A Day in the Life

Want to know what I do all day? Check out Tilly’s blog, Tilly and the Buttons! She wanted to know what it’s like to be me for a day – so I told her!

I’m honored to be the first person featured in her new ‘A Day in the Life’ series.

Here’s a bit from Tilly on what the series is about:

Ever wondered what it’s like to be able to think about sewing all the time? To actually make money from it? Well, readers, I have an exciting new feature for you which I’m hoping to develop into a monthly series. A Day in the Life lets us have a nosey into the daily routine of the people who have made a full time career out of their love of sewing. The series takes us behind the scenes of small stitchy businesses, gives us an insight into what it’s like to make a living thinking about sewing,¬†and answers the burning question of what successful stitchers have for breakfast.

Want to know what I eat for breakfast? Go check it out! I’m looking forward to watching this series develop. Be sure to leave a comment if you like the idea and want to see more Days in the Life!

Thanks, Tilly, for including me in what’s sure to be an awesome monthly feature!

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9 Responses to A Day in the Life

  1. Sewingdina May 3, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    I love the interview – you are so lucky. I’m curious about which part of your business you enjoy the most and how much of your time is spent on that? I’m guessing that if you expand you will employ someone to do the admin tasks so that you can devote more time to the creative process.

  2. Tasia May 3, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    @Sewingdina: Thanks and I’m glad you liked the interview! The part I like best is creating and sewing and seeing ideas come to life. I love dreaming up new designs, planning how all of the bits will come together, and tweaking them to get the look just how I want it. I love sewing – of course! And I also like planning – what will this look like in six months? A year? What do I want it to turn into someday? I probably spend less than half my time on that part, and the other half on all the admin tasks, communication, troubleshooting, etc.
    So you’re right, the natural step is to offload the administrative parts so I can focus on the parts I like and the parts I always want to do myself. One day I’ll get to that stage! Being in the office here really helps, as the office team takes care of the day-to-day things like fixing printer jams, sorting mail, etc. So I’m halfway there!

  3. Becky May 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    I enjoyed reading the interview–thanks for the heads-up, since I didn’t know about that blog and would have missed it otherwise!

    p.s. I’m finally giving my Pendrell blouse its public debut today! It’s been kind of a coldish spring overall, and so I needed to wait until I wouldn’t freeze in it!

  4. Sarah May 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    Yay! So cool!!!

  5. Ivee May 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Hi Tasia!

    I have a rectangle shaped body with a small waist to hip ratio. I sewed up your Pendrell blouse in a silk charmeuse and I LOVE the way it looks on me! The extra details on the sleeves help to bring the attention upward broadening the shoulders and the princess seams help skim over my waist and create the illusion of curves. You may have created this top for the pear-shaped woman, but it looks great on the rectangle body type. I have plans to make many more in different variations and fabrics. Great job on this wonderful pattern! I look forward to your future pattern creations.

  6. Tasia May 4, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    @Becky: Yay for the Pendrell debut! I know, I wish it would warm up here too. Today’s nice and sunny though! Tilly’s blog is great, would you believe she’s only been sewing for a year and a half?

  7. Tasia May 4, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    @Ivee: Hi Ivee! That is fantastic news to hear. I’m SO glad you love how your Pendrell looks on you! Princess seams are universally flattering, you’re right. Thrilled to hear and hope you like the new pattern designs when they come out, too!

  8. Michelle May 8, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Hi Tasia,
    I’ve been enjoying reading about you starting your own sewing business – congrats on its success! I have a question – I’ve been sewing for about 20 years and I want to ‘take it up a notch’ and learn to make a pattern but don’t know where to start. Do you start with flat pattern making or draping – or do you use a computer program? I’m a techie so the idea of using pattern making software is intriguing.

  9. Tasia May 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    @Michelle: Hi Michelle! I’d recommend starting with flat pattern making, it gives you an idea of how to turn flat fabric (or flat paper) into three-dimensional forms. Even if you get into a computer program eventually, starting with paper and pencil will give you a good foundation. I learned back in school, from textbooks but I would imagine any book on patternmaking would get you started. It’s like learning anything, once you learn the basics and understand the concepts, you can make just about anything! My experience with pattern making software has all been industry-specific (as in, super expensive and technical) and not designed for sewing as a hobby. Hope this helps!