What’s On Your Sewing Pattern Wishlist?

Hey everyone! I’ve started to get a few requests for pattern designs, and I thought I’d open it up to everyone. What do you wish there was a sewing pattern for? What do us pear-shaped women need a pattern for, that isn’t out there yet?

Here are some of the requests so far – in collage format, because it’s nice to visualize the garments!

what sewing patterns do you want to see

A pencil skirt. I hear you! If you have a small waist and generous hips, it’s really hard to find a pencil skirt that fits. Unless it’s extremely stretchy. And then it fits but clings too much. This is something I’ve been wanting to design for a long, long time.

More knit tops. Makes sense, the Renfrew Top is our best-selling pattern! I’d love to design more knit top patterns. Knits are not my favourite thing to sew, but they sure are comfortable to wear. I like to make knit patterns that are easy to sew without a serger or coverstitch machine, and that have clean finishing techniques. It’s got to be easy to make and work in a variety of knit fabrics, as all knits are a little different in terms of stretch, weight and recovery.

A hoodie or sweatshirt. Great idea! Who doesn’t want cosy, warm comfort clothes to change into when we get home from work? I’d dream up something that’s feminine and flattering, without looking like a general piece of sporting apparel.

Swimsuits. This was more of a summer request but I had quite a few people ask for swimsuit patterns that flatter a curvy, pear-shaped figure. With the launch of the Bombshell Swimsuit pattern, I’m guessing that many of you tried it as an option, but there are still few patterns for swimwear. I bet I could come up with one!

Jeans. This also makes sense based on the success of the Thurlow Trouser pattern, and the fact that pants of all kinds are hard to fit on a small-waist-wide-hipped body. Plus, a curvy figure can look amazing in jeans if the fit is right! Jeans are so dependent on the fabric you use though to be figure-flattering and fit well, and I find it hard to shop for just the right denim: not too blue, not too stretchy, not too lightweight. So it may be a challenge, but certainly an interesting one!

A knit dress, possibly a long sleeved dress. I love the possibilities within this category. Some of you have taken matters into your own hands and made Renfrew dresses! Take a look at Johanna’s link list of Renfrew modifications here for Renfrew dresses of all types. A knit dress is like a long tee shirt – just as comfortable as pyjamas if the fit is right and if you’re comfortable with knit fabric on your bottom half.

I have a handful of pattern ideas in the pipeline, so no exact timeline on when I’ll be able to turn suggestions into real patterns for sale. But I do want to hear what you want so I can take that into consideration.

Some of my best-selling patterns came from your feedback, namely the Thurlow Trousers. I kept getting asked for a trouser pattern that would fit curvy hips and a small waist, so frequently that it couldn’t be ignored! The timing was perfect as I’d just been suit-shopping with Mr.Sewaholic and wanted to use the back-extension feature from suit trousers on a pattern.

So give it to me – what do you want to see? Which of the requests above are you most interested in? What’s missing from your pattern world? What would your ideal swimsuit pattern, jeans pattern or hoodie pattern look like? Be specific, and don’t be afraid to speak up!

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194 Responses to What’s On Your Sewing Pattern Wishlist?

  1. Carly November 7, 2013 at 6:16 am #

    A basic knit top with ralgan sleeves and a classic blazer.

    • Rebecca November 7, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      …a retro A-line dress.

    • Nane November 10, 2013 at 12:47 am #

      Yes, a basic raglan sleeves knit top !

    • Brenda November 11, 2013 at 3:38 am #

      I have been searching for a long-tail knit cardigan. I have one I love, it has tail in front an the back is straight across, a insetrt w a few pintucks in front also as an attached knit ruffle of the same color. Love it and I think would b pretty simple pattern to sew. Can sen pic if u would like. THANKS for asking!

    • Michelle November 15, 2013 at 6:24 am #

      I know this is going to sound kind of strange, but my brother used to have a medium weight coat that he wore all year long that had a hood and a backpack as part of the jacket. He wore it every day for almost 15 years before he had to admit it needed to go in the trash. Ever since then I have been looking for a new one and cant find anything suitable, so I thought I would make one, but have no idea how to create a pattern for it, I noticed that you make patterns and thought maybe you could help. I did see that it takes about 6 months to come up with a pattern. If you could let me know if this is something you are willing to work on I would appreciate an email letting me know.
      Thanks.

  2. beckarahn November 7, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    I love Renfrew, so I am pretty sure that a knit dress would be my next favorite pattern ever. I would love one with some variations like Refrew has – different necklines and sleeve finishes. Also please nothing with a raised/high waistline. That babydoll kind of look always seems a little “young” for me (and depending on the cut can totally make me look pregnant.) There’s my request. :)

    • Lisa A November 7, 2013 at 7:32 am #

      I agree. Dropped waist knit dresses are a lot less likely to make me look pregnant.

      • Leigh in Oregon November 7, 2013 at 10:18 am #

        Babydoll = ugh!!! Who wants to look preggers when you’re not!!!

