Behind the Scenes, June 2013

Hello, everyone! It’s the end of June and that means it’s time for another recap post. What happened in June? I blinked and it was over, that’s what happened!

hello, everyone!

(Hello! Had to change up the photo location because it’s a bit of a mess everywhere else.)

What happened this month:

Another pattern went out for testing! This is a summery pattern so I’m working to get it out into the world while we still have summery weather. It’s also a great item for layering so you’ll be able to wear it well into the fall too.

gorgeous day for taking photos!

I was so lucky to have sunshine on the day I took photos! You can see the sneakiest of sneak peeks here. Such a tease, I know! Don’t want to give too much away…

Seasonality is an interesting thing to juggle when designing patterns. I want to have patterns released at the time when you might want to make them, but often my ideas don’t match up that way. So instead I come up with a bunch of ideas for a range of seasons, and then work on the instructions when it’s close to the right time for that pattern. It’s pretty much the extremes that I worry about – winter coats in summer, sundresses in the dead of winter. Patterns that fall in between the two extremes, like skirts and blouses and separates, are good any time of the year.

Lonsdale Dress trio

(Lonsdale Dress - this pattern wouldn’t sell very well in North America in December!)

We have our first Sewaholic Patterns retailer in New Zealand! Dresses and Me, click to check out the shop. Exciting news for you guys in NZ, as that way you can order from a retailer within your country! When I ship orders to New Zealand, I picture a globe and then a little envelope of patterns traveling slowly across the ocean in a diagonal line. That’s one long stretch of ocean to cross. Not anymore! Here is the complete list of retailers for your reference.

Craftsy generously offered a free course giveaway on the blog, as well as a 50% discount for everyone! A record 944 people entered to with the class on Sewing Fashion Knits. That’s the most popular giveaway we’ve ever had here!

We looked at where all of the Sewaholic Patterns pattern names are from in a mini-tour around Vancouver.

renfrew pne

(The PNE, off of Renfrew Street in Vancouver.)

Caroline wrote her first post – and second post – on the Sewaholic blog! Check them out here – first, second. I’m pumped to have Caroline contributing to the blog. Not only does it take the pressure off me, but she’s got a different perspective than me, which makes the blog even more interesting. It’s not just my thoughts and my projects all over this space, it’s Caroline’s as well. Thanks to all of you for making her feel welcome!

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I did a live chat with Karen from Didyoumakethat, on Shindig. It went really well! I took questions both beforehand, and during the chat. It was so cool, people could ask me questions on video from all around the world! We had people participate from South Carolina, L.A. in California, St.Louis in Missouri, and our host in New York, from all across the USA. We had guests from Belgium and of course Karen from the UK, and me in Canada. If I missed mentioning your country and you were part of the chat, let me know in the comments! I tried to get around and ask people where they were from but didn’t get to everyone. We talked for an hour and fifteen minutes about the patterns, including where I get ideas from, what’s coming up next, and a bit about the design of the Tofino Pants. Beforehand, I was hesitant about doing anything on video. Now I think I would try it again!

I dreamed of sewing a vintage-style swimsuit, and bought the fabric. That’s as far as I’ve come on that project!

gingham swimsuit fabric for bombshell swimsuit

I did start sewing a new dress as my sewing-for-pleasure project, the Instant Dress. Part of the appeal was probably the name! Ever get that feeling when you’re dying to start something just for the joy of running fabric through your sewing machine? (Perhaps that’s just me.)

McCalls 3660, the 'Instant' Dres

Top selling pattern in June 2013

The Tofino Pants!  Second place goes to the Cambie Dress and third to the Renfrew Top. This is the exact same ranking as last month. The Cambie has taken over as the second-best selling pattern of all time, second only to the Renfrew Top. (Hmm.. time to design more dresses and more knit tops?)

top selling sewaholic patterns

Report on last month’s challenges

Can I tell you how nice it is to have proper accounting done? Such a relief to know that not only is it up-to-date but it’s done correctly too.

The incorporation is all set up. We’re officially Sewaholic Patterns Inc, a corporation of one.

