Friday, September 24, 2010

The New Sewing Patterns Are In!

Our latest sewing patterns are now in the warehouse (love the smell of fresh ink!). All pre-orders have been shipped and life is back to normal until baby girl arrives (it could be any day now) :)

I can't wait to read the first new collection review... What will it be? Dress, Skatewear, Swimwear?

I went for a family photo shoot and for the "belly shots", I wore a black wrap halter top with all-black yoga pants. I had to fold the waistband over because of the (huuuuge) belly, but it still looked very nice. Henri and his dad had matching black t-shirts

Because my bust measurement is pretty much all "ribs and back", let's just say that I needed less coverage for the wrap (it looked like the little girls' wraps on me and I wanted it a bit lower). We did a little alteration to reduce the width of the wrap on the side, but that took only a few minutes (no need to cut anything, two small stitches did the trick) and the result was exactly what I wanted. I will explain it in more details when I have some time to take pictures of it.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Patterns Now Available for Pre-Order

Good news! You can now place your pre-order for the new sewing patterns. They should be ready to ship around the 23rd. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Sewing Patterns Preview - 7 of 7

Last but not least! 3028 - Figure Skating Dresses, a figure skating dress pattern with a twist... literally :)

This pattern includes two upper bodice styles and optional flounce for the tiered A-line skirt.
  • View A has a twist front and allows for fun color blocking when you use two different fabrics for the twist piece layers.
  • View B has a halter neckline with a pinched V front. This style will be very popular amongst skaters who like Joanie Rochette's halter dresses!
The back is open with a piece that goes across, just below the shoulder blades. An elastic is sewn where the upper and lower bodice meet for a nice snug fit.

A teenager who saw the dress told me it reminded her of Bella's prom dress in Twilight (that I have not had a chance to watch - so I quicly went online to take a look and SHE WAS RIGHT!!! Longer flounces and the right blue would indeed work wonderfully for a Bella program :)

Now that you have seen previews of the entire collection, you will have a to wait a few days before pre-ordering your favorite styles from Some retailers might also allow pre-orders, so keep checking your favorite store's website for updates!

Good news for US customers and stores: Canada Post and USPS have signed a new agreement and now offer quicker delivery. This means that delivery should now take 5-7 business days instead of the 10-12 business days we were used to.

New Sewing Patterns Preview - 6 of 7

Sorry for the delay! My long weekend was pretty busy with pre-press work, pre-baby renovations, and painting/decorating Henri's bowling-themed big boy bedroom - yes... my son is obsessed with bowling... I don't know why... but he is :)
The next pattern in the list is actually three pieces that people will not necessarily wear together, but that will be a staple pattern for costumes of all kinds and for those of you who like quick projects: 3027 - Dancewear

The pattern includes the following:
  • Wrap halter top (also shown in the yoga pants pictures) - This top looks great on its own, but is also very cute as a swimsuit cover-up or over a cami. This is why I plan to wear (in black) for my "official" pregnancy pictures (with all-black yoga pants). It will be much better than the plain tube top they had at the studio when I went for my first pregnancy!
  • Pull-on spiral skirt (6 gores) - The perfect pattern to get rid of those tiny knit pieces in your stash that are just too pretty to throw away, but to small to make anything else...

  • Tights (footed or over-the-boot) - For Halloween, Roller Derby, Figure Skating... So much fun to have one-of-a-kind tights/hosiery.

We did have fun with the skirt pattern and some remnants from our fabric room that reminded me of the Queen of Hearts:

We paired the skirt with the ballet leotard, used clear elastic for both straps and made little ruffled decorations using chiffon strips that we sewed on the cover stitch and then over stretch elastic to create stretch trimming. We used it for one strap and put small pieces on the skirt hem. The leotard's peplum hides the skirt's yoke and keeps the skirt from riding up (because it does not have attached briefs).

I won't keep you waiting any longer... I will type the next post right away :)

Friday, September 3, 2010

New Sewing Patterns Preview - 5 of 7

Over the years, we received requests from all over the world for rhythmic gymnastics and twirling costumes. We were a little hesitant due to the special requirements for those costumes, but a few months ago, we received an email from a very talented sewist from the UK who was a real inspiration and we decided to go ahead with the design, backed with her expertise and very specific requirements that guided us though the design.
Thank to this great collaboration, pattern 3026 - Rhythmic Gymnastics Leotard will now allow gymnasts from all over the world to get a unique leotard without breaking the bank.

