What’s Next?

What’s coming up next around here? Plenty of exciting things! Never a dull moment here at Sewaholic Patterns home base.

I worked most of the holidays but did take a few days off to rest and relax, get outside in the fresh air, and enjoy time with family and friends. It was nice to have a break from the blog, but I am excited to be back in the swing of things!

Remember the Striped Renfrew Top I started back in.. October? (Yikes.) I’m planning on finishing it up and sharing a few tips about sewing striped knit fabric. Plus, tips on sewing the V-neck!

More on the new pattern, the Hollyburn Skirt! I was so excited to launch this one before the holidays that it didn’t get a grand entrance. I plan to share some tester’s projects as well as some thoughts on fabric selection, modifications and tips on sewing your first skirt, if you’ve picked this pattern as a first garment project. I have some gorgeous fabric lined up for several Hollyburn skirts, time for me to get sewing!

hollyburn skirt view b side view

Knitting! I was a lucky girl this holiday season and received a Sock Club Membership to SweetGeorgia Yarns‘ club. What that means is that every month I get a surprise skein of yarn in the mail. Who doesn’t love getting good mail mixed in with all the bills and flyers? I know I do! It’s hard to explain why this sounds so fun – after all, I like picking my own materials for projects. I think it’s because there are few surprises in life, or at least more scary ones than good ones, that it’s nice to have one that’s guaranteed to be good.

Plus, a yarn scale, which makes figuring out my leftovers much easier! There’s a little bit of math involved but it’s so helpful to know how many yards are in these tiny leftover yarn balls. (So if there were 100 grams in the original ball, which made 400 yards, and there are now 23 grams left, that means I have 92 yards left. 100/400 = 4, so 23 x 4 = 92 yards.)


I also want to make more sweaters now that I feel more confident with my knitting. It’s probably a good thing that knitting a sweater takes so long. Better for the yarn budget that way! This year I’d like to get better at customizing and fitting my knitted projects.

Here’s a preview of what I’m knitting these days – isn’t the coral colour soft and appealing? It’s a little brighter in real life than this photo.

what i'm knitting these days

New patterns! Last year was a great year for patterns. I put out six new patterns in 2012, and I’m really happy with all of them! This year I have even more surprises planned for you. (See, more good surprises arriving in your mailbox.) The next pattern coming up is a challenging one to sew but the result is a beautiful classic design. I can’t wait to share more!


Working towards making everything in my wardrobe. I very rarely shop for clothes anymore. For one, clothing at the mall is so generic. Everything looks the same, based on whatever’s trendy at the moment. And two, nothing fits very well. It feels pointless (and expensive!) to alter purchased clothing, I’d much rather start from scratch.

Thirdly, I want to think more about where my clothing is coming from (especially after reading Overdressed) and ‘vote with my wallet’ by not supporting companies that use cheap labour and flimsy materials. They’re hoping I’ll toss out my wardrobe next season and start fresh, and I’m doing quite the opposite. (And I know, I’m fortunate to have both the skills and the time to be able to sew my own clothing. Thanks to the commenters that pointed out that sewing our own clothing is a privilege.) I’m thinking long-term with the garments I sew – will I love this in five years? Can I see myself reaching for it in ten years? And have I made it so it will last that long, with proper laundering and care?

chantilly dress

My first attempt at underwear worked out well, I’d like to make more. Maybe I can replace all of my store-bought undies with home-sewn pairs as they wear out. I’m not sure there will be time to investigate bra-making but that’s on my life list!

lace panties

And I have two Colette Patterns I’ve been looking forward to sewing up, Hazel and Parfait. Because I need more easy printed dresses in my wardrobe! I’ve enjoyed sewing up Chantilly twice and I like the look of these two. (Patterns shown with a printed cotton from Spool of Thread that I’m thinking would make a great Hazel dress.) I’m planning these as fun-sewing projects, something to sew for enjoyment in between all of the work-related sewing.

hazel and parfait

Wow. That’s quite the long list already. It’s sure going to be an exciting and busy year!

What’s happening for you this year? Any sewing-related goals? Ever participated in a ‘yarn club’ before? Excited about seeing new patterns? Do you aspire to sewing your whole wardrobe or do you always plan to sew and shop as needed? Let’s talk about our hopes and dreams for the year!

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46 Responses to What’s Next?

