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 ;) ).