Introducing The Vancouver Collection by Sewaholic Patterns

Today we have a very special pattern announcement: five new sewing patterns!

Introducing the Vancouver Collection. Athletic-inspired sewing patterns inspired by our beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia.

vancouver collection by sewaholic patterns: seymour jacket, dunbar top, pacific leggings

What’s special about this collection is the fact that it looks like athletic wear you’d buy at the store. People won’t believe you sewed your outfit!

As we developed this collection, the number one thing people said about the collection photos and samples is that it doesn’t look handmade. We wanted to create sewing patterns for clothing you’d be amazed that you could sew yourself. Athletic-inspired clothing that looks as professional as store-bought, but customized to fit you. 

The Vancouver Collection patterns incorporate all the functional details you see in ready-to-wear athletic apparel – gussets, zip pockets, shelf bras with padding pockets. It’s not overly simplified for home sewing.

This is the first time we’ve ever released patterns as a complete collection! Let’s take a look at each style individually.

Cypress Cape

The Cypress Cape is one of the most specialized pieces in the collection. We designed it as a rain cape for cycling, but it would work just as well for dog walking or any wet-weather activity.

cypress cape by sewaholic patterns

The most distinct feature is the wide, semi-circular sleeves that allow a range of movement. Many cape designs have small hand openings in the front that don’t let you reach very far. This design gives you plenty of room to reach your arms out in front of you.

cypress cape by sewaholic patterns

Named for Cypress Mountain, it’s unlined to make it light and packable, with a hood, front zip closure and wind flap, and front pockets. Our Cypress Cape sample includes optional reflective piping for extra visibility.

cypress cape by sewaholic patterns

We’ve used a nylon supplex from Outdoor Innovations for this sample. It’s a lightweight water-repellent woven fabric with a cottony feel. Look for something relatively lightweight so it can drape and the back pleats aren’t too bulky. Water-resistant and waterproof fabrics are an excellent choice – read this post on sewing waterproof outerwear for construction tips!

Check out more photos and details about the Cypress Cape pattern here.

Seymour Jacket

If the Cypress Cape is the most specialized pattern in the collection, then the Seymour Jacket is the coolest!

seymour jacket by sewaholic patterns

Throw on the Seymour Jacket for biking, dog walking, hiking, or going to and from the gym. The loose fit leaves your arms free to move, with plenty of room to layer a warm long sleeve sweater under. We’ve layered short and three-quarter length sleeves under it, it looks great with any sleeve length! It’s named for Mount Seymour, a local B.C. mountain.

seymour jacket by sewaholic patterns

I showed the photo shoot photos to a friend of mine, who wasn’t into it at first glance… until she stopped by and tried on the sample. Then she loved it! Immediately she commented on the comfortable hood, the useful pockets, the cool shape, the relaxed fit and the fact you could layer it over everything!

seymour jacket by sewaholic patterns

I’m the same way. Once I tried on the initial sample, it was instant love! It looks equally cool with a dress and boots, as with leggings and a sweater. A short-sleeved jacket is unusual yet surprisingly versatile, with a forgiving fit. After working out, it’s loose and breezy and won’t stick to warm skin.

seymour jacket by sewaholic patterns

Look for fabrics for the Seymour Jacket that are lightweight and not too stiff. We’ve used a cotton-nylon for the olive sample (same fabric as our Robson Trench Coat samples) and a light ripstop nylon for the light blue samples. Marissa’s working on a version in soft linen for a summery, relaxed outerwear piece. For lining, use lining fabrics or a light mesh fabric like our blue sample. The cotton-nylon is from Telio and the ripstop is from Fabricana.

See more photos and details about the Seymour Jacket pattern here.

