Wednesday, December 26, 2012

HALF OFF Wednesday ... Double Layer Ruffle Skirt

Double Layer Ruffle Skirt is HALF OFF on Wednesday December 26th ONLY !!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

HALF OFF Wednesday ... Simple Shrug

This Wednesday (December 19th) you can get the Simple Shrug for HALF OFF.
One size option (either nb-5t or 6-14) for $4 or both for $6.

Cute curved from and cropped length will keep your girlie's arms cozy without obscuring her shirt or dress too much.  Includes FOUR sleeve options.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

HALF OFF Wednesday ... Cap Sleeve A-Line Dres

December 12th only ... get the Cap-Sleeve A-Line Dress for HALF OFF

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Half Off Wednesday ... A-Line Shift Dress

December 5th ... half off!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

HALF OFF Wednesdays ... the Classic Knit Tee

The Classic Knit Tee is an essential part in your pattern collection.  Perfect for layering under jumpers and dresses ... or simply by itself with pants or skirts.  It's fantastic for appliques, embroidery or stenciling.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

FREE Thanksgiving Matching Memory Game

I decided to make up a quick matching card game for them. Since it was so quick to make I decided to share it for free. Enjoy!  Happy Thanksgiving !!!

Print game pieces at 100%, make sure that the page scaling is set to "none", and print 2 copies of the page.

Cut off 1/2 from each edge (margins).

Then cut apart the game pieces, they are 2 1/2" square. ENJOY!

I printed ours on cardstock ... I'm sure they would last longer if they were laminated or covered in clear contact paper.

You can find the pdf download HERE.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

HALF OFF Wednsesdays ... the Pixie Strip Skirt

Have you tried the Pixie Strip Skirt?  Perfect for mixing and matching fabrics ... I'm thinking you have some cute coordinating christmas fabrics ...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

HALF OFF Wednsesdays ... Flounce Ruffle Pants

 Have you tried the Flounce Ruffle Pants?  Everyone who does RAVES about them ... now's your chance.  For today only get the Flounce Ruffle Pants pattern for HALF off !!  What could be better than that?
 the striped pair below was made using super soft and comfy knits ... your little sweetie is going to love and live in these pants!!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

NEW pattern ... Basic Empire Bodice

Basic Empire Bodice ... Another Mix&Match pattern that can be combined in endless variations.  Includes 7 different size options (XS through XXXL) and is also available in the smaller sizes (nb through 14).

Sketch shows the bodice combined with the Classic Sleeves (elbow length) and the Radiant A-Line Bottom (tunic length).

Thursday, September 27, 2012

NEW Pattern ... Drop and Twirl Circle Skirt

Drop and Twirl Circle Skirt ... features a dropped waist and a full twirly skirt bottom.

Includes 16 different sizes (nb through 14) and three different length options.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

HALF OFF Wednesday ... Skinny Minnie Pants

It's Wednesday ... hopefully you know what that means by now ... another HALF OFF pattern ... yup!

This Wednesday (Sept. 26th) it's the Skinny Minnie Pants ...

If you haven't tried these adorable pants yet you're missing out. They have a modern slim, skinny leg fit.  Includes 16 different sizes (nb through14) and 2 different length options.

Monday, September 17, 2012

HALF OFF Wednesday ... Crossover Tunic and Dress

It's time again for another HALF OFF pattern ... are you ready?  This Wednsday (September 19th, 2012) ONLY,  it will be the Crossover Tunic.
You can find the HALF OFF pattern in the FEATURED category every week.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Half Off Wednesday... Ruffle Leggings

OK OK, I know Wednesday already passed ... but I was busy unpacking and trying to recover from moving.  But I still want to share a half price pattern this week.  Tomorrow (FRIDAY, September 14th) ONLY !!!  (next week it will be on wednesday again)

You can find it in the FEATURED category every week.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fabric Organization ...

My FAVORITE organizing tool is the "Comic Board" ... unless you are surrounded by nerds like I am you might not know what a comic board is.  It is the board that is stored inside the plastic bag to hold comic books stiff for archival purposes (which is great for fabric ... it's archival quality, so it won't damage your fabric!!  BONUS!)

This isn't my original idea, you can read about it at Smashed Peas and Carrots, the Cottage Home, and Cut to Pieces (plus tutorials on folding fat quarters and other smaller amounts of fabric).

BUUUUUT ... I like to fold mine a bit differently.  It uses 2 comic boards, but you won't have to completely unfold ALL your fabric in order to cut it.  If you only need to cut a 2" strip you'll only have to unroll a little bit ... which I think is FABULOUS!!  Here is how I fold my fabric using comic boards ...

1.  Lay your fabric out, it's folded in half once ... just like it was on the bolt from the store.  Align 1 comic board along the selvages and 1 comic board along the fold ... there will be a space in the middle between the 2 comic board.  I like to leave about 4" on the cut end of the fabric to fold around the boards  (shown on the right side).

