An Unexpected Amount of Free Sewing Time

I try to keep my blog posts sewing-related – after all, that’s what you come here for! Tips, tutorials and finished sewing projects, my latest fabric purchases, and vintage pattern finds. Answers to sewing questions, projects turned inside-out (literally!) and the occasional giveaway. Lots of sewing goodness!

However, I’ve just been laid off. It came as a complete surprise! One minute I was making things happen at work and a minute later, I was emptying my desk and de-briefing my supervisor. Kind of wild how you can spend almost eight years somewhere and then poof – it’s all over in a matter of minutes.(My first thought was “yay, more sewing time” – like you might have guessed! My second thought was, of course, the panic of reality setting in…)

I’m twenty-eight years old and all my life I’ve worked and worked hard. Even through college I worked two jobs, double-shifting on the weekends so I could pay my tuition and books.

I’ve spent the past seven and a half years working in the apparel industry, starting a month before completing my degree, and then working literally full-time since the day I graduated. I was the third employee at a growing company that took a chance on a fresh-out-of-school fashion graduate and I’m truly grateful for all I have learned so far.

And most of all, I’m excited to see what happens next!

I’m taking this unexpected change as an opportunity to do something new. It’s onwards and upwards, full speed ahead for me and my dreams of Sewaholic Patterns. This is my chance to make it happen. I’ve been trying so hard while working full-time but it’s been such a challenge! Suddenly my schedule is completely free, and I can devote my days to doing something I love.

Even though it’s scary to be unemployed in this economy, I’m going to look at this as a positive thing, not a negative. My friends, my family and my wonderful Mr Sewaholic are all incredibly supportive and are behind me all the way. I have time, I have passion and drive, and I’m hoping it will turn into a great success!

So thank you all for reading and commmenting, for being so wonderfully supportive, and stay tuned for exciting things to come. Wish me luck!

92 Responses to An Unexpected Amount of Free Sewing Time

  1. Katy November 5, 2010 at 6:10 am #

    Anyone who is as hardworking as you are will be able to make your dream work…All you have to do is go for it!

  2. Mandy November 5, 2010 at 6:12 am #

    I wish you the absolute best of luck Tasia! I was in the same position as you about 10 months ago, and instead of panicking I also focused my energy on doing something I love. You always make beautiful garments and if your first pattern is any indication, amazing designs. I know you will land on your feet, and do so stylishly! Can’t wait to find out what comes next for the Sewaholic!

  3. Sue November 5, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    My commiserations to you, but hey, I think they might just have done you a really big favour, without having to make the decision yourself, you have got what you wanted. Try it out, I’m sure you’ll succeed.
    I myself have been self employed in the craft business for 30years almost straight from art college and I wouldn’t change a thing, Its even better for you now we have the internet!

  4. Melissa November 5, 2010 at 6:23 am #

    Being laid off sucks, I went through the same thing just as the job market was crashing. My husband and I just took it as a sign to move back home. Keep a positive attitude (and a day to day schedule) and you will do fine; we are all pulling for you!

  5. Trisha November 5, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    Best of luck in your new adventures. It has to be scary to be laid off, but you are very talented and have great ideas before you!

  6. Jessica November 5, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    I’m sorry to hear about your job – believe me, I know how that feels! I was in a similar situation 2 years ago, and I turned it into a chance to finally follow my dreams – I know you can as well! I know so many people with similar stories, who turned being laid off into an opportunity. And it sounds like you have the proper attitude (though it’s ok to be sad too.) I look forward to seeing where you go!

  7. G November 5, 2010 at 6:38 am #

    I wish you the best of luck and I see you’re already taking it as an opportunity, which is the best you can do. Like they say, Often when a door closes, a window opens…

  8. CGCouture November 5, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    I’m so sorry, but it sounds like you’ll make the best of the situation. :-)

  9. Karin November 5, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    Ouch! You are obviously talented and hardworking. I believe that things really do work out in the end for people like yourself. So hang in there. By the way, your dress looks great.

  10. Gertie November 5, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    Tasia, I so know what you’re going through! I was laid off a couple years ago and I thought it was the worst thing in the world. But then I started my blog with my free time! It’s really amazing what a little time off can do for you.

