Announcing: Sewaholic Patterns!

Hello everyone, I am both thrilled and nervously excited to share my big announcement today! I’ve been working on something major for a while, and it’s been so hard not to say anything this whole time.

So, I’m proud to announce that I’m designing my own line of sewing patterns. Introducing – Sewaholic Patterns!

I’m developing a small line of styles designed specifically for pear-shaped women. Being pear-shaped myself, every pattern out there has to be altered to fit over my wide hips. Sewing patterns are made to fit the average body, but wouldn’t it be great if they were made specifically to fit (and flatter) our pear-shaped figures?

I’d love to create and build up a line of wardrobe essentials that fit and complement women who are small-on-top, curvy-on-bottom. So far I’m planning the perfect coat, the essential skirt, the simple-yet-elegant blouse – patterns you’ll want to make over and over again.

I’ll be printing and packaging the patterns, and selling them online. You’ll be able to buy the first one hopefully by the end of October! Many, many details still to work out but here’s a preview of the first style:

This blouse is my first pattern design, named Pendrell. I’ve decided to name each style after a Vancouver area landmark or street name. Pendrell is the street where my sister lives, in Downtown Vancouver’s laid-back West End near the beach, so it’s fitting for this breezy, feminine blouse. Adding dimension to the shoulder area helps minimize wider hips!

For the draped sleeve version, the sleeve is self-lined, so the pleats hang softly and there’s no hemming required. Extra-long length makes it easy to tuck into skirts and pants comfortably. This sample’s made in silk charmeuse and though you can’t tell from the photo, there is no closure! I wanted to have the best fit possible while eliminating zippers and buttons to keep it easy.

I’m also working on a ruffled version as a second option, based on the same basic blouse.  The goal was to make a great-fitting blouse that was simple to sew without being boring. Do you like it?

I’d love to share bits and pieces of the process with you guys. Are you interested? I have many big ideas, and am planning giveaways and contests closer to the big launch. Lots of good stuff coming up – as well as regular sewing projects and tips! September’s going to be one busy month…

So that’s my big news! I’m dying to hear what you think, now that I’ve shared my plans and dreams with you. It’s a bit scary to post this announcement and share my work-in-progress so I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you have any questions? What do you think?

UPDATE: Like this blouse? Make your own! The Pendrell Blouse is available in the Pattern Store here.

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99 Responses to Announcing: Sewaholic Patterns!

  1. Sabrina Clementine August 30, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    I love it! I think that top would look great with a pencil skirt! Do you have any pictures of the back though? I’m trying to figure out how exactly you’d get that over your head and shoulders without a closure, lol. Best of luck, and I look forward to seeing the rest of your designs!

  2. Diane August 30, 2010 at 6:14 am #

    Very cute! Being a pear woman myself, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the line is like.

  3. Ms.Cleaver August 30, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    I think it’s fantastic (and love that your first pattern has princess seams, since as a sewer I find them easier to adjust to fit).

    I can’t wait to see what you turn out!

  4. louise August 30, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    congratulations Tasia thats brilliant news, i’ve loved following your blog since i discovered it during MMM and it has crossed my mind whether you ever design your own patterns – question answered now!!! best of luck with it :-)

  5. Eithne August 30, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    This sounds fantastic, as a fellow pear shaped sewer I’d definitely be interested in your patterns.I’d love to hear about the process.Good Luck!

  6. lap August 30, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    That’s so exciting! I’m thrilled that you’re doing this, and this this first sample looks original and easy to sew!

  7. Bissy August 30, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    Congratulations! That’s amazing news for someone like me, who shares your pear-shaped-ness. I love this first top. Best of luck!

  8. Mary August 30, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    Congratulations Tasia…that is exciting news! Love the blouse and can’t wait to see your patterns…Being a pear myself I definitely will be a customer! Good for you…Pears Unite!!!

  9. Stacy August 30, 2010 at 6:49 am #

    What Fantastic news! Congrats Tasia!

  10. Bethany August 30, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    Hi Tasia, I love the blouse, and I’m excited to see what you produce as far as the pattern line goes.

    I just found your blog this weekend, and since you asked (and I note somewhere in the archive you asking before): I love seeing the process. For me seeing works in progress and hearing about other people’s creative process is even more inspiring than the (totally gorgeous in your case) finished objects.

    Thanks for inspiring!

  11. woolcat August 30, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    It’s beautiful, and what a great idea!

    Now I am more of an apple than a pear so I’m not really in your target market. But if I were (or if someone was making patterns that would flatter and fit ME) I would certainly be interested!

  12. Kristen August 30, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    Wow, that is so exciting! I will definitely be keeping a lookout for your patterns in October. Congratulations on this super-fun new venture!

  13. Christie August 30, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    That is exciting news! I love the top you’ve made and think that would be a great pattern! I’ma bit pear shaped myself:).

  14. Shannon August 30, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    Wow! Very exciting news! Congratulations.

  15. Lisa August 30, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    Very exiting news , also being a pear shape I can’t wait to see what you come up with . I love your top it’s very pretty .

