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How to Add Ruffle Sleeves

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Our 3352 dolman top is a favorite in my wardrobe since its launch. With the big ruffle trend we see lately, I thought it would be fun to take one to the next level and hop on the bandwagon.



Adding this ruffle/bell sleeve to our dolman top is really easy AND you get to skip armhole / sleeve hemming in the process because it it folded in half!

1 - Assemble front and back, hem the bottom and finish the neckline, following the pattern instructions



2 - Measure the armhole opening and your torso (the torso measurement is included in the dolman top's sizing chart)

3 - Cut two rectancles (your sleeves).

The measurements for each rectangle is: (OPENING x 1,5)  by (25% of TORSO measurement).  Torso?!?! Yes! Because the taller you are, the longer it has to be :)

Of course, instead of the torso measurement, you can simply go with the finished ruffle length you want. In this case the calculations would be: (FINISHED RUFFLE LENGTH + 1 cm (3/8'')) x 2.


For my size (U), this means a 24&#…

How to Turn Straight-Leg Eleonore Jeans into Skinny Jeans

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When we designed our now über popular Éleonore Pull-On Jeans, we went with a classic straight leg to make sure everyone's calves would be covered. We know that skinny jeans are a staple in many peoples' wardrobe and we knew many would want their jeans fitted all the way to the hem.

Since not all legs are created equal and because fabric stretch can make a huge difference in the amount you have to take it for the transformation, we did not venture into giving people exact measurement.

Instead, we went with a simple diagram showing where to start taking them in. We thought #EleonoreWeek is a good timing to publish this more detailed tutorial, where we show you how to take your straight leg in the right way and... end up with two identical legs :)

We saw strange things on YouTube that would lead to crooked jeans. We think this post will be useful not only to people making the Eleonore pull-on jeans, but to anyone upcycling older jeans or patterns.

Let's get started Marking t…

A Patch Pocket for your Nico (free template)

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In our last post, we introduced our new men's raglan t-shirt pattern and the inspiration behind the name. Today, we show you how to add a pocket to the pattern (or any other t-shirt pattern). 
Adding a pocket is not complicated, but there are some tricks to doing it right. In this post, you will learn how to make a symmetrical pocket with sharp corners that will be nice and straight.. 
Keep reading and don't forget to post pictures of you Nico tees in our Facebook group or on Instagram with hashtags #jalielife #jalienico !
You will need:  - Your Nico t-shirt pieces, cut and ready to sew - Cardboard (cereal boxes have the perfect thickness) - Glue stick - Scissors (fabric and paper/cardboard) - Something to mark your fabric (tailors chalk, disappearing ink pen), iron, pins... the usual :)
The Nico pattern is available on the Jalie website, but you can also purchase it from a retailer near you. In this tutorial, we will only cover the pocket application, not the t-shirt constru…

NICO - Boys Want Raglan Tees Too!

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We received many requests from customers asking for a men's raglan tee. It is such a great staple garment that we had to include one in the lot :) So here is the NICO raglan t-shirt pattern for boys and men!


Not too fitted, no too loose... just enough ease to be forgiving and work with most knits. Short, 3/4 or long sleeve, curved or straight hem. The pocket on the photo is a last-minute improvisation (we drew the shape on a piece of paper 10 minutes before the photo shoot!). The statement pocket trend is big here thanks to Poches & Fils. You can find lots of inspirations on their website :)

Add a pocket to your Nico t-shirt  >> FREE POCKET PATTERN AND TUTORIAL

Rashguards for Boys and Men Thanks to our small grading increments, you can easily go up or down a few size for a more fitted look (for a very fitted rashguard). If your fabric has 70% stretch across the grain and in the length, you can go down 3 sizes for a look like this:

FunkiFabric RUB387

We would like to than…

Sewing Outside The Box - Swimsuit Edition Blog Tour

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We are really happy to join the Lulu & Celeste + Sprouting Jujube Productions tour: Swimsuit Edition. Thank you for stopping by :)
***Voyez la version française de cette publication ici:  Maillots de bain été 2017 avec Jalie *** 



When I suggested this idea to Jeanne and Émilie we thought it would be fun to have my twins and Éléonore model matching outfits. They said yes immediately!

Choosing the patterns Jalie has a lot of swimwear patterns, but we took this blog tour as an opportunity to "sew outside the box". We brainstormed on the types of suits and features we were looking for and chose patterns that fit the bill. We are THRILLED with the results!

Open-back one-piece swimsuit I used the Violeta dress/leotard pattern as is. The dance leotard has the perfect leg cut and a nice open back for a cute swimsuit with great coverage in the front, but the open back everyone loves.

Skirtini I picked the LOULOUXE skort that makes an amazing beachwear item because of it'…