    I knwo you’ll come out of this better than before. If you need to talk to someone who’s been there, you know where to find me!

    Hugs to you. xo

  11. louise November 5, 2010 at 6:49 am #

    oh wow big changes for you…i gasped so i can only imagine how you reacted, but i love your silver lining approach and wish you the best with sewaholic patterns :)

  12. Clare November 5, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    I’m 100% sure things will work out for the best, Tasia, either in finding more work or building up your own business. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with now that the job isn’t interfering!

  13. TM November 5, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    They all said it, but I’ll say it too, I was laid off nearly five years ago, I cried, and the next day I went snowboarding in the mountains with my brother (Manitoba technically has mountains) and I just felt so much better, and I just knew things were going to be okay. While I didn’t follow my No. 1 passion (fashion, it just doesn’t happen in a small agriculture town), I said it would be really nice if the newspaper was needing a reporter. So I went for it. Here I am nearly five years in, and I’ve had plenty of wonderful experiences. And when I feel it’s time to leave this career, I know I will be even more prepared to take on the future where ever it should lead me. We’ve all seen what you are capable of, (and probably just the tip of the berg too), and all of us who read your sewing adventures (or live perhaps just a bit vicariously through you) will be here to support and encourage you. And like Gertie said, hugs.

  14. Suzie November 5, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    Oh my goodness Tasia – I’m sorry to hear about that. I’m not great at knowing what to say but like everyone else has said so far I’m glad that this situtation can be turned into a fatastic opportunity for you – you can finally devote 110% of your time to launching your own pattern company…and you will be amazing at it for sure!!!!
    Good luck on your new path and I, and all your other followers and fans, will be right beside you every step of the way!

  15. Susan November 5, 2010 at 7:15 am #

    I’m sorry to hear about your job. But wow, I’m excited for you at this opportunity and look forward to your pattern line! Best of luck, I can’t wait to see where you go from here.

  16. Tanit-Isis November 5, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    Wow, just like that? SO crazy. However, more time for sewing (and pattern-design) sounds like a good thing, right?

    Best of luck. Hey, if you come up with any patterns for pear-shaped children, I’ve got one who could use them! (Though she may be the only one on the planet…)

  17. Greta November 5, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    You describe very well the shock of being laid off, everything ending at a minute’s notice. Go, go, go for your dreams–but if you find yourself sad about what happened in the next days or weeks, that’s natural, give yourself time to move through those feelings too. We love you!!

  18. Moeno November 5, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    I’m sorry to hear about your job, but you seem so charming I’m sure you’re going to end up taking this opportunity to be even more fantastic!

  19. sa November 5, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    So sorry for hearing this happen! I am not sure but my brother who live in alberta went through a very similar situation (suddenly one day You’re gone) Not sure if this is the attitude in the country in general but he kept a positive attitude and was hired before his Unemployement ran out.Keep a positive attitude i’m sure you’ll hit on something !

  20. Funnygrrl November 5, 2010 at 7:31 am #

    You do have to focus on the positive. That being said a couple days of crying and icecream are warranted!
    If anything, it’s exciting to see what you’ll come up with. I’m looking forward to your pattern line and everything the future brings!

  21. Elizabeth November 5, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    Sorry to hear about your lay off. But I am really happy that it allows you to follow your dream! I wish you the best of luck as you spend time doing what you love.

  22. Cindy Sue November 5, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    I’m sad for you and happy for you at the same time! Good luck to you! Do keep that positive attitude, and occasionally remember to do things for yourself to renew yourself. Your passion comes through and I find it contagious, how wonderful!

  23. Sewing Princess November 5, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Sometimes things happen for a reason that will make something even greater come out of it. Now you will have some good time for your project. We all know such business endeavors take a lot of time. Good luck!

  24. julia November 5, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Wow, I am shocked you can get layed off from one day to the next after 8 years in the same company. Try doing that in France, ha! Anyway, if your blog and tutorials are any indication of how clear and well written your pattern line will be, count me in as a regular customer!

