sewing, women

Jalie Bianca Shirt & Dress Release

49853103196_ddae45b2b5_bIt’s been quite a few months of hiding this secret, but I’m excited to finally share the 2020 Jalie Collection with you! This lineup includes 13 new patterns (mostly for women/girls) in the full Jalie size range – 2T to 2XL (US24), with styles available for wovens and knits.  Patterns can be downloaded and printed at home or at a blueprinting location, or you can buy them as a traditional paper pattern directly from Jalie or from any of their stockists worldwide (note, their printer in Canada only recently had permission to re-open, so expect them to arrive very soon. If you order a print+pdf bundle, you’ll have immediate access to the PDF version.). I’ve only sewn up 4 of them so far, but there are so many more I still want to make!!

Ugh, forgot to iron before our photoshoot!

About Jalie Bianca 4019

Jalie Bianca (4019) is first up on my list of things to share with you (stay tuned on the others – I’ll be sharing them on Thursday!). I just love this dress! It’s made for fluid wovens such as linen, Tencel lyocell and rayon twill.


I used this gorgeous olive Tencel Twill that was gifted to me by Tammy from D&H Fabrics Co shortly after she opened her business a couple of years ago (go check her out – she’s local to me in Northern Virginia). It’s been waiting for the perfect project!


Bianca can be made either as a top or a dress, sleeveless or with short sleeves, with or without a belt, and with optional pockets (dress version only).


Construction is very straight forward – you could probably make this dress in a couple of hours in fact!

The neckline has ingenious construction too! The front has a strip of binding cut on the bias, and the back has a facing. I really must take a photo of the inside for you as it’s hard to explain how the finish is done, but it’s attached in such a way that the seams are completely hidden without a whole lot of fiddling around. Almost like making a lined swimsuit I guess. (With any Jalie pattern,  you can download the instructions for free before you buy, so feel free to grab those to see what I mean!).


To attach the pockets, I used my standard trick of basting them on with Quilt Basting Spray before top stitching. Seriously, favoritist way to attach patch pockets, ever.

Another favorite thing I like to use are the hem and seam tapes from Emma Seabrooke. I used a strip of 1″ stay tape to make the hem easier to do and give it a bit extra crispness.

The belt was quick and easy to do. I used a mystery brown shirt fabric from my stash. It’s possibly polyester, but I didn’t do a burn test to check. I really wanted to make this belt with a lightweight leather or faux leather, but I had intended to shop for that in person. And well, we all know how that ended!


I hope you check out the rest of the Jalie collection! And be sure to check out everyone else who’s sharing their makes today!

(P.S. If you buy 3 PDF patterns, you’ll get an extra 20% off with code JALIE3PDF. Spend CA$65 in print/pdf patterns and get free shipping worldwide. All the details are on the Jalie Promotions page.)




Disclosure: I’m a Jalie Patterns Creative Ambassador and received this Jalie pattern complimentary for purposes of review and promotion.

Jalie 4019 Bianca Shirt & Dress by Auschick


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