Getting Back to Sewing

I’m so glad to be finished the Minoru Sew-Along. It’s been a lot of fun! This time, I was delighted to see people being helpful in the comments, responding to each other’s questions and sharing opinions. That was great! Half the fun of sewing along with a group is knowing you’re not alone, so it was cool to see the discussions in the comments. Especially when I might not be able to jump in right away with a response, there was often someone ready to step in with their feedback. Love it!

If you ever feel the urge to reply to someone else in the comment section, on any post at all, go for it! It’s totally encouraged, and makes the blog even better than it if was just posts and no discussion.

(one of the bonus techniques that’s not in the pattern instructions but part of the sew-along posts!)

I’m excited though, to be able to move on to the next thing. I have big plans for the pattern line this year!

Plus, I’d really like to get back to sewing for fun. The whole reason I started blogging was to encourage myself to sew more, to enjoy sewing and writing about it, and to have a creative outlet outside of my full-time job. After being laid off, I thought I’d have all the time in the world to sew! I predicted running out of fabric (ha!) because I’d have sewn through it all. When the first pattern was launched, I had no idea what the future was going to hold. (If I’d known it was going to be this good, I’d have been less afraid!)

Now it’s one year later, and I have hardly any free time to sew!

So, I’d like to get back to what made me fall in love with my business idea in the first place. The love of sewing, the wonderful feeling of knowing you can make and wear anything you can dream of, instead of being limited to the selection at the mall. Getting excited about new fabric and the changing seasons. Seeing a lovely detail or silhouette, and finding a way to incorporate it into my next project. (Even having a next sewing project and planning it is nice!)

(lovely buttons – how I want to be sewing with them soon!)

I’ve been preparing my year-end accounting stuff, going through an entire year’s worth of paperwork, which is what has me thinking this way. It’s been boring and overwhelming at the same time, if that’s possible. So many little pieces of paper to deal with. Doing boring things is what has me daydreaming about sewing when I should be working, wishing I could sew more – which is exactly how I felt two years ago when I started a sewing blog!

So I’m going to post a little less, sew a little more, and get re-inspired. Look for two to three posts a week, instead of a steady five, and perhaps a project or two made purely for fun! I can’t wait to share more patterns, projects and ideas this year.

It’s going to be a good year – thanks to all of you for being part of it!

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41 Responses to Getting Back to Sewing

  1. Seraphinalina March 20, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    Yay for sewing more! I think it is just phenomenal what you’ve accomplished. So many debates on blogs about earning money from what we love to do raise the point of potentially losing the fun because you are sewing for someone else. As a pattern maker, I think sewing for fun can be easy to put aside for other business needs but at some point you’ll ned to get back to it to remember why your own patterns are so important.

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      I can’t imagine sewing for anyone else. For me, that would take all of the joy out of the craft. But then again, others might think that writing pattern instructions and having to draw all those teeny diagrams would take the joy out of it for them, whereas I really like that part. :)
      Thanks for the nice comment, it has been a pretty phenomenal run so far!

  2. Annabelle March 20, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    I think that is a lovely idea Tasia! It will be so fun to be inspired by your projects that are sewn just for fun. My favorite posts from you are your sew alongs and your completed projects. Since you’ve just finished a sew along, it only makes sense that you take a break from that and focus on sewing something pretty just for you.

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      Thanks! I know I’m most inspired when people share projects they’re really excited about. I hope to get back to that feeling of – look I made this and it ROCKS! :)

  3. Funnygrrl March 20, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    Good for you! You don’t want what originally inspired you to become draining.
    For myself, I appreciate your blog so much. I look at older posts often to learn about things I wasn’t ready for when I started sewing. As I sit here in my Pendrell blouse that I loved sewing so much, I hope you can reignite the love of sewing that we all share in this community. And you’ve given us a lot.
    Looking forward to what you have for us in 2012!

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Thank you so much! You’re right, too much of anything can feel draining. Us creative types need to recharge and refresh our minds so we can get back to what we enjoy!
      I have many cool things in store for the rest of 2012 – stay tuned for more, as always! Thanks for reading!

  4. Mary March 20, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    How lucky you are to have your own business and able to listen to your heart and head!

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      I am very fortunate to be able to call the shots in my own world, it’s true! Being able to follow my instincts is great, and usually leads me down the right path.

  5. RobinDenning March 20, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    congratulations on a wonderful year. I love seeing Minorus all over blogland.
    They all look so good, too!

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      Thank you! I know, it’s so fun to see versions of my patterns popping up all over the place!

