Thurlow Sew-Along with Lauren from Lladybird!

Want to sew the Thurlow Trousers (or shorts), but need a little guidance?  You’re in luck! Lauren from Lladybird is hosting a Thurlow Sew-Along! I’m so excited that she’s doing this. She’s made a few pairs of Thurlows already and they’ve all turned out wonderfully. Here’s the link to her sew-along announcement post for more information!

Check out her gorgeous denim trouser jeans! (I totally want a pair, just like this. Bold lining fabric and all!)

Click any of the pictures to visit Lauren’s blog and see more! They fit her so well.

Shorts, too!

These gingham shorts are so much fun! (And if you prefer shorter shorts it’s easy to see how this pattern would look shortened.)

After making this pattern three times, she’s still planning to make more! I love it, that’s the sign of a successful pattern to me. One that can be made over and over as a wardrobe staple. I’m looking forward to see what colour Thurlows she makes next!

The sewing part of the sew-along is planned to start at the end of October, so there’s plenty of time to pick out fabric and sew along. Pop on over to her blog, Lladybird, to join the Thurlow Extravanganza. (Her words, but I like them!) Here’s a link to the pattern page if you don’t have a copy yet.

Thank you, Lauren for organizing this!

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26 Responses to Thurlow Sew-Along with Lauren from Lladybird!

  1. Jenna October 3, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    Yes! I have been waiting for this!

    • Tasia October 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

      Great! Glad you’re excited, I think a lot of people are going to be joining in!

  2. Fabiana October 3, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Come on, Tasia, you could a ‘flash sales’ of the Thurlow pattern to support the sewalong ;-)

    • Tasia October 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

      Ah, I knew someone might ask! It’s too soon after the Moving Sale to hold another sale, plus everyone who’s purchased the pattern since Lauren’s announcement and now would come back to me looking to get in on the sale action too… But don’t worry, there will always be pattern sales in future! Surprise sales are my favourite kind of sale, when you least expect it!

  3. Mariann October 3, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    I would have loved to do this sew along but when I checked out her website, I found she uses the “f” word frequently and I just couldn’t see myself reading that everyday. Too bad. I’ve sewn for years and have never made pants and was excited to see this.

    • Tasia October 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

      Hi Mariann! I’m sorry about that and wish there was something I could say to help. With blogging everyone shares their posts written in their own voice, and it’s up to the reader to choose which voices that ‘speak’ to them. I have my own blogging voice and she has hers – neither is right or wrong, it’s different for each blogger.
      Thanks for the comment and for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate it!

  4. Lisa October 3, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    I love her blog! I just need this pattern now.

  5. maddie October 3, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    This is definitely the sign of a great pattern. Yes, we must thank Lauren for hosting the sew-a-long but we must thank you for creating the pattern that made the sew-a-long possible!

    • Tasia October 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

      You’re too kind, thanks so much!

  6. Scheri Manson October 3, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Just signed up for the Sew-A-Long and placed my order for the pattern. Whoot whoot!

    • Tasia October 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm #


  7. Lucy October 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    I saw this the other day and did a little happy dance. I really like Lauren’s blog; sometimes I find sewing blogs can get a bit ‘wholesome’ and the bloggers are sometimes a little housewifely – not that there’s anything wrong with that, everyone’s different, and everyone has something you can learn from, but I love that hers has a bit of an edge to it. I always like bloggers who make you feel like you have stuff in common, and if you knew each other in real life you’d be friends. Lauren reminds me a LOT of my friends!

    She also has very similar measurements to me, I’ve learned, which should help a LOT when I get to the Thurlows ;-)

    • Tasia October 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

      Thanks also for the comment on this subject, it’s interesting to think about as I write posts.Wholesome, that’s probably a fair comment about me! Housewifely, not as much since I feel like that involves recipes and home-dec sewing… I write like I talk, and I bet Lauren does too. That’s what makes blogging relatable in my opinion – weird, relatable comes up as misspelled but it’s not when I check it – the fact that it’s not written in corporate-speak or sales-speak but as a ‘Hey friends! Look what I made” sort of tone. I’m guilty of over-cheerfulness and over-exclamation-pointed writing and some made-up words but hey, that’s what comes out of my mouth so here it is.
      It’s an interesting subject in general – finding the balance in blogging and writing, to seem relatable. Not too much of a perfectionist and not too instructional, you know?
      Thanks for the comment and I hope you enjoy sewing the Thurlows!