I have worked on the work-life balance thing – which by the way, is sort of a tricky phrase. It makes it sound like we have to choose work or life, and who chooses work over life?

I can’t take credit for that thought, it comes from a book I read this past month. I read Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, after Trisha recommended it. I really enjoyed it, it’s a look at women in the workforce and leadership roles by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook. Highly recommend it. It’s a thoughtfully written account of women and leadership, how we’re conditioned by how society wants women to act, and how to improve our standing as women in the workforce. What I liked is that the tone never sounds bitter or ‘poor us,’ you know what I mean? It’s encouraging and smart. It focuses on what we can do to make things better, rather than the injustice and inequality. (It talks about that too, with plenty of stats and studies, but with an attitude of “let’s fix this” rather than “how could this happen?”)

I was reading bits of it out loud to Mr Sewaholic and even though it sounds like it’s a book for women, it’s really a book for everyone in the workforce. Read it, it’s very good! (Have you read it? What did you think?)

Challenges

It’s hard to articulate any specific challenges from this past month, except the usual feeling of ‘so much to do, so many great ideas, so little time.’ Long daylight hours mean I’m here way later in the evenings, because it’s light out still. Unless it’s getting dark, it’s still work-time, or so my brain thinks. And yet, I still never feel satisfied with the amount of work I get done. Perhaps that’s just the nature of being an entrepreneur and small business owner. There is always something to do, no matter how much you complete!

In last week’s video chat Karen asked something along the lines of ‘does it take a special kind of person to start a business?’ and I think I made a joke like yes, a special crazy person! Crazy, no, but I think you have to be driven to succeed, and at the same time, fascinated with your business. I never get bored of sewing, thinking about sewing, dreaming up pattern ideas, looking inside garments to see how they’re made, reading other pattern instructions for construction ideas, thinking of ways to make the pattern buying experience better, and more!

I guess that’s what makes it so fascinating, a business is always a work-in-progress. I can always add to the blog, create new designs, update the shopping cart, run sales, try out different promotions, and so on. When things go wrong, it’s an opportunity to figure out how they could have gone better, and what we can fix to improve the system. Every month I make at least one thing better, whether it’s adding order confirmation emails to incoming orders, contracting out the bookkeeping, or asking Caroline to contribute to the blog. The work of running and improving this business is never done, and I think if I ever felt it was done, then that’s when it would get boring.

If I were to step back and look at my business at this point, it looks finished to anyone else. We have 12 patterns. We have three years’ worth of blog posts. We have a shopping cart system that works, we have ways to handle incoming communication, we have a wonderful network of retailers stocking the patterns. The shelves are full in here. When an order comes in, the order goes out with minimal fuss. But to me, I see so many things to improve and to build upon!

Anyways, yes, it does take a special kind of person to start a business and to keep it going. My natural inclination is to make a joke about it, when in fact it’s a compliment. If you want to start a business, you’ll do well if you have passion, logic, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a desire to constantly improve.

Thanks for reading! Just when I thought I didn’t have much to say about Challenges, it turns out that I do.

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62 Responses to Behind the Scenes, June 2013

  1. Jenny June 28, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    Can’t wait to see a new dress pattern! I truly enjoy reading these blog posts – they are so interesting to me, especially since I’ve been dreaming about becoming a small business owner – it helps me to know what the multi-tasking will be like, what kinds of things I may need (a bookkeeper, for example), what type of skill sets I would need to develop and work on, and so forth. Thanks so much for providing insight into your business.

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 10:59 am #

      Thanks Jenny! So glad the business-related posts are interesting. The multi-tasking never ends, you don’t necessarily need a bookkeeper to begin with, and the more willing you are to learn, the better prepared you’ll be! (I think that part is hard, admitting you don’t have all the answers, and being willing to listen to those who do.) The determination to learn and improve will get you a long ways. Best of luck!

  2. didyoumakethat June 28, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    Your words during the video chat really struck home with me, Tasia: Avoid the people who say ‘no’. That is going to be my mantra from now on!