2.   Fold the cut end of the fabric around the boards (shown on the right side).

3.  Continue to fold the fabric around the boards until you get closer to the other cut end (shown on the left side).

4.  Fold the cut end over a little bit (shown on the left side).

5.  Fold the folded edge over on top of the other fabric that is wrapped around the comic boards.

6.  Fold the fabric in half, encasing the cut end that was folded over in Step 5 in the middle to secure.

7.  Slide on your shelf with all your other pretty fabrics ... 

You can go to your local comic book shop and pick up a stack of them (and the comic nerd will give you a weird look when you tell him it's for your fabric ... just shrug it off), I picked up a stack of 100 for $8 ... or you can order them by the 100s on for $11-ish


Half Off Wednesdays ... Bouncing Bubble Skirt

It's Wednesday again ... and you know what that means ... one pattern will be HALF OFF at ... today is the Bouncing Bubble Skirt or Skort ... 

on August 15th (PST) ONLY !!!
You can find it in the FEATURED category every Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

50% Off Wednesdays ... Mega Ruffle Pants

50% off ... 1 pattern EVERY wednesday ... tomorrow's will be the Mega Ruffle Pants (August 8, 20112 ONLY!)

That pattern will be in the FEATURED category on

With 16 sizes and 3 different length options this pattern is PERFECT for every season.

(photography and headbands by Peaches and Brown Sugar Designs)
(Crazy Cute Jumper sewing pattern from Hailey Bugs Closet)

Don't miss out, this promotional price will only be available on August 8th ...

Monday, July 30, 2012

50% off Wednesdays ... Easy Swing Skirt

We're starting a new special promotion at Jocole, EVERY single Wednesday we'll be offering one pattern for 50% off the purchase price ... NO codes necessary. 

That pattern will be in the FEATURED category on

Easy Swing Skirt ... xs-xxl

Starting Wednesday August 1st, 2012 ... The first one will be the Easy Swing Skirt ...

Have you tried the Easy Swing Skirt? It really is super duper easy ... stop sewing for your kids for a second and sew something awesome for YOU ... you deserve it !!!

Don't miss out, the promotional price will ONLY be available for Wednesday August 1st.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Facebook and Etsy photo dimensions ... reference


Coverphoto: 851w x 315h
Profile: 180w x 180h
Custom Tab Photos: 111w x 74h
Shared Photo: 404w x 404h
Highlights & Milestones: 843w x 403h
Tab page: 810w


Shop Banner:  760w x 100h
About Page Photo: 1024w x 768 h  (760 x 430)
Main image: 570w x 460h (with your item centered within the 460w x 460h)
     if you prefer more detail: 1024w x 768h
Avatar/Profile Photo: 75w x 75h
Team Logo: 170w x 100h

Gallery/Treasury Photos:  170w x 135h or 155w x 125h ... depending on where they are used
Thumbnails: 75w x 75h or 50w x 50h ... depending on where they are used

Friday, July 13, 2012

Share the Love ...

Who's ready for another contest?  

Share the love about Jocole.

Tell all your friends, the fan who has the MOST referrals will WIN $50 worth of Jocole Patterns !!!

Here's how it works:     Tell ALL your friends about Jocole on facebook, make sure that when they "like" us and become a fan to tell us WHO sent them.  Contest will run from Saturday July 14th through Friday July 20th at 10 pm PST.

Start sharing the L O V E ...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mix & Match ... re-mix ...

I just received this picture from my customer, Maria.  She used the Classy Cowlneck Bodice and the Basic Tee Bottom ... both from the Mix & Match series.

To get this look for yourself you'll need to use the front piece for both the front and the back so you have the WIDE neckline from the cowlneck on both sides.  She made hers without sleeves, but you could add Classic Sleeves if you desired.

To get the look of the slim pencil skirt portion of the dress you'll need to lengthen the hip length tee to your desired length (shown below in RED).


Monday, July 09, 2012

Triple Ruffle T-Shirt Dress ... hip-length measurement guide

I was recently asked the question on what the side seam of the shirt you are using for the Triple Ruffle T-Shirt should be.  Obviously the side seams are going to vary when you are using a pre-made store bought shirt.

The following measurements can be used as a guide for the length of a hip-length t-shirt.

The following measurements are in inches.  Length is measured along the side seam, from the armpit to the hem. Sizes are only guides and are based on average measurements.

Please let me know if you have ANY questions.

You can purchase the Triple Ruffle T-Shirt pdf sewing pattern HERE

Winner of Share and Win

Congratulations to Lauren, her comment was number 11 on the Share and Win post.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Share and you may WIN

Who's ready for a CONTEST?  To coincide with the release of the Happy Herringbone Dress I've decided to give one away!

Here's how it works:  Go to our Facebook fan page, you'll find a link to our pattern with a description pinned to the top of the page.  Copy the description, click "share" and paste the description as YOUR description, make sure you tag Jocole.

