Another Year Over…

Another year is coming to an end, and before the holidays I wanted to take a moment to look back on everything that’s happened so far! I swear the years are going by faster. Do you remember when you were little, and an hour felt like forever? (An hour until dinner? That was forever.) And while it still sometimes can feel like forever until dinnertime, this sure has been a whirlwind of a year! Last year I wrote a 2010 in Review post to look back on the last year, and I wanted to do something similar this year too.

I made a lot of stuff, although would you believe I finished more knitting projects than sewing projects? (Click here to check out posts tagged with knitting, if you’re interested!) It’s because I can knit purely for fun, I don’t need to blog about it, or take step-by-step photos. I can make a cup of tea, sit in my comfy chair, and knit happily until my hands get tired. Last December, I rambled on about wanting to learn to knit, and I sure did learn! I’m somewhat of an obsessed crafter who likes to be good at things. If you’re going to do something, do it right!

I wish I’d had more time to sew for pleasure this year. It’s amazing how quickly the days fill up and the months fly by! There were so many things I wanted to make, yet not enough time to sew anything that wasn’t related to pattern development. Plus, moving my sewing machines to the office meant that I’d have to bike in to the office if I wanted to sew, or stay late after the workday, and as the days grew shorter it was less enticing to stay late and sew. This next year, I’m going to make an effort to set aside more ‘fun’ sewing time!

Instead of listing everything I’ve made this year, I thought I’d point out one of my favourite sewing projects and my favourite knitting projects! (Click here if you want to look at more finished sewing projects.)

Favourite knitting project I made this year:

My first sweater! I’m proud of this one because I kept on trying until I got it right. Everything about this sweater is right – the fit, the colour, the beautiful quality yarn. I’m definitely going to make this one again in another colour!

Favourite sewing project I made this year:

My Lonsdale dress! I wore this dress so often in the summer. I’m happy with how well it fits, how great it looks on everyone who’s made it, and how simple it is to construct. I’ll be making a few more versions of this dress when summer comes again!

We had some awesome discussions on the blog! It’s fascinating to read about how sewing is different all around the world. Things you forget might be different, like taxes, availability of certain fabrics and supplies, balancing life and sewing.

Some of my favourite discussion posts:

I feel a bit sad that these great discussion posts are going to get buried in the archives. Although, as different groups of readers come and go, we can always revisit these question again later on and see if anything’s changed! (And as we get older.  I feel like a large segment of you are close to my age and similar in lifestyle.)

I attended the Self-Employment program, moved into an office, launched three new patterns, held three sew-alongs! Hard to believe that’s all been in the last year. There are so many little things that I haven’t talked about, like getting Sewaholic.com. (Type it in, it works!) I’ve taken my new business to the next level with an office, an expanding product line, and better pattern testing systems. I’ve gone from two retailers to 16 retailers carrying Sewaholic Patterns and I’d love to grow that number even more in 2012.

I took up cycling as part of my commute to the new office, and I was surprised to find I love it so much! I still bike every day unless I have a mid-day meeting. I’ve biked in rain, in snow, in hail, in weather so hot it required a cold shower as soon as I got home. I’m hooked! Cycling makes me feel great when I get to work, relaxed when I get home. That half-hour ride gives me time to replay the day’s events in my head at the end of the day, and get pumped up about my workday on my morning ride. I love that I can dress for the elements, and get myself around using the power of my own two legs. It’s a liberating feeling! My worst, wettest, coldest bike ride is still more fun than my best car commute. I enjoy cycling way more than driving. And why not find ways to incorporate things you enjoy into the daily routine?

I can’t wait for summer again, looking at this photo and remembering how hot it was that day. That was the day after the riots in Vancouver, but cycling to work wearing a cheerful dress certainly helped lift my spirits!

When I wrote my business plan for the Self-Employment program,we had to include potential business risks. And would you believe, every single one of them happened in the first six months? A postal strike? Sickness? Supplier issues? I didn’t even include the possibility of having my website disappear and that happened too! The thing they don’t tell you in school is that everything goes wrong in business. It’s true! That’s just the nature of being in business. Things go wrong, and you have to find ways to handle them. (And then, prevent them from happening if possible next time around.) Even better if you can handle them with style and grace, although I’ll admit not every disaster was handled calmy and confidently!

