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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

The multi-sizedness of Jalie

One of the cool things about Jalie patterns is that they come in so many sizes. That is useful for those of us who have family members who come in so many sizes.

Case in point.

My grandson Billy turned 3 today. My daughter told me he needed summer pyjamas.

Billy is what they used to call in the old days a husky size. 

His dad is 6'5" his mom is 5'10" and Mr. Billy is big boned and built like a hockey player, just like his dad.

As my daughter explains it to get something to fit his waist and hips it is miles too long in the legs, and the reverse is also true.

This stuff makes total sense to a sewer - one size in one area of the body, another everywhere else- we live in that territory every day and know exactly how to deal with it.

The problem is of course that when I got the PJ request I didn't have a pattern on hand so I went rooting around in my Jalie stash.

This is what I used to make this 3-year-old something to wear in summer trailer down on the Shore Road in Judique, Cape Breton:

I was able to find Billy's measurements in each pattern and here is the result, the only change being that I used my own cross-over V neckline because I find it easier. 

For fabric I used some striped rayon knit I got as a freebie from Fabricmart many years ago and never could figure out a use for, but for these pjyamas I thought they were perfect. So perfect in fact I also made him along sleeved, long legged, crew neck version for winter.

How could you not want to sew for a guy like this?


Anonymous said...

Oh isn't he adorable. Lucky to have you for a grandma.

Anonymous said...

That is one cute boy. Lucky you and him for your great Jalie stash.
Vancouver Barbara

bbarna said...

Wonderful!! This is exactly the reason that I have purchased multiple Jalie patterns. I can sew for myself , my husband, adult kids and the grands....
Barb from Prince George .

Gwen Van Kleef said...

Kids just so appreciate being sewn for! He is so cute. My granddaughter says my super power is sewing.

SuzieB said...

What a cutie!
Strong facial resemblance between you & Billy also.

Patty said...

What a doll! Nice job, Grandma!

jane said...

such a handsome boy! reminds me of my own only they are all grown up. I sewed pjs for them for years and years. Some of the most fun sewing ever.

Anonymous said...

Wow, family resemblance going on here.......and what a natural model! These have a great baseball uniform vibe!


Sewing by Shirley said...

I have both of these patterns and would not have thought to make pajamas out of them! This fabric is perfect for a boy too. I wish there were more appropriate fabrics out there for the men in our lives.

lsaspacey said...

Wow, that is what's considered husky nowadays? Doesn't look it to me! He's adorable and I love his pjs.

Anonymous said...

He's adorable- love hearing about your children & grandchildren & how much you love them. Great sewing too!