  16. Funnygrrl August 30, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    I love this! You should be very proud of yourself. To think you could keep it to yourself but you are going to share it with us. Can’t wait to see what else you have up your gathered sleeve…

  17. Jenny August 30, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    This pear-shaped woman is giddy with excitement. Contratulations to you, and yay for me!

  18. Jos August 30, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    Hi! Love the blouse! I hope you would consider selling print-at-home versions so folks from down under won’t have to spend so much on shipping charges. Cheers!

  19. Lizzy August 30, 2010 at 7:43 am #

    Congratrulations!!! I’m sure you will have succes!! I’m not pear shaped…..I’m more like………mmmm, no hips, big tummy………no ass hehehehe, I don’t know what shape is that =)

  20. Glenda Hopp August 30, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    Congratulations! I think your new patterns will be a gift to many of us. Love your blouse. How will it work with knits? I hand dye knits for sewing and can picture this pattern in some of my fabrics.

  21. Peacockchic August 30, 2010 at 7:47 am #


    That first top looks fab! can’t wait for October

  22. Darci August 30, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    That top is SO fantastic and this pear is ON BOARD to see where your patternmaking adventures take you. I’m so happy for you, I’m about to BURST. Can’t wait to have my OWN Sewaholic patterns!


  23. Pattern Junkie August 30, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    What great news! Can’t wait for the patterns to be ready — and yes, please share the details!

  24. amber August 30, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    As a proud pear-shaped woman I say HALLELUJAH!!! :D I’m super excited about this! Congratulations on this new endeavor and I can’t wait to see what you produce – I’ll start making room in my pattern drawers now. ;)

  25. Alexandra Mason August 30, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    Thats wonderful! I’m a pear shape too and can’t wait for your patterns to come out :) xx

  26. Tilly August 30, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    Tasia, this is fantastic! Well done you! There aren’t nearly enough independent sewing pattern designers (that I know of), it’s definitely a gap in the market – I’ve been thinking for a while that if I were an experienced seamstress (which I’m most certainly NOT) I’d start up my own business like Sarai of Colette Patterns. Focusing on pear shaped ladies is a great idea. I’m slightly pear-shaped so look forward to seeing what you come up with. This top is lovely. I’m really looking forward to following your progress.

  27. Audrey August 30, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    This is exactly the style of blouse I would choose to make for my pear shaped body; shoulder details to balance the hips, and princess seams for bust waist and hip shaping. Great design! I am cheering you on!

  28. B @ Sweet Limes August 30, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    I lurk and read EVERYTHING you post, but never feel like I have anything to offer or share but I HAD to comment when I read this post because I am so thrilled for you! This is going to be a great venture and I’m so excited for you even though I am not the same shape as you. This top is gorgeous and I might have to pick it up for myself anyways!

    On a side note I just realized that you’re from Vancouver! Oh how I miss my home! I’m in Alberta now but I grew up on the coast and I miss it dearly.

  29. Sarah August 30, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    Yay!! How incredibly fabulous! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Sarah :)

  30. Katie W August 30, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    Great news! I just found your blog through the Selfish Seamstress, and I’ve been reading all your archives — I love so many of your creations! I am looking forward to your patterns, especially the skirt. I can fit skirts, but finding a fitted style that truly flatters is something else!

  31. Jaime August 30, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    GREAT IDEA! I’d love to be in on the process. Everything you create is beautiful and classy. Can’t wait to see what else is up your sleeve! :)

  32. Stephanie August 30, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    I think it’s a great idea and I am super excited for you! I haven’t worked with but a few patterns, when I was younger, for clothing but from personal shopping experiences i know how hard it is to find items that fit well. I bet you will have great success!! <3

  33. Shannon August 30, 2010 at 10:46 am #

    Way to follow your dreams. I’m very excited for you and wish you all the success in the world! You are off to a very stylish start with that first blouse. Will be fun to see what you come up with!

  34. SueBaca August 30, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    I’m really looking forward to seeing your progress. The blouse is darling!

  35. Trisha August 30, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    Congratulations! I think it’s a lovely idea, and I like the sneak-peek of this blouse.

  36. Jessica August 30, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    I could not be more excited for you – yay! And speaking as another pear, I would definitely buy patterns targeted for my shape. I love that blouse – the sleeves are cute!

  37. learningnewtricks August 30, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    Good luck on your new adventure. What a marvelous idea, and a great dream to follow. Sadly, I am an X shaped woman. While the bodice of the pear shape pattern won’t work for me or my daughter, the skirt might still work. Look forward to seeing your patterns, and reading about the journey.

  38. petite josette August 30, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    This is great ! Congratulations on starting your line !
    I’m not so much of a pear-shaped figure but I’ll definitely be interested by your top patterns ! The blouse is very pretty by the way !
    I wish you all the best in this new adventure !

  39. CGCouture August 30, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    Cool! It’s very exciting that you’ll be making your own patterns, can’t wait to see more of the styles you come up with (even though I’m not a pear-shaped gal). :-)

  40. ~Sherry~ August 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    What a great idea Tasia, and all the best of luck!!
    Love your first design, and the sleeve sits beautifully!