This is me in the parking lot of the Point Roberts, USA post office, looking pretty happy about being able to ship orders during the strike!

The hardest part of this year has been not taking things personally. When things go wrong, when you get a negative comment or email, it’s hard not to let it get you down. Any time you put something creative out there, you’re opening yourself up to feedback – some good, some bad. When I feel overwhelmed, like there is so much to do and so little time, I forget how much I’ve accomplished. It’s easy to let one negative thought overshadow a hundred good ones. Or to let the three things left on your to-do list stress you out, forgetting you’ve crossed off ten things already.  Why is it hard to let ourselves celebrate successes? (Why do we make a dress that fits, yet feel compelled to point out its flaws to our co-workers and family?) It’s important to not be too so hard on yourself – or we’ll lose that creative spark, that excitement that motivated us to start something in the first place.

oooh, shiny! I’ve been wearing it for two months now and I still love the ring – and the man!

And I got engaged! I haven’t talked about wedding stuff since the engagement because honestly, it stresses me out. And I’m working on keeping stress out of my life as much as possible. When it comes to weddings, everyone has an opinion on how it’s supposed to go and it’s so easy to get overwhelmed. So we’re not planning, just enjoying being engaged. It will all come together on its own when we’re ready. (I’ll definitely show you the dress, and the shoes, and share a photo or two when it happens!)

I’ll stop here, because if this gets too long no one will read it, and the point is to share my successes and learning experiences with you guys! And to thank you, for reading, for buying patterns, for asking thoughtful questions and for cheering me on along the way. I couldn’t do it without your support.

So thank you all, so much! I truly appreciate being part of this wonderful online sewing community. There’s so much more I want to do in the next year. I’m excited to be able to do something I absolutely love, every single day. Thank you!

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66 Responses to Another Year Over…

  1. Hannah-Beth December 20, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    Thank you for a fantastic and inspiring blog and congratulations on your engagement! I hope to make my own bridesmaid dressed for my own wedding one day! :D

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:05 am #

      Thank you! I helped a friend make bridesmaid dresses once – I believe there were four bridesmaids and a flower girl? And each girl wanted a different style of dress, but using the same fabric. It’s a lot of work but it turned out beautifully! (Stressful, but beautiful.) Give yourself lots of time! :)

  2. sophie December 20, 2011 at 6:27 am #

    congratulations for all these achievements! and thank you so much for sharing with such joyfulness, happy holidays!

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:06 am #

      Thanks! Happy holidays to you, too!

  3. Anne December 20, 2011 at 6:30 am #

    your posts are always a delight, never too long!!! Merry Xmas and best wishes for a happy and successful New Year:)

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:06 am #

      Thanks Anne! Never too long, that’s good to know :) Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s as well!

  4. Staci December 20, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    Tasia it has been an absolute pleasure following you, your blog and your incredible success this year. I picked up sewing in early 2011 and with your help and other bloggers I have learned a great deal. Just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for all that you do and wish you much joy and happiness this holiday season.

    I will most certainly be here for 2012 and look forward to following your continued success!!

    Staci

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:08 am #

      Thank you so much! Now is the perfect time to take up sewing. There are so many amazing (and free!) online resources, brilliant bloggers to be inspired by, and new companies springing up. Good luck with your sewing progress, it only gets better as you learn!

  5. Seraphinalina December 20, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    A great wrap up post. You probably ended up with more knitting projects done because some of the starter projects are small and relatively quick while your sewing projects are getting more involved over time.

    I remember our engagement. We booked the church and reception site fairly quickly to set the date and then I told people to back off. I had a whole summer of events planned prior to my husband proposing, I wanted to enjoy them. The best weddings reflect the bride and groom so don’t be afraid to just go with what feels right to you (although not to the point of being Bridezilla).

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:10 am #

      Good point, I didn’t think of that. I knit the equivalent of an A-line skirt or apron :) Small projects to start, small in size and in complexity!

      Ha, I tell people to back off nicely. “We’re enjoying being engaged” seems to make people stop asking questions. How can you tell someone to stop enjoying their engagement? :) I agree, the best weddings reflect the bride and groom! I’m sure ours will reflect us, for sure!

  6. Debi December 20, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    What a year! Thanks for sharing it with me!!! xoxoxoxo

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:11 am #

      Thanks! And thank you for reading and for being part of it! You’ve had a crazy year too – so many projects!

