I don’t buy sewing patterns very often – most of what I sew for children is either self-drafted or an adaptation of a range of ‘tried and true’ patterns that I keep in my metaphorical back pocket.
I do, however, have a soft spot for Jalie patterns. They tend to be well-drafted and also come in 27 sizes, suitable from about age 2 to adult size 22, making it easier to make clothes for my children as they grow (after all, t-shirts, leggings and bathers are always in demand, and I need stuff for me too!).
Jalie’s latest batch of patterns includes the Eleonore pull-on jeans, and given that Little Possum dislikes conventional jeans I thought I’d give them a go. It’s a straightforward sew, but sometimes it’s the little details in patterns that make you love them (or give you an ‘aha’ moment). With these jeans it was the very simple technique for elasticising the waistband – no threading, no swearing, no twisting of the elastic, just some simple zig-zag stitches which are invisible from the outside of the garment.
I like to learn something new every day – that was yesterday’s.