  41. Tasia August 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    Wow! Thanks for the overwhelming support and feedback, I never expected such an amazing response and it’s only part way through the day :)
    I’m going to read over your comments later tonight and respond to them properly but I just wanted to thank you all for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate it! And I’m thrilled to hear so many of you want to hear about the process, I’ll share the highlights and perhaps, some of the not-so-great moments as well.
    To everyone who isn’t pear-shaped – that’s the beauty of sewing! If you love a design, you can fit it to your body type as well. It’s just us pear-shaped-girls will have the advantage, for once!

  42. Angela August 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Congrats!! That’s a great top! I wish I could pull that off, but I definitely do not need anything accentuating my arms! :)

  43. Brumby August 30, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    OH congratulations Tasia, it is very exciting news for you, cannot wait to see the rest of the range roll out as the blouse is very cute!

  44. S√∏lvi August 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Oh! Congratulations, Tasia! That is so wonderful to hear! You are such a skilled and creative seamstress, and I am sure your patterns will be fantastic. The sneak peek looks amazing. Go for it!

  45. shellie August 30, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! the blouse is gorgeous – can’t wait to see more!

  46. Lisa August 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    I think I love you! My heart skipped a beat when I read that the patterns are targeted toward pear shaped women. I am very pear shaped or as I like would rather call it, bootylicious :) I’m not sure if I like the top though. Maybe if it were made in something thinner and more drapey. I guess I don’t like the stiffness in the sleeve drape, but I have noticed that tops like this one are very flattering on me. Congrats and thank you!

  47. Tania August 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    What a fab idea! Now why didn’t I think of that? Plenty of patterns out there for the large of boob, so it would be ace to finally have some for those of us with more than generous hips. I can see this being a huge success and only hope that I will be able to get hold of your patterns here in the UK!

  48. Celkalee August 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    You are inspired and we are all so proud of you. After following you for a while, I sort of feel like we are sewing friends. Your idea is brilliant. The greatest challenge for any sewer is fit. Any way you can demystify that will be a winner. Please do continue to share, we all learn in the process and learning is what life is about…no matter what the subject. My thinking cap is wondering if the patterns will be adaptable to knit fabrics. I see this blouse in a lovely chocolate knit with sleeves tapering to the wrist…maybe ruched along an outside seam? Maybe with some decorative little buttons at the wrist. The princess seams might lend themselves to the front & back side panels being cut as one with a cut on sleeve.,,,I’m sorry I’ll stop. See, this is why I read your postings, you inspire me!

  49. Kat August 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    That top is gorgeous! Congratulations on starting your own pattern business. That is such a big step and I am sure you will do very well at it. Can’t wait till your designs come out in October!

  50. Renay August 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    Wow, Excitement! Can’t wait to see/hear more about it. And it makes me wish I was a pear…. :-) Love the blouse, very cute

  51. Maureen August 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    Congratulations on taking the plunge! I’m so excited for you and will be looking forward to the big launch. I used to be a very curvy person – more the Marilyn Monroe kind of look. But following surgery, I am now definitely a pear-person! As a former top heavy person, I’m still leery of anything that will add visually to the top, so, I’m not sure about the blouse for me – maybe in a very light and floaty fabric. But…. I can hardly wait to see what else you have up your sleeve!! (pun intended)

  52. Gail August 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    Love the pattern. But could I make another pattern plea. Patterns for 50+ women who still want to look stylish, can fit a size 14-16 maybe with a FBA, but need to scale the pattern up to size 18-20 for the waist measurement. I’m not fat, but have thickened at the waistline. None of the pattern alternation books really accommodate this. Help Tanie help us…assuming that I am not alone.

  53. Rachel August 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    It is gorgeous Tasia! I’ll be sure to buy one. Good on you for undertaking such a magnificent project — they’ll be a wonderful success.

  54. Sue August 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    Congratulations on your new venture. The blouse is lovely. I for one, would love to read about the process of creating the patterns.

  55. daiyami August 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    Excited about pear-shaped patterns, and I like the top! (I assume it widens out more at the bottom than usual patterns would?) Will look forward to seeing the final products.

  56. Elizabeth August 30, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    Great news! Congratulations! I love the blouse. It’s beautiful. I can’t wait to see the other patterns. Good luck!

  57. Becky August 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    Wow, that’s exciting! And I’ll definitely keep an eye out for the bottom separates–more of an hourglass myself, but it’s a struggle to get patterns to work with my waist to hip ratio!

  58. Tamsin August 30, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    looks lovely, especially the sleeve detailing. You don’t look very ‘pear’ like though!

  59. TanitIsis August 30, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    Extremely cool! I’m about as far from a pear shape as you can get, but I’d love to hear about the process as it it plays out :)

  60. The Cupcake Goddess August 30, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    It really is a beautiful blouse! I’m in love with the sleeve detail. This is fantastic! So excited for your launch! Can’t wait to see what other great designs you’ve got up your sleeve!