Pacific Leggings

This is pattern that started it all – the Pacific Leggings. We designed these and realized that they needed a top to wear with them. We’d already started working on a rain cape for cycling so it was a natural fit to keep going and create a mini wardrobe of athletic styles! It’s easy to mix and match all of the styles in the collection into outfits, starting with the Pacific Leggings.

vancouver collection: pacific leggings

These leggings are great for running, yoga, hiking – any activity where you need to be able to stretch and move in comfort.  Marissa’s sewn four pairs of these and wears them climbing, bouldering and hiking – even to run a half-marathon! I wear mine for lounging, cycling, gym classes and running. Named for the Pacific Ocean and Pacific Spirit Park, they’re a great West Coast basic.

vancouver collection by sewaholic patterns: dunbar top and pacific leggings

A zippered back pocket fits even the biggest of smartphones! Perhaps you might not want your device in there for a high-impact workout, but it gives you an idea of the pocket size. It zips closed to securely hold your keys, cash or cards.

pacific leggings by sewaholic patterns

There’s so much you can do with the design lines: contrast panels in different colours or fabrics, contrast stitching to highlight the seamlines, tone-on-tone detailing. It’s a simple pattern with a lot of potential.

pacific leggings by sewaholic patterns

For fabrics, choose a knit with stretch in both the horizontal and vertical directions. Stretch it across the width and the length of the fabric to check! I like a thick, dense fabric with spandex, like a nylon spandex. The cropped sample and the colourblocked sample use nylon spandex knits, both from Dressew.

If you wanted a more casual look for your Pacific Leggings, a cotton-spandex knit would work for a softer, less sporty effect. Fabric will affect the fit as will the recovery, which refers to how well the fabric returns to its original shape after being stretched. Our darker grey leggings use a rayon nylon spandex knit and they have a less snug fit. The great part is how quick they are to sew: try them out in a multitude of different fabrics!

Check out more photos and details about the Pacific Leggings pattern here.

Fraser Sweatshirt

Many sweatshirt sewing patterns are designed as raglans with a loose or oversized fit. Our Fraser Sweatshirt has a slim fit that’s not tight, for a streamlined look.

fraser sweatshirt by sewaholic patterns

It’s meant to be an easy layering piece to wear before and after yoga, on your way to the gym or workout room. We added a collar detail and colorblock lines for interest but the plain, simple, no-fuss version is my favourite. Named for the Fraser River, which meets the Pacific Ocean after passing through Vancouver.

fraser sweatshirt by sewaholic patterns

I love the idea of a collar on a sweatshirt, but know that knit fabrics don’t always lie flat especially after being washed. The collar detail on our Fraser Sweatshirt is created with inset pieces so it lies flat forever.

fraser sweatshirt by sewaholic patterns

The yoke version has cool seaming on the front only; the back is plain without any seams to restrict movement.

fraser sweatshirt by sewaholic patterns

We’ve used a quilted polyester knit fabric for one version, and a speckled cotton blend (76% polyester, 24% cotton) for the heathered grey versions. Contrast bands are cut from plain cotton spandex jersey to reduce bulk. The yoked version features perforated stretch leather as an accent! For the collared and yoked versions, mix in other fabrics along with your sweatshirt knit to make it your own. Both sweatshirt knits are from from Telio, as is the perforated faux leather. Find the exact white quilted knit here at Blackbird Fabrics, too.

Check out more photos and details about the Fraser Sweatshirt pattern here.

Dunbar Top

The last style in the collection is the Dunbar Top, a sports tank and bra. Named for Dunbar Street in Vancouver, this top looks simple but has built-in structure inside.

dunbar top by sewaholic patterns

Inside the Dunbar Top, a powernet shelf bra adds support and includes pockets for optional bra cups. We’ve shown the tank and bra version with high contrast fabrics, with one bra version in black-on-black for a simpler look. You can sew this bra without a serger, and still achieve a professional look!

dunbar top by sewaholic patterns

For fabrics, you can use the same fabrics for the leggings, or even a lighter weight knit.  Again, you’re looking for a knit that stretches both vertically and horizontally. Why?Think about it this way – you want it to stretch around your body as well as up and down the straps when you move your arms.

I prefer a thicker fabric for pants but I don’t mind a lighter fabric for tops. We’ve used nylon spandex knits for most of our samples with perforated nylon mesh knits in the strap sections. (All fabrics from Dressew in Vancouver.)

dunbar top by sewaholic patterns

Check out more photos and details about the Dunbar Top here.

The Vancouver Collection is a little more specialized than our usual designs and some of the styles are more challenging to sew. Great for more experienced sewers, or those who want to branch out and try a new type of sewing project!

It might also be the only type of sewing project that saves you money, versus buying store-bought garments. Especially in Vancouver, the home of Lululemon and Mountain Equipment Co-op, where high-quality performance clothing is popular yet pricey.