  25. Corinne November 5, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    Here’s what I have learned through multiple job ups and downs. (I am a medical person so while I never was laid off…(someone is always sick) there are always episodes of change. It stinks, not just the loss of the job, the certainty, the income…it feels like betrayal! I think my Son said it well, …”I worked so hard, did more than required, believed it was good, Then, whoosh, your are gone.” Like you said, he didn’t see it coming. His experience just this week permitted him to move on to another job that he likes. He spent 5 moths exploring multiple options. So using this time to think, plan and re-evaluate is a good thing. Really. All that said, You have a talent and the drive to make things happen. Whether it is by moving forward with your pattern line or another adventure. We are fortunate to have an entire support system at our fingertips. We are all out here rooting for you and using this site to map this new direction is a good thing. We can all relate. And sew. And learn.

  26. Catherine November 5, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    It does hurt to be laid off, even though you know it’s nothing personal, but it can be really freeing too. It can open all sorts of possibilities – even in this economic climate. It’s great that you have such wonderful support around you and great too that you already have stuff ‘cooking’ – your patterns – that you are passionate about. It is a weird feeling being at that kind of crossroads when it hasn’t been through choice, but I am sure there are fantastic things ahead for you and I wish you all the very best. xx

  27. Kristie November 5, 2010 at 7:49 am #

    Oh Tasia, I’m sorry about the lay-off. It’s their loss. Your amazing with you positive attitude, THAT is going to get you far. I’m positive you will be successful in the next chapter of your life. It’s so good that you have a great support system around you and you have all of us :) Enjoy the time you’ll get to focus on your Sewaholic Patterns. Sending ya hugs, and a “you can do it!” high five!

  28. cessie November 5, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    Bummer about the lay-off, sorry to hear!
    But much more than that, I have to chime in with all the others who commend you on your positive attitude and being able to see it as a good thing. Also, any more time you get to spend sewing and blogging is definitely a win for the rest of us, if that’s any consolation!
    Best of luck with your fledgling pattern project, and thanks for being a total inspiration!

  29. Sue November 5, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    Trust me this is a good thing. I am really looking forward to your new pattern line.

  30. lap November 5, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    I can’t wait for you to unleash Sewaholic Patterns on the world! Your attitude on your layoff is terrific, and you know you have untold internet friends/supporters. I know this change will be a positive one for you!

  31. A Sewn Wardrobe November 5, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    I can’t believe you were there for 8 years and then just…. You will be in my thoughts. You have such a great attitude – you will get through this. Take care!

  32. daiyami November 5, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    Well, Congratulations! on a new direction and going fullspeed with Sewaholic Patterns.

  33. Mav November 5, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    I hope it will prove to be a blessing in disguise…I hope you find much success in your pattern line – can’t wait to see it!

  34. K-Line November 5, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    What a shock – and opportunity! Just want you to know I can’t wait to purchase one of your patterns as soon as they are available.

  35. Stacy November 5, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    So sorry to hear you’re going through this, especially since it came as such a surprise. It sounds like you have a great attitude about the situation, though, and I look forward to seeing how you take advantage of this time for your sewing and pattern publishing!

  36. Jessica November 5, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    Ah, others have said it better already, so I’ll just say that you have a strong legion of fans who are supporting you through this (the ups and the downs of it)! Looking back, this could well be the best thing that ever happened to you, but that doesn’t make the process any easier to handle as we go through it. So as others have said, I’m totally excited for you, but if the need to cry or feel sad lingers, embrace that, too – it’s the fastest way to move through it! And on the other end, there are a ton of people just salivating over your upcoming pattern line :-).

  37. Dei November 5, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    Tasia, I’ll chime in with the others. You’re positive spirit is amazing and will serve you well. Hold on, hang in there. You obviously have an excellent work ethic and that will be noticed in future job searches. Embrace this time, enjoy your creative freedom. Though it stings, don’t let this “career transition” undermine your confidence. It’s just a sign of the times. You’re still massively talented and have a lot to offer. :)

  38. Sula November 5, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    Well, we already knew you were a hero. Now you get the chance to be a different kind of hero. Maybe one who sleeps in? :) All the best. I’m a pear (an A? whatever we decided we are) that’s anxious to support your pattern line!

