Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ready, Set, Click!

Good news! I just finished uploading the patterns to the website. The new collection is officially avaiable for pre-order. The backs of patterns are there, but I will be done preparing/uploading the PDF instructions only next week.

Please note that all orders containing a new pattern will ship complete when all the patterns are in, which should be between Oct. 5 and 7. Of course, we will process them in the order they were received.

Happy shopping everyone!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sneak Peeks... 10 of 10

Last but not least, pattern 3136 - Dance / Skating Leotards and Dresses

The idea of the pattern is a bit similar to pattern 3026: a leotard with optional skirt sewn to the outside of the garment (instead of having a seam at the waist).

View A has a surplice neckline with binding (like dress 3024)

You can use the same fabric for both sides, a contrast fabric or even nude mesh for an asymmetrical look. The picture above shows View A with the skirt.

Here is a photo of View B (boat neckline) as a dance leotard:


The pattern also includes a cap sleeve for more versatility.

That's it :) You've seen all the pattern previews! My next post will be when the patterns are up on the website for pre-order.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sneak Peeks... 9 of 10

We just finished our last photo shoot with a lovely family.

Here are Damien and his dad, Eric wearing their polo shirts, our new pattern #3137:



The pattern includes polo shirt with short of long banded sleeve, back yoke, side slit, flap pockets and shoulder tabs.

Of course the pockets, flaps and shoulder tabs are optional. One the pattern cover you will see a plain long sleeve and a short sleeve with one pocket (no flap) version.

This pattern is already a winner at our house. I hope you like it too :)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sneak Peeks... 8 of 10

Change of plans! I know we were supposed to show you a dance/skating pattern, but after an intense photo shoot with my 11 month old baby girl (who took her first steps 3 weeks ago and now won't stop walking), I wanted to share a few photos of our new onesies with you instead :)

"Shhhhh... Your little baby's sleeping..." Look at Éléonore listening carefully to her grandmother's story :)  I just loooove this picture!



3133 is a basic onesie pattern. It includes a choice of two binded necklines: boatneck or crew neck, sleeveless or with regular or puffed sleeve (short or long) and two little decorations (ruffles for girls, tie for boys) that really dresses up the onesie.



The onesie pattern is designed for four-way stretch fabric and as you can see on the pictures, the fit can change a lot depending on the fabric you use.



All onesies on the photos are the same size (6M + 1 inch for Éléonore who is 11 months old, but who only weighs 17 pounds. The extra 1 inch was not necessary but I didn't want her to outgrow her onesies before her first birthday! The purple/blue/green striped onesie looks snug (rib knit with spandex), the grey/black striped onesie (cotton/spandex) fits perfectly and the solid purple (rayon) one looks a bit too long... All bindings are sewn with the same technique as the 3024 dress and there is a three-button placket at the bottom.

If pattern 3133 becomes as popular as our diaper pattern, we will most probably come up with new baby patterns for knits.

I'm not sure I will have time to update the blog during the weekend, but if our last photo shoot goes well, I might be able to show you the last two patterns.

Good night!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sneak Peeks... 7 of 10

Here is one pattern that took us months to fine tune: 3131 - Bra and Camisole

We had women of all ages, with breast of all shapes and sizes (32C, 36A, 34B, 34D, 38C, 44DD...) try it and we modified the pattern until we had a great fit, with everything is in its place, with the breasts supported, but not squished (we will put pictures of the prototypes -indicating with the bra size our testers usually wear so you can relate- on our website).  The bra gives the illusion of a wire, but it is wireless.



We came up with an easy way to pick your size without making any reference to your actual bra size. Full bust measurement = Cup Size and Underbust measurement = Band size. For example, if your measurements are 40 inches (full bust) and 32 inches (underbust), you would use Jalie size "Y" for the cup and Jalie size "V" for the band. It's THAT easy!



All the notions are easily available online. We bought our clips, strapping, finishing and band elastics from two stores: Bra Makers Supply (Canada) and Sew Sassy Fabrics (US). I will put more information about notions on the pattern detail page.



As you can see in the images above, 3131 includes a camisole and a wireless bra that you can turn into a nursing garments using nursing clips instead of rings at the front. The cami has a bit more ease and is longer than our 2564 underwear as it is designed with the "post-partum" figure in mind.

Again, the construction is really simple and fun. Making this is bra definitely faster than shopping for one !

Dancers and skaters, don't despair! We will show a dance/skating leotard/dress pattern tomorrow :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sneak Peeks... 6 of 10

Jalie's take on a staple garment: 3129 - Women's Vests.

When you are a t-shirt & jeans type like I am (and suffer from the post-baby-muffin-top syndrome), a little vest can quickly become your new best friend :) Its brings a new life to plain tees and hides little bumps and lumps showing with tops that are a bit tight around the waist.

We put a Jalie twist to it with a great sewing technique that is totally different from what people are used to. Sewing these lined vests involves NO HAND STITCHING! For those of you who made 2921, Jeanne says it is just as fun as the scarf-collar top sewing technique.

This pattern includes three different styles:

A - Classic vest with darts (front and back) and mock welt pocket and back tie


B - More edgy style with princess seams, decorative flap and peplum


I really like how the peplum pieces meet at center back.


C - Cropped vest (view B without the peplum)



This pattern comes in 17 sizes (so do the shirt and nursing tops patterns), starting at adult size "P" (31'' bust), just like we did for the suit jacket, skirt and pants a few years ago (patterns 2559, 2560 and 2561).