    • Rebekah November 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

      Agree! This is the pattern I would like to see you try!

  3. Aspen November 7, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    I am in total agreement with pencil skirts and jeans (especially of the somewhat skinnier variety). I have such a difficult time finding these clothes to fit. Also finding existing patterns for them isn’t very helpful either since they don’t allow for the almost 2 size difference in my lower body measurements.

    • monbouton November 7, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      I could have written the same comment :) totally agree on the 2 size difference!

      • Visitor November 9, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

        Thirded on the size difference comment.

  4. Manja November 7, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    a pattern for some jeans would be great!!! It´s not just that it´s really hard to find some jeans, which fit on your hips and aren´t too loose on your waist, but it would be sooo great to sew your own jeans and there seem to be no patterns for some high-waisted skinny jeans (not that I`ve found some patterns for skinny jeans at all).

    That being said, I would be the 1st person, who would buy your jeans-pattern (I promise :D ), because I loooove your patterns so much. I own the most of them, and sewing them is a delight. I was so afraid of sewing trousers for the 1st time, so I decided to try the Thurlows and they fit so well and sewing them wasn´t that hard! I got so many compliments for them, as well as for my Minoru Jackets or my Renfrew Tops or my Cambie dress!

    I´m really excited for some new patterns, whether they´re for dresses, skirts (or hopefully for some jeans), because they will please me I´m sure.

    Manja from Mainz (which is in Germany – you have many fans of you patterns here!!!)

  5. Cindy November 7, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    1. Casual dresses. Something that I’d wear over leggings while running errands,etc. Not business attire, and not out to dinner/party attire. Instead of wearing jeans, I like to wear skirts/dresses, but it’s hard to find items that aren’t too dressed up. hope that makes sense. They need to layer easily, over pants and under sweaters, etc.

    2. A handbag/wallet type of thing. Casual wristlet or cross body type of small bag enough to hold wallet, smart phone, money.

    Sorry you asked?

    Thanks!

  6. Samina November 7, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    I’d love a knit dress – I’m finding that I buy patterns for wovens, but I typically wear knits, so I’d love to sew up something I’d actually wear!

  7. Nicole November 7, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    I’ve really wantedfor a while now a nice Quilted Winter Vest pattern with a removable/Secret hood option I live in central NY and i love wearing vests with my hoodies to keep me warm. I could see you easily fitting this into your collection!

  8. Tilia November 7, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    I would be happy with of all the option you’ve just mentioned but my preference goes to knit patterns. Knits are the staple of my wardrobe because I feel most comfortable in them. The big link page of Renfrew mods is a blogpost I visit often, it’s just so inspirational. For knit patterns I would like to see a dress and a cardigan. I’d want the option to make a casual of more classy version.

    Thank you for asking our input!

    • Sabrina B. November 7, 2013 at 10:55 am #

      I would also like to see a cardigan.

  9. The Lemming King November 7, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    A sweatshirt pattern! TOTALLY. :) I am so annoyed by my sweatshirt choices in RTW. Either too big and boxy and long, or more fitted but way too short in the body.

    • jessica johannesen November 11, 2013 at 6:59 am #

      i totally agree. a hoodie jacket/ cardigan pattern would be amazing!!!

  10. Tina C. November 7, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    Separates–blouses with matching skirts/pants and suit jacket. An mini wardrobe if you will.

    • mel November 10, 2013 at 3:31 am #

      Definitely!! A pattern with all of these would be so handy for office workers like me.

  11. Lindsey November 7, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    I agree with the suggestions for a pencil skirt and jeans–these items are such staples and so hard for pear-shaped women to find. I’d also like to see more professional clothing–I know everyone loves to make stylish clothing they can wear on the weekends, but what about the other 5 days of the week? More pants in different cuts (a bootleg or flare leg would be nice to balance out the curvy hips), a sheath dress, and a blazer are high on my wish list. For casual clothing, yoga pants are my top request.

    • Leigh in Oregon November 7, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      YES!!! What Lindsey said x a bazillion. My office is pretty casual, I like nicer pants – colored denim, trousers (especially in winter when the wind blows). At my office, jeans work if they are black or dark wash, but it’s SO hard to find jeans that fit. A casual blazer would be nice – I dress in layers always. A knit dress with skirt and sleeve options would be nice too.

      • Joanne November 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

        Yes, please, on the different leg cuts, sheath dress and casual blazer/cardi. I just went shopping for pants last week, and there was nothing but black poly dressy plants or black yoga pants. I teach and need some cute casual pants. Or alternately, a how to modify the Thurlows’ leg shape?

    • Sophie-Lee November 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      I agree with the blazer idea – something simple and classy to be worn at work, perhaps with lining for a bit of interest

      • Katie November 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

        Consider this another vote for a lined blazer!

        • mel November 10, 2013 at 3:35 am #

          Another vote for a lined blazer pattern. My dream blazer pattern would have princess seams from the shoulder, a mid to low stance, peak lapels with edges pointing up, single button closure at front and double vent at the back. Please?