  7. Tanit-Isis December 20, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    Congratulations on everything you’ve accomplished (and survived!) this year! I think what you’re doing is amazing and brave and I’m so excited for you. I can’t wait to see what Sewaholic comes out with next.

    Perhaps next year you can “buy” some daytime fun-sewing time by promising yourself an hour or two of paper-type work (emails or whatever) at home in the evening. (Assuming you’re not already spending all your evenings working. I hope not. ;) ). Not having enough fun, free sewing time might burn you out in the long run, and we can’t have that. Or you could (shudder) get another machine for at home ;). What, enabler, me?

    Congratulations, Tasia! Here’s to another amazing year ahead.

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:14 am #

      Survived is right, some days! Thanks so much for your encouragement. It’s what makes it all worthwhile!
      I’ve made it hard to work at home as my computer is here, too. So is my sewing machine. And I do end up working a lot as it is! I agree that it’s important to get some fun, free sewing time. I love sewing too much to have it be just a work activity! (And there are so many things I’d like to sew!) I’ll find a way to work it in there, I’m sure of it. :)
      Have a wonderful holiday, a great New Year and thanks for reading!

  8. Erika December 20, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    Thank you for the sum up, it was so much fun to read! It’s inspiring how far your buisness have come in one short year; all credit of course to your hard work and talent! You’ve done so much in one year, I’m quite overwhelmed… =) Looking forward to follow your adventures the next year, I’m sure it will only keep getting better as your patternline becomes more and more established over the world.

    Although I know the reasons the sewing machine got moved to the office, I second Tanit-Isis: would it be an idea to maybe have a secondary sewing machine at home, for the fun projects? It would also be a great way to separate work from personal sewing…

    Thanks for an amazing year!

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:17 am #

      Thank you! It’s easy to forget what’s in the past, and just think about what’s next. I wrote this post as much for my own reflection as I did to share it with you guys! I’m looking forward to a great year next year.
      I may get in trouble with Mr Sewaholic if I start bringing sewing machines back into our apartment.. for sure I won’t be allowed to have anything sewing-related in his office now! Plus, I’d have to get a whole extra set of tools – scissors, pins, etc – or truck it back and forth. But we’ll see – I do want to sew things just for fun every now and then!

  9. arlene December 20, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    What a wonderful year! Congratulations!
    Wishing you all the best for next year, may
    it be a happy and prosperous one!
    Thanks for sharing
    hugs

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:20 am #

      Thanks so much! I hope you have a happy and prosperous year, too!

      I’ve always liked that word, prosperous. It reminds me of Chinese New Year when we’d send and receive greeting cards to our factories (at my old job) – ‘prosperous’ was a popular word to use around that time.

  10. Shelly December 20, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Oh, thank GOD you’re still not planning anything!!! I’m not either, and I was starting to worry that I’m becoming one of those people who puts it off and puts it off, but I’ve only been engaged about a week longer than you. . . whew! It’s okay to just enjoy being engaged for a while, isn’t it? People really are stressing me out. . . I’m so glad that you said something, and I do love your blog, and I love your new bike. . . I’m so jealous of the basket. . .

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:26 am #

      I know! It is so stressful. People can get crazy! And the most unlikely people are the ones that can guilt-trip you or freak you out. Or want to project their wedding dreams onto you, or want you to have the wedding they never had. This is where you get to practice your acting skills, and smile sweetly, when you feel like throwing something. Also, weddings are a day, but marriage is the important part, right?

      So, don’t plan, until you feel like planning! Enjoy the fact that you’re in love and engaged. Ha, I am so not qualified to give wedding or engagement advice, but know that you’re not alone in feeling stressed. (Maybe, throw out the bridal magazines. That might help? I haven’t opened mine since the week I was engaged. They’re full of ‘you must BUY this for the perfect day’ which makes me want to hide.)

      Good luck, don’t let anyone force you into doing ANYTHING you don’t want to do, and remember why you’re having a wedding in the first place – to be with the love of your life!

      Thanks for the awesome compliments on my bike, and my blog! Have a wonderful holiday, relax and enjoy it!

  11. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) December 20, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Tasia, what an exciting year, you accomplished so much. I am thrilled at all your success and look forward to following in the years to come. Happy Holidays, Beth

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:27 am #

      Thank you Beth! Thanks so much for the encouraging words and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season too!