  61. Dei August 30, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

    Wow! Fantastic! Good for you! That is such an awesome accomplishment and even though I’m not pear shape what a thoughtful and purposeful idea. Much, much success to you.

  62. SewLindaAnn August 30, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    The only other comment I read was “gail” and I had to respond as well. YES, there are many of us over 50 women who are still young and active – unfortunately our hormones are over-active and our pooches are difficult to manage without great genes! So, back to you…Congratulations on your endeavor I’m sure you’ll be super successful and i would love to share in the process. The blouse is lovely and I will definitely buy the pattern. Although, I don’t see where you are wider in the hips – I appreciate the thought of patterns for the other than super model body women!

  63. Cynthia August 30, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    I am so excited about you new line! I agree with “Gail” and “SewLindaAnn”. I may be a grandmother but I don’t want to dress like one. I’m a young grandmother and I still want to have fun and dress with style. I love the blouse. It is so flattering and I’ll be sure to purchase it when it’s available. Congratulations on this next step in your life as a Sewaholic!

  64. Kristie August 30, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    Soooo exciting! This is such a great idea and I think is going to be such a hit. I cannot wait for your patterns to come out because I will for sure get them. This blouse is cute. I like that it is simple but elegant. Can’t wait to see more!

  65. Gertie August 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    Fabulous news! I love the concept of an independent line for us pear shapes. Can’t wait to see more designs from you!

  66. Tasia August 30, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    Wow! So many comments, I’m going to do my best to respond to everything, especially your questions. My apologies if I miss anyone!
    @Sabrina Clementine: It does work, I promise! I’ll take pictures of the back view to show you. It’s not baggy or shapeless either. You’re right, it would be awesome with a slim skirt!

    @Diane: Thank you Diane! I will share more of the designs soon, once I have samples to show. I sure hope you like it, being a pear shape yourself!

    @Ms.Cleaver: Thanks! I agree, the princess lines are easier to fit. It’s easy to take it in where you need it, instead of figuring out how to manipulate or add darts.

    @louise: Thanks – it’s been hard keeping it to myself for so long!

    @Eithne: Great – I will share bits of the process then! Glad to hear there are more pear-shaped sewist/seamstresses out there!

    @lap: It IS easy to sew! I wanted to create a blouse that you could make over and over, without dreading the construction. No buttonholes or zippers necessary.

    @Bissy: Thank you Bissy! Glad you like the first top!

    @Mary: Pears Unite – I love it!! I’m happy that you like the blouse and already want to be a customer, that’s fantastic!

    @Stacy: Thanks Stacy! It’s so exciting for me, especially hearing all of your encouraging comments!

    @Bethany: Thank you Bethany – I hope you like the pattern line as the styles are revealed! And I’m excited to share the process, now that a few of you have mentioned it would be interesting. So glad you find the creative process (mine and others) so inspiring!

    @woolcat: That’s an excellent point. I figured some of you might say ‘that’s nice but not for me..’ Maybe one day, if the patterns for pear shapes take off, I could develop pattern lines for a range of body types. Something for everyone! The other great thing about sewing is that you can always customize a pattern to fit you. Especially if it’s simple, like reducing the hips. It’s the reverse of the alteration I usually do!

    @Kristen: Thanks Kristen! If you’re following my blog there will be lots of notice as to when the patterns are ready for sale. Plus, contests and giveaways! Good stuff to come!

    @Christie: Thank you Christie – I’m happy to hear you like the blouse! I hope you also like the ruffle version I’m working on – photos to come soon!

    @Shannon: Thank you Shannon!

    @Lisa: Thanks Lisa for the compliment on the blouse! I have a skirt, and coat, and dress in the works right now – more to come in the coming weeks!

    @Funnygrrl: I could have kept it to myself, you’re right! I was definitely nervous to share it with the world, but the reactions have been so wonderful I’m glad I did. It feels good to have people cheering me on! I have many, many more cute ideas up my gathered sleeve :)

    @Jenny: Yay – thanks for the vote of confidence! I’m so glad you’re so excited! I sure hope you like the other styles too!

    @Jos: Hi Jos – I’m still deciding whether to offer patterns for download as well as printed versions. Thanks for the suggestion! I wonder how many other people would be interested in PDF patterns, you make a very good point about the international market. I’ll keep you (and everyone else) posted!

    @Lizzy: Thank you Lizzy – I hope it’s successful as well. If you’re narrow in the hips and larger in the middle, you’re probably an ‘apple’ shape…

    @Glenda Hopp: Hi Glenda – I bet this blouse would be fabulous in a knit! It would have to be a very soft and drapey knit in order to work with the pleats, but I’m picturing it and it’s cute in my mind. I’ll test it and share a knit version as well, so you can see the difference! Wouldn’t it be adorable in a striped knit as well..almost a nautical take on the blouse? Like a tee shirt, but cuter and more fitted. Great idea!
    I’ll be testing various fabrics so I know what to list as fabric recommendations on the pattern envelope. And of course, sharing my process!