    • Heike November 8, 2013 at 10:09 am #

      Thanks for asking for our wishlist. All of Lindsey’s requests are on my list as well, especially pants with different leg width and a decent waist that is flat and curved and not sitting too low. I suppose you have quite a few age ranges who use your patterns. Since I’m almost 50 I like a stylish cut, but also something that will last and look good for several years to come.

  12. mary November 7, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    Well, I may not be your exact customer as my style taste and body type is a bit different but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate your patterns. But any who, since this question seems to be going around the inter webs here’s my 2 cents. I feel like there is a sort of shortage of designs that are more minimal ,less ladylike. Examples would be Marni, Rachel Comey. I do however love a good pencil skirt!

  13. Lyn November 7, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    Definitely casual knit dresses with sleeve variations, pencil skirts and knit tops. That would cover me for office and out-of-office wear, and I would probably never need any other patterns! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  14. meganleiann November 7, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    I’m eager to make the black dress in your daydream post. Something like that would be ideal- fitted bodice, long and 3/4 sleeve options, skirt style options. I concur with the sweatshirt request as well. I’ve been toying with the idea of modifying the Renfrew to have a hood and pouch pocket, but I don’t quite think I quite have the skill for it yet.

  15. Theresa November 7, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    A pencil skirt and a classic blazer would be at the tippity top of my list!

    The bombshell is something I am totally sewing next summer (didn’t have time this year) but I would love to see any swimsuit ideas you have! I love your style.

    I’m not so into knits. I guess my sewing time is so sparse, (I have 2 toddlers) I prefer to sew my nicer clothes so t shirts and the like just get purchased (for now… It is a goal to have an entirely me made wardrobe.) but I guess I prefer something a bit more… Formal? (The cowl neck renfrew is on my list for this winter though!)

    More dresses! lol. I would love to see something a bit more fitted, like a sheath/cocktail dress thing. (Of course, if you make a pencil skirt, I’ll just Frankenstein it with the Cambie lol.

    I am working on a denimn Thurlow right now, I think it would make a lovely pair of jeans. I can’t with the skinny jeans (they make me look like I’m walking on Ren fest turkey legs!) but that’s just me. I’m sure your rendition would be lovely though.

    • Sophie-Lee November 7, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

      I also think a suimsuit would be good – something perhaps a bit more classic, +/- rouching on the stomach. I like the bombshell’s that are popping up but am not keen on the center back seam over the bum and don’t like the necklines for me.

  16. lisa g November 7, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    i would love more knits patterns! dresses, even the hoodie/jacket would be fun. i’d also be pretty stoked for a jeans pattern. love the thurlows, so i’d happily buy another pant pattern!

  17. Angelica November 7, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    I can’t knit, so a pattern for a cute cardigan would be awesome. I really need a cute knit cardigan with sleeve- and lenght options.

  18. Andrea November 7, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    Number one on my list would be a pencil skirt. Number two would be a wrap dress. I find RTW wrap dresses so hard to fit because by the time I get them so sit just right at the hips (and so they don’t gape, causing wardrobe malfunctions) the top is way too big. Thanks for asking for our feedback!

  19. Becky November 7, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    I like the idea of jeans–I have a pretty decent self-drafted pattern from a Craftsy class (the only way I could get a pair to fit my curves, aside from one very lucky find in a thrift store!), but that one is flares, and it would be nice to have options for different cuts. Also, I’m very much a jeans girl!

    Aside from that, I like the idea of a stylish hoodie for weekend layering. Or cute cold-weather layering pieces in general. A nice maxi-skirt pattern would be fun, too! Especially in a knit. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what goodies you have for us next!

  20. Kaci November 7, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    I would adore your iteration of a knit pencil/A-line skirt pattern with a curved yoke and pockets. And would of course snap it up immediately. :)

    • Sophie-Lee November 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

      Ohh, a knit princess seam skirt would be good eh? I used to have a cheap one in some kinf of double knit that I wore ALL the time before it disappeared. And for some reason never got around to making another one

  21. Meike November 7, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    I’d love a nice knit dress pattern! I’ve already made two renfrew dresses and I love to wear them! So more of that sort would be awesome :)

  22. Jane November 7, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    I would love patterns for a classic tweedy wool blazer (welt pockets and back vent) and a pencil skirt pattern that is basically j.crew’s pencil skirts. They fit me really well, but I don’t have a ruined one to take apart and copy!

  23. Christine November 7, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    I’d like a cardigan pattern. The ones I’ve looked at are too boxy. Also a hoodie. I guess the hoodie without the hood could make a good cardigan especially if it is not too sporty as you mentioned.
    Also jeans and a knit dress/tunic and… whatever else you come up with. Your patterns are some of my favourites.

  24. Jenny November 7, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    I would love a pencil skirt pattern and a knit dress pattern with sleeve and neckline options. I really do love the way you put patterns together. I could also see a classic blazer with a defined waistline in your collection. I think those three would be my top choices (only since you asked, of course).
    Also, just for input – double knits are great – you don’t have to finish the seam, unless you want to, because they don’t fray. However, I usually do finish them on serger because I like how it looks. Jersey knits are hit or miss – they can turn out nice if the fabric is good quality but if it’s not, it just doesn’t look great.