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      You bet! That’s the only way to get over it. There will always be people who criticize, who tell you your business idea is silly, who tell you that you’re not capable. Look at the source, consider whether their advice is useful or not, and get away from that negative feeling as fast as you can. That’s what can stop you & me from creating and from pushing forward, that little negative voice, whether it’s in your head or theirs.

  3. Becky June 28, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    I would love for you to design more knit tops–even though I’ve only gotten around to one so far, the Renfrew is the best-fitting knit top I’ve ever made! The thought of more separates is exciting, too, especially since I’ve realized that some nice layers are a bit of a hole in my wardrobe.

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 10:55 am #

      Thank you! I’m so happy to hear the Renfrew is the best-fitting knit top you’ve made! I’ll see what I can come up with for more knit designs.

  4. Diane @ Vintage Zest June 28, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    At first, I thought you were crazy to think about sewing your own bathing suit! Then, I looked at the sad state of the ones I have, and it’s absolutely true. They’re just not my style! I’m now on the hunt for a good one, or if I have to, I’ll patch together one from the upper bodice of a dress of I love and a real swimsuit pattern. It’ll get a lot of use, since it’s in the 90’s – 100’s now!

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 10:54 am #

      Ha, it wouldn’t be the first crazy thing I’ve considered! This pattern was appealing because it doesn’t require a lot of hardware to construct, that’s what puts me off sewing swim and lingerie. First to find all those bits and then put all together! But this one seems simple and everyone’s had such great results with the pattern. We’ll see!

      I think basing the pattern on a bodice you love is a good start! Just remember to make it much smaller than that to account for the stretch in the swim material, as it will stretch even more when it’s wet.

      I wish it was in the 90s-100s here, definitely swimsuit weather!

  5. Amber June 28, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    I can’t wait to see the new pattern!
    I was a June cambie buyer, and am pretty much done with the muslin. I loooooove it. Might be my favorite pattern I’ve done so far, and I can hardly wait to start the real dress!

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Well thank you for the purchase! So exciting to hear it’s up there with your favourite patterns so far. Hope you love the finished dress just as much!

  6. Sarah Connell June 28, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    More knits please! And I can’t wait for your next pattern- I love them all!

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Ok! More knits, I’ll add that to the list. I’m excited to see so many people responding to that suggestion

  7. Nicole Martinez June 28, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    I love reading these posts. Its nice to see how your business is growing and the fact that you admit struggles and changes that need to be made. I love your patterns and i hope you continue the behind the scenes posts

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      Thanks! I think you have to admit challenges, or rather, I don’t have to admit them out loud but I do need to admit them to myself at least. Every day there are new challenges to face and sure, there are days I want to close the laptop and walk away! But the only way to improve is to fix what’s wrong and make a change somehow. I’m so glad you love the patterns, and I’ll continue to write the behind-the-scenes posts. I find it helpful for me to see what’s happened, often I forget what’s happened because I’m so focused on what’s still to do. So it’s good for me to write these, and I’m glad it’s interesting for you!

  8. Julie June 28, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Thank you for these peeks behind the scenes. As I’ve begun to launch my own (non-sewing-related) freelance business, you have been an inspiration. Hopefully if I am able to leave the corporate world, I’ll gain the mental energy to sew more of your patterns :)

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 10:49 am #

      Congrats on launching your own freelance business! I’m so glad that reading about my experiences has been helpful. Even in a non-related field, many of the same themes will come up – how to handle growth, how to deal with issues and challenges, deciding what’s right for you. Even deciding when to take the leap from doing your business on the side, to making it a full-time venture. I’m fortunate that the choice was made for me and I was laid off. To be honest I’m not sure if I would have had the guts to actually quit and take it full-time, and if I would have been able to grow the business while working full-time. It’s a massive leap of faith, that’s for sure. I hope you’re able to make the decision for what’s best for you, when the time comes!

  9. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) June 28, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    really enjoy hearing about the business side as well as the creative. And yes, another knit top pattern, that would be great.

