Sewaholic Patterns Flickr Group & Sew-Along Thoughts

It’s been a busy weekend so far! I’m excited that so many of you want to do the Sew-Along, it looks like there’s almost thirty people interested!  So I created a Sewaholic Patterns Flickr Group for us!

We can use this group to share, discuss and get inspired for the Sew-Along! Plus, even if you’re not participating in the Sew-Along, the Flickr Group will be a great place to check out finished projects for ideas and inspiration.

Homebake Queen asked a really good question yesterday: ‘What exactly is a Sew Along??!’  I think I know, but I also would love to hear what you guys would like to see, besides just the sewing part.

A Sew-Along, from what I’ve learned since I started blogging, is like a long-distance sewing meet-up. Like when two friends who live in different cities go see the same movie separately together, and then call each other to talk about it afterwards? It’s kind of like that.

We all pick a pattern and fabric, and then I’ll post step-by-step photos of the sewing instructions. We’ll sew a little bit every day or so, and the posts will be there in case you work at a more relaxed pace. You can ask me questions along the way if you get stuck, and when it’s all done we each have a pretty, finished blouse! The great part is that there’s a whole bunch of us doing it together. Ten (or twenty or thirty) sewing minds are better than one!

Gertie recently led a Lady Grey Sew-along and it was wonderful, full of tailoring tips, fabric recommendations, fitting help and even suggestions on how to accessorize the finished coat!

I know there are questions on fit already, specifically Full Bust Adjustments (FBA’s), so I’ll include some posts on fitting and adjusting. I’ll also talk about fabric recommendations for the blouse. Is there anything I’m forgetting? Anything you’d like to see?

Also, how do you all feel about starting in January? Krysta made a good point yesterday that a lot of people are sewing Christmas gifts right now, and will be super busy once December starts. Does that sound about right for timing? Let’s say, January 10th? Let me know your thoughts!

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24 Responses to Sewaholic Patterns Flickr Group & Sew-Along Thoughts

  1. Mary November 21, 2010 at 7:16 am #

    January is a great idea for starting the sew-a-along…most people are super busy with Christmas, but to be honest with you, I am probably going to make one soon as the pattern hits my mailbox! :)

  2. K-Line November 21, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    I agree that Jan is a good start date. I’d be interested to hear (when we start talking about this pattern and FBA) what size bust your sloper is made for. Are you in the C cup camp (like Colette) or the B cup camp (like Vogue and big 4)? I’ve found that, with Colette patterns I haven’t needed to do an FBA (though my high bust is 32.5 and my full bust is 36.5) because she cuts her patterns for a C cup on a frame that is broader than mine. I can realize the gains of my narrow frame when sewing her garments. Needless to say, the FBA is a reasonably involved (and inconsistent) alteration that I prefer to avoid! Every time I do one it seems to have a unknowable impact (depending on the garment and ease and fabric stretch and lines). I’m not saying they don’t work, just that they’re a lot of work.

    Of course, to have FBA advice from the pattern drafter is very helpful!

  3. Karen in VA November 21, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    I’m still undecided about doing the sew-a-long as I’m bigger than your largest pattern size. I buy patterns based on my upper bust (44) due to the fact that my full bust (52) is 1. off the charts and 2. is so much larger than my upper bust. So, FBA’s are a fact of life for me, but I’m just getting back into sewing after a 30 year hiatus and need your honest opinion as to whether or not I could grade up the pattern to fit me. And, since I’m 5’11”, I’ll also have to adjust the length so the waist will hit me in the right place.

    After taking a bodice sloper class at G St, I now understand why RTW never has, and never will fit me correctly…..

    PS I love your blog and have learned lots from it…

  4. Donna November 21, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    January is great. Meanwhile, I will be ordering the pattern and scoping out the material.

  5. Maureen November 21, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    January sounds like a wonderful time for a sew-along.

  6. lap November 21, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    January is perfect! I’m so excited to get the pattern already!

  7. Kristie November 21, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    Yes, January is a good time. Especially since a lot of people are doing Christmas sewing projects. Fun!

  8. Funnygrrl November 21, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    January is great. It is a busy time now for many people.
    I’m looking forward to seeing the blouse in different fabrics and sizes. We’ll be making the same blouse but I think they will all be unique.