  25. Maeve November 7, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    Any of those garments would be great but I would run out and buy the hoodie and jeans straight away! I would probably start with the knit dress too.

    Maeve

  26. Ruth November 7, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    I’d love a knit dress pattern, and a hoodie pattern would be great. Dresses with sleeves for autumn/winter would be good too. I’m sure whatever you come up with will be great!

  27. Jess November 7, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    A raglan tee that is not tight or overly fitted … More like a slouchy tee …

  28. Jess November 7, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    And also, a bolero, just something to throw over a sleeveless dress on summer days …
    Short sleeves tiny bolero …

  29. Norma November 7, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    from two opposite ends of the fashion spectrum but hoodies and blazers!

  30. Phoebe November 7, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    I love all of your ideas, but I would especially love to see jeans and a hoodie/sweatshirt pattern. I’ve thought about trying to narrow the width of the Thurlow trouser legs, because they fit me so perfectly and yet the wide leg just isn’t my style (not conducive to biking without ugly leg straps or rolling up), but I’m kind of chicken. Actually, they don’t have to be jeans, i.e., denim. I live in corduroys all winter and love colorful chino-type pants for summer.

    • Sophie-Lee November 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

      It would be easy peasy to narrow the legs, you just need to make sure you change the grain line so they don’t twist around (like a lot of RTW pants do!)

  31. Nadeen November 7, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    My vote is for separates, not dresses!

    I’m probably in the minority, but I love jeans that hug the hip and thigh, nip in at the waist, and fall straight to the floor. I want to show my shape but not share every contour. Perhaps you could develop patterns for multiple leg styles: skinny, boot/flare, and wide?

    I want more knitwear patterns. The Renfrew is a staple, but cardigan, raglan, and hoodie/sweatshirt variations are most welcome.

    I think you’d do well to make a pencil skirt pattern.

    Good luck! You’ll do great!

    • French Toast Tasha November 7, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      That’s also my exact ideal in fit for pants! I have gotten pretty close, in my own pants copying/altering/making. So I just wanted to say, we probably are the minority, but at least there’s more than one of us . . .

  32. janet November 7, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    I would like to see some little jackets or cardigans to wear over the Cambie and Lonsdale dresses in cooler weather or in an office (with air conditioning in the summer). I am not much of a knitter so don’t see myself knitting up a sweater.

    Perhaps the hoodie pattern could also have a view for a little jacket, jacket or cardigan. I also like all of the other ideas you posted on at the beginning of today’s blog.

  33. Kathy November 7, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    I would love to see a pattern for straight leg or a skinnier sort of jean. There are essentially zero options for pants (beyond your Thurlows) for a pear shaped figure. The mega commercial patterns that offer “curvy” fit options aren’t all that curvy to be honest and not that well drafted. Please oh please make another pants pattern! :)

  34. Alexa November 7, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    I would love some bootcut style jeans and a pencil skirt. I’m finding it really hard at the moment to find tops (apart from the renfew) that aren’t too boxy for my frame so some more tops that have waist definition would be amazing. Thanks so much for including the link to the renfew hacks, I wasn’t aware of this before and am so excited about the number of new things I can do with this pattern now!

  35. Vicki Kate November 7, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    Oh yes please to a pencil skirt!

  36. MrsSmith November 7, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    As a not-quite-a-pear – I’d say a cute, feminine sweatshirt. That seems very elusive in the pattern world.

    I could imagine though, a pear WISHING for a wrap dress or the classic pencil skirt. Things that are hard to find with the pear proportion.

  37. Sabine November 7, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    A knit dress!
    That was going to be my reply even before i noticed it featured in your list of suggestions :-)
    Preferably a dress with a flared skirt (option) and without a horizontal seam between bodice and skirt, as such a seam breaks up the fabric pattern.
    But whatever you come up with is likely to grab my attention anyway :-) Still, thanks for asking and yay for audience participation :-)

  38. Sabine November 7, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    oh, and when you do a jeans pattern, please include a flared leg option, as that is so much flatting on us pear-ladies than skinny’s :-)

  39. Kelly November 7, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Yes to the pencil skirt and jeans! But, what I would really like is a narrow legged trouser. The Thurlow with straight, slim legs. I’m planning on figuring it out, but I’m nervous since it seems like people have had trouble getting the grain right. This isn’t really new pattern territory, more like tutorial or modification instructions. I would totally pay for your expert instructions on how to modify the legs on the Thurlow pattern!

  40. Makesphere November 7, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Personally I would love to see a pencil skirt and jeans as already suggested. Also a button front shirt/blouse as I always struggle with the buttons gaping at the boobs and rising up at the hips where it’s too small. A few different busy sizes for the shirt would be brill.
    A shift dress would be lovely too as they have a few of the same problems as you mentioned for the pencil skirt.
    Thanks for asking Tasia!

