#SewaholicPatterns: Instagram Favourites

Today is all about Instagram love! There is an amazing community of sewists on this platform. Even if I weren’t an active user, I would still obsessively check my favourite accounts to see what they’re working on and get pumped about my next project. Instagram makes it so easy to share projects, ask for advice, commiserate over fitting problems, and revel in our sewing wins. When I’m about to start working with a particular pattern, I love to look at the tag on instagram to get inspired and see the pattern on different body types.

I had a ton of fun combing through our #sewaholicpatterns tag and picking out some favourites to show you today! Hopefully it will inspire you and get your creative wheels turning.

Sewaholic Instagram Tag

Lonsdale Dress by @closetcasefiles
Davie Dress by @guthrieghani
Yaletown Bridesmaid Dresses by @ellefunn
Gabriola Skirt by @smilesnhandiwork
Cambie Dress by @kjmmakes
Granville Shirt by @heatherandthepugs
Rae Skirt by @juliesmakings
Saltspring Dress by @hollyjollydolly
Crescent Skirt by @ruedesrenards

Sewaholic Instagram Tag

Cambie Dress by @lefilacoudredanna
Oakridge Blouse by @megret79
Yaletown Dress by @hayub
Three Minoru Jackets via @closetcasefiles
Davie Dress by @helens__closet
Hollyburn Skirt by @ruedesrenards
Renfrew Top by @thumbleninja
A Trio of Granville Shirts (!) by @amyrumbarger
Alma Dress Hack by @katiemakesadress

Do you use instagram and share your sewing projects there? Let us know where to find you! You can follow Sewaholic Patterns on instagram here (we’re @sewaholic), and be sure to tag your projects #sewaholicpatterns!

P.S. Visit the Sewaholic Patterns shop to purchase any of the patterns above.


16 Responses to #SewaholicPatterns: Instagram Favourites

  1. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 18, 2016 at 8:54 am #

    KJMMAKES’ Cambie dress has me drooling!

  2. PsychicKathleen February 18, 2016 at 9:08 am #

    I’m just working on my first Cordova jacket! I love this pattern – I did an FBA, cut it out with 1″ fit insurance and then ended up using the inch for my seam allowance. It’s coming together beautifully – a couple of blips as expected :) but it’s my practice run. Once I have it tweaked just so I have some gorgeous wedding silk brocade and drapey splashy silk for the lining. I’m SO excited about this jacket. Once I have completed my final product I’ll share it with you :)

  3. charlottepb February 18, 2016 at 10:05 am #


  4. Leigh February 18, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    Hi Caroline, Loved your posts. But I miss Tasia!! Will she be back to the blog?

    • Claudia February 19, 2016 at 3:31 am #

      Agreed! I also miss posts about stuff Tasia or Caroline actually made, and not a compilation from other random people’s projects. Don’t get me wrong, their projects are also beautiful (!) but I don’t come to this particular blog to read about them ;)

      • Tasia February 19, 2016 at 9:41 am #

        Thanks for the feedback! We’ve come up with a plan to keep the blog updated while there isn’t time to sew personal projects and it does feature reader projects and tutorials. These are things people ask for regularly, and I’m glad that we’re finally been able to write up tutorials for the sewing steps people get stuck on. And people do ask to see more finished projects on the blog too!
        It’s an interesting topic, how to balance blog content so everyone is pleased. With a personal blog, you write whatever you feel like and it’s not about reader requests. With a business related blog, you want to help out the people that have bought patterns and would like extra help with the sewing. I’m sure there’s no perfect solution but we’ll continue to listen to what you want and do our best to improve!

        • Helen February 23, 2016 at 7:43 am #

          I have really been enjoying Caroline’s posts on community makes and tips for sewing sewaholic patterns. We miss you, but we also cant wait to see what you come up with next, keep on working, girl! *highfive*

    • Tasia February 19, 2016 at 9:32 am #

      That’s sweet of you to say! Not in the short term, I’m working on other things with little time to sew blog projects. The joys of a growing business! It’s funny to think when I started this, that I’d have so much free time to sew…

  5. Anne February 18, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

    I thought that the term sewist had been abandoned. If not? Why not? It is so bizarre. Where did it come from? It distracts me from everything that comes after… The word is Sewer or seamstress or sewing enthusiast but it is not sewist.

    • Tasia February 19, 2016 at 9:28 am #

      You might enjoy this blog post and discussion then! – http://sewaholic.net/sewist-sewer-seamstress-which-do-you-like-best/ Made-up word or not, it seems to be here to stay, at least online.

      • Courtney February 21, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

        I was employed in a costume shop for a number of years, and we universally hated the term seamstress, which by its nature excludes the men among us who sew, and which has a bit of a negative spin to it because it implies that sewing is women’s work. Not all men who sew are “tailors” either. Tailoring implies a certain skill set. My second year of employment we successfully lobbied to have our professional title changed to “costume technicians”, and where sewing was involved we were all “stitchers”, except where people fell into other well known categories like “designer”. I liked being a stitcher, and it is how I refer to myself even though I no longer work there. Certainly I like it better than sewer or sewist or any of the other terms I bump into on the net! (Just thought I would throw another term into the mix, as it isn’t one I see very often, but works well in the wonderful world of professional sewing). 😜

  6. Annie February 19, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

    So good to hear from you, Tasia. I enjoy Amanda’s great posts, but I am sure I’m not alone in missing your voice and presence on this blog.

    • Annie February 19, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

      Sorry, I meant Caroline when I said Amanda!

  7. Heather Burt February 21, 2016 at 8:58 am #

    Hi, Tasia and Caroline ~

    I really dig both of you as bloggers, and I also enjoy seeing what others are working on. It’s a great mix.

    I began sewing this past year (with only a little more than high school home ec class, 35 years ago, to go on), and I give credit to Sewaholic patterns and tutorials for teaching me how to sew … and to love it. Thank you! With the tutorials, I’ve made 2 Belcarra blouses, a Hollyburn skirt, and 3 Minoru jackets. Next up is a Renfrew top and Tofino pants.

    Can I ask a specific question here? The only glitch I’ve encountered (probably due to my inexperience, as no one else seems to mention a problem) is hemming the Minoru. It seems to work like a circle skirt, in that the turned up edge is longer than the (partial) circumference it’s being attached to, and I end up with fabric buckling when I hem — too much for me to ease in (I’ve been making a size 10). My solution has been to create two little pleats at the side seams, which doesn’t look bad (just a bit weird), but I’d love to know if there is an alternative … especially since two friends have asked me to make Minorus for them!

    Thanks again for these great patterns and tutorials!

    • francesca February 23, 2016 at 12:47 am #

      If you google hemming a circle skirt you’ll find a bunch of ways to do this – best way I know is to run a line of gathering stitches which help to ease in the extra fabric….. You will find you need to use this technique on anything which doesn’t have a dead straight hem like say a dirndl skirt.

      • Heather Burt February 23, 2016 at 11:59 am #

        Thanks, Francesca! That makes sense. I was just a bit puzzled that nothing was mentioned in the sew-along instructions, as Tasia generally includes newbie guidelines for things that might be obvious to more experienced sewers. Just out of curiosity, have you made the Minoru jacket yourself? If so, did you use this technique?

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