If you've not seen Sewaholic before, it's an independent label designed by a delightful Canadian called Tasia. You can check out her blog and smiling face here. Tasia started Sewaholic with the 'pear-shaped' woman in mind but her patterns have appeal to many shapes and sizes.
Each pattern is multi-sized from US 0 - 16 (from bust 30, waist 24, hip 36 inches to bust 41, waist 35, hip 47). The unusual pattern names come from street and place names in Vancouver, where Tasia lives.
Sewaholic Patterns have a great following worldwide and Tasia's instructions are known for their detail and helpful diagrams. She also shares a lot of sewing knowledge and useful tips on her blog.
A couple of patterns we'd like to highlight are the brand new Saltspring Dress, and the enduring favourite Renfrew knit top.
The Saltspring is just in time for our spring and summer and looks about as breezy, comfy and cute as a summer dress could possibly be. A clever construction detail is that the bodice lining is shorter than the outer layer, so that the outer always 'blouses out' over the waist just the right amount.
The Renfrew top is described thus: "This is the knit top pattern for people who dislike sewing with knits. Instead of standard machine-stitched hems, the sleeve and body hems are finished with bands. These banded hems are easy to sew and finish the edge in a professional-looking way."
This could be the pattern to get you hooked on sewing with knits! There are so very many versions of this top around the internet, a quick Google search should provide plenty of inspiration. And it seems once you've made one Renfrew, you'll probably make another, and another, and another. It's one of those great wardrobe basics.
Inspired? Drop into The Drapery and see the Sewaholic patterns in person!
- Fiona & Jane xx