  12. Corinne December 20, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Having followed you from the beginning, I am somewhat overwhelmed when looking back at everything you have accomplished. Best of luck in the future, you are well on your way. Happy New Year.

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:33 am #

      Thanks Corinne! I’m somewhat overwhelmed myself. This time last year, I was filling out my application for the Self-Employment Program and wondering what was going to happen in 2011. If I’d known then what I know now, I’d have been way less afraid!
      Happy New Year to you too, it’s going to be a good one, I know it!

  13. Darci December 20, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    It was a blast to watch you do SO MUCH in 2011. I’m looking forward to seeing what shenanigans you’ll be up to in 2012! Thanks for sharing so much of your creative self with your adoring fans. You’re quite a gal, Tasia. :)

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:36 am #

      Thanks Darci! Thanks for reading along over the last year and more! I love that I can share sewing project, personal stuff, and random ones too and you guys are so encouraging no matter what I write about. Shenanigans is right – lots of big plans, crazy plans and fun plans for the next year!

  14. Tina Boscha December 20, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    This is inspiring me, both in though and to even write a similar post. You have had a full year, and that is wonderful! I remember first reading about you going out on your own and thinking to myself, That sounds soooo satisfying. I’d love to do something like that. The funny thing is, I ended up doing something similar but with writing (I self-published my novel, River in the Sea, after *almost* selling it – to a Canadian press, btw). So I know how fulfilling this endeavor is but also how difficult it is to handle criticism or setbacks. It’s part of the process and learning curve. You are handling everything gracefully and you are building upon your success. Congratulations! I wish you the best for 2012.

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:41 am #

      Wow! Good for you, writing a novel and self-publishing it! I don’t know much about publishing a book but that sounds impressive to me, yay! With anything creative, you’re putting a bit of yourself out there, and it’s scary. For sure. But anything worth doing is a little bit scary, right? Congratulations on writing a book and getting it out into the world! I wish you the best for 2012, too!

  15. Brianna December 20, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    Yes you definitely conquered with learning to knit, your sweater is fabulous! Perhaps 2012 will be my year and I will finally use my romantic knits book! Your favorite dress is always one of my favorites of yours too!

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:43 am #

      Thank you! For knitting, start small, with hats and scarves and little things, and work your way up to harder projects (and bigger projects.) Youtube is awesome – just type in what you’re stuck on – casting on, knit2together, yarnover – and you can watch someone do it! Like anything, the more you do it, the easier it gets. Good luck!

  16. didyoumakethat December 20, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    What a lovely blog post. It’s great for us, as readers, to share your year – your highs and lows and the emotional roundabout. You’ve achieved so much. You should be very, very proud of yourself. And you’re quite right – it has all been handled with style and grace.

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:46 am #

      Thank you! Yes, there’s definitely an emotional roundabout. Some days you think you’re doing wonderfully, and other days you doubt yourself. Some days you’re feeling great, and other days all you want to do is hide from your email box and mounting to-do list. There are highs and lows, for sure! But the highs make it all worth it. Style and grace, that’s what I aspire to! :) Thanks for reading. I love your blog too, especially your sense of humor!

  17. Funnygrrl December 20, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Congrats on another great year! You should be very proud of all your accomplishments. You have always made yourself available to help those of us with questions. It’s amazing how you do it all!
    Thanks for a great wrap-up post. Looking forward to what you have for us in 2012!

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:48 am #

      Thank you! I am pretty pleased with the past year, when I stop and look back. I’m pretty critical of myself and my work, and always think I don’t do enough.. so thanks for your kind words! (I must be doing enough, then!) Thanks for reading and have a wonderful holiday season!

  18. Katy December 20, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Lovely post. An amazing year you’ve had. It’s been a revelation watching you progress. Keep up the good work! I can’t believe you have had negative comments but you’re right not to let them get you down.

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:51 am #

      Thank you! It’s been a pretty rewarding year. I know, I find it hard to believe the negative things people say, but I just tell myself everyone’s entitled to their opinion, and it’s better to have a strong reaction (positive or negative) than to have no reaction at all. Better than being so boring or unremarkable, no one cares either way! :) I just think, the amazing people that I admire get negative feedback too, and they don’t let it stop them from being amazing!