      • Lucy October 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

        For sure – you have to write like you speak, because that’s the only way to get (and keep) your readers! I’m a copywriter, and that’s one of the cornerstones of that type of writing – to get people to keep reading, you have to maintain the right conversational tone.

        The ‘wholesome’ and ‘housewifely’ – you’re probably right about the recipes and home decor (some of which is rather awesome), but what I was really thinking of was the many, many sewing bloggers that list ‘Homemaker and mommy’ first thing in their blogger profile. As I said, nothing wrong with that, but as I’m neither of those things, I enjoy reading blogs that I can relate to more.

        I love your cheefulness, by the way. Your bubbly enthusiasm is very infectious :-)

        • Tasia October 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

          Oh good. That’s what I’m going for here in terms of tone – I’m so excited about fabric and making stuff and sewing my wardrobe and learning knitting and testing new techniques, give it a try, you can do it too! :) Cheerfulness is good, infectious enthusiasm is even better!

          No homemaker and mommy here – I know what you mean. I’m neither of those things. I do like to dust but only because I really dislike dust, and it’s certainly not worth writing about! (Except I just did. Oh well!) And my patterns are my babies, and my business is too. That’s enough on the plate for now! ;)

          You’ve made me think I should add ‘cyclist’ and ‘knitter’ to my about blurb, if I were to come across a sewing/cycling/knitting blogger I would think hey, this person is a lot like me!

          • Tasia October 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

            PS. that is cool that you’re a copywriter! What kind of writing do you do?

            • Lucy October 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

              All kinds of written marketing material – I work freelance and have my own business, so I’m well familiar with the trials and tribulations of self-employment that you sometimes talk about! Wouldn’t have it any other way though. (And it’s nice to be able to finish work when I’ve had enough and then just wander into the next room to the sewing machine!)

              • Tasia October 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

                Oh neat! Freelance copywriter, that does sound like a fun job. Working from home has its perks too! I know exactly what you mean – there are always hard times in between the good times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way either!

      • Caitlin October 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

        Oh – please don’t change the way you write your blog. It is one of my favourites. I always feel happy when I see a Sewaholic posting appear in my Google Reader list!

        • Tasia October 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

          I don’t think I could change my writing style even if I wanted to – it’s the way I think and talk! It would be a real challenge to write any other way. So you’re safe! Great to hear you enjoy my posts!

  8. Amy October 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Ooo, definitely starring this for future reference! I’m nowhere near being able to sew trousers at the mo, but plan to aim for it sometime soon so this will be super useful!

    • Tasia October 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      They’re not impossible to make but they are challenging, with fly fronts and welt pockets and fitting of course. The good news is by the time you’re ready the sew-along will be done so you can go at your own pace!

  9. verna October 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Im not ready for pants either but I was going to order the Alma blouse anyway so I figured Id pick up the Thurlow’s too since I can never find pants that fit, and I know there will bea sew along to follow when I get there.

    And I am glad to say that when i called up my local indie sewing show they had BOTH patterns in stock. SOOO glad I don’t have to wait for them in the mail!!! I am hoping to sew up an Alma next ‘weekend’!! (my weekend is Tue-Wed due to my work schedule!)

    • Tasia October 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

      Fantastic! I love getting stuff in the mail but also know the feeling of wanting to start something right away!

  10. OlyBinewski October 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    I wanted to say that I found Lladybird on my own, while doing a Google search for Thurlow/Renfrew sewalongs. I am pleased to see you share Lauren’s blog on your own. I’m not offended by her blog and I appreciate that you would recognize her skill with sewing and choose to acknowledge that by openly linking to her.

  11. kristonlion November 5, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    HOORAY! I got my pattern today! Gotta go catch up!