Today I’m showcasing a designer duo that I’ve loved for years, but have never taken the time to take styled pics of finished pieces. You know those items that immediately go into your daily rotation? My Jalie makes are absolutely essential to my wardrobe and never really get into the “to photograph” queue.
Jalie patterns are unique, in that they have an enormous size range from 2 (toddler) to 2X (46″-38″-47″). Women’s and girl’s sizes in one pattern, separated into groups so that it’s not a big line soup, layers in the newer releases (and they’re updating older ones too), amazing fit and fabulous style. Their dance and gymnastics wear lines are brilliant. I’m so pumped to show you my makes today!!
I have sewn the Tessa, a new release from June 2018, in a size H for Miki. She’s super into ballet and gymnastics, and has already used her leo four times in two weeks. If that’s not a raving endorsement I don’t know what is, lol.
The leotard has long sleeves, a V-waist with great instructions on how to get the sharp V, and an optional illusion inset that looks great for that extra oomph. There’s a circle skirt you can add on at the V, making it an amazing design for skating. There’s great bum coverage, and good coverage in the front, which we all know is a huge worry.
Can you believe this was my toile? It’s perfect! What’s important is that trunk measurement that must be adjusted to grade between sizes. I’m lucky I didn’t need to do that in this pattern, but it is a necessary measurement to check.
Look at that great shaped back. A seam down the back makes it fit so well, without relying too much on the stretch of the fabric. This pattern is genius in so many ways!
Fabric: Flamingo print is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, a year or two ago, and the stripes are Wanderlust Custom Fabrics from two years ago I believe. Ha, can you say hoarder? I’m almost out of swim fabric! I only have 50 yards left!