It’s athletic inspired, but cool enough to wear for any activity. Here in Vancouver we’re all about athletic wear in everyday life. It’s normal to wear leggings or yoga pants out and about. Our Vancouver Collection features sporty clothing you don’t mind being seen in before and after.

All five patterns are available in both print and pdf versions, in our shop at or at a fabric store near you.

Click here to shop the Vancouver Collection.

We hope you like the new patterns. Thanks for your support!

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121 Responses to Introducing The Vancouver Collection by Sewaholic Patterns

  1. Kara September 24, 2015 at 6:23 am #

    Congratulations you guys, these look amazing! I love all the grommets and piping on the coat and cape – these little details look like a fun sewing challenge and definitely take the look of the finished garment to the next level. The photography for this collection is excellent too – I can see all the garment details and they look like pictures torn straight out of a clothing catalog (meant in the best possible way)!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:12 am #

      Thanks so much! I’m so glad that you like the photography and the images. We shot them in a new studio this time around and I think everything turned out just as we hoped. I wanted that ‘just out of a catalogue’ or high-end online shop look and I think we achieved it – even better to hear you say so as well!

  2. Betty Jordan Wester September 24, 2015 at 6:40 am #

    Wow! These are really, really cool! I LOVE the cape! And the added features make the other patterns worthwhile. Very, very cool!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:13 am #

      Thank you! The cape is the most popular piece of the collection, judging from comments and feedback so far!

  3. scuffsan September 24, 2015 at 6:56 am #

    I’m loving your new pattern line! Been wanting to sew sportswear for a while, and now I don’t have any good reasons not to. Pacific and Dunbar will for sure be on my to sew list.

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:14 am #

      Perfect! That’s a good place to start.

  4. Paula September 24, 2015 at 7:00 am #

    Holy cow – these are amazing! You’ve really raised the bar for home sewers.

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:15 am #

      Ah, thank you! The great part is that home sewers can raise their *own* bar too with these patterns. It’s achievable to make these garments at home on a regular home sewing machine.

  5. Evie September 24, 2015 at 7:04 am #

    These are great!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:15 am #


  6. Bianca September 24, 2015 at 7:29 am #

    These are amazing! Such a beautiful and useful collection! Can’t wait to sew them up. Great work!!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:16 am #

      I’m all about useful, it’s my favourite sort of design – that is the best compliment! To make things that are beautiful and useful, that’s the goal. Can’t wait to see what you make!

  7. Dani September 24, 2015 at 7:29 am #

    Leggings with a crotch gusset, yay!!! Also, that cape is absolutely gorgeous. The pleating on the back makes my heart flutter. Congrats on the release!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:16 am #

      I know right? It’s key to avoiding a tight or bunchy crotch – gussets are your friend. :)

  8. Renee September 24, 2015 at 7:32 am #

    I haven’t bought any of your patterns yet. But, was SO EXCITED when I saw a real cycling cape. It is exactly what I was looking for. I bought that and the Minorou and can’t wait to make them up. Thank you for designing patterns in the intermediate to advanced range.

    • Lola September 24, 2015 at 8:31 am #

      we’re about to be cape sisters!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:18 am #

      Ah, thank you! That’s so great to hear. I hope you like it, I’ve always enjoyed reading about your cycling-related sewing projects and hope the cape pattern works out for you!
      I think this is my favourite sort of designing – practical garment with interesting construction. Something a little past the beginner stage but not overly complicated to make. It’s certainly my favourite sort of sewing!

  9. Wendy September 24, 2015 at 7:41 am #

    These are awesome. It’s great to see a full collection of active wear. I can’t wait to see what everyone makes.

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:19 am #

      Thanks! Me too. I can’t wait to see what people sew with these patterns!

  10. Angela September 24, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    Can’t wait to see more versions of that cape!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:20 am #

      I agree, I can’t wait to see everyone’s own unique version!

  11. Liz September 24, 2015 at 9:07 am #

    I’m excited about this!!! The problem I have with every single pattern I sew is that I am a high-breasted woman and every pattern is designed for…not that. I always need to take 1/2-2″ out of the length between shoulder and boobs. Workout wear is miserable if it doesn’t fit in this way–I’m constantly hiking it up. Any chance you could address this fitting adjustment in a tutorial?