  6. Sara March 20, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Thanks for the warning about less posts. I look forward to seeing your fun projects. And the Minorus round-ups. And new Sewaholic pattern releases. And yeah.

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      Of course! I feel like, if I just stopped writing as much people would worry, or wonder. Better to make it a choice rather than a ‘oh crap, it’s late at night and I have nothing written for tomorrow’ thing. :)

  7. Stacy @ Stacyverb March 20, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Congratulations on all your success thus far! And I’m glad you’re taking some time to do some sewing for fun–that’s what it’s all about! In fact, just reading this post has inspired me to do more sewing. :)

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

      Excellent! :) Happy sewing, and thanks for the nice comment!

  8. LLBB March 20, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Enjoy your new projects! And the pre-scheming about them :)
    I hope you will share any new techniques you try or TNT tips. You have such a gift for teaching, so I hope there are still opportunities to share, without the commitment of a whole sew-along!

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

      Absolutely! I hope to be able to share all kinds of tips and tricks this year, on a more relaxed and inspired schedule. I enjoy sharing things I’ve learned with you guys, and I learn even more from all of your comments and feedback!

  9. nothy lane March 20, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    I like the sew-alongs and seeig finished projects too. The last sew-along for the Minoru jacket was great but it lasted for a while. It will be nice to see some of things you are sewing for fun…

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      I know, it did last a while.. first I was sick, then I ran out of thread, and behind the scenes all kinds of other crazy things were going on! Normally, I don’t like to get behind schedule like that. I’d prefer to have the sew-along posts up steadily. Which is part of the reason I haven’t committed to another sew-along, it’s getting a lot busier around here!
      I look forward to sewing things for fun and sharing them with you guys!

  10. Corinne March 20, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Wow, what a year for you! You have worked so hard and your pattern line is a growing success. The sew-along tutorials are fabulous but I know they are an amazing amount of work. I think I would be unanimous in saying that your work has been most appreciated and I think you have ignited a flame in so many people because of the hard work you have done.

    I agree that returning to the sewing part is essential to feed the creative soul. Each project provides fuel for your creativity. Best to you. Can’t wait to see your new projects. Happy Spring.

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

      Agreed – they are an amazing amount of work! I love thinking up little tricks and special techniques to share, things that wouldn’t fit into the pattern instructions but are neat to know. Plus it’s so fun to see everyone’s projects come together!
      Thanks for the kind thoughts, and happy spring to you too!

  11. Dana March 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Tasia, I have to be completely honest and say I will miss 5 posts a week, but I have no idea how you managed it in the first place! Good for you, it is your business after all, what works for you is always best. We will benefit from a reinspired less stressed Tasia. Looking forward to the rest of the year and new patterns (that is part of what I dream about at work). Have fun falling in love with sewing again!

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      Ha, me neither. I wonder how on earth I kept up with blogging when I was working full time! Although I suppose I’m now working full-time and then some, it’s just that I’m allowed to blog on work time now. :) And dream about sewing on work-time too. I’m a lucky girl!

  12. GPetunia March 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Tasia, you liked that your blog readers responded to each other. That was nice but what I loved even more was that so many of the 52 responses to “Finished Sewing a Minoru Jacket” said they loved the sew-along and thanked you. I’m sure you need a break from the 5-day-per-week schedule but don’t forget to bask in all that gratitude! It was a tremendous success and 52 people wrote to say so!

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

      Thank you! You’re right, it’s important to press pause and enjoy the good feedback. Sometimes we’re so busy to rush into the next thing that we forget to enjoy the good thing right in front of us! :)

  13. Lucy March 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Fair enough – I think a lot of bloggers fall into the ‘must blog every day’ trap, even when they don’t have much to say. Not that that’s you – but I’m looking forward to seeing finished projects like your ’70s coat and that Strictly Ballroom dress! And if it means fewer posts for you to get those things done, then fine.

    After all, you started your biz for a reason, and it’s too easy to lose sight of what that reason was.

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      You’re exactly right. Once you start writing and publishing every day, you start to feel bad if you don’t! And think you’re leaving people hanging, wondering where you went. Oh, that poor coat. I haven’t done a thing on it since making the belt!
      Speaking of Strictly Ballroom, I made Mr Sewaholic watch it over the weekend, he’d never seen it. I must have talked it up too much because he didn’t feel the same love for the movie that I have! :)

  14. Sue March 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    A wise decision to blog less, sew more! I really love your posts, but to be honest I struggle to keep up with them every day anyway, so 2 or 3 a week would be fine! You have crammed so much into the last year and given us all so much pleasure and inspiration to sew more! I am really looking forward to seeing what patterns you will produce this year (hoping so see some nice pants)! And, didn’t you say you were getting married this year…??