  39. Lizzy November 5, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    So sorry to hear about your job, BUT I always think things happens for one reason, so, the reason is because you will have succes with your patterns!!

    “When a door closes….a window opens”………………use the window now!!!!!!!

  40. cidell November 5, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    I’m betting this is one of those stories that ends with you in Forbes magazine talking about how you made your dreams come true!

  41. Ms.Cleaver November 5, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    I’m sorry to hear about your lay-off, but I know you’ll make the best of this transitional time and turn it into something even better.

    I’m sending hugs and good vibes your way.

  42. Leslie Z November 5, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    Tasia, The same thing happened to me in 2001. I was let go from my high tech job 2 months after I bought a house! I felt strongly that it was an opportunity for me to follow my passion and grow a small business I had been doing on the side. It was scary at first, but it worked out. Not only was I happier than I’d ever been, I was featured on the front page of the business section of the newspaper in a story about the upside of downsizing.

    You are very talented and your excitement for what you do literally jumps off the page. I have no doubt that you will make a success of Sewaholic Patterns and/or whatever it is you decide to do next. I wish you all the best.

  43. Bissy November 5, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    Sorry to hear about the sudden news from work. Best of luck to you in this new phase. I’m positive along with everyone else that you’ll be able to turn this into a golden opportunity!

  44. Sam November 5, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear this! I was laid off a few years back and it ended up being the best thing that could have happened to me. I have no doubt you’ll find loads of success with your pattern line!

  45. Charlotte / l'Atelier November 5, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    Wow ! This is exciting ! I am always telling myself that one day I should try to stop working to sew and sell my own label. But I don’t have the guts to do it, what a shame :(
    Good luck for Sewaholic patterns, of course I will continue to follow your blog !!

  46. Lauren November 5, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    Seize the opportunity!!! How great for you! Looking very forward to your future patterns!

  47. Susan - Knitters Delight November 5, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    Scary and exciting for sure! I know you can do it. This is YOUR time to make your fashion dreams come true. Here’s to Sewaholic Patterns!

  48. Darci November 5, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    Tasia, I’m so sorry that happened to you! I’m glad you’re looking for the upside, tho. (Go Team Pollyanna!! Woot! Woot!)

    The first time you’re laid off (or in my case FIRED), it’s upsetting, scary, relieving, exciting‚Ķ and a whole range of emotions. After it happens two or three (or in my case TEN) times, you realize that it’s not the end of the world, you KNOW how this dance goes and you move forward. In this situation, where you are now, you’re MILES ahead of where I was when it happened to me the first time. Good for you! Keep that positive thing going.

    The future is wide open. Make every day a blessing and know FOR SURE that this is just the beginning of something new that will be great. You’ll see. That whole “closing door, opening window” saying is really true.

    And if you need a pep talk (or a swift kick in the tukkas), you just reach out, girlie. There’s power in this community you’ve created. Know you’re loved. And that having or not having a job won’t change that. :)

  49. Claire (aka Seemane) November 5, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    Gosh, well it’s bad new sfor your former employers – they’re obviously loosing a great person, buy “yay” for you for having such a positive attitude, having such a supportive family & Mr. Sewaholic around you – and who wouldn’t want more “sewing-time” on their hands! :)

    I for one cannot wait to see on your blog what the results of all the extra stitching-hours you now have will bring :) :) :)

  50. Samina November 5, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    Sorry to see that you’ve been laid off. You seem to be a smart & creative person & I have no concerns that you’ll do well at whatever you aim at. Best of luck!

  51. Uta November 5, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Wishing you lots and lots of luck! Maybe this was meant to be? I hope you keep your positive outlook and use all your creative talent to make something wonderful out of this situation.

  52. Selina November 5, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    Good luck Tasia! We all know you’re going to be fine :) Besides, didn’t Colette Patterns start in a similar way? I’m in the Vancouver area if you ever need help with anything, and since I’m going to school I have access to lots of graphic design related feedback when it comes to packaging and the like (I know I’m sure going to utilize it!) if you want. Best of luck again, and (if you haven’t read ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’) …Don’t Panic!