    • Harriet whittle September 24, 2015 at 10:56 am #

      Me too. At least I k ow where to shorten a pattern now though. But sports wear -may be a challenge to get the fit right on that. Tutorial would be great. Love the designs!

    • Meganleiann September 24, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

      I have this fit problem too! I don’t struggle with sleeveless stuff, but I do struggle when there are sleeves! I haven’t seen a goof fit tutorial anywhere!

      • Melissa September 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

        I have this problem too!! So far I have just rotated the darts to point up to a higher apex with mixed results but I would love to know if that’s the right thing to do or if there are better ways.

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:22 am #

      It’s not something we have planned to cover, let me see if I understand what you’re asking. Basically, you want to lift everything up from the shoulders? For the Dunbar Top it would be fairly simple to shorten the straps, and because it’s a knit it’s more forgiving in fit.

  12. Dana September 24, 2015 at 9:10 am #

    I’m really excited about this collection! Can’t wait to try a few of them. Are you planning to host/have someone else host a sewalong for any of these? Since they do have some more advanced techniques I’d love to see that.
    Love that you’re offering something new and REALLY love the extended size range! :)

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      I’m so glad you like the collection! We don’t have plans to host a full sewalong but it would be wonderful if someone did! We’ll cover a few short tutorials on some of the more tricky parts, but not walk through the entire construction step by step.

  13. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 24, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    Ditto Paula! Holy Cow! I didn’t think anyone else used that phrase anymore, LOL. This is a fantastic collection Tasia! Well done!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      Thank you Sue! :)

  14. Hélène September 24, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    Bravo! This is the first time I want to buy a new pattern this fall : the cycling cape is brilliant.

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      Thanks Hélène!

  15. Amanda September 24, 2015 at 9:19 am #

    Oooo, I just started taking Irish step dance classes and the Dunbar top and leggings would be perfect as I currently don’t have either in my wardrobe! Love that the top comes with a shelf bra.

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:25 am #

      That’s so cool – Irish step dance! Like Riverdance? I love it for the fancy performance outfits. :)

      And yes – for the non-fancy outfits, the Dunbar top and leggings would be great! The top comes with a shelf bra that also includes an extra ‘pocket’ layer for padding cups, or just for extra coverage.

  16. Sarah September 24, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    Amazing, I want it all. The stretch gauge on the envelope is a great touch

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:25 am #

      Thanks! We’ve had it on our other knit patterns, the Renfrew and Davie, it’s a nice easy check when you’re at the fabric store.

  17. Monique September 24, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    LOVE the Cypress Cape! I am rather short (squeaking in at 5ft) – does the pattern adjust so i can shorten it? Congrats on the new line – it will be a hit!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:26 am #

      It depends on the size you make – you may like the length as is! Marissa’s close to your height and didn’t shorten her version. It’s very easy to shorten though as the hems are bound. Just make sure you shorten the sleeves as well as the body, or the cape won’t have the same look.

  18. Renee September 24, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    YES! I’m always excited to see what you come out with but this really takes the cake. As a Vancouverite, I spend half my life in athletic wear. This is the perfect collection for the Vancouver lifestyle. Everything looks perfect for the weather and lifestyle we have here. I love how everything works together. I agree that this is an area of garment sewing where you can save some money. I’ve spent so much money on cycling gear that deosn’t quite fit.
    I’ve been on the hunt for a great sports bra pattern and I didn’t even know I wanted a cycling cape but now it’s on the top of my list.
    Great collection!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:30 am #

      Hello, fellow Vancouverite! Always cool to hear from local readers. :)
      I know right? We are all about athletic wear here. It’s kind of our thing. So glad you like the new collection!

  19. Meg White September 24, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    So cool! I especially love both the jackets.

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:29 am #


  20. Laura September 24, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    I love the cape and the jacket, but I’m a bit worried about those snaps….do they require a bunch of snap equipment?

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:31 am #

      Nope! Just the little snap-tool that comes in the packet of snaps and a hammer.

