I was fortunate to visit Quebec City a few months ago and we made an appointment to visit the Jalie office and warehouse. To say I was impressed is a little bit of an understatement! The name Jalie is a combination of the names of the mother and daughter team who own this very successful pattern company: Jeanne and Emilie. They export to 72 countries from their super clean and tidy warehouse in La Belle Province. Jeanne told us she got started selling her patterns many years ago when people would ask her how she had made a garment and/or where did she get the pattern from? After lots of these queries, she figured there was a big need for patterns for skating costumes, outerwear for the cold Canadian winter for ladies and girls, etc. Men and boys’ patterns feature in many of her designs too. Remember janomeman’s post on his Jalie hoodie recently?
You will see from just a few pages scanned from Jalie’s current catalogue below that they have LOTS of patterns to choose from.
Each pattern is hugely multi-sized so is terrific value for money as you can make the same garment for a little child or a large adult. Just trace off the size you need and keep the master pattern for another time/size. Some patterns are available as a PDF so you don’t even need to pay the shipping to get a paper copy – if that is what you would prefer. You may also find these patterns at your local Janome dealer’s store? I know quite a few of our Janome Canada dealers stock these patterns and offer classes on garment sewing. You might like to check this out. I think these patterns are very reasonably priced when you compare to some other brands and the fact that they are so multi-sized makes them very useful for multiple sizes of garments.
We have featured these patterns before on janomelife. They are not at all new to us ( Several of the Janome Canada educators have been collecting and using their patterns for more than 10 years) but possibly you may not have come across them yet? We really have no hesitation in recommending these patterns for fit, ease of use and simple, easy to follow instructions.
If you prefer, you can download the instructions as a PDF and print them. There are also video’s and tutorials online to help explain some techniques on these patterns. Check out their website.
As a very proud Canadian, living and working in Canada, I am especially pleased we have such a homegrown and successful company as Jalie. Have you used a Jalie pattern? If not, you are in for a treat! Visit their website and get garment sewing!
In addition: We have a very informative Janome Education Event topic on offer at Dealer stores in Canada this Fall: Sewing with knits in which we explore different types of knit fabrics (attendees may take advantage of our knit fabric swatch-come-workbook for future reference); see a trunk show of knit garments as well as discover why having a serger and coverhem machine make sewing garments a walk in the park! We will also demonstrate selected serger and coverhem accessories to get you inspired to make your garment sewing even easier. You might want to ask your local Janome Canada dealer if they are hosting one of these events this Fall or next Spring?