The leotard can be made with or without the short A-line skirt. For the yellow and pink leotards, we cut flowers from  printed spandex and sewed them all over one side and cut 1-cm-wide stripes that we sewed to the sleeves for a spiral effect.

The ribbon and start appliqué pattern is included in the pattern and we indicate in the instructions when appliqués should be sewn to make it as easy as possible.

This pattern can of course be used for skating. We made a stunning skating dress in black velvet with black mesh yoke and sleeves. Because the skirt is sewn to the right side of the leotard (no waist seam), it can easily be lowered or changed as the skater grows.

Because we do not have the time and patience to glue all those stones one by one (there are over 200 stones on the yellow leotard to give the flowers a "little" sparkle), we used a hot-fix rhinestones and transfer paper that works very well for this type of project. You simply have to put the stones face down on the paper and then iron them on the garment!

The next pattern is a pattern that will surprise a few people and will be a good inspiration for your next Halloween party!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Sewing Patterns Preview - 4 of 7

Now, a sewing pattern for skaters of all ages and levels that need fun pieces for practice: 3025 - Figure Skating Dresses. Even though this pattern is labeled as a skating pattern, I'm sure many people will make good off-the-ice use of this pattern.
The pattern includes two short freestyle skirts and two longer dance dress that would be great for ballroom dancing:
  • View A: A-Line skirt with optional patch pocket
  • View B: Fishtail skirt
  • View C: Asymmetrical skirt
  • View D: Circular skirt
All styles have a yoke with 3/4'' elastic and attached briefs. View D is shorter on the sides so that the leg looks longer.

For those who are wondering about the leotard on the pictures, it is sewing pattern 2674. We simply omitted the skirt and pinched the front using the technique shown in our unitard and tutu pattern.

I can't skate, but plan on making the asymmetrical skirt or fishtail skirt in a nice slinky when I am back to pre-pregnancy size. I will most probably turn it into a simple pull-on skirt without the briefs.

Stay tuned for more patterns... :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Sewing Patterns Preview - 3 of 7

Those of you who attended PR Weekend in Montreal in May had to chance to see (and even try on) new pattern 3024 - Dresses.
This new sewing pattern is an empire dress pattern with a choice of three different necklines and an optional flounce. A dress... Yes! Jalie now has a dress pattern :) Not only is is very versatile, but you can sew this under an hour. That's even faster than driving to the closest store to find a dress that fits!
  • View A is a short kimono sleeve and boat neckline with hidden binding
  • View B is a sleeveless cross-over neckline with visible binding
  • View C is a sleeveless scoopneck neckline with visible binding
Here is a picture of View A made in one solid color with the optional flounce at the hem for a longer dress:

Here is a picture of View C we made with a striped knit we found in Montreal during PR weekend. Having the waist inset and skirt of the same color gives a totally different shape to the dress, raising the waistline to the narrowest part of the body.

Last but not least, View B and a belly update:

At 36+ weeks, needless to say that is is stretched quite a bit :) It looks much shorter in the front (hence the cropped photo) since I would really need a full tummy adjustment by now. The binding technique allows a snug fit that does not gape.

The way it is sewn gives it an "elastic" feel, without the elastic. The binding is only visible on the right side for views B and C. The technique is simply reversed for the boatneck so that only the topstitch is visible on the right side of the fabric.

Another interesting thing about this pattern is that front and back are identical. We had very skeptical women of all shapes and sizes try this dress and they all fit like a glove. This allows you to have two dresses in one when using a print and can't decide on pattern placement (for example, my dress has more black on one side and more pink prints on the other side). Hint hint: View B and C having the same shoulder strap width, you can even combine scoop and crossover necklines. One dress, two totally different looks: scoop front with crossover back or crossover front with scoop back!

Once your closet is packed with new Jalie dresses, you can use this pattern to make knit tops. Simply crop the pattern to the desired top or tunic length :) 

Next up: A pattern for skating practices