    @Peacockchic: Your comment made me smile! You’re welcome you’re welcome!! I’m happy to hear you like the first top as well, lovin’ the feedback!

    @Darci: Thank you Darci – I’m thrilled to have your support and of course, am happy to hear you want your own Sewaholic patterns already! Glad you like the blouse :)

    @Pattern Junkie: Thanks and I will share the details!

    @amber: Glad to hear you’re excited!! I am, too! Proud pear-shaped women – that’s a great statement there. Love it!

    @Alexandra Mason: Sweet – there are SO many of us pear-shaped girls out there! Glad you’re excited! Stay tuned for more…

    @Tilly: I agree, I LOVE Colette Patterns both for the wonderful styling, and because it’s nice to support an independent designer! Sarai has done an amazing job with her business so far and has such loyal supporters, it’s really inspiring. Even if you’re slightly pear-shaped, styles that are designed for a pear shaped figure will flatter you as well. Thanks for the compliments on the blouse!

    @Audrey: Audrey, that’s a great compliment, thank you! If this is exactly what you’d want to wear, then I’m on to something! It’s exactly the blouse I wished I owned twenty of, and I thought, if I love it, there must be more people like me that would love it as well. I’m curious what you will think of the ‘B’ version with ruffles at the shoulders – I should have photos to share very soon!

    @B @ Sweet Limes: If you’re not the same shape, this blouse will be simple to modify to fit. The princess seams make it easy to alter. Thanks for leaving a comment and coming out of lurking, I appreciate the feedback!

    @Sarah: Thanks Sarah! I’m so very excited and it’s awesome to have support from the blogging community.

    @Katie W: Thanks Katie! I’ll be working on the skirt after the blouse – since I will need to have something on the bottom to photograph :) I hope you like it, let me know what you think when I share the photos. Thanks for stopping by my blog, glad you stumbled upon it!

    @Jaime: Thanks Jamie for the lovely comments! I’d love to hear your feedback as I go and will definitely be posting progress updates! Lots more up my sleeve, just wait :)

    @Stephanie: Thanks! I know, it’s so hard to fit everyone’s individual bodies. Even if I focus on pear shaped bodies, with a bigger difference between waist and hip, some people will still need to make adjustments for the most accurate fit. Fitting is the hardest thing about sewing, for sure! Thanks for the encouragement and based on the feedback so far, I sure hope it will be successful!

    @Shannon: Aww, thank you for the thoughtful comments – it feels like I’m doing something I feel completely passionate about and I hope it shows in my work! Happy to hear you like the first blouse!

    @SueBaca: Thanks! Lots more to come!

    @Trisha: Thanks Trisha for the compliment on the blouse!

    @Jessica: Thanks Jessica! Glad to hear you say so, it was an idea that came to me and once it did, it was so obvious. Why aren’t there patterns for different body types? There should be! And so I’ll make them. I’d love to hear your feedback on the styles as I work on them. Thanks for the compliments on the blouse – it would be gorgeous on you! (Especially with your covetable Kate jeans…)

    @learningnewtricks: For sure, not everyone is a pear shape, but there are ways to make the styles work for different body types. Especially the separates – skirts and blouses. If you’re interested I can suggest ways to alter to fit different body types, once the patterns are out!

    @petite josette: Thanks for the awesome encouraging comment! There will be other styles that will work as well even if you’re not pear shaped, and I’m glad you like the blouse pattern!

    @CGCouture: Thanks for the comment, not everyone’s a pear but I appreciate the feedback and support! It’s awesome of you all to stop by and leave me your thoughts, it really is making my day!

    @~Sherry~: Thanks Sherry! I’m thrilled that you like the drape of the sleeve, coming from a talented patternmaker such as yourself, that’s a great compliment!

    @Angela: Thanks! Perhaps, you’ll like the ruffled version better? Both will draw attention to the arms and shoulder area though. Don’t worry, there will be other styles!

    @Brumby: Thank you and I’m glad you like the blouse! The rest of the line will roll out slowly as I finalize the styles and make up samples to share.

    @S√∏lvi: Thank you so much! I’m blushing from all the compliments today, you guys are wonderful!

    @shellie: Thank you! More, coming soon! I’ll be sure to post as soon as I have new styles to share. It’s great hearing all this feedback!

    @Lisa: Bootylicious, I love it! These will definitely be patterns suited for you then. I wonder if you will like the ruffled version of the top better? You could also use the blouse pattern without sleeves at all, as a sleeveless shell… I’ll share the ruffled version soon and I’d really like to know what you think. As you say, it is a flattering style on a woman with larger hips! It would probably look better to you in a softer fabric. Maybe a knit, as Glenda suggested? I’m also planning to test out a sheer version soon, which would be delightfully soft and drapey and not stiff at all. I really appreciate your thoughts and feedback, don’t hold back!

    @Tania: Thank you Tania, I sure hope it’s a huge success! I will definitely ship the patterns all around the world, UK included! Being from Canada, I like when all countries are included in the shipping options. I won’t leave anyone out! You will be able to get a hold of the patterns no problem. I will make sure of it!

