15-$20), but you will be very proud when eveyone starts asking where you bought those fancy diapers :) We even put my boyfriend (who had never used a sewing machine before) to the test. Fabric, pattern, instructions... He successfully made a beautiful pocket diaper on his first try without any help from us!



B) FITTED DIAPER
This one is all-flannel so it needs a waterproof diaper cover. It's great for baby pictures (Henri was only 2 weeks old... so tiny!) and a good choice for moms who want to avoid synthetic fabrics for their baby's diapers. For great absorbency, prefold diapers can be used. This is a very economical alternative too when you cannot find a good deal on cotton flannel :)

For flannel, we used hook-and-loop tape (Velcro) for tabs, but my favorite for this style was one I made with stretch terry. I didn't sew any Velcro and used a Snappi fastener instead (it would work with prefold diaper material too). It's very easy to use and it save some sewing time. Although fitted diapers are pretty popular out there, they are not my favorite because they take quite a while to dry and need a waterproof cover (which ends up looking a little bulky).

FABRICS AND NOTIONS
There are many great online stores selling diaper-making fabric:

Wazoodle (Great diaper fabric selection. Their ProCare barrier fabrics makes the best washable bags for soiled diapers and they have pretty much all the notions you need!)

Kids In The Garden
We used her bamboo velours and suede cloth for inner fabrics. Lots of printed PUL too. Most fabrics can be bought by the inch - great for first prototypes!
Very Baby Their micro terry is our favorite soaking material. Our favorite combination for the soaking pads are 3 layers micro terry + 1 layer Zorb for stiffness (from Wazoodle). They have lots of notions too!

A little piece of advice... No matter which style or fabric you are using, I strongly recommend making a pile of contoured liners (1-2 layers of leftover flannel). This is also included in the pattern. Liners make diaper cleaning easier and avoid stains on the inner fabric.

Also, when you make diapers, start with the two sizes closest (smaller and bigger) to the baby's weight. Try them on, experiment with fabrics (natural, synthetic, organic, thin, thick...) before making the whole set.

Any questions? :)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Here They Are...

The new patterns are now available for pre-order and will ship on March 24th. I will post more details about each pattern over the next few days. If you have any questions about the patterns, please leave a comment and I'll make sure to answer it in the posts.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

584 Reviews and Counting...

I checked today and there are already 584 Jalie reviews on Pattern Review! I really want to thank all of you who take the time to sit in front of a computer (after hours cutting and sewing) to share your passion with the world.

I'm proud to annouce that the person who writes the 600th Jalie review on www.patternreview.com will win a free Jalie pattern. With the upcoming collection being launched very shortly, you could get a new pattern for free!

Now I have to start thinking about a cool idea for review #1000... Any suggestions? :)

Monday, March 2, 2009

And the Winner Is...

Since we had a few anonymous comments in the list, I decided to print out the names of all the people who entered the contest and have Henri eat pick the name of the lucky winner.

Congratulations to Kelly who won a copy of pattern 2007. Kelly: Please email your address to mail (at) jalie.com so we can ship the pattern to you. Thanks!

Good news! The new patterns are being folded this week and we have almost completed the photo shoots. The new collection should be available soon!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Win a free Tunic + Pants pattern!

One of our 2009 projects is a complete makeover of our website. Right after the collection is ready, we will start brainstorming on what we want the new www.jalie.com to look like. I thought I might ask you guys for your input to help the future design team come up with a new online store that truly reflects the Jalie spirit.

I would like each of you to come up with 2-3 words that best describe our our company. Simply post your words in the comments (with your name of course!) for a chance to win a free copy of out of print pattern 2007.

I was keeping this pattern in case I lost the cut pattern I have, but changed my mind :) The pattern (that can be used for skating) includes the tunic (very short dress) and stretch pull-on pants. I wore my slinky version (that I've had for 8 years now) up to week 30 or so of my pregnancy.

We will pick the winner (with a random number generator) on March 1st. Good luck everyone!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Brrrrr

We're having such a cold winter that we recently had to make a new hat for baby Henri with some fabric scraps that luckily match his snow suit color :) Ripstop nylon outer, organic bamboo velours lining (Henri's sensitive skin reacts to synthetic fabrics like polar fleece) and some recycled fur (from my mom's old coat) for the flaps. He didn't like having all that hairy stuff around his face at first, but he's slowly getting used to it.

Today's forecast is a high of -27 C / - 37 with the wind, which is about -11 F / -35 F!!! We are used to cold weather in Quebec, but 4 days of this is pretty unusual. I wish we had offices in Hawaii or Australia :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Jalie Retailer in Toronto

Good news for all Jalie fans in T.O.! You can now purchase your Jalie sewing patterns at The Workroom, Toronto's first sew & craft by the hour space, located on Queen St. West.

You can visit the owner's inspiring blog at makesomething.ca


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