  21. Hazel @ Aspiring Threads September 24, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    These are excellent! As a bigger busted woman, the sports bra is not something I would find useful as I need more support, but the cape and leggings are fantastic! I wonder, what are the measurements of the pocket? I know you said that it will fit the biggest smart phones, but I’d love to know how big the pocket actually is, and if it would fit my Note 4. I definitely want to make the cape, it’ll be great for throwing on to walk my dog.

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:33 am #

      The pocket fits my iPhone 6 easily and a friend fit her giant Samsung phone in there too.. Plus, the panel with the pocket grades with the sizes, so depending on the size you make, the pocket opening gets even larger as the sizes go up. Our sample is the size 4 so it only gets bigger from there! How big is a Note 4? If it needs to be higher as well as wider, you could always raise the waistline to make the pocket opening taller (and therefore, wider for a phone.)

  22. Caitlin September 24, 2015 at 10:46 am #

    These are amazing! I’m looking forward to sewing up the Fraser Sweatshirt and the Pacific Leggings. As a fellow (US) West Coast dweller, these will definitely fit in where I live, too!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      Perfect! It’s pretty much a West Coast collection although it’s named after Vancouver. Works for Portland, Seattle, all of those sporty-casual lifestyle cities.

  23. Elizabeth September 24, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    These are beautiful and versatile. I’d love suggestions on where to shop for fabrics that would work well for this collection. I struggle with finding thick, well woven knits that work for leggings and bras. I would love to make the Pacific leggings and the Dunbar top.

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      It is hard to select fabrics online that have the handfeel you’re looking for, when you are only looking at a picture and description. We have several local places that stock fabrics like that, but it’s so much easier because you can feel them and stretch them and imagine them on your body. I’ll see what I could do but I’d only want to make recommendations that I was 100% certain of, else people would just be disappointed with me! Look for places you can order a swatch, would be my recommendation, and look for fabrics with a high percentage of spandex or lycra, as that tends to make the fabric more dense.

  24. Tracy K September 24, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    LOVE the new collection! I’m glad you’re offering more beautiful & interesting patterns geared towards the intermediate/advanced skilled level. As a fellow Vancouverite, I can see myself living in those leggings, sweatshirt & cape :)

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      Thanks! I’m so glad you love the new pattern collection. The leggings + sweatshirt + cape is the perfect rainy Vancouver outfit!

  25. Nikki September 24, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    WOWEE!! This collection is spectacular! It fills a huge gap in sewing patterns, I am so excited. I got super happy when I saw that zipper pocket in the pants. Brilliant.

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      It is my favourite part of the leggings pattern – even if you don’t always use it, it’s just so handy to have a place to put things!

  26. Amanda September 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

    THANK YOU!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

    You’re 100% right – athletic wear is dear, even the non-branded stuff, and on top of that, it is one wardrobe category I find needs replacing fairly regularly.

    I particularly love that you haven’t simplified these designs for home sewing – there’s enough beginner friendly stuff out there & I love the fact I can sew something so useful as well as putting my skills to the test!!

    HUUUUGE hugs to you for this collection!! ❤️

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:51 am #

      Thanks so much! You make a good point about branded athletic wear, how sometimes it’s all logoed and labelled and you don’t want to be a walking ad for a clothing company. I know that’s not exactly what you meant but it’s what I thought of! I wanted to buy a new cycling helmet that was subtle and not overly branded, and it’s hard to buy something plain without bright logos. Making your own clothing is an opportunity to avoid the branding altogether!

      I’m glad you like that the patterns aren’t overly simplified. I hoped it wouldn’t put people off but I wanted to be realistic about what people would be getting!

  27. Annette September 24, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    Oh, be still my beating heart! Love the Vancouver collection and cannot wait to try it out. TFS, Annette And congratulations on the brand new collection!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:51 am #

      Thanks, Annette! So glad you like it!

  28. Justine September 24, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    This is a stunning collection! Especially Fraser speaks to me :)

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:52 am #

      Thank you!

  29. Lauren September 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    These look so good! I especially want to make the Dunbar top and sports bra. I’m pretty sure some of my sports bras are the same ones I used in high school cross country…and I’m 33. Yikes!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:52 am #

      It’s the perfect time to sew yourself a new one, then!