    @Celkalee: Aww, how thoughtful! Of course we’re sewing friends and thank you for the encouraging comments. You’re right, fit is always the biggest challenge. And we’re much harder on ourselves and our own sewing projects, than we are on RTW clothing. It’s like we expect store-bought clothes not to fit! Anyways, I will do my best to demystify fitting as best as I can! This blouse would be pretty in a knit fabric – I prefer wovens but I’m going to test it out in a knit before I recommend it to you guys. You’ll see! Chocolate brown sounds lovely!

    @Kat: Thank you! I love the blouse and I’m so happy to hear you all do, as well. I hope it’s a success! Of course, it will be a success if you guys like the designs. I’ll keep you posted when they are ready in the shop!

    @Renay: Thanks Renay – there will be plenty of updates along the way, thanks for the compliments on the blouse!

  67. Tasia August 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    Wow, that was long! And now, for the rest of the comments:
    @Maureen: Just you wait – there’s lots up my sleeve! Thanks for the thoughts on the blouse, it’s not so bulky on the top, just on the sleeve and shoulder area. I’d love to hear what you think of the ‘B’ version when I share it, there are ruffles on the sleeve but there’s a lot less emphasis up top than on the version shown today.

    @Gail: I bet you’re not alone on this one! It’s the opposite of any alteration I’ve ever done.. would you not be able to just increase the waist as needed and then taper to the hip and bust? For example, figure out how much you need to add to the waistline. Say it’s 4″ total – you can split it up over the seamlines and add 1″ to each side seam, which works out to 2″ at each side and a total of 4″. Add this amount at the waist point, and then taper to your measurements at the hip and bust.
    However this is not my area of expertise at all! The reason I’m focusing on patterns for pear shapes, is because this is the body type I know best and have been working to fit for years. Does this help solve your question? Let me know!

    @Rachel: Yay Rachel, one of my first customers-to-be! Thrilled that you already want to buy the pattern, that’s an excellent sign. Thanks for the support!

    @Sue: You got it! There will be process and progress updates as I go. Not on everything, but on things I think might be interesting to you! Is there anything you really want to know about?

    @daiyami: You are right, it does widen out at the bottom more than a normal top. Normally, most tops don’t slide over my hips, but bunch around the high hip area. This one, I’m happy to say, hangs straight down to the hips! The princess lines make it really easy to add an inch or two, if needed. I’m excited that you’re excited about pear shaped patterns, and this one in particular!

    @Elizabeth: Thank you Elizabeth, for the compliments on the blouse! I hope you like the rest of the line as well!

    @Becky: I can relate completely. It’s always a guess, trying to re-draw the hip curve to connect a small waist size to a large hip size! Hope you like the bottom styles – stay tuned for a skirt style to be revealed soon!

    @Tamsin: I’ll take that as a sign that I successfully dress to minimize my hips :) I’m turned to the side a bit in the second photo and I’ve cropped my hips out of the first one.. If you check out the post “Is there a better term than pear shaped?” there are some ones where I look more like a pear. My hips are 12″ larger than my waist and I’m always cutting 1-2 sizes larger on the bottom, which is what I’m going to base my pattern sizing on. Glad you like the sleeve detailing! I think it’s really pretty too. (And easy to sew!)

    @TanitIsis: Thanks and I will post about the process! I love that many of you aren’t pears and yet still are interested in what I’m doing, it’s so encouraging!

    @The Cupcake Goddess: Thank you Sunni! This blouse would be gorgeous on you as well, pear shaped or not. Thank you for the lovely thoughts! I hope you like the other styles as well, I’d love to hear what you think when I share them!

    @Dei: Thanks so much! Love the feedback, I think it’s a purposeful idea as well, we will see!

    @SewLindaAnn: Thanks! I’m thrilled that so many of you are already interested in buying the pattern! I tried my best to answer Gail’s question in the comment response, hope it’s somewhat helpful to you! I am much wider in the hips – and in the rear end. Maybe that’s why you can’t see it :) I don’t post a lot of back-view shots!

    @Cynthia: Oh wow, I am over the moon that you want to buy the pattern as well! Thank you! And of course, you should dress with style and have fun with clothes, no matter what your age! This blouse, I like to think, is fairly timeless and not limited to one generation. My sister loves it, and so does my mother. (I know, I know, she’s my mother. But she does like it, I swear!) Thanks for the support and wonderful comments!

    @Kristie: Thanks Kristie! I hope it’s a hit, too and I can’t wait to see what you think of the other styles, too! I’m thrilled you want to buy it already!

    @Gertie: Thank you Gertie! It’s great to have support and encouragement from the sewing-blog community and I’m happy that you like the blouse style! Appreciate your feedback, thanks for stopping by!

  68. Stephanie August 30, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    Congratulations, that’s such exciting news Tasia! I’d love to see some dress & skirt patterns… I’m have a very small waist compared to my hips & am forever adjusting patterns to accomodate.

  69. G August 30, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    I love it! I’d get it in a heartbeat. Will you make them available as pdf patterns? Will you accept paypal?

