Well hello friends, it’s been a while! I’ve been sewing up a storm but have had to wait to share this new pattern until now. Jalie Patterns normally releases their 2021 pattern collection in late spring/early summer. They not only have to draft, pattern test, and have their promotional team sew up the patterns, but have to send the PDF patterns to a printer. (They sell printed versions of some of their patterns.) Because of some unforseen hiccups in the printing process, they only just released 10 new patterns last week!
My favorite thing about the new collection is that each pattern is offered in childrens’, mens’ or womens sizing, and plus sizes! The plus sizes have been designed properly from a separate block (they aren’t simply sized up from the misses’ sizing), have separate line drawings and size charts. For years, the girls’ and womens’ sizes have been sold together as one pattern (And boys’ and mens’, respectively). Because the new plus size chart would not be easily read, and the larger sizes did not fit on the large scale pattern paper, the plus sizes are sold as separate PDF patterns.
The pattern I chose to sew and showcase is the new Sylvie, wide leg pants pattern. This pattern is super simple! These knit loungewear pants are form fitting through the waist and hips, and then they follow a straight leg all the way to the end.
I chose a lovely Art Gallery knit from Minerva.com as they had the perfect amount of stretch. I cut out my measured size. This pattern does call for 3/8″ knitted elastic at the waist so it’s sure to stay in place while you move. I usually remove length from the thigh area, but the wide leg meant I could just chop the length off the ground. This is very handy when you’re not sure how much length to remove the first go around!
I paired my Sylvie pants with the Helene Cardigan. This is an older pattern on the site. It calls for moderate stretch, but I decided to size up and use this pointelle sweater knit, also from Minerva. It has about 25% stretch across the grain. I was surprised at how loose fitting the cardigan was, as is it’s a bit oversized for me but super comfortable. I love the shawl collar and the unique pocket construction!
Both of these projects came together super quickly. I was able to construct each of them in just over an hour after cutting out. If you’re a beginner, I’d recommend both of these patterns! I used mostly a serger and a coverstitch to construct them, but you could use a sewing machine instead.
Don’t forget to check out all 10 of the new patterns on the Jalie website!