I really like to be able to support and purchase products from Canadian companies. I am often reminded (when I hear about another quilt or fabric store closing) that if we had supported our local quilt store or sewing business, perhaps they would have remained there for us to buy from?! It is so easy nowadays to just buy things online from who-knows-where and then we may wonder why our local sewing business cannot keep their doors open?!
So it is with great pleasure that I mention Jalie patterns which is a company based in Quebec and which seems to be growing in leaps & bounds. A few years ago I hardly knew or heard about these patterns. Now I see them in many stores within Canada as well as in the USA. No doubt Jalie patterns are available elsewhere too. I think I personally own at least 17 or 18 of them and many of them have been made up into garments many times over. They are rapidly becoming my very favourite garment patterns. Please check out their website where they may explain how they got started and grew to where they are now. I think it is a mother & daughter business team. Their website has pattern #’s and further details about patterns featured below + many more.
What I really like about these patterns is that many of them are specifically designed for knit fabrics. As most of the garments I sew are made from knits (just because I love sewing and wearing knit fabrics of all types), these patterns are just “my cup of tea”.
Jalie patterns are also hugely multi-sized: often from little kiddies right up to triple X adults. As always, we advise you trace off the size you need on the master sheet so that you can use it again an again for various sizes. Cut one size from the master and you are stuck with that size!
You can print the pattern instructions and the back cover of the pattern before buying if you wish to do that.
Coming in the months ahead: a post on how to finish those knit fabric neck, armhole and hem edges. Stay tuned for options for different fabrics + adding variety to your closet.
What is your favourite type of garment sewing?
Do you have a pattern that you go back to time & time again – probably because we made a successful and comfortable garment and so it has become tried and tested as true!
Have you tried Jalie patterns yet?
Are you a lover of sewing with knit fabrics or do you prefer wovens?
And are you saving serious time and headaches by using your JANOME serger to whizz through seams on garments?
Don’t you agree with me that the JANOME CPX 2000 COVERPRO SERGER is the very best thing since sliced bread?? I simply could not manage at all without mine! Hems take literally a few minutes, are neat and don’t “pop” when they get stuck in the car door or when I reach up to the top shelf in my kitchen!