  1. trumbelina January 3, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    I know what you mean about shopping for clothes. We just got a couple of outlet stores in town so I took a trip there the other day and I was SO DISAPPOINTED!! Nothing fit properly (seriously, who do they really make women’s jeans for??). Thankfully, I did find a couple of tops that inspired more sewing for me, and since I got a Fashionary diary for Christmas, I was able to sketch out my ideas so I won’t forget. I’m really looking forward to all of your pattern releases this year.
    Some of my goals for this year—well, I’ve signed up for a beginner knitting class that starts next week. I’m excited to potentially meet other women like myself in this city. I’m also looking forward to tackling some pants this year. Fingers crossed!

  2. Gem January 3, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    I’ve actually participated in SweetGeorgia’s yarn club before! I loved everything that was sent to me. Even if they were colours not necessarily in my everyday palette, she mixed the colours so beautifully that it didn’t matter.

    I’d like to make this a more conscious year about clothing too. I recently bought a new working table for my sewing, so I’m inspired by the new space I have to create more clothing!

  3. Meredith January 3, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    What is the yarn and pattern you’re using for your sweater? It looks gorgeous! I can’t wait to see the FO!

  4. Belinda January 3, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    I can’t wait to see some of the Hollyburn skirts made up – I’ve seen a few across the interwebs and I’m sure there are some more stunners lurking out there!

    I’ve never participated in a yarn club or any other crafting supply club but it sounds like a fun idea! Sometimes it’s good to get something a bit different so that you can try something new!

  5. Angela January 3, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    oh, more Renfrew news? Excellent – I hope very soon. Yesterday I cut out my very first Renfrew, V-neck style. It is striped, and I worked very hard to make the stripes match up as I laid out the pattern and cut it. Hopefully the hard work paid off!

    Very excited about future patterns!

  6. Shannon January 3, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    I, for one, would love it if Sewaholic released a line of super cute, pear-friendly underwear patterns! I’ve been saving bits of jersey to make undies, but I’ve just lacked the motivation to turn them into actual panties (*shiver*, that word!). Every time I do laundry, though, I find myself studying the various ways the elastic is sewn in and such, so maybe I should just do it already!

  7. Nikki January 3, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    I can’t wait to see your new patterns throughout the year!! Your patterns lend themselves to making things that will still be in style several years from now, which I appreciate. I’d love to see more knits–a knit dress, maybe?

  8. K-Line January 3, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    Hey – I have a question about that scale. I use a regular kitchen scale to weigh my yarn (all the time!). It seems to be just fine and it’s not even digital. I mean, it works for baking which is at least as scientific as knitting. Do you think your new scale has special properties to suit it better to knitting? Love to know.

    • Beck January 3, 2013 at 8:15 am #

      I have a pediatric scale. I never thought of weighing my yarn on it, but what a great idea! If only I could keep track of the tags…

      BTW, after about 5 years of only buying secondhand or making my own clothes on my student budget, I finally walked into a department store with my new working-woman budget. I was APPALLED at how expensive everything was! Why pay $50 for a pair of jeans that I could get at Goodwill for $10? And such poor quality. Yikes. I turned around and walked back out :( So please keep those patterns coming!

    • Tasia January 3, 2013 at 8:25 am #

      I think a kitchen scale would work fine! As long as it can weigh small amounts, like to the gram or half a gram. I don’t own a kitchen scale but I’d assume the yarn one is the same thing. Also guessing that a kitchen scale might be more expensive or have more attachments for weighing liquids and solids but that’s just a guess!

      • K-Line January 3, 2013 at 8:57 am #

        Thanks for info. I think mine is fine. It doesn’t technically weigh to the half gram (it’s an analogue device) but I’ve never had a problem, even when I was trying to figure out if I’d have enough yarn (to the last yard). And it does have a bowl so I can measure all kinds of liquids and powders. Useful for keeping the yarn in place.

  9. Maggie January 3, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    That is quite a list! This year I definitely want to be more mindful of what I sew. I too have been trying to cut out purchasing clothing. Recently I went to Anthropologie and was really shocked at the construction, quality and prices of their garments! I can surely make something with better fabric and I bet would last longer, and may even be cheaper (even some of there t-shirts are crazy money)!

    And I want to try my hand at pants this year. And knit a sweater :) And thanks for the tip about the yarn club, that.is.awesome! Can’t wait to see what your first skein is!

  10. Becky January 3, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    Looks like some great goals for this year! And I’ll second Shannon’s comment about pear-friendly underwear–I’m definitely at the point where I’d consider sewing my own panties, because that would be such a great way to use those smaller leftover knit bits and store-bought stuff is ridiculously expensive for what you get. Bras might be a little tougher, and I’m a bit wary of the cup seams that all of the patterns seem to have, since I wear a lot of knit tops! I really wish someone would develop a pattern for the foam cups. (And actually sell the type that you can just cover with cute knits and go.)