  30. Meganleiann September 24, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    This is perfect! You really nailed this release! I’m especially (and surprisingly) excited about the leggings. Gusset! And pocket! And flattering seams! I have a long line of projects, but I’m probably going to add all of these. Thank you!
    Will a backpack fit under the cape? I have a hiking poncho on my shopping list and I’d much prefer to sew a cute one. :)

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:55 am #

      That depends on the size of the backpack, but I’d say it would have to be a pretty small backpack for it to fit! The pleats are stitched down at the top of the shoulders, which is where the top of many backpacks would sit. You could loosen the straps to lower the backpack but then it wouldn’t be comfortable or kind to your shoulders.. you could not topstitch the pleats but then they’d be pretty loose and undefined when you didn’t wear a backpack. It may not be the best match for a backpack. I think you’d either have to make it fit around the backpack and have it not look very nice when you’re wearing it without, or just make the cape as is and choose something else for the hiking poncho.
      I’m so glad you like the new patterns, especially the leggings!

  31. Jennifer September 24, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    Love the Seymour jacket so much ! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. I’d love a sew-a-long for this, and also if anyone had some tips for how to add full length sleeves to this pattern, I’d probably love it even more with long sleeves. ..

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 10:00 am #

      I wouldn’t recommend trying to make long sleeves for the Seymour, for design reasons and pattern reasons. Design-wise, it’s meant to be loose and oversized as a cap-sleeve or sleeveless piece, showing the arms to show a narrow part of the wearer. It’s supposed to be a vest-like layering piece. You’d be better off choosing a sleeved design if that’s what you’re looking to make!
      Pattern-wise, when you see the pattern piece it might make sense as to why it would be weird to add a sleeve. The jacket body is all one piece, with extended ‘cap’ sleeves, you’d have to make a giant rectangle tapering quickly to the cuff, fitting into the oversized armhole. It’s likely going to look bunchy and weird, you’d probably want to start all over with a different body that is proportioned to fit a long sleeve.
      Basically, it just might not be the right fit if what you want is a long sleeved jacket! We do have the Minoru Jacket pattern and I’m certain this won’t be the last jacket pattern we produce.

  32. Rosalyn September 24, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    All of the pieces in this collection look amazing! Great job!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 10:01 am #

      Thanks so much!

  33. Turina September 24, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    Brilliant collection! Love all the pieces and they are all so versatile. Love the idea of a collection also, everything you need. LOVE it!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 10:01 am #

      Thank you! That was the idea, answering the question ‘what do I wear this with??’ with a line of pieces that all work together.

  34. Stacy September 24, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    I am so excited about this whole collection. My fall and winter sewing is all planned now!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 10:01 am #

      Perfect! Can’t wait to see what you make!

  35. Melissa September 24, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    Well done Tasia and team!
    Thank you for making patterns that will allow us to replicate expensive athletic wear. A lot of these designs could have come from the Stella McCartney for Adidas range from about 7 years ago, that’s how beautiful and useful and high end looking these designs are 😃 A few things that I would love for you to post about on the blog, how to apply petite adjustments (I’m 5″2″), how to raise the apex, where to source specialty fabric and hardware ie: buckles / grommets etc, and how to achieve a high end finish to the garments.
    Thanks again, Mel

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 10:06 am #

      That’s a wonderful compliment, thank you! I’ll try to answer your specific questions now as best I can:
      On most of these styles, the apex won’t be a factor. Petite adjustments – on the oversized jacket probably won’t be necessary unless you wanted to shorten the length. Same with the cape, it’s easy to shorten the pieces but that depends on where you want the hem to fall. Fabric and notions are good topics that I’ll add to the future list – for waterproof resources here’s a post that talks about sources – Hope this helps for a starting point!

  36. Susan September 24, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    Damn! I think somebody else already said it – you guys have totally stepped it up! I wold totally buy all of this at a store but I think I’m even more excited to sew them! Those leggings are for me. And the Dunbar top. I was just thinking I needed new athletic wear :)

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 10:07 am #

      Thanks so much! We really enjoyed putting this collection together, it’s fun to work with a group of styles instead of individually. Would love to see what you make!

  37. Holly an September 24, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    The cape, oh the cape! I must make it!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 10:07 am #

      So glad you like it and hope you enjoy sewing it!

  38. Emma September 24, 2015 at 11:03 pm #

    I need that cape!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 10:07 am #

      You do!

