What’s Next? Slips, Tutorials and Me-Made-June!

Hey everyone! Now that the Sew-Along is finished, you might be wondering what’s happening next around here? Or perhaps you’re wondering what happened to the slip tutorial I promised. It’s still coming! I thought I’d give you a little time to finish up your skirts in between. I’m a bit behind on answering questions from the Sew-Along as well, but don’t worry, I will get the answers you need!

Making a slip is easy to do and if you just can’t wait to get started, check out Gertie’s excellent tutorial here.
My demo will be similar but I’ll show you a few different options. When I was looking for slip trimmings – elastic, lace, and such – I realized that you might be limited by what’s available at your local store. So I grabbed a variety of trims to make up some slips. Hopefully you’ll be able to find something in your store that will work!

On that note, I have a couple of tutorials planned from the Summer in the City dress – including how to add bust padding and how to sew boning into a garment.

I promised my sister I’d make her a birthday Pendrell in bright red.

I’m in desperate need of a rain jacket, and my stubborn side is determined to try making rain gear before admitting defeat and buying a rain jacket. At the very least, I’m going to experiment with sewing rainwear fabric and waterproofing my seams. My basket could use a waterproof liner, too!

I may end up buying a rain jacket just to stay dry as Mr Sewaholic wants his jacket back, but at least we can look at the inside and see how it’s constructed.And in a week, it’s Me-Made-June! I’m rather unprepared, and still have a closet full of crazy prints and bold colours. I like to think there’s still time to whip up a few basics between now and the start of June, but that may be a little over-ambitious of me! Some solid-coloured bottoms would be very useful this time around.

Does that look like a well-balanced closet? Why is it that we resist sewing basics – or is that just me? (See the one solid, basic skirt in there? I love my Beignet! It’s a wonderful staple skirt. Now if only I had a few more!)

This week I’m also meeting with a group of my classmates to check in and see how everyone’s doing. I can’t wait to find out how the past month has been for everyone else!

Oh, and I’m working on new patterns! Yay! Many more new designs are planned for Sewaholic Patterns this year. We’re definitely on track to have four new patterns released this year. Stay tuned for more!

Is it just me, or is time absolutely flying by? I can’t believe it’s June next week. Have a wonderful day, everyone!

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27 Responses to What’s Next? Slips, Tutorials and Me-Made-June!

  1. Stephanie May 24, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    Have you seen the Closing the Gaps Project? (http://vintagegirl68.blogspot.com/2011/05/closing-gaps-sewing-project.html) I’m planning on making a couple Pendrell blouses for it! (and some Beignets!) Can’t wait to see what you pull out of your hat next!

  2. molly May 24, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    Can’t wait to see your new pattern ideas, 4 seems like a lot but you can do it!

  3. Kerry May 24, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    I’ve lost count of the number of sewing bloggers who are trying to make plain basics in time for Me Made June – I certainly am! I know that I find the lure of beautiful patterns and prints too hard to resist but that it is the plainer things that usually get the most wear.

  4. Trisha May 24, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    I’m the same way–I’ve sewn all these pretty printed dresses, but hardly any basics. I think it’s because you can buy basics in almost any store, but a pretty, fitted, bold dress… that is harder to find.

  5. Trisha May 24, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    (p.s. I’m so excited about completing my first Pendrell. I’ve worn it twice in the last week!)

  6. Ashley May 24, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    There’s a couple of great posts by Laura from Laura: in a tangle about sewing basics (or not as the case may be!) here:
    and here:
    I think it’s a really interesting topic and there are some great comments.
    Ooh, I’m excited for more patterns!! I’d better get sewing through my current stash then as I already have too many unused patterns!
    Ashley x

  7. Kristen May 24, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Just found this article and thought of you and your pursuit of stylish bicycle outfitting:


    They’ve got capes too!

  8. LittleGirlInWonderland May 24, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    I made a half slip myself a few weeks back and am currently working on another one. I didn’t think it would get much wear until I actually had one, it’s really an invaluable piece for any wardrobe. Can’t wait to see your interpretation!

  9. Mandy May 24, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Random question:
    What happened to that beautiful skirt you made from the super expensive (armani??) fabric? It was solid, wasn’t it? I loved that skirt, which is why I remember it!!

  10. Corinne May 24, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    I am a painfully practical person, I like to sew basics. Just about any style pattern can be used as a basic. My basics translate as a dark neutral and a light neutral. I build the wardrobe around these colors, many different fabrics and textures. I have been doing this for a long time and it can be a little boring, but I find my lifestyle needs this. I don’t have time to have a “special” dress or combination for every day. I need go-to’s that I can pull, mix and match every day. I mix it up with an occasional print top or skirt, scarves, accessories. I try to keep my prints and stripes within the same color families. When warm weather comes I add muted florals to blend and match. Works for me. Everyone eventually finds the system that suits them. As lifestyle changes, needs change. A plan is important, however, to avoid costly mistakes. Take inventory of what you have, purge, sort and go from there. I am anxious to hear how others address this process.