  19. Kate December 20, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Congrats on all the wonderful accomplishments this year.

    And I heartily support your plan to just enjoy being engaged for a while. My husband and I didn’t really do any planning for the first 6 months of our engagement. We just enjoyed the excitement and all the wonderful champagne people brought us!!

    Looking forward to 2012!

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:53 am #

      Thank you! Yup, that’s the plan. Enjoy being engaged and showing off the pretty ring and not worrying about the wedding, just the marriage ahead!
      Looking forward to 2012 as well – I almost wrote 2010, wow! Have a great holiday!

  20. little betty December 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    It’s been great reading your blog and watching your business grow. Have a great Christmas, I look forward to more reading next year. :)

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 10:57 am #

      Thank you! I hope you have a great Christmas, too!

  21. Ali December 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Tasia — It’s been an absolute joy following you this year — so many successes! Wishing you a wonderful holiday and well-deserved rest! x

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 11:03 am #

      Thank you Ali!! It has been a fun and crazy year. Thanks for reading along this year. I hope you have a wonderful holiday as well!

  22. Lucy December 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    What a year for you! I totally agree that time seems to speed up every year – hardly seems fair when there’s so much more you want to get done…

    You’re so right on just letting yourself enjoy being engaged, so many people just rip into wedding planning straightaway and lose sight of the point of the thing. Looks like we’re about to get down and dirty with some planning this year…but hope it’s not for a little while yet because, foolishly, I really want to make my own dress, so I need some time to learn what the heck to do with lace ;-)

    Can’t wait to see what Sewaholic cooks up in 2012!

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 11:10 am #

      Thank you! I know, it’s rather unfair, time speeding up when I have so many exciting things I want to be doing.. Although, that means summer will be here before I know it, and I’ll be back to biking in flats and sundresses, yay!
      Yup, exactly. Wedding planning is no fun, that’s why I’ve never been in a rush to get engaged, because the thought of planning a wedding makes me want to hide! But yay for dresses! Lace, I haven’t done a ton of sewing with lace myself, but I’d recommend reading up on sewing with lace before you start cutting. In Couture Sewing Techniques it talks a bit about lace seams, applique seams and such. Look for Bridal and Couture sewing books to get started!
      I have tons of great plans for 2012, I can’t wait to share them with you guys!

  23. Lucy December 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    I also started off the year doing more sewing and have ended up doing more knitting than anything else! It’s so much easier to pick up and put down.

    Well done with all you’ve achieved this year, you’re a total example of what you can do if you put your mind to it!

    Lucy x

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 11:11 am #

      I agree! Plus, knitting doesn’t make a mess on the floor like sewing does. Thanks so much for the kind thoughts, it’s been a wonderful year! Thanks for reading and following along with my adventures!

  24. Nina December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Tasia,
    I just joined your blog and wanted to let you know that I’m inspired by your ideas and pieces you have created. Blogging is something new to me. I just created a website to share my love of sewing, knitting and creating with others who share the same excitement as I do. I look forward to following along your adventures in 2012.

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 11:20 am #

      Well, hello! Thanks for stopping by! Blogging is such a fun way to keep track of what you’ve made, make notes to yourself, and meet other people who also love to sew!
      Welcome to the online sewing world – I hope you have a great holiday and a fantastic new year in 2012!

  25. Rachel December 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    You really have had a successful and productive year! Congratulations. I know it’s definitely through hard work and not just luck, you have earned it, so well done. I look forward to seeing where 2012 takes you :)

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 11:24 am #

      Thank you! It’s been a lot of hard work, for sure. But I’m lucky to have supportive friends, family, my Mr Sewaholic and you guys!

  26. Mary December 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    So glad that we have reconnected. I love reading your posts, 2012 should be even better. Let me know if I can help you with anything.

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 11:25 am #

      Me too! Thanks for all your help in the summer, I appreciate it! 2012 should be even better, I’m sure of it. Have a great Christmas and new year!

  27. Marishka December 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    This lovely wrap-up post is an example of what keeps us coming back to your delightful blog, Tasia. Congratulations on all these achievements. I look forward to your offerings in 2012!