  41. Sara November 7, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    I would love to see a knit top, but in a blouse shape. Something like this: https://www.etsy.com/listing/86160860/1970s-floral-retro-blouse-70s-knit
    Or a sailor style top like this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/502010689684511539/ and http://www.pinterest.com/pin/502010689684511541/

    I’m looking forward to your new pattern! The Renfrew is one of my superfavourites!

  42. wendy November 7, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    * Skinny ankle length pants! These can be hard for those of us with bigger hips and small waists.

    * Peacoat or other style winter wool coat

    * Button front shirt – these always pool at the back waist on me, but I love the look :(

    * Collared, button front shirt dress; such a classic style but hard to fit

  43. Sarah November 7, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Definitely a knit dress with different length sleeve options, plus knit tops and cardigans please. Styling wise they should have some waist definition because boxy is no good on pears! I’m a curvy pear rather than a slim pear so I can find it hard to get tops to fit well in the back over a sway back and larger rear! Anything that makes this easier is most welcome.

  44. Cathy November 7, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    I vote for a pencil skirt. I am so sick of trying to alter ready-to-wear ones to fit!

  45. Carol November 7, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    I’m not a pear shape so it’s not the bottoms I’m looking for, but I’d Love a nice hoodie pattern.

  46. Monique November 7, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Swimsuits for me.

  47. Linda November 7, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    I know you could “knock it out of the park” with a swimsuit pattern…the real opportunity for saving wardrobe money would be great, too!

  48. Aleksandra @ Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs November 7, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Ooooh, so glad you asked!

    I’d love:
    1. JEANS! With a skinny-leg option for boots. More pants, please! Yours are the only ones that fit.
    2. Winter coat — I’m obsessed with my Minoru, but it’s not quite warm enough for winter
    3. Sweater/cardigan for knits to wear with jeans

  49. Erin B November 7, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    I would be the first to buy a jeans pattern with different leg options like boot cut or flare. I’m too generous in the calves for skinny jeans. I would also love a pencil skirt. Did you see how I turned the Thurlow into a pencil skirt on my blog? That’s how much I want a sewaholic pencil skirt!

  50. Julie@forestpoppy November 7, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    I would love to be able to make a hoodie! I love the relaxed but still quite smart styling of these two – although they are designed for sport they also have a good shape to them. http://www.howies.co.uk/womens/womens-clothing/sweatshirts/lydstep.html
    http://www.howies.co.uk/womens/womens-clothing/knitwear/crank-hoody-licorice.html
    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Julie

  51. Viviana November 7, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Perhaps, a dress with some visual interest like ruching or pleats on the torso to balance out the full hips. Raglan sleeves on a top is also visually appealing.
    Love your patterns!

  52. Mary Beth November 7, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I like all of your potential ideas, and would rush to buy any one of them. However, my first choice is a swimsuit pattern…maybe with one and two piece options! I’d also love a wrap dress. I can’t wait to see your results. Happy drafting!

  53. Sheryl November 7, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    High waisted jeans with a choice of leg style. A nice blazer and a knit dress are on my pattern wish list. A pencil skirt too with a choice of high waist or not. I think we would all like to say how much we love different options in a pattern. Oh and a nice winter coat with a nipped in waist and lapels (no belt) because I always feel like I’m wearing a dressing gown with that style, made in nice coating fabric….x

  54. Janice November 7, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Definitely an all-purpose knit dress -preferably with a boat neckline like the dresses in your illustration with optional sleeve or sleeveless and slim style – not too full in the skirt… Something that could be made to be either a cocktail dress or a casual everyday slip-on! I would make a ton of them!! And definitely a pencil skirt.
    Thanks!
    Janice

  55. Serena November 7, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    I have been searching for a raglan-sleeved dress and/or shirt pattern, with or without collar. So, a shirt-dress style, one that could also just be a button-up blouse, but that you wouldn’t have to use the collar for if you didn’t want to. Or, just separate blouse and dress patterns. I hate setting in sleeves. HATE it. That’s what I’d want. ;)

  56. Virginia November 7, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    I seem to like the really weird stuff, so I’m thinking of trying to make my own patterns. That doesn’t mean I won’t appreciate (and buy most of) what you come up with. :-)

  57. docksjo November 7, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Some thing like this would be wonderful, love this neckline, and the wrap could be a version as well as a more traditional.
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/371406300490949295/
    And this neck line,
    http://rinosyr.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/somriga-proffsbilder/

  58. Chantal November 7, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    A coat! There are so few indie coat patterns out there and none of the styles really appeal to me, but there’s no way I’m going to wrestle with a big four pattern, so that’s my top vote. Something fitted and feminine with a hood. Or a winter cape – that would be awesome too!

    I’ve been looking for a hoodie pattern exactly how you described it – feminine and flattering, not too sporty – so I would love that!

    And casual dresses like Cindy described above. Something comfy for everyday since I never wear pants, but I don’t want to look dressed up all the time.