  53. Shannon November 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    Good Luck Tasia! I can’t help but wonder if this was meant to be, so you can focus on your pattern line. Perhaps it’s just the right timing! Regardless, you are a super motivated individual. I too worked full time to put myself through college. With that kind of determination you will be alright! Thanks for your thoughts on my last blouse. I am definitely going to work out the kinks on the Vogue pattern!

  54. SewLindaAnn November 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    I’m going with a classic here, ” Sometimes things that happen are a blessing in disguise.” I hate when people say that actually, but later when I’m less emotional and I’ve made progress with something new I realize that I wouldn’t have done it otherwise. So, let’s get that pattern selling – I know I’m (and a million other blog readers) can’t wait! So many other blogs to advertise on, interviews and such. Go for it!

  55. Wanett November 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Oh, Tasia! I’m sorry. I know how being blindsided by things can make them so much worse! I’m glad that you have such a positive outlook on things, and that you shared you news with us all so we could offer our support. Good luck with your pattern designing plans!

  56. S√∏lvi November 5, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    OH, I´m so sorry that you got laid off, but I wish you the best of luck with your future. This might be (as you and others have mentioned) the perfect in time to focus on your pattern line. Good luck and many warm thoughts goes in your direction! :-)

  57. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) November 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    Hey it happened to me in 2009, and now I couldn’t be happier. Things will work out for the best. My suggestion for the short term, consider it Funemployment – take a week or so to enjoy doing nothing, reading a few good books, cooking or whatever relaxes you.
    With what I see on your fantastic blog you are a natural marketer so I am looking forward to the patterns. Good Luck in whatever endeavor you pursue.

  58. Arya November 5, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    Wow! That ends up being a blessing in disguise, doesn’t it? I’m so glad that you have a positive perspective on the situation, as that will help guide it toward even more positive outcomes. Best of luck at this time of transition!

  59. ruby slippers November 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    I’m sorry to hear your news, but at the same time things often happen for a reason. This is your time to make things happen, and get those patterns out, I cant wait and wish you all the best!

    Ruby Slippers

  60. vicki November 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    Seems like it was meant to be. Good luck with your endeavours!

  61. Sherry November 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    So sorry to hear this news!
    But with a positive attitude like yours, I just know you are going to turn this disadvantage into a big advantage!
    All the best of wishes from my side of the world :)

  62. Misty November 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    Wow, what a shock! I’m so happy to hear that you are taking this as an opportunity to do what YOU want to do. Sometimes you just need a little kick out of the nest to start flying on your own. Best of luck! I can’t wait to see what you make happen!

  63. Lizzytish November 5, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    Tasia, I’m so sorry to hear that you were laid off today. I feel for you, even though I’m way across Canada in Ontario! I only know you through your wonderful blog, but I know in my heart that you will survive and thrive. You are young, you have a strong support group, you are very talented and you are an uber hard worker. This combination plus the time to focus on your goals will make your dreams come true. I wish you ongoing success. P.S. can’t wait for your patterns to be published!

  64. LDerriso November 5, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    Good Luck! Wonderful things are about to happen for you. Everything happens for a reason.

  65. Tilly November 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    Good for you, Tasia, it’s a great opportunity to focus on doing exactly what you love. You’re very good at what you love, too! x

  66. Molly November 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    I’m sorry to hear that! Good luck with whatever’s next, especially your patterns! Now you’ll have time to draft some awesome patterns!

  67. The Cupcake Goddess November 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    Tasia you are such an inspiration and so positive! You have mighty dreams and I can’t imagine that nothing but good can come from them. Not to mention, it does help that you have all the know how of how to run a business venture like this. You’re a regular pro! Your patterns will be such a hit. I can’t wait to get my hands on the first one.

    I’m envious of you because now you do get to focus your attention on the thing you most want to do. It might be frightening but what risk isn’t? You’ll do just great! I’m very excited for the amazing things to come!

  68. Angela November 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    Good luck, Tesia!! I know you’ll be great and it’s so awesome that you get to follow your dream! Can’t wait to see what amazing things lay ahead of you!