  10. Candice June 28, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    When reading your blog, it is like you are just chatting with us, easy and friendly. I really enjoyed the mini tour about the pattern names! Looking forward to the new pattern.
    :-)

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      Thanks Candice! That’s exactly the impression I’m going for, like we’re having a friendly chat about what I did last month. So glad it comes across that way!

  11. Loretta June 28, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Oh, congrats Tasia, on becoming Incorporated!!! How exciting! I love your photos…my parents and I often walk that overpass on Kingsway, even in the snow! I love the blue sky! Enjoy the heat that’s coming!

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      Thanks so much! It’s a big step, it really makes everything seem more official. I’ve passed by that overpass hundreds of times but never actually walked on it myself – one day I’ll get off the bike and give it a go!

  12. Erin C June 28, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Yes to more dress and knit top patterns!!

  13. ClaireE June 28, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    I love this series of posts! It is really interesting to hear what goes on in a small but growing business. It so inspiring to read and makes me want to sew everything!

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 10:43 am #

      Thank you Claire! I’m so glad it’s interesting and even better that it makes you want to sew more!

  14. Aleksandra June 28, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Double yes to knit tops and dresses! I’ve made Renfrew, Cambie and Lonsdale and adore all three. More, please! :-D

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      Great! Will see what I can do with more knits and dresses. I’m so glad you enjoy the Renfrew, Cambie and Lonsdale!

  15. Shirley Dehmer June 28, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Please notice how women’s feet are placed on pattern images. You never see them with thieir toes turned in like a little girl. Please take the hint!!!

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      Hey, I never claimed to be a professional model. There’s no need to criticize how I am standing. I enjoy discussion in the comments but not about people’s bodies, posture, how they look in photos.

      • Amanda June 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

        One of my favorite tips for posing for blog photos is the one you gave a few years back about holding onto something (like a railing)…and I like how you model your sewing creations in general. For someone whose least favorite part of the blogging process is getting in front of the camera this tip sure has helped me, so I hope the above comment didn’t ruin your day!

        • Lucy June 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

          Also, I like that YOU model for the photos and don’t hire professional models. Keep doing what you’re doing :-)

          • Tasia June 30, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

            Thanks Lucy! It’s been a cost-effective decision really, at the start I had no other choice than to model & photograph on my own. I’m so happy to hear that you guys like it that way!

        • Tasia June 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

          Thanks Amanda! I remember that, it was back when I’d model in an abandoned section of my work parking lot at my old job. That was a great setup, brick wall and lots of railings and such to pose with. Props are handy and make it feel less awkward, you’re right! I need to scope out a new place with railings and such.
          It’s certainly uncomfortable to have comments on my personal appearance and lack of modeling skills, for sure! That’s the nature of posting anything on the internet. There will always be someone who doesn’t like what you are doing for whatever reason, and you have to learn what you can from it – can I pose in more flattering ways? – and then move forward.

  16. Sara June 28, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Yeah to patterns in New Zealand!!!!

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

      Glad you’re excited! You’ll be able to get your patterns even faster now!

  17. Tilly June 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    That’s such a good point – that if everything were perfect, it would be boring from the business owner’s POV. Having things to develop is a positive!

    Congrats on incorporating, and keep on keeping on. I know I keep saying this, but you’re such an inspiration! xxx

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

      Thanks Tilly! Exactly, boring and status quo businesses make for boring products, too. When it starts feeling like the same old thing to the people within the business, it will also start to look like that to people on the outside too. I haven’t been bored in the last three years because there’s always something in the works!

  18. Trisha June 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    I finished reading Lean In last week, and I agree that it’s absolutely a book for everyone in the workplace! I love that you were reading it out loud to Mr. Sewaholic. I was reading during lunch at work, but I kept thinking, “My husband would really enjoy this.”

    I agree that the tone is what makes this book. There are plenty of books out there that discuss women’s issues in the workplace, but I felt that this book spoke to me in a different way that was easy to relate to without dumbing the message down.