  70. BRIE August 31, 2010 at 1:47 am #

    so excited for this!

    as a pear-shaped girl myself, I’m particularly interested in the coat!

  71. Sofie August 31, 2010 at 4:47 am #

    Tasia, Your blouse looks beautiful… lovely pattern making! I love the way the sleeve fit into the princess seam.
    What a wonderful enterprise!
    I wish you all the best for your project!

  72. Freya August 31, 2010 at 5:12 am #

    Congratulations on your new venture, good luck with it all! Although I am not pear shaped I do identify with having a non standard body and I’m looking forward to seeing what pattern delights you will have on offer!

  73. Sewing Princess August 31, 2010 at 6:55 am #

    Great news! Congratulations!!! Will patterns be available as downloadable PDF? For those of us that are further away… I love printed patterns but not import duty charges…;o)

  74. Sofia August 31, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    YAY YAY YAY! So proud of my awesome sister! And believe me, I can’t wait to make this. In cream, in chartreuse, with high-waisted dark denim, with mini skirts, with black work pants, with EVERYTHING! It’s the perfect everything blouse! It’s chic, it’s simple, it’s elegant, it’s girly, it hides bigger shoulders (mine) but is flattering, has the perfect neckline, and is easy to make! You couldn’t get more perfect!

    Congrats, soeur!!!

  75. Jasonda August 31, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    Great news Tasia! Can’t wait to see the finished product. :)

  76. Clare August 31, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    VERY exciting! Best of luck with this project – I’m sure you’ll come up with some gorgeous designs. I love the sleeves on this top – so elegant.

  77. quietandsmalladventures August 31, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    i love that you’re doing this!! congratulations and i look forward to all the awesome patterns and behind the scenes of thinking/designing etc… (btw i did tweet at you about this, i’m kristindownie on twitter)

  78. Lisa D August 31, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    I am also pear shaped and would love patterns designed for us. I really like this blouse. I can see where there would be lots of opportunity to make variations on this. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

  79. Tasia August 31, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    Thanks again everyone! If I start to doubt myself, I’m going to come back and read through all these comments to pump myself back up again :)
    @Stephanie: There will definitely be dress and skirt patterns! I love my dresses and skirts and am also forever adding to the hip to make regular patterns work for me.

    @G: Yes, I’ll be accepting Paypal! I’m still pondering the PDF question, so far two of you are interested in PDF patterns versus printed patterns.. But I’ll keep you posted either way!

    @BRIE: Thanks! I’m excited to show you the coat as well, I hope you like it!

    @Sofie: Thank you! I originally tried setting the sleeve outside the princess seam, but it just looks so tidy set into the seamline. It’s easy to finish the edges that way, too!

    @Freya: Thank you Freya! Who knows, if it takes off, I’ll consider expanding to a range of non-standard body types! Hardly anyone is a standard body, anyways.. we’re all unique with our own set of figure-fitting issues.

    @Sewing Princess: About the PDF versions, I’m not sure yet! That’s a good point about the import charges, I’m guessing that happens when you order patterns in the mail from Vogue/McCalls etc? I’ll look into it and see. And will keep everyone posted on PDF vs. standard printed patterns.

    @Sofia: Thanks Sofia, for being my biggest fan and an awesome supportive sister!

    @Jasonda: Thank you!

    @Clare: Thanks! I’m glad you like the top and hope you like the rest of the line too! I agree, the sleeves are quite elegant – and simple to sew!

    @quietandsmalladventures: Great! Now, to make ‘behind the scenes’ seem glamorous somehow.. Thanks for the lovely thoughts and the tweet (following you now too!)

    @Lisa D: I’m glad you like the blouse! You’re right it would be really easy to make variations on this style, especially once the fit is right. I know, I’m excited to focus on designs to flatter and fit us pear shapes!

    I feel like I’ve said it a thousand times but THANK YOU all so much! I’ll be following up with more answers to your questions, as well as a peek of the ruffled version of the Pendrell blouse…

  80. Ali August 31, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    I like it, I like it! What a fabulous (and courageous!) idea. You sew, girl. I’ve been obsessed with body shape and I love that you’re combining your self-awareness with sewing so other pear-shaped women can dress as well as you ;) I’m rectangle shaped, and I’d totally wear that blouse, too. And I’ll be sharing all the tidbits I learn about pear shapes with my sister, who’s pear-shaped.

  81. Tasia August 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    Thanks Ali! Courageous is right – it’s going to be a huge project to get it off the ground but I’m so excited, I’m counting on momentum to keep me going! I’d love to be able to share what I’ve learned about dressing and sewing for a pear-shape, and turn it into something people can use. That blouse could work for any body type with the right adjustments, that’s the beauty of sewing. I’m glad you like it! Thanks for the vote of confidence :)

  82. indigorchid September 1, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    Wow, congratulations! I am so *thrilled* that there are more indie patternmakers popping up! (I have a dream of joining the ranks eventually!) I cannot wait to hear more about your process, I for one am really interested in the behind-the-scenes part of this too; how do you start? What do you need? How do you find suppliers? How do you deal with stock? Etc, etc…

    Best of luck!