    Oh, and I’m not even pear-shaped, but your patterns fit me the best (it’s so much easier to grade between 4 sizes than lengthen above the bust) so I like silhouettes that can work for non-pear shapes as well, such as the option to leave off shoulder-emphasizing details.

  59. Nothy November 7, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    I like all the suggestions in your collage but I would prefer things I can wear to work and out on the town. I get so few sewing hours these days that the hours I do get, I need to spend sewing things I can wear day-to-day. A jeans pattern, a dress pattern and some more tops would be great.

  60. cathy November 7, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    jeans! that is a territory where i want as much hand holding as possible, and i love your instructions and your sewalongs!

  61. MarrieB November 7, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I’d love to see a cardigan pattern. I’d really like to be able to sew my own fine gauge sweaters, since I wear them all the time.

  62. Jana November 7, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    A hoodie would be fun, but what would be even more awesome would be a hoodie with an optional hood so that you could make a cardigan from the pattern as well. I basically live in cardigans (with and without hoods) and it would be awesome to be able to make my own! (No, I don’t knit. Knitting messes up my arms, sadly.)
    I am so, so proud of my Minoru, so a winter coat would also be great. I agree with Sheryl’s “no belt”. Just a sleek, classic coat with no frills, possibly with the option of an asymmetrical button or zip closure.
    I don’t need any more “dress-up” patterns. More everyday basics, please!

  63. Olga November 7, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    I am a pear shape with a very small bust, and I would love to be able to wear knit tops but I always avoid them because they can’t mask my lack of bust. I’ve lately discovered the cowl tops, and I love them, but I think I have enough of them right now, and I would love a variation. I dream about a pattern for a knit top or dress that has a detail in front to mask the lack of a bust, a detail that is not a cowl. Could there be such a thing?

  64. Elizabeth November 7, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    I am looking for a skirt pattern where the top of it would be a fitted yoke construction. Any fullness of the skirt would then fall from the end of the yoke. This would be more flattering to my figure as I try to avoid fullness too close to the waist area.

    I would also like a wrap skirt pattern.

  65. Lynn November 7, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    A classic sheath dress with darts and no waist seam. Also, a classic sheath with a flaired skirt. Could be such chic work pieces or dressy garments or classic day dresses depending on the fabric. While I am not a pear myself, I see other bloggers struggling to get this type of dress to fit their pear shaped bodies. It seems unfair that if they are not experts at fitting that this classic dress is so difficult to make.

  66. Nikki November 7, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Another vote here for a coat. I tend to wear three quarter length or longer, and love coats that fit the top half and then flare out at the bottom. I’m not good enough at modifying patterns to be sure it would fit from a normal pattern.

    • FabricKate November 8, 2013 at 1:49 am #

      I agree with the coat pattern – nicely fitted across the torso but with a flared skirt. Also as I have a long back as well as being pear shaped I would appreciate a nicely fitted jacket with a peplum to go with the pencil skirt you are going to do!

  67. Sandy November 7, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Hi,
    I would love to see a skort pattern that has a longer length. The tennis skorts that are out there in the stores are just too short for a woman my age. I winter in the south and like to wear shorts, but need something a little more modest. A skort would fit the bill.

  68. Jo November 7, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Yay!!! I’ve want to ask (beg?) you for a pattern for a long time but didn’t want to be presumptuous (who am I to offer pattern suggestions?….. But since you ask … :)
    Please do a cardigan/ blazer pattern. I have a short neck and I hate shoulder pads but I do have to wear a jacket to work. The cardi/ blazer is such an awesome substitute because it can work for the office and the weekend, in sweater knit or a nice sturdy double knit. A nice easy shawl collar would be much preferred than a classic collar. Ideally something that could be “whipped up” with rtw finishing techniques fairly quickly but look classic and expensive based on the material chosen. Please. Please. Please :)

  69. Marguerite November 7, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Great ideas here! I’m thinking that a pencil skirt would be great for the pears due to most other patterns being rather straight in the hip area. But a real thrill would be to see a winter coat pattern. Something like the 60s styles that fit above the waist but flare out to an A Line skirt. Very Audrey! For a knit dress, an elasticized waist with neck, sleeve and belt options would be a winner. I have a 30 year old Palmer Pletsch pattern for a knit dress with raglan sleeves and a banded V neck. It looks as stylish now as it did then.

    Olga was looking for something besides a cowl for a small bust detail. I saw a cute roll collar that came down to a V mid chest on an old 60s pattern (roll was straight across, the front of the collar was shaped in a V ). The V had a tassel hanging on it. Another idea is the crossover shawl collar. You see these on sweaters. Would be a good detail on a top or dress.

  70. Rachel November 7, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    So many things…..I anxiously look out for sewaholic patters. Knit dress(long sleeved), knit shirt, pencil skirt, classic blazer, and jeans (preferably skinnies) or leggings. I looooooove a tunic and skinnies or leggings, they work so well for my busy stay at home mom life and still look like I cared enough to put something on.