    It also was reassuring. I thought, “If the COO of Facebook has the same doubts and insecurities, then I’m not alone. And I can’t let those thoughts hold me back.” I think that women don’t often talk about the internal barriers we place on ourselves in the workforce. As a society, we need to continue to take a critical look at the external constructs, but changing my internal dialogue is something I can accomplish right now.

    • Tasia June 28, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

      Exactly! If someone that successful and accomplished can have doubts, then it’s completely normal that you and I do too. I suppose that’s part of why I share these behind the scenes posts. I want to portray a realistic image of a small business owner, it’s not all pretty fabrics and fun sewing time, I didn’t want anyone to think it was a cake walk and then be frustrated with their own start-up, feeling like I made it look fun and easy, you know?

      It’s such a great book. Thanks again for the recommendation. It’s true, women are quick to deflect compliments and chalk success up to luck and good timing. I know that I have done it myself, ‘oh thanks, I just got lucky’ or ‘oh thanks, it’s not that great really.’ I want to start owning my accomplishments, a simple thank you will send a better message. Changing my response will also change how I feel about it, too. I’ll stop thinking it is luck and believe that it is my hard work and effort that got me to where I am now. I’m thankful, but not apologetic.

      Thanks! The more of us that work towards change, the more we’ll improve the workforce for everyone.

      • didyoumakethat June 28, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

        I have just bought this book, based on what you two have said!

        • Tasia June 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

          I hope you enjoy it! I really did. Like T commented below, it’s not a solution to every inequality, but it’s a really interesting read.

    • T June 28, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

      I think Lean In is a good book, with some really cool and valuable insights, but I really wouldn’t describe it as ‘for everyone’. There are a lot of ideas and suggestions in there that work for a conventional looking straight white middle-class American woman that would severely backfire on other women (including me at times). The sad fact is that the kinds of different disadvantages we see all interact with each other, so things that help some women won’t help (or will hurt) others. I think the book suffers when people try to make it into this huge big triumphant thing, when it’s really just one woman’s experiences. I like hearing about people’s personal experiences, that’s a really good learning tool, but generalising them to everyone is a mistake I think.

      On another note – I can’t wait to see the new pattern!!! *squee*

      • Tasia June 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

        Thanks for the feedback! I think what I was trying to say is that it wasn’t just a book for women only, but an interesting read for everyone, of all genders. (I think that some men might dismiss a book with subtitles about women in leadership, figuring it’s just by a woman for women, you know?) I’m just naturally enthusiastic when I like something!

        Absolutely it’s not a book with the solutions to everything, and I agree that her experience won’t be relevant to everyone. I like to read, and I like to read a variety of business-related books from different perspectives, but one book won’t solve every inequality. I didn’t really think a lot about the other factors, that she is straight and white and American, and that there are even more complicated issues besides just being female.

        Thanks for the comment! I really do have an intelligent and thoughtful bunch of women reading here. You guys always give me new things to think about, and ways to be more clear and explain what I actually mean in my writing!

  19. Natasha June 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    More skirt and knit top patterns! Especially regular sewing machine friendly knits like the renfrew! The renfrew is one of the nicest fitting tshirt patterns I’ve used so far. I even used the renfrew as a base for a princess seamed nautical style tshirt.

  20. annette tirette June 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Hi! I was the Belgian on the live chat and just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed it, it was an awesome experience! Thanks for doing this!

    • Tasia June 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the live chat! It was so neat to see everyone at home and be able to chat live with you all. Thanks for joining in!

  21. Amiria June 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    As a New Zealander who has always coveted your patterns I just want to say YAY!!!

  22. Bette June 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Yay! Another dress pattern! I just made my second Cambie, and not only do I love them, but I always get lots of compliments on them.

  23. Susan June 29, 2013 at 3:39 am #

    Another knit pattern please. I’m just finishing my 10th Renfrew, and could do with a change!