    I doubt I’ll ever entirely sew my wardrobe, because I do enjoy a good thrift store run. But on the occasion when I do buy things–other than swimwear and underwear–I do try to go second-hand when I can.

    I’ve never done a yarn club, and it’s unlikely I can, unless someone is kind enough to do one that’s all non-wooly yarns. Stupid wool allergy!

    • clothingengineer January 3, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      They do have a pattern for foam cup bras now – check out the Pinup Girls line from Bramakers Supply. I made a few before but since I can get a good fit from RTW foam cup bras for less than $20, I just didn’t find it cost effective to continue making my own. There’s also the new Make Bra pattern line where you cut and sew your own foam cups, but I haven’t tried them yet.

      • Becky January 4, 2013 at 9:05 am #

        Good to know, thanks!

    • Norma January 3, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Bra making is not nearly as difficult as you think!
      Also don’t worry about the cup seams. Unless your knit garments are skin tight, the seams don’t show under clothing.

  11. Rachel M January 3, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    I’m working on getting my wardrobe to 75% me-made this year and 100% by the end of next year. This year I’m going to master knitting, just started learning, and I will master sewing my own undergarments. I have a very difficult time finding bras, and I usually have to go to a specialty store. I spend loads of money on ugly bras that fit just okay. I’m going to change that, for sure. In fact, I just found out that clothhabit.com is starting a sew along for bras soon, so I might do that. Looking forward to all the great sewing projects this year.

    • Nathalie January 7, 2013 at 2:37 am #

      Good morning, I just returned to sewing clothes and ordered the Renfrew top after finding and subscribing to your blog. I am really excited about fit and especially discovering there is a whole world of sewers out there!! I am going to attend some classes at Vogue Knitting Live in New York the 19th of January and plan on shopping for some nice striped knit fabric in the garment district during my stay. Should I find other fabulous fabric (I am pretty sure I will ; ) what is a good yardage amount to buy when you don’t have a specific pattern in mind? Many thanks and I look forward to following you in 2013! In 2013, I would love to spend some time completing unfinished projects, and be more in control and work on one project at a time so the former doesn’t happen. Yeah right, where have I heard that before?!!!

  12. Michele January 3, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    I do aspire to sew and knit my entire wardrobe. This year, I’m hoping to take a more practical approach towards the process and start making things that I know I will wear. I’m very eager to see your new designs and follow your posts throughout 2013! You’re a great inspiration.

  13. Chris Lucas January 3, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    I just ordered my Hollyburn Skirt pattern a few days ago and can’t wait for it to arrive. My goal this year is to sew a whole new wardrobe for myself. I’m a fuller figure woman and am so sick of the limited designs and styles for plus size women and buying clothes just because they fit and not because I love them. I live in a remote mining town and only have 2 places where I can buy clothes… Kmart and one extremely overpriced dress shop that generally only goes to a size 14 and what is above a size 14 generally looks like a tent dress. So this year I’m going for it and I’m sewing my little heart out and filling up my wardrobe with clothes I love. In October I got a new overlocker (Babylock Evolution) and for Xmas my hubby got me the Janome Horizon MC8900 which I’m expecting to arrive anyday now and can’t wait for it to arrive. You just never know my Hollyburn Skirt could be the first item I get to sew on my new Janome :)

  14. clothingengineer January 3, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Very excited to see your next pattern! Your patterns have been a lifesaver for someone as pear shaped as me – I actually feel normal when I use a Sewaholic pattern!

  15. Louise January 3, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Would love to see more tips about sewing with stripes, I made my first Renfrew a couple of weeks ago and typical I used a stripey fabric and I did an okish job on matching the arms to the front but would like more advice
    of course I went and bought some more fabric to make another one (cos I love it!) and guess what, more stripes! Currently trying to get the sleeve stripes lined up correctly….

  16. Sewbusylizzy January 3, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    I aspire to look to my sewing room to fill the gaps in my wardrobe in 2013 rather than the shops. I’ve also decided 2013 is The Year of The Jacket!

  17. Amy January 3, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for you. Looks like lots of color from this post!

  18. Lana January 3, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    I just finished reading Overdressed as well and it has really motivated me to spend more of my time making my own clothes again. I quilt mostly, but used to make all my own clothes and also clothes for my two kids when they were young. I really just love sewing anything. I’m ready to try some new patterns!