  83. Nicole September 1, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    I’m so excited to hear that you’re focusing your pattern line on pear-shapes. I fellow pear shaped gal myself, I appreciate the thought! I Can’t wait to see what you come up with. I would love to hear about your pattern line adventures on your blog more.


  84. Gry September 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    It is great idea and I wish you all good luck with it. Just remember that pear-shaped women can look very different. I am very bottom-heavy, but not a traditional pear-shape as the weight is mostly on my thighs while my hips actually not are very wide. If you base the patterns on your own measurements, I still think I would have to make several alterations, even if you grade them with increasing waist-hip ratio for increasing sizes. This is not to discourage you in any way, it is a really lovely idea and I think that there is a lot of potential in it. I look really forward to see you patterns. Best of luck.

  85. sulovessew September 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    awwww so excited for you, it’ll be great if you also make patterns especially for petite gal like moi. all the best… can’t wait what’s in store

  86. Tasia September 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    @indigorchid: Thanks, I’m glad you’re excited and would support independent pattern designers! I’d be sharing bits and pieces of the process, there are still many things I am still figuring out but it’s going to be an interesting learning experience for sure.

    @Nicole: Thanks Nicole, I love hearing from more pear-shaped women and I’m thrilled you would be interested! I’ll share my adventures as well, there will be plenty I’m sure!

    @Gry: For sure! I know, I also carry more weight in my thighs as well. Of course, no pattern is ever going to fit every body perfectly without adjustments.. but hopefully, you’d have to make less adjustments as the pattern fit would be closer to your proportions. It’s not discouraging, and it’s so great to hear people weighing in with their own fit concerns. Thank you for mentioning it! I’ll certainly consider thigh measurements as well as just the waist & hips.

    @sulovessew: Thanks! Petites would be a great target market as well. There are so many petite women out there, probably just as many as us who are pear-shaped. If the line for pear-shapes takes off, maybe I’ll start up collections for other body types as well. It would be so much fun, each body type has its own features to play up! Thanks for the comment!

  87. The Sew Convert September 2, 2010 at 3:31 am #

    Wow! That’s so cool! Congrats and I happy that you are doing patterns, it’s a huge step!

  88. Tasia September 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    @The Sew Convert: Thanks so much for the support! It’s definitely encouraging!

  89. StitchBrawl September 4, 2010 at 4:38 am #

    Tasia, what an exciting announcement! The blouse is beautiful and I can’t wait to see what else you come up with. I have pearish tendencies myself…my bum is super flat (basically a straight line down from my back) but my hips are always measure multiple sizes larger than the rest of my body…ugg fitting nightmares. :-) I’d definitely be interested in hearing more about all your behind the scenes work along the way. My skills are still pretty beginner but I’m very interested in pattern design. I love following your blog. Keep up the beautiful work!

  90. Deb September 5, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    I’m really excited about your new pattern line. Can’t wait! –Hopefully you’ll be doing pants as well.

  91. Tasia September 5, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    Thanks @StitchBrawl: I’m kind of the opposite – big butt, not flat at all! I’m aiming to create styles that will work on anyone with a small waist and large hips or butt. I’d love to hear what you think when I have more styles to share. Fitting nightmares, I know!!

    @Deb: Thanks Deb! I’ll be doing pants for sure – it won’t be the first pattern I put out but I’ll definitely add a pant style. If it were up to you, what style of pants would you be most interested in – trousers, wide leg, slim pants, boot cut? What pant pattern would you be most excited to see? (I’ll probably ask this question later on but you’ve got me thinking…)

  92. Christiana September 6, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    How exciting for you, Congratulations.
    Best of Luck with your new ventures.


  93. Rosie September 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    I love the blouse, and am already in line to buy the pattern! (And as a fellow pear, yes to the fitted top/full skirt combo. Oh, and I’ve called myself a bowling pin. It’s, um, sportier than pear? Hah.)

  94. sallyann September 9, 2010 at 7:31 am #

    Love the blouse. Perfect for those of us who are pear-shaped. I imagine it in silk, cotton lawn, and maybe a nice jersey, dressed up or down. Looking forward to other designs as it is hard to find those that are great for us. Would love to have a skirt pleated in the front but flat in the back as that only acentuates my biggest asset.

  95. Linda L September 11, 2010 at 4:50 am #

    That is super that you are going to creat your own line of patterns. Congratulations! Even though I am not pear shaped, I like several of your garments, including this blouse pattern. Look forward to seeing your patterns in the future.

  96. Robin November 16, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    such a cute pattern.
    I look forward to making it up & wish you much success!

  97. Zoe December 16, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    I have no idea how I missed your exciting news, I just found out about your pattern launch through the Cupcake Godess blog. I just wanted to say massive congratulations and wish you all the best with this super-exciting venture! You make stunning and very wearable clothing, I’m sure your patterns will be a major success, there’s not a prettier seamstress out there to model your designs than yourself!

    All the best
    Zoe xxx


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