  24. Louise June 29, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    I couldn’t help smiling all the way through reading this post. I um and ahh on a regular basis about starting my own business – I was probably put off for life by my parents who were self-employed. It wasn’t always easy.
    I love the mix of patterns that you have – for me you have a great range of everyday wear. I’m hoping to get some Renfrew’s on the go, a pair of Thurlow’s, building my way up to a Minoru. Can’t wait to see what you add :-)
    Louise x

  25. Virginia June 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    It’s interesting to think about when the patterns come out and how it affects their reception.

    I’m planning to start following the fashion weeks and start planning (if not sewing) my seasonal wardrobe after seeing them. I’m not that into trends but when you sew slowly and choose rashly it might not be a bad thing to start planning summer dresses the August before. :)

  26. fangaroni June 30, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    I love reading these monthly recaps! It is so interesting and inspiring to hear about being a small biz owner in a creative field! I looked at your sneak peek photo, trying to find the pattern (is it hidden in the trees? is the tiny person on the bridge wearing it?) until I looked to the right side of the photo ha!

  27. Katie June 30, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Hi Tasia,
    I’m about the 100th person to request a knit dress pattern, I know! The Renfrew was my first (successful) knit item, and it is fantastic. I bought some lovely but expensive knit fabric to try to make the Renfrew into a dress, but I’d much rather buy a pattern! Hint, hint :-).

  28. Cherie June 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    Tania, just bought the Thurlow on your Canada Day sale, could not resist after seeing all the pajamas on the Pyjama Party! Love your behind the scenes posts also, and congrats on taking the incorporation step. Upward and forward!

    • Tasia July 1, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      Thanks for the order! I hope you enjoy making a cosy pair of PJs!

  29. Adeline June 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Hey Tasia,
    I always liked your business related posts. They are so real and it really does take a passionate person to work it all out and still admits that there are alot to improve and work on. Just when I thought sewing is a thing of the past reading your blog and getting acquainted with the sewing community just gives me a different perspective all over. :)

    • Tasia July 1, 2013 at 11:53 am #

      Thank you Adeline! I’m glad you enjoy the business related posts, and appreciate the honesty! It wouldn’t be as helpful to readers if I pretended it was easy, in admitting the challenges I’m letting others know that challenges happen, and it’s normal when things go wrong or need to be improved.
      Sewing is very much still alive, but it’s taken on a new dynamic. We’re meeting online and connecting through blogs and social media, which means we can talk to a larger group of people! We’re not limited to sewers in our city, we can chat with people who love sewing all around the world, share our projects, talk about issues, get excited over patterns. It’s a new sewing community and one that I’m very proud to be a part of!

  30. Taru July 1, 2013 at 2:16 am #

    “time to design more dresses and more knit tops?”

    Or maybe you could design something that has both of them. I have been dreaming of a knit dress pattern that has sleeveless summer dress and winter dress with sleeves. I can’t wear sleeveless dresses in the winter because I work at day care center.

    Oh, and I have to say I have loved every Sewaholic pattern I have ordered ja sewn because they have been perfect on me! Thank you!

    • Tasia July 1, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      Thank you! I’m so glad that you’ve enjoying making up the patterns!

      Great idea for a knit dress, to combine both requests. I really dislike shopping for knit dresses because they are usually cut straight, and therefore loose in the bust while too tight in the hips. Or they’re too clingy, or the fabric is too flimsy. Safe to say there is definitely a need for a flattering knit dress in my life! I agree, winter dresses are important too. I focus so much on sewing fun spring and summer dresses and rarely make ones that are winter-appropriate. Thanks for the suggestion!

  31. blacklabel July 2, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    you are truly an inspiration!
    i am yet to make a sewaholic pattern (i know, im getting there!!!) but look forward to it & cant wait to see what you have coming next….
    all the best

  32. Stephanie July 4, 2013 at 5:08 am #

    I put in a vote for more dresses and skirts! :) I work in a formal/blue suit type of work environment so if you were to put your talents to drafting classic winter dresses and skirts that I could make up in wool it would be greatly appreciated. :) (Love the Cambie for summer casual and recently purchased your two blouse patterns, the Hollyburn and the Thurlow and will give those a go.) I’m incredibly impressed with every element of your work and wish you continued success!

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