  71. Jaime November 7, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Oooh, I’d love a pencil skirt for my big hips and tiny waist. That would be awesome!

  72. Jo Brody November 7, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    I would LOVE a knit dress , and I agree with the previous comments on not a baby doll style ! Also a fitted cardigan would be perfect , jeans are scary but could be interesting ! I’m in Australia but don’t mind a bit of upside down sewing ( opposite seasons ) ❤

  73. kristin November 7, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Another vote for a comfy cardigan (shawl collar or plain??) and straight leg or skinny jeans!

  74. S Atkin November 7, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    I would love to see a cardigan that would look good over dresses. Something with a higher neckline so it is versatile – I NEVER seem to have the right cardi. I also love the idea of a knit dress – I currently have plans for making one with your renfrew pattern. Please no drop waist though! If it were along similar lines to McCalls 6559 it could be very versatile – you could make anything from a sleeveless summer beach dress to a warm long-sleeved dress to go over leggings or jeans in the winter. Can’t wait for more of your patterns :) I’m so pleased that they go down to a UK 4.

  75. Cadi November 7, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    I’m always after a great knit dress, I really like theshape on the long sleeve with full skirts you have up above on your inspiration board!

  76. Kaelyn November 7, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    I would for sure buy a pattern for a hoodie! It’s such a basic piece, but there aren’t really any good patterns out there for one!

  77. Angelique November 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    I would love to see a hoodie pattern. I’ve been looking for the perfect one but haven’t found it yet. I’m thinking about modifying a cardigan pattern and making something up as I go along, but I’m not so good with knits. A pattern would be much better :)

  78. Kelly November 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    Yes to pencil skirt! I’d also love to see a pleated skirt pattern with a super wide curved waistband in the back. I have a similar problem with these as I have with pencil skirts. They aren’t generally made to accommodate that waist to hip ratio and even worse the back ends up super short compared to the front.

  79. Jo November 7, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    I think I’m in a minority here, and not just because I’m not a pear shape – but I love your designs anyway and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a sweatshirt/hoodie pattern! I am on a seemingly endless, and apparently endlessly futile quest to find a good one, and I bet you’d do it fantastically well! If the fit on the Renfrew is anything to go by, the non-pears among us would be snapping it up too!

  80. Gillian November 7, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Something I would love to see for pear-shaped figures, would be patterns for workout clothes; leggings, and exercise tops, primarily. I know there are patterns around, but they still require alterations, and given the propensity of knit fabrics to gravitate to the point of least resistance (stretch), I always end up with tops that ride up, and pants that ride down in back – usually halfway through a class!

    • Sarah AJ November 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      Oh yes! I have a terrible time with running tights and capris being too big in the waist if there’s enough room in the thighs and calves. I hate having to yank my pants back up every block or two.

    • Meigan November 11, 2013 at 6:50 am #

      Great idea! My running pants ride down in back too. The waist always needs to be smaller and the center back seam needs to be longer and higher!

  81. Linda November 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    A wide leg trousers that fits it the waist and the hips!!! Holy Grail of work wear ;)

  82. Tegan November 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    The jersey dress idea sounds perfect! The fast approach of winter in Van has me craving soft jersey things and leggings in my wardrobe. With various collar and detail options and I would be making several.

    If I can get greedy and pitch a few more pattern desires… leggings with a yoga pant style waist band. No elastic that digs into me when I sit down. And cardigan as mentioned above would be so cute.

  83. French Toast Tasha November 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    All these ideas seem like good directions to go in!

    My favorite is the cardigan/hoodie, one with an interesting/feminine cut would be great. I have been experimenting with sewing sweater layers myself this fall, and I’d love to see what designs you would come up with.

  84. Rachel M November 7, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    1. A cardigan that would go over dresses like the Cambie or Lonsdale
    2. Long sleeved dresses
    3. An evening gown, special occasion dress
    4. Leggings (with foot option)
    5. Pencil Skirt

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity give suggestions:) Can’t wait to see what you dream up!

  85. Tiffany November 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    I like more knit tops and maybe some sort of sporty hoodie or cardigan. I would vote for the jeans pattern, but I went ahead and made my own a few weeks ago. I would also love a button blouse.

  86. Lisa McMahan November 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    I would love to see a pencil skit for the pear shaped. That would be fantastic.

    Thanks for asking.

  87. Austragirl November 7, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    I love that you design for pear shaped women. You are exactly my shape when I was 20. Sadly this is quite some time ago, and I no longer have the tiny waist.

    A stylish dress with no waist would widen your market considerably. I love the 1960s sensibility …. Princess line sheath dress. Design it for a stable knit and you’ve killed a couple of birds with one stone. As I said, Personally I vote for no waist in this style dress, but a high waist can be ok. Please please no dropped waists.

    To go with this and your other dresses – a cardigan style zip front jacket. I like shoulder yokes on pear shaped women. I have a RTW ponte jacket which has a contrast panel running two inches each side along the shoulder line. Though not necessarily easy to fit since many of us pears have sloping shoulders.