  9. Corinne November 21, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Wonderful suggestion. I was wondering how I would fit in one more project! Some time ago I hosted a little sewing group at work. We did one project per month. There were all sorts of challenges because of different levels of expertise. I must say that we all learned so much! Those of who were more proficient were able to review skills and teach the others. Those just starting out had such a grand enthusiasm that it kept the rest inspired. Our projects progressed in difficulty through the year. The blog-land sew-alongs remind me of this. The New Year always feels fresh with possibilities for me, even though I don’t even try the whole resolution thing anymore. I am so glad there is such interest in this project. I know we will have a great time. Thanks Tasia.

  10. Vivienne November 21, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    I’m in!

  11. Alison November 21, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Hello! I just found your blog, and I love it — I’m already looking forward to the sew along!

  12. Becky November 21, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    I like the idea of a January sewalong– I was interested, but this time of year is just nuts! Excited, though– I’ve never really done a sewalong before, and this looks like a nice, simple pattern that won’t take a huge time commitment. Now I just need to order my pattern!

  13. Emer November 21, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    Yea, January 10th sounds good. You can count me in too.

  14. Sue November 21, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    January is fine for me too!

  15. Tamsin November 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    I would love to join in, but will be in the process of moving back to the UK from New Zealand, via South Africa! I will follow the posts and make one when things calm down once we are back home.

  16. Rachel November 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    January should be good, it’ll also give people time to receive the pattern.
    I’d love tips on sewing with slippery fabrics.

  17. Sandy November 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    I’m in ~~ I ordered my pattern yesterday. I have never been involved in a sew along before and am really excited to do this one, it should be a lot of fun.

    This is something I will look forward to in January, . I love your blog and learn new things all the time. Many thanks! :)

  18. Homebake Queen November 21, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    Thanks for the explanation Tasia – it sounds wonderful! I’ll definitely be following the Sew Along… I must order my pattern soon so there’s a chance I’ll get it before Jan 10th! I don’t want to be behind before I even start :-o

  19. Miss P November 21, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    Fabulous, really excited, it’ll be fun BUT, how do I order a pattern and do you deliver to the UK?

  20. Amanda November 21, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    January sounds like a great time for the sew-along, especially since I’m participating in Gertie’s Crepe sew-along in December!

  21. Katie November 22, 2010 at 4:02 am #

    Miss P I’m in the UK too, if you subscribe to Tasia’s e-mail (there is a link on the homepage of her blog) then you will get sent an email about preordering the pattern, and yes she is generous enough to post internationally :)

    I’m so excited about this sew along now, I’m in sore need of a new blouse!

  22. Miss P November 22, 2010 at 4:15 am #

    Katie, thank you! All done. Hopefully it’ll get here in time!
    Miss P

  23. The Sew Convert November 22, 2010 at 5:34 am #

    I’m in! January is good for me:)

  24. Tasia November 22, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Sweet! I’m glad that January works for most people.. and I’m pretty pumped to hear that some of you are going to start as soon as you receive the pattern!

    @Rachel: Great suggestion, I’ll plan to write about sewing with slippery fabrics as part of the sew-along! That’s something that a lot of people could use, as this blouse looks great in smooth, slippery fabrics!

    @Tamsin: Wow, good luck with the move! All of the sew-along posts will be there when you’re ready to sew. Plus, you’ll get to see everyone’s finished creations!

    @Corinne: Oh fun! We’ll likely all be at different sewing levels as well. It’s a good thing, the speed demons will plow through at the own pace, the slow-and-steady people will catch up when they can. The pros will have all kinds of great tips and tricks to share, and the beginners will learn a lot along the way!

    @Funnygrrl: So true. Fabric choice will make all the difference, plus, there’s the A, B, and C views as well. I can’t wait to see everyone’s creations!

    @Karen in VA: Karen, I would love it if you sewed along with us! I’ll do my best to cover pattern alterations in the sew-along, but you’ll be the best judge of whether you can grade the pattern to fit your measurements, I’ll do whatever I can to help but I’d hate to say ‘Yes!’ and then not be able to help you out sufficiently over the computer. Especially if you’re just getting back into sewing, I don’t want you to be disappointed and those are tricky alterations. I hope this answer helps!

    @K-Line: This pattern is more of a B-cup, but the princess seams make it easier to add to the bustline. It’s also a semi-fitted style, so there’s more ease than say, a fitted blouse with a button front. I’ll do more research on FBA’s so I’m ready to write up a tutorial. I hope that answers your question!

    @Katie: Katie, thanks for jumping in there! Miss P, glad you were able to get to the pre-buy page!

    Thanks everyone, this is going to be a blast!