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I am a mother, a 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 book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was 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?