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

      Perfect then! I will cram less into the week going forward. :) I have many patterns planned for the coming year and hope to start rolling them out soon!
      Yup, I am getting married sometime soon! Haven’t done any planning at all but I’m not planning a big thing anyways.. and didn’t want this blog to turn into a weddingfest either. Sewing and fabric and patterns, and maybe a little knitting :)

  15. Neeno March 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    I wasn’t able to take part in your sew-a-along, but I still read all the posts by you and others and watched you all make this amazing jacket! Congrats to everyone! U all did a marvellous job :)

    Can’t wait to see u get back to sewing, looking forward to seeing some amazing dresses from u :)

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the sewalong from the audience :)

  16. Staci March 21, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    You will be missed on a daily basis but I can certainly understand your need for time. I am loving all the Minoru posts! How beautiful they all are. I just recently received my pattern and am excited to start, finish and wear mine! The sewalong steps will be my savior!

    Got a couple of questions for you unrelated to your post…. Actually I’m asking all the lovely ladies that I follow. Do you serge each piece before sewing together or after? And do you ever serge instead of sewing to piece garments together?

    I just bought my first serger and am interested in the how to of all the beautiful garments you all put together.

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

      Hey Staci! I serge as a replacement for seam finishing. I never ‘just serge’ to put garments together. Depending on the construction, sometimes I will pre-serge and then sew the seams, sometimes I will sew seams and then serge the edges. Sometimes I will serge both seam allowances together, sometimes I will go up one side and down the other, keeping them separate.

      I’d suggest taking a look inside some of your purchased clothing, and see where they’ve serged! You’ll get to see when they’ve sewn and then serged, when they’ve serged two layers together, and get some ideas on how to use your new machine.

      Hope this helps!

  17. Alessa March 21, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Good for you, Tasia! I can’t imagine all the work that is going into a small business, and I’m sure we’ll all understand if you’re posting a bit less frequently, but with great enthusiasm about your new projects! Personally, I’d love to see the garments you dream about sewing!

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

      Lots and lots of paperwork, is what’s going on here. :) That’s just until tax time is over though, then it’s lots and lots of fabric again! :)
      Good suggestion about seeing what I dream about sewing! That, I can do. Much easier than actual sewing!

  18. Caroline March 21, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    I’m glad your jumping into business for yourself ended up being successful – I know I’ve enjoyed sewing with your patterns, and am really looking forward to what’s next. You’ve also inspired me to take my time … I’d never done a hand-picked zipper before my Lonsdale dress, and now I love doing them. I hope your passion-as-a-business will be (in general) life-giving and not life-depleting – the accounting part notwithstanding! Hopefully next year all that will be easier having done it once, right?

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

      Yay! The hand-picked zipper is my favourite. I love it, I know there are lots of other options, but it’s still my favourite method to use!! Life-giving not life-depleting, I like that. I hope I never sound like my life is depleted, although I know I’ve sure felt that way at times. (But don’t we all?) I’m going to be better organized for next year’s tax time, for sure!

  19. Pauline March 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Congratulation Tasia, you deserve some fun and selfish sewing time. And it’s not even selfish as I guess most of us love to read about your own projects. I know I do. And I am looking forward to read about the coat you started and the beautiful dress with bows in front.
    And thank you for holding the sew-along, I am so happy with my Minoru jacket, that’s my best project, with the best finitions and it got me some many compliments thanks to you.
    Have a great time sewing for FUN!

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the sew-along! Your jacket is awesome and I love the bicycle pictures! Your bike is a lot like mine :)

  20. Tilly March 22, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    Good for you, Tasia. I was just thinking as I clicked on your website that you blog A LOT and I have no idea how you fit it all in. Sometimes blogging can take over from sewing so it’s important to reassess the balance once in a while. Hope you have lots of fun stitching some lovely things! xx

    • Tasia March 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      Ha, yes. A LOT. You’re absolutely right that blogging can take away from sewing. And then, you’re not sewing anymore, you’re just talking about sewing. (Which is probably a bit dull to read.) I’m looking forward to sewing a bit more, and keep a balance between blogging, sewing, working and everything else! Thanks for the comment!

  21. خياطة وتفصيل April 5, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    I love that suit! Must find that pattern.