Then come back here and comment that you shared it.
**Due to facebook settings and restrictions private profiles will not show up as sharing, so you must come back here to comment for it to be entered into the contest.

Open until Monday July 9th at 10pm (PST), after which I'll use to pick one number and the winning comment will win a copy of the Happy Herringbone Dress (or another pattern of your choice).

What are you waiting for?  Go SHARE ...

the Happy Herringbone Dress

A super cute halter dress featuring an empire bodice with an elastic back and a pieced herringbone style skirt.  Bodice is fully lined for comfort.

Two length options: tunic or dress.

It's fun to mix and match prints and colors.  Perfect for coordinating fabrics or even using up scraps and fat quarters.

Skill Level:  Intermediate.  Definitely not for beginners, but easier than you might think.  The results are worth the extra effort.

16 sizes included:  nb-16, and including the doll size.
Quick, what are you waiting for?  You can purchase it HERE, or in any of our BUNDLE PACKS for more savings.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

NEW pattern release ...

I'm actively editing a new pattern.  It is a woven dress and SUPER duper cute!  I'll admit it is definitely categorized as intermediate (NOT beginner) ... but oh my word is it worth the extra effort.

It will be released on Friday, July 7th ... I can't wait to share it with you.  

Sneak peek of my fabric choice above ... this dress was worthy to be cut in Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow coordinates ... LOVE!

Friday, June 08, 2012

Elastic Waist Directions

Instructions for applying professional top-stitched elastic waist that will NEVER twist.  No more uncomfortable twisted elastic casings!! This method is perfect and can be used on both woven AND knit fabrics.

You can find the complete directions HERE

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Number Game Giveaway ... (CLOSED)

Pick a number between 1 and 500 ... closest (but not over) WINS 1 free pattern of your choice. 

And tell me what your favorite jocole pattern is ... perdy please

The winning number will be chosen Saturday via Comment below ...


Can you contact me and let me know what pattern you would like?  


Saturday, April 07, 2012

Binding Directions ... SEVEN ways

These instructions are for binding or finishing your edges ... necklines and armholes ... and we have included SEVEN different methods.

(1) Classic Band
(2) Full Binding
(3) Fold-Over Elastic
(4) Turned and Stitched
(5) Picot Elastic
(6) Classic Elastic
(7) Flat-Binding

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Digitize YOUR Pattern into a pdf

Do you have a pattern that you've already drafted and would like it turned into a pdf to sell?

$10 new pattern - flat fee
$25 formatting fee - adding sizes, your logo and other pattern text, grainlines, etc.
$5 per page -- so if your pattern is on 5 pages it would be $25
$5 per size -- so if your pattern includes 6 sizes it would be $30  (only applies to scanned patterns, not .svg patterns)

total = $10 + $25 + $30 = $65
**this is just an example ... total pricing would depend on how many sizes are on your pattern and how many pages it is.

Digitized pdf pattern that you can print at a copy shop (A0 Large Format):
$25 flat rate

Digitized .SVG format of your pattern:
$25 flat rate

You email me the scanned pattern pages, or a .svg and I return a professionally digitized pattern.
** Your pages MUST include something to indicate scale (something that can be measured.) To insure accuracy.

If you don't already have it scanned, you can mail the paper pattern to me and I can scan it for an additional fee of $1 per page ... if I need to trace it and then scan it, it will be an additional fee of $2.50 per page.

This would include adding YOUR logo on the pattern so that you could sell it on your site under your business name.

50% deposit is required before starting any project and the remaining 50% is due upon delivery.


Flat Sketches:
$10 per view.
  Example: the picture below would be $30

Fabric Yardage Requirements:
Flat rate of $10

Spec Sheet:
Flat Rate of $4 per size
    Example: 5 sizes = $20

Printing Layout Guide:

Cutting Layout Guide:

Patternmaking Add-on:
Flat rate of $5 per design + $5 per pattern piece
Add a piece to an existing pattern (Example: add a sleeve variant or a collar). This can be to a pattern that we drafted, or from a different pattern designer.

Help with your pattern development and design $25/hr. Do you have a design in your head but can't quite sketch it out? I can help you come up with a design, or help you tweak yours.

We can also turn them into pdf sewing pattern that you can sell, exclusive licensing rights to you ... we'll include your logo and your information ... endless earning opportunities ... contact us for pricing.

I'm really excited about working with you on this!! ~ jodi jean

Custom Freelance Pattern drafting services and pricing:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ruffle Bottom Leggings Tutorial

These instructions are for altering your Basic Knit Leggings or Ruffle Leggings patterns from Jocole to add ruffle fabric along the bottom.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2012! We have some exciting things coming up in the coming weeks ... seriously .... for now I'll leave you with the cutest picture ever! The A-Line Shift Dress pdf sewing pattern ... paired with the Ruffle Tee and the Ruffle Leggings ... both ruffle patterns feature THREE length options, while the dress features 2! We LOVE options!