  69. Rachel November 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    I think it is wonderful you’ll be pursuing your pattern line — we need more ’boutique’ patterns – look at how well-loved Colette Patterns are. I think you have a great style that will come through in your patterns and make them wildly successful. Good luck!!

  70. PetitePear November 5, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    I’m sorry that you got laid off. I’m wishing you the best of luck. You have such a positive attitude.

  71. Cassandra November 5, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    That’s awful – and after such a long time with the same company, too.

    I quit my job to re-evaluate my career right *before* the financial crisis hit and unemployment skyrocketed. 3 years later I’ve decided I want to pursue a career in fashion… but I’m really struggling to find that first position.

    Good luck and make the best of “free” time. It’s funny how timing works out – especially when it’s out of your hands. Fate?

  72. Tasia November 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    Thank you all for the overwhelming support and encouragement! I never expected so many thoughtful comments, but am so happy to read every one of your comments. You guys collectively cheered me up, cheered me on, and reminded me I’m not the only one who’s ever been laid off or let go! You made me believe that this is meant to be, this is a blessing in disguise, and it’s the push I needed to do something I love.
    So thank you so much, it’s unbelivable how supportive the online sewing community is! I’m excited to share my adventures with you wherever they take me.
    Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

  73. Mary November 5, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    Sorry to hear about the job, but I’m glad to hear you have good support and high hopes! Can’t wait to see all the patterns you release! Things will work out and the process will be so much better because you are looking forward.

  74. Liz November 5, 2010 at 11:24 pm #

    Hello! I read your blog all the time :-) I can’t wait for your patterns to come out!!! I love your style and also have the SAME exact body shape as you… so… GOOD LUCK!! keep positive!! I truly believe you can be successful with patternmaking.

  75. Faye Lewis November 6, 2010 at 1:04 am #

    So sorry to here this about your job. But congrats on a chance to put wings on your dream. I can’t wait to see those patterns, I’m already signed up to receive all info on them

  76. Amy November 6, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    It has to be said, whilst I’m really sad for you losing your job, I’m super excited that we’ll now get to see your new patterns even faster! If this wonderful blog and your clear talents are anything to go by, you’ll be far more successful as your own boss than working for somebody else :-)

  77. Jane November 6, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    I’m sorry to hear you have been laid off, but delighted to see you so positive about the adventure to come. I can’t wait to see your new patterns and designs, which I am sure will be a great success. Good luck Tasia,

  78. Sabrina Clementine November 6, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Sorry to hear about the lay-off! I was laid off myself….back at the end of JANUARY! I’m still looking for a new job. (I worked in construction…)
    Anyway, the way I see it, if it wasn’t for getting laid off I’d probably still be thinking to myself “If only I knew how to sew.” It wasn’t until I found myself with free time that I figured heck, it’s time to get myself a sewing machine and start TEACHING MYSELF. I’m loving it, and I’m glad that your blog was one of the first I discovered that has served as a guide for me as I keep learning. We’ve all been anxiously awaiting your pattern line, and I’m positive this is just a push you needed in order to change your life. Good luck!!

  79. Petite Josette November 6, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    Hey Tasia
    I’m sorry to hear about you losing your job, after 8 years is has to be quite chocking. But from what you’re saying, this could actually be a great opportunity: to take a step back and take the time to think about what you really want, take the time to concentrate on your passion. And with that new experience you’re starting, plus the 8 years experience of work you have, when you start looking for a new job you’ll be all the more stronger and confident and aware of your capabilities.
    Right now it probaly seems 95% exciting and 120% scary :P but it’s probably the best time something like this could happen (if there is ever a good time for it)…
    Good Luck !!!

  80. Brumby November 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Oh Tasia -I have tears welling up. You have my full sympathies, as you may recall I was made redundant in late 2009, so know exactly how you are feeling. However you have the very best attitude towards it that you can, a positive one, and that will get you through every the darkest “what the heck am I doing?” moment as you pursue your dream of Sewaholic Patterns. As will the love and support of family and friends. On a practical level, that you still have one income earner in the family is a huge bonus, even though funds will be stretched, at least you have some funds coming in. I am single, and live alone, so it was all down to me to run a household, and a business, and that was draining. You will learn so much, and be even stronger. I wish you the absolute best of luck, I have complete faith that you will create and be offered many new and exciting opportunities.