  19. Tina January 3, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    I, too, have a horrible time with RTW and usually spend more time looking than I could have spent making it. I am beginning to do much more of making my own clothing. I have made my first 2 Renfrews and absolutely LOVE them!!!! So all you gals who are thinking about getting this pattern, don’t wait any longer. I am new to sewing with knits and this pattern, along with Tasia’s sew along, helped me over my fear. Tasia, I have just learned to knit and have only mastered the garter stitch. Again, you inspired me to another new skill! What was the first knitting project you knitted, and what would you suggest for a new knitter?

  20. jillyb3 January 3, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    I totally messed up the V-neck on my striped Renfrew last night, and I thought “I would love some tips from Tasia on how to do this V-neck!” I can’t wait to hear what you have to share. Can we look forward to it coming along soon? I know you are a busy girl! Looking forward to all of the fun things you have planned!

  21. Fernanda January 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Love the color on that sweater!!!

  22. Annabelle January 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    I am really looking forward to your next pattern release. All of your patterns have been so fun and practical.

    I’ve never participated in a yarn club, but I am joining a vintage knit along this winter that I am really excited about. I know so darn slow, and a knit along will motivate me to keep moving forward.

  23. Giggles in the Sun January 3, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    I have actually just bought some of your patterns for myself so I hope to get them done this year :-)

  24. Liz January 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    I so relate to what you are saying about RTW clothing, it is all the same, cheap fabric and poorly made. The fit is never good on my frame at all so I just don’t bother.
    I am also on a quest to have nearly all of my wardrobe handmade, at least I know the sewing and fabric is of good quality! Plus the fit is always waaay better.
    I have actually just bought the Cordova, Minoru and Hollyburn – just waiting impatiently for them to arrive!
    Looking forward to seeing your new patterns! Happy 2013

  25. kaitui_kiwi January 3, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    Ohh I can’t wait to hear more about everyone else’s Hollyburn skirts :)

    All those patterns lines up in your shelves must make you smile, they make me smile for you! Can’t wait to see more patterns :)

    • Tasia January 4, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      Yes! They totally make me smile. I love the photo showing all the different colours of patterns filling the shelves. It’s so bright and colourful!

  26. CosIadoru January 3, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    I wish you a happy sewing year !!! Welcome back :)

  27. Inna January 4, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    Sock Club Membership sounds so cool but quite expensive for international customers :( Yet I support a little local yarn shop selling unique fibres. A big goal for 2013 is to become better in any ways! But isn’t craft and life go hand-in-hand? Happy New Year to you, Tasia!

  28. astitchtoofew January 4, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    Congratulations on what you achieved in 2012 – your posts are very informative and I’ve found lots of useful tips amongst them so thank you! A stripey renfrew is next up in my queue so perfect timing :-)

  29. Amanda January 4, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    I can’t believe you’ve knitted something so glorious! It’s so professional looking and perfect!! I love the colour too ^__^ I look forward to seeing what’s ahead for you in both your personal projects and for Sewaholic ^__^

  30. Angela January 4, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    How soon are you going to discuss the Renfrew V-neck? I’m trying to right now, and tips would be appreciate!

    • Tasia January 4, 2013 at 11:03 am #

      Hi Angela! This month, but not in the next week. Sounds like it won’t be quite quick enough for you!

      If you are stuck on the point of the V-neck I would suggest looking at these photos of the Crescent Skirt. The V on the yoke is similar to the V on the neck band.
      In particular the 5th photo shows how to clip the V and pin the band to the centre of the V. This has been the part where people get stuck, based on the comments and emails that come in.
      I hope this helps!

      • Angela January 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

        Thank you! I will check it out immediately! Planning to have a Renfrew to wear by the end of the day…. :)

  31. Truly Myrtle January 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    My big project for 2013 is a handmade wardrobe – I’m sure there’ll be some Sewaholic patterns in there :)
    I recognise that cardigan pattern I think – love the colour – can’t wait to see it done!

  32. Sue January 6, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    I would love to make all the things in my wardrobe, but I have limited time (I work part-time) and I just cannot sew fast enough! I take my time getting the pattern right, multiple fittings and obtaining a good finish! I have just made 2 Renfrews. The V neck on the first did not turn out good but was successful second time around! Basting was the key! Both were in solid fabric but I would love to make stripey ones as most jersey in my colours seems to have stripes! I love all of your patterns, though I feel that some are better suited to a younger audience! Your bloggs are inspiring and I look forward to all your exciting projects to come! I applaud your hard work and well deserved success! Long may it continue! This year I will make more time for sewing; and knitting!

  33. Ashlee January 10, 2013 at 6:07 am #

    You are just truly amazing, girl! Happy New Year – I look forward to seeing what Sewaholic Patterns has to share this year.


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