  11. Tasia May 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    @Corinne: I bet you have a way easier time getting dressed than me! It’s smart to sew for your lifestyle, rather than sew for the fun of it, give up shopping, and never have anything to wear :)
    I think my problem is that I choose fabric first, and have a stash of colourful prints. Then when I go to sew, I choose from my bold fabric selection, and add more of the same to my wardrobe. Sewing with a plan, a lifestyle, and a real wearable wardrobe in mind is the right approach. It’s like I know the right answer, and still choose to make whatever I please! Perhaps that’s the beauty of challenges like this – to keep us on track and thinking about sewing for our real lives.

  12. Tasia May 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    @Mandy: Oh nooo.. I am so embarassed to admit that it’s not in the line-up for Me-Made-June because it shrunk in the wash! It has a basketweave texture, and I washed it in cold water by hand, but the thing shrunk up to a seersucker-like texture and about half the length! It’s funny what happens when you write a sewing blog – all of your mistakes are out in the open! You know how much it cost and you notice when it mysteriously disappears from the closet. I feel so much worse about ruining the things I make than the things I buy! Ah well. There’s no hiding it now!

  13. Tasia May 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    @LittleGirlInWonderland: That’s great to hear you got a lot of wear out of yours! I’m thinking they will be really useful under unlined skirts and dresses – plus then I can leave the lining out of future projects too!

  14. Tasia May 24, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    @Kristen: I’ve seen that! The cape is awesome. She looks so cool and comfortable! Did you see how expensive it is though – 400 pounds. I don’t know the conversion but I know it’s more than $1 to 1 pound!

  15. Tasia May 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    @Ashley: So I’m not alone in the not-sewing-basics dilemma! I had a feeling I wasn’t. What can we do to make basics more fun? Definitely an interesting thought and nice to know there are others with the same feelings!

  16. Tasia May 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    @Trisha: That’s a good point! It is a lot easier to find basics in stores, that’s for sure. But what if you’ve sworn off shopping? Then I guess I’ve created my own problem, haven’t I? :)
    Thrilled to hear you love your Pendrell blouse, yay!

  17. Tasia May 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    @Kerry: So true! It’s so much easier to style outfits around simple pieces. You can wear them more frequently without people noticing a repeat, too. Nice to know I’m not alone!

  18. Tasia May 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    @molly: Thanks! Can’t wait to share the new designs with you all!

  19. Tasia May 24, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    @Stephanie: That’s a great idea – I need to close the gaps as well! I definitely have those ‘lonely pieces’ that have nothing to coordinate with. Thanks for the link!

  20. Annabelle May 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    Tasia, I am so excited that you have more patterns coming our way! After your post about Sewtropolis carrying Sewaholic patterns I went out and bought the Pendrell. The muslin sewed up quite easily – and this is the first pattern that I will not have to make a single adjustment to (I love you for that). I cannot wait to pick out the fabric for my blouse, (yeah, I sometimes don’t buy the fabric until I see how the muslin fits – it helps me decide what I want the final garment to look like). Your upcoming slip tutorial is also intriguing me – I have a muslin started for one of those as well, but am not ready to commit to cutting out my silk fabric.

  21. Stacy May 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Hurray for Me-Made-June! I’ll be participating, too. And hurray for more patterns! Not that I’ve even made my Pendrell yet. But I did buy it. :)

    Also: to me, a closet full of colorfully patterned clothes IS a closet full of basics.

  22. Catherine May 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Dear Tasia, I’m an Irish girl new to sewing, just got my first sewing machine. I’m still trying out the stitches it has,I have a feeling all my friends will be getting cushions from me next Christmas! Anyway, I reading about determination to make your rain gear, I was just leafing thru an old magazine and saw a little spot on waterproof bike basket covers. The website is http://www.georgiaindublin.com. It might give you ideas for your own creation. I hope it helps.

  23. Rachel May 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    Maybe you just need to embrace your love of bold prints and start to learn about mixing and matching said prints. One of the things I liked about the ‘filling in the gaps’ project is it talks about making something in the color that fits that unworn object. For you, maybe start mixing dots and florals? Or stripes and florals? Mixing different types of florals? Pulling super bold colors that have a frequent theme in your closet such as: red, turquoise, etc.?

    I remember there was a series on the Lucky Magazine website that went into how to mix and match prints without looking like a circus performer. I bet you could really come to master that and be an inspiration to us all! Just something to ponder.

  24. Sarah May 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    I’m all for a slip tutorial. I have one that twists around me every time I wear it. Hello, annoying.

  25. Jessica May 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Exciting things happening at Chez Sewaholic ~ as always! Good for you for keeping things moving forward so quickly!

  26. kristin May 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    you know, i’ve figured out that i like basics in solid colors but i hate sewing those things! i like sewing prints, plaids etc anything but the boring navy/black/green/red solid basics that i love to wear. one day…

  27. kristin May 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    ps i usually post as quietandsmall!