  88. Winnie November 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    I am really keen to sew a jumpsuit. No one else seems to have requested on so it may be unlikely, but Tasia, I know you would design the perfect one!!!

    • FabricKate November 8, 2013 at 1:54 am #

      Yes I think this is a great idea especially as they can look very flattering on a pear. Maybe long sleeves and tuxedo collar, button front, a nice slim belt, comfortable around the hips, and narrow into the anckle.

  89. Danielle D. November 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    It looks like you got allot of great ideas! I would love a HOODIE with side zip or front? BIG pocket in front! Cardigan for SHO~ you gotta get this going girl…

  90. Sarah November 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    I’d love a knit dress! I really like the ones you have in the collage.

    Apart from that, it would be great to have a go at making a pair of jeans – and a pattern by you would make me feel like I could do it!

  91. Jessica November 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    So many great suggestions! I’d like to second the shout out for skinny pants pattern (personal request – although, haha, I’m not a pear, so …)

    And, this is a Jessica thing, but a jacket/coat pattern that has a detachable vest liner to increase the temperature swing that it can take ;-). i.e. the perfect travel coat!

    On a slightly different note, I notice that dresses always seem really popular. I’d put in my vote for one that is 1) knit, 2) autumn/winter appropriate, and 3) could go workwear-formal or casual. In general, I’m drawn to the patterns that walk that #3 line … like Cambie, Thurlow and Renfrew all do :-) … and don’t see enough of them out there from indie pattern designers!

    Another much-needed pattern I don’t see much of: knits cardigans. Seriously! I personally like mine slightly cropped (hit at high hip) to pair with dresses, or else longer (mid-thigh), which works nicely with both casual dresses and pants.

    • Aline November 8, 2013 at 12:56 am #

      Great idea for the detachable vested (is that a word?) coat! That would increase the wearability so much! Here temperatures fall quite fast, so a coat that can cover temperatures from 15°C down to around 0°C would be perfect, as I would be able to wear it for about 3 months, instead of having to switch every month.

      On the opposite end of the spectrum: swimwear! There’s precious few interesting options out there.

  92. Carolyn Roth November 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    What about apple shaped women? My hips are bigger than my waist, but not a whole lot…. What patterns will look good with my type of body?

  93. Emma England November 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    I would want jeans that go all the way up to your natural waist and definitely a pensil skirt

  94. Mary November 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    oh definately a knit dress with long sleeves and a pencil skirt would be fab!!!

  95. Ann November 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    I would really like a pattern for a luxe sweatshirt, such as this: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/380622, or, even better, with raglan sleeves. I’d also like a knit skater style dress pattern.

  96. badg61 November 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Small waist w/full hips? I’m just the opposite You wouldn’t happen to know of a pattern designer who designs for large waists w/narrow hips, would you?

  97. thirtieslady November 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Long-time reader, first-time commenter.

    What I would *love* is a pattern for a dress with a relatively fitted bodice and an A-line skirt, maybe with slightly flared gores for maximum flattery. It’s the kind of thing I long to find in RTW, in a size that fits both bust and hips! Something that could be worn to work, or dressed up with a fun print for casual wear. Waistline seam, but not high-waisted. An option for different necklines (Shallow V or scoop) and sleeve lengths (short, 3/4, long) would be a plus.

    I know it sounds simple, and the Big 3 have some patterns that fit the bill, but they aren’t designed for pears. I feel like there are plenty of dresses available for the pear-shaped body in two silhouettes: the babydoll/high waist/dirndl/circle/full-skirted silhouette – or the very fitted, tapered-at-the-knee pencil silhouette. As a curvy pear, the latter is too body-con, and the former is too full and girly to be work-appropriate. Basically, I want a sheath type dress that I can dress up – or not – with details, but just A-line enough to make me not feel like I’m wearing a wiggle dress.

    Preferably woven, but a design for a stable knit could be okay, too – it’s just harder to find good knits that are comparable to similarly priced wovens.

  98. Tasia November 7, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    So many responses! Thanks everyone for all of your great suggestions. You’ve given me a lot to think about! Some similar themes in your requests and some great ideas I hadn’t considered. Thank you!

    I am so sorry but I accidentally deleted a comment from Kelly that was in the spam folder. Kelly if you see this, my apologies! Nothing wrong with what you wrote but somehow it slipped into the spam folder and I pressed the wrong button. :(

  99. Denise November 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    I’d love to see patterns for a knit raglan tee (like a baseball t-shirt) and knit cardigans.

  100. sallyann November 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    What a response to your inquiry! I’m in agreement about a cardi/jacket but not just for knits. And would love to see a fitted waist aline dress with long sleeves for the winter months that could also be made sleeves when you want to wear a light cardigan in the spring. A somewhat higher neck might be better for those nippy days and nights. Thanks for letting us be so presumptuous.

    • Sewer November 11, 2013 at 10:30 am #

      Tasia asked. How is it presumptuous to give her specific feedback? This is free market research. :-)

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