  39. Cat September 25, 2015 at 1:40 am #

    Love the new patterns. I’m wondering if the long sleeves on the Fraser would be long enough for thumbholes, and if you would consider doing a tutorial on making thumbholes for it!

    Great job!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 10:09 am #

      Depends on your arm length of course! It’s easy to lengthen the sleeves, either by making the sleeve piece longer or by making the cuff piece longer. A thumbhole tutorial isn’t on the future list at the moment but I’m sure it would be easy to replicate.. the easiest way being to make the cuff longer, then leave an opening in the cuff seam for your thumbhole slot! I’d examine storebought versions to decide on the best method or the one that feels the best, and use that as my guide.

      • Cat September 25, 2015 at 10:49 am #


  40. Sonia September 25, 2015 at 3:31 am #

    The Seymour is my favourite, great for grabbing keys and jacket to go for a walk. Love the short sleeves, so it won’t overwhelm my shape (and cute). Not what I was expecting, complete surprise!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 10:09 am #

      Thanks! That’s the goal, a little rain or wind coverage without being overwhelmed with fabric. So glad you like it!

  41. Alicia September 25, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    Tasia and Team,

    I have to say, I am blown away by this collection. You are one of the only independent pattern makers that consistently releases innovative, unique, wearable patterns. I do sometimes get a little weary of indy patterns makers release yet another t-shirt or basic bodice dress/dirndl combination. Keep it up and you’ve got my business for LIFE!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 10:17 am #

      Thanks so much Alicia! That’s so great to hear. It’s hard to anticipate what people will like or want to sew next, and I like to have an element of surprise with new patterns, so it’s really nice when people are both surprised and excited about what we produce! There’s always a risk when you make something a little different.

  42. Susanne September 25, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    What a great collection! I especially love the Fraser Sweatshirt!

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 10:37 am #

      Thank you! The Fraser’s a great basic with a twist, so glad you like it. :)

  43. Seattlerain September 25, 2015 at 7:46 am #

    So excited about the new collection! Activewear is about the only RTW I buy nowadays. Really looking forward to seeing these makes on the web! I need some hand holding on the fabric buying part. I made some athletic Hudson pants from some athletic fabric I bought but the look didn’t come off like my french terry Hudson pair. I’ll be watching with interest.

    • Tasia September 25, 2015 at 10:47 am #

      I’m also very much looking forward to seeing what people make! It’s cool to be able to make the one last category of clothing you buy rather than sew.. like jeans, bras or in this case – activewear!

  44. Tasia September 25, 2015 at 9:09 am #

    I’m so excited that you’re all excited about this collection! Excitement all around :)

    It’s great to put something a little different out there, and get a good reaction. Yay! Thanks for all your comments and feedback. Now, I’ll go through and answer the questions!

  45. aem2 September 25, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    I’m rather excited by that cycling cape! I’ve been waffling about buying a Cleverhood, but I like this design more.

  46. Maeve September 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

    Wow this is amazing! I was truly blown away when I saw this collection. I never thought I could get into activewear sewing, it never made sense to me. But with pieces like these and the prospect of saving lots of money on activewear, but still getting a high quality end product, I’m sold! Now I just have to decide which one I want to make first :) Thanks for creating such an amazing collection!

  47. Emily September 25, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    It’s like you read my mind – these are *exactly* the type of things I want and need to sew! And thank you for putting a pocket in the pants – I’ve avoided making my own workout pants so far because I need a pocket to hold my keys while I run, and hadn’t found a pattern that includes any. These are all brilliant, and I can’t wait to get sewing!

  48. Natasha September 26, 2015 at 4:40 am #

    These designs look great but the photos don’t seem to show them on a pear shaped figure, especially for the leggings. Have you thought of using models which reflect this shape? It would be nice to see.

    • Anna September 26, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      I agree! The patterns are beautiful and I am really interested in the Seymour jacket, but it would be great to see it on a more pear-shaped model.

  49. komsomolka September 27, 2015 at 9:03 am #

    The cape is beautiful! Could it be made with a drapey wool / be more of a poncho than a rain cape? I love the design lines, but don’t love the look and feel of waterproof / nylon fabric.