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      Thank you! Thanks so much for the kind thoughts. I’m glad you liked the wrap-up post, it feels nice to be able to sum up the year and remember how I felt. This time next year, I’ll come back and read it and see how much has changed.
      I’m looking forward to 2012 too! Happy New Year!

  28. Adrienne December 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Oh Tasia, your post made me teary-eyed.

    I like when you write:
    “It‚Äôs easy to let one negative thought overshadow a hundred good ones. … Why do we make a dress that fits, yet feel compelled to point out its flaws to our co-workers and family?”
    Very true. And very easy to forget.

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 11:43 am #

      Oh! I didn’t mean to get emotional about it. I’m touched that you were moved by the post!
      I like the bit that you quoted – it’s so true! It’s easy to dismiss the positive and dwell on the one thing that’s bugging us. Let’s stop doing that and focus on the good parts instead! :)

  29. Claire (aka Seemane) December 21, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    You’ve had a great year Tasia – here’s to even more great things in 2012!
    Wishing you & Mr. S a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year :)
    Best wishes,
    Claire x

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 11:43 am #

      Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and new year, too!

  30. Pauline December 21, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    So many things this year! Congratulations!
    I have to admit that when I see everything you have accomplish, I am amazed and inspired. Yes, Tasia, you are an inspiration to me, someone who has dreams and isn’t affraid to go after them. That’s my plan for next year: follow my dreams like you followed yours and I’ll be happy if I can achieve only half of what you’ve done.
    Thank you, your blog has helped me more than with just sewing technics.
    Best wishes for the holidays.
    Pauline

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 11:45 am #

      Thank you so much! That’s such a lovely thing to say. I’m flattered to be an inspiration to you.
      And if it helps, there are times where I’ve been afraid. For sure! Doing something you love isn’t always easy. Following your dreams is scary! But it can sure be rewarding when things start to take off. Good luck with yours!
      Have a fantastic holiday and thanks for reading!

  31. Deanna December 21, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    I am so grateful to you and your blog. I feel I can really relate to what you do since I am around your age, have similar interests and bike to work. Not only do I love your patterns but the Sewtionary has saved my life on many occasions! You help me to remember to relax and enjoy the process of making clothes. I am very impatient so it’s good to be reminded to do it right to get beautiful results. You have helped me be a better sewer or seamstress or whatever you want to call it.

    Happy Holidays and here’s to 2012!

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 11:56 am #

      Thank you Deanna! I think many of my readers are close to my age and of course we all love to sew! You know, I write things like ‘relax and enjoy sewing!’ because I am also impatient and just want to be done already, a lot of the time. I have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy the process, and if I need a little reminder then probably others do too. :)
      Have a wonderful holiday and new year! I’ll be back with so much more in 2012!

  32. Becky December 22, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Merry Christmas and happy new year, Tasia! I’ve really enjoyed following your blog throughout this last year, and seeing your business grow right before our eyes. Your posts are always inspiring and thought-provoking, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with for 2012! (And knocking a few must-do projects off of my list so I can finally make my Lonsdale!)

  33. Amy December 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    You’ve accomplished a lot this year and it’s been wonderful to see how it’s all grown here. Hope you have an amazing 2012! Learning to grow through and handle self-criticism gracefully is such a hard part of life and business–they’re good growing pains, though!

    Re: sewing in the office… I had a studio in a building I share with other artists and for awhile used it as my sewing space. I made some great things in there and it was good in that I had to intentionally make time for sewing. But I also admit it took some of the spontaneity and warmth out of it, so in the end I moved my sewing stuff back home to make it more personal. I’ve been sewing a lot more as a result. Maybe you can have both–a business machine and a personal machine?

    Best wishes for the new year!

  34. Manda December 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    It looks like you have had an amazing year! I found your blog about half way through the year. I’ve never done any dressmaking but have always wished I could. You inspired me to give it a go when I saw your longsdale dress. I have the pattern and everything I need to make it, now I just need to stop being a wuss and cut the fabric. That is my goal for the new year! So thank you for inspiring me and getting me one step closer to learning to sew clothing!
    Congratulations on all your success and I hope 2012 is just as fabulous if not more so!

  35. AnnabelVita December 29, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    I just found your blog (yesterday!) and I’m in love. I’m not even a hobby sewer yet but I’m getting there. I got engaged around the same time as you… my 2012 resolution is to organise a 2013 wedding without going crazy :) x

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