Next up, 3131, an underwear pattern that I think will start a few "sewalongs"...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sneak Peeks... 5 of 10

It has been a few years since we had a "real" sporty swimsuit. I am not a big fan of one-piece swimsuits, but would always ending picking this one when going to the pool with the kids (I think it is more practical than my usual bikini...). As opposed to many one-piece suits out there, this one gave the illusion of feminine curves rather than just the flat, square, look.

3134 is a racerback swimsuit with lined front and a flattering contrast inset.


On this one, we added a white piping effect using a narrow strip of lycra that we sewed with a zigzag stitch. When stretching the strip of fabric, it rolls under and flattens as you sew.

Here is an all-black version:


We were happy to have a mother-daughter pattern cover that shows the range of sizes: The pattern includes all sizes from toddler to plus sizes.


Next preview: 3129, another pattern for woven fabrics...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sneak Peeks... 4 of 10

When my daughter was born, I wanted to give breastfeeding a second chance, but had very little time to sew (remember, we were launching the new collection at the same time). So... I went shopping for breastfeeding tops. I could not believe it! Little to no selection, everything was suuuuper expensive, most of the tops did not fit at all (too big or very tight), everything was black or burgundy (no prints - which is weird because solid colors + baby = stains)...

I quickly turned to my creative mom and told her we had to come up with something that did not look like a tent and that would be fitted, yet not too tight (because let's just say that I did not get back into shape as quickly this second time around...). This idea quickly became my favorite pattern of the summer :) We made it in a tee-shirt and tunic length (that I would wear with leggings - I did not want to buy/make jeans before I had lost all the baby weight).

So here is our new nursing tee, 3132:








This is View B, a flattering V-neck shown here in t-shirt length with a 3/4 sleeve. The top has a nursing panel over a layer that looks pretty much like a racerback tank you would wear backwards... You simply have to lift the panel a bit, move the underlayer toward the center and you are ready to nurse or pump.

View A has a totally different look with its hood and kangaroo pocket (shown here in tunic length):


We asked our model - who is a mom of 3 (with great genetics, I know!) - to go back in time and pretend to be nursing our doll just to show how discreet it looks:






Of course, it would not be a real Jalie pattern if it could only be used a few months... That's why the pattern includes a "regular top" version of both the hoodie and V-neck tee:


We gave a prototype to a friend of ours (who is no longer breastfeeding, but now experiencing those lovely hot flashes) and she told us that the nursing panel worked as a venting panel, which she really liked when travelling to Europe during the summer. A nursing/menopause top, how great is that? :)

Tomorrow: 3134... a new Jalie swimsuit

Sneak Peeks... 3 of 10

Since I did not have time to post previews during the weekend, I'll show you two new patterns today :)

First up, sewing pattern 3135, a costume-making basic that will make many skating club seamstresses happy :)



3135 is a basic zip-front skin suit pattern with collar and hood options. It's gusseted crotch is very comfortable.

With long sleeves and legs, it can be used as a base for many costumes (Avatar, Catwoman, Blue Man Group, base for any superhero in tights...). If you need to make a feline costume, check out Spandex World's animal print velvets - #4880, 1955 and 8319 - we ordered a few yards for prototypes and they all have a great 4-way stretch and recovery! Even though it is listed as a women's pattern, it can easily be lengthen to fit a boy's longer torso and legs.



Make it with short sleeves and legs, you get yourself a short wetsuit. Perfect for protecting kids from the sun and an interesting alternative for parents looking for a modest swimsuit option.

Next preview: a garment that I had a chance to test a lot in the last 11 months :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sneak Peeks... 2 of 10

Since we discontinued pattern 2322, our women's shirt pattern, I received tons of emails asking us if we would ever make another shirt pattern. Well... Here it is :)


We wanted to make a casual shirt that is easy to adjust and easy to wear. It's fitted, but not too tight, simple, yet with a little edge to it. It has darts at front/back waist and at the bust, a back yoke, 7/8 sleeve, no-fuss cuff, optional flap pockets and sleeve ties and a standing collar.


Make it in a light fabric and omit the pockets for a totally different, more classic look...


We worked very hard to have a cut that flatters as many body types as possible. After many fittings, I think we succeeded. Broad backs, small frames, short torso, full to tiny bust... just like our famous 2908 jeans pattern, this shirt somehow manages to look good on pretty much everyone :)

Stay tuned for the 3135 preview!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sneak Peeks... 1 of 10

Yes, T-E-N new patterns (pattern-numbers-to-be 3129 to 3138) will be in our warehouse before the end of the month!

As usual, I will show you pictures of one or two patterns every day or so until they are all available for pre-order on our website.

Here are two pictures our new gymnastics tank leotard and biketard (3138).

View A has a regular leg (we made the front and back two different colors on this one and used the front fabric for appliques in the back and back fabric for appliques in the front):


View B has a boy leg with a crotch panel (design similar to discontinued pattern 2317).


A simple design that sews very quickly. We used the 3024 binding technique for the neck and armholes and finished leg openings with elastics (View A) and topstitching/coverstitching (View B).

For the butterfly appliqués (that we sewed to the pattern pieces before sewing the leo together), we used our brand new Sizzix machine with the butterfly die set. If you like the appliqués but don't feel like buying the machine and die, we included a butterfly pattern (along with maple leaf and parallelogram designs) in a few sizes on the pattern.

We hope all gymnasts / gym moms / coaches (and all of you who were sad to see 2317 go) will be pleased with this pattern.

Coming up, 3130... A classic...