  81. Maureen November 6, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    Hi Tasia,
    This situation has happened to both me and my husband (twice for him). Thankfully, not at the same time. After the initial shock wore off we truly did find that a whole new world opened up for us. We did things we never thought we had time for, we pursued other avenues. My grandmother told me that the universe can’t bring me new experiences if my life is already full – it needs to empty a bit to allow new experiences to enter. She was right! (as grandmothers often are). I’m sure that the same will happen for you. Good luck with whatever exciting things come your way! (and if your way brings you to Ontario, let your Eastern fans know!!)

  82. Alessa November 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    I cross my fingers for you! Self-employment is a challenge but I think it can be very rewarding, so do what your dreamed of!

  83. Fay V November 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Hi Tasia,
    I’m so sorry to hear your news – I am going through the exact same thing! My company want me to continue until mid December so I have a little adjustment time but I wanted to say that I really feel for you. I love, love, love the fact that you will do you patterns as a business – I promise to buy them : ) The idea is great and if you could back the patterns up with a few sew alongs on the blog, that would be wonderful. Could you combine the patterns with some tutorials/ lessons online too? Your instructions are very clear and I often look at your blog when I’m stuck with something. I know the Sense and Sensibility lady sells lessons alongside her patterns and I think that might be something that would add to the overall pattern – perhaps even do a beginner set of patterns which include and cover off key skills and then move up to intermediate with other new skills.. I’m rambling! Sorry! Just wanted to say all the very best – I know how you feel and am sending you lots of good luck vibes from the UK. I too am going to do something sewing wise (probably lovely, unique items for kids rooms) & I simply cannot wait. There are moments when I think ‘what am I doing?’ but I think it’s best to keep going anyway.
    Thinking of you, F x

  84. Gail November 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    One door shuts, another opens.

  85. Bia November 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    I wish you luck :)
    God closes windows to open doors…

  86. quietandsmalladventures November 7, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

    oh dear, here’s to hoping the silver lining comes soon! i’m certain everything will work out beautifully and i love how positive you are about this :)

  87. Kristen November 8, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    I am so sorry to hear about that, but I am so inspired by how you are taking it! I am terrified of what lies beyond graduation, as the job market is so sketchy out there, and there is barely even any room for me for work-study positions (no room for free labour?!?!). I know things will work out wonderfully for you as you are so determined and such a hard worker. I am very excited to see how your pattern business booms, and you can count on my to be a customer! Best of luck to you!

  88. eilane November 8, 2010 at 2:43 am #

    Olá Tasia, mesmo que vivamos em paises e economias diferentes a sabedoria dos anciães é a mesma e por aqui eles sempre dizem que: ha males que vem para bem.
    Te desejo toda a sorte do mundo e te visitarei todos os dias para ver as novidades.


    Eilane – Brasil
    Hello Tasia, even though we live in different countries and economies wisdom of the elders is the same around here and they always say: there are evils that come as well.
    I wish you all the luck and will visit every day to see what’s new.


    Eilane – Brazil

  89. eilane November 8, 2010 at 2:50 am #

    Olá Tasia, mesmo que vivamos em paises e economias diferentes a sabedoria dos anciães é a mesma e por aqui eles sempre dizem que: ha males que vem para bem.
    Te desejo toda a sorte do mundo e te visitarei todos os dias para ver as novidades.


    Eilane – Brasil

    Hello Tasia, even though we live in different countries and economies wisdom of the elders is the same around here and they always say: there are evils that come as well.
    I wish you all the luck and will visit every day to see what’s new.


    Eilane – Brazil

  90. Evie November 8, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    I wish you all the luck in the world with your venture. I do believe everything happens for a reason (I living testament to it!) so perhaps God or the universe is giving you a nudge.

  91. amber November 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    Oh Tasia, I’m so sorry to hear that. :( I think it’s great though that you’re taking it all in stride and looking on the brightside. I have a feeling that Sewaholic Patterns is going to take off and this might be just what was needed to really get it going full board. Much love and luck to you over this next year. {{hugs}}


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