My Favourite Patterns #1 – Jalie 2214

Jalie 2214

Jalie Pattern 2214 – Great for beginners

This versatile pattern can be used to create a great number of great looking, individual dresses. Spice it up with different fabrics, extra skirt layers, trims, sequins, stones, applique. The only limit is your imagination (and your budget!).

The instructions given are very straightforward, and all sizes from toddlers to large ladies are catered for. This also allows for easier size adjustments for us adult skaters. I am 2 sizes bigger in the bodice than the hips, and this poses no trouble with the Jalie patterns.

In essence, here are the steps to follow:

1. Measure up and choose your size.

2. Choose your fabric

3. Trace your pattern and make any adjustments

4. Cut out your pieces.

5. Follow the sewing instructions. Instructions are given for inserting the elastic too. That is really the hardest part, and is not as hard as you think!

6. Decorate your base dress. Watch out for my post on applique….. coming soon!

7. Look fantastic in your ‘custom’ dress!

Made with Jalie 2214 – Added beaded fringing, flowers and crystal accents


Sewing your own Skate & Gymnastics Wear – getting started

Hints and tips for sewing skating dresses and leotards

As a skater, and a parent of both a skater and a gymnast, it didn’t take me long to see the benefits of learning to sew leotards! It is really not as hard as it looks, especially when you have a good pattern. Here are some ideas to get you started.

What you’ll need…..

– a reliable sewing machine with good zig zag ability. Or an overlocker/serger if you are lucky! The overlocker is great to speed up projects and give them a more professional look. They are not essential though!

– lycra or stretch velvet fabric. Lycra is easier to learn with. If buying stretch velvet, make sure it is good quality and preferably 4 way stretch. If buying 2 way stretch, make sure stretch is generous and even in both directions. Panne velvet does not have good stretch and patterns will usually need adjusting to allow for this, so if possible, go for the good stuff. Panne also curls and is a general pain.

– a good pattern. Jalie and quik sew have some good ones. I will try and post some of my favourites to help fellow beginner sewers. Click HERE to see some of my favourites!