    • Jools September 28, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

      I was wondering the same thing! I love the design of the cape, but most of my “active wear” is vintage-style dresses in machine washable fabrics that I wear out swing dancing. A cape would be perfect for when I’m all sweaty at the end of a night of dancing and can’t face the thought of putting on a jacket to go home, but I’d want to make it in a fabric that goes a bit better with the overall look.

  50. Nele September 27, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    I want to echo Natashas question: I’m very pear shaped and a size 10 and I would really love to wear more sweatshirts and love the Fraser.
    But: It seams to hit right on the hip (I can’t really tell, the model isn’t pear shaped, right?). In my experience this isn’t a very flattering style for a pear shaped person, at least I haven’t really found one that suits me.
    Do you think it will? Is it constructed to be flattering on pear shaped people? I also agree with Natasha that, though I like the leggins, it doesn’t really seem to be especially flattering for pear shaped people, right? Is this collection aimed towards pear shaped woman or is it an exception?
    Don’t get me wrong, I really like the pieces, but I would really not want to invest 13 euro for a pattern that once again is very unflattering on my figure…:)

    Greetings from Germany,

    • Zete September 28, 2015 at 3:11 am #

      Agree to both of you. It’s nice to have professional models, that look good on pictures, but since that change, i just cannot relate to any of sewaholic designs anymore. The typical slim and thin model bodies give me zero information how will it look on my body with my round butt and full hips. :(

  51. Rebecca September 28, 2015 at 1:59 am #

    Wow, these look amazing! A really well thought out collection. I love the cape!

  52. Kayla Green September 29, 2015 at 3:06 am #

    Lovely athletic gear patterns! Congratulations on these new sewing patterns! I especially love the cape and the leggings. What type of material did you use for the turquoise/blue version of the leggings? I might create one in a similar color combination and another in grey and pink!

  53. Nicole September 30, 2015 at 2:21 am #

    Hi, I am cutting out the Cypress and looking at the cutting layout the pocket pieces (12 & 13) are made of the main fabric.
    Could these be cut out of a different material? I don’t think having vinyl pockets will be very comfortable, I imagine my hands getting stuck in my pockets!

    • Tasia September 30, 2015 at 9:02 am #

      Yes, of course! You could use any fabric for the pocket bags as they aren’t visible from the outside. We used the same fabric as the nylon supplex is soft and not sticky, but in your case, it makes more sense to substitute something else!

      • Nicole October 1, 2015 at 2:16 am #

        Thanks Tasia!
        I think with the flaps it’s unlikely the interior pockets will get exposed to the elements that much.
        What about the facings? Do you think those could be cut out of a cotton or some other non-waterproof lining material? Or will that lessen the cape’s overall ability to keep me dry on my bike in New Zealand’s wet wet windy weather?

        Thanks again, so happy to have a cycling cape pattern!!!

  54. Niamh October 1, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    Wow, very impressive! I wasn’t too pushed on the cape at first, but It’s really growing on me! Those back pleats are killer, and you could do a lot with it!

  55. shirley cree October 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    love your newest patterns…… especially the cypress cape….. do you ever have sales….???


    • Tasia October 8, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

      We do! The best way to find out about sales and promotions is by joining our mailing list – that’s where we send out any sales, updates and special deals!

  56. Ofer October 16, 2015 at 5:55 am #

    Lovely and useful collection! Any chance to see a hiking collection in the future? I dream of making hiking pants with zippers to adjust the length and tons of pockets. Maybe also a polo shirt with princess seams (couldn’t find a pattern anywhere).

  57. Jenny October 21, 2015 at 2:50 am #

    I particularly love the cape and the sports bra/top, which I guess could also be swimwear in the right fabric? Loving the streamlined, sporty look, although I have also found the Hollyburn skirt to be excellent for cycling.

  58. Jenny October 21, 2015 at 3:07 am #

    I particularly love the cape and the sports bra/top, which I guess could also be swimwear in the right fabric? Loving the streamlined, sporty look, although I have also found the Hollyburn skirt to be excellent for cycling :)

  59. Fiona Vincent November 6, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    To hide the logo on bike helmets, or to change the colour of the helmet you could do what the local Roller Derby team do – they make ‘hat panties’ – helmet covers. Two pieces of fabric shaped for the sides and a straight piece for a gusset down the middle, finish with elastic round the bottom.


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