Hello 2012, and Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

So this is the year I turn thirty. And probably the year I get married. And it’ll be my second year in business. Kind of an exciting time, don’t you think?

Last year, I didn’t make resolutions but talked about some things I wanted to accomplish this year. This year, I’m not making resolutions either, just trying to point myself in the right direction with a few goals and ideas! Here are my thoughts on the year ahead, and some of the things I’m planning to talk about!

Wardrobe planning, as it relates to sewing. It’s both a curse and a blessing to have hardly any clothes in my closet these days. On one hand, it’s hard to get dressed in the morning and feel inspired. But on the other hand (the good hand) it’s kind of cool to be able to build up a wardrobe from (nearly) scratch. All of my dresses are handmade. And most of the things I own that aren’t handmade, I don’t really like anyways. I’m thirty this year, and I want to work on defining my style, wearing only things I love and feel great in, and sewing more clothing that makes me happy. (I predict a lot of prints, full-skirted dresses and knitted accessories.) So let’s make handmade wardrobes that we truly love! A closet full of awesome, Tanit-Isis once said and I’ll never forget it. Here’s to a year spent building a closet full of awesome!

New patterns, new patterns! I have some big goals for launching new patterns this year. I’m really excited to put out more new designs and round out the pattern collection. My goal is to have a wardrobe’s worth of patterns by the end of the year. Designs that work well together and build upon the existing patterns. I’d love to get feedback from you guys on what kind of patterns you’d like to see, maybe with a short survey or some fun Q&A posts. More to follow, as always!

Start crossing things off my bucket list. I don’t want to wait until I’m old to start living my dreams. I want to do them now! I want to see the Grand Canyon, I want to take a trip on just my bicycle. I want to complete a 10,000+ piece puzzle. I want to ride a mechanical bull. I am a bit shy to share all of them (although I did just admit to the mechanical bull) but let me tell you, I have big plans, and not just for my business! Life is short. I never want to look back and wish I’d done more with myself.

(Want to see what I wrote at the beginning of 2011? Hello, 2011! It’s going to be an exciting year.)

How about you? What’s in store for you this year? Any resolutions, sewing or otherwise? I’d love to hear your outlook on the New Year as well!

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51 Responses to Hello 2012, and Happy New Year!

  1. Kat January 2, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    Happy New Year Tasia! I like your aims for the year. Last year was my first year of sewing, and I am pleased with my achievements as I was able to sew a number of garments I love. I think it has made me think about my wardrobe, and changed the way I approach buying clothes (which I now do much less of!), working towards a smaller collection of clothes I really love. I blogged about my plans for 2012 yesterday, and one of the main points was to sew more basics. I have a number of pretty dresses, but I would like to be able to make more clothes that I will wear on a more daily basis, as well as some in plain fabrics (rather than prints!) to provide more mix and match options. I plan to start with a Pendrell Blouse or two! I can’t wait to see what new patterns you have in store for us this year – here’s to a happy and successful 2012 :)

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      Sew more basics – yes! A pretty cream blouse, a handful of striped tees, solid skirts. That’s a great sewing goal to have and one that will give you tons of mix-and-match options. Some days all you want to throw on is a cosy top rather than a pretty dress.
      Be more patient is a good one too – I like that, I tend to want everything ‘done already’ as soon as I start.
      Happy new year and here’s to your second year of sewing – I hope it’s a good one!

  2. Alana January 2, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    Hey Tasia,
    I’m really excited to see what you do this year! I made a lot of changes in 2011 including moving 18,000 km to the other side of the world so I’m just concentrating on settling into y new life (plus I turn 30 this year too!) Sewing wise I’ve posted my resolutions on January 1, which are mostly about continuing to learn as I felt at a bit of a standstill with my skills last year! Here’s hoping it all works out :)

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      Oh wow. Moving to the other side of the world is a big deal! And a major adjustment I’m sure. And yay for another 1982 baby! We’re going to rock 30 in style for sure. Your resolutions are awesome, vintage patterns are not as scary as they seem (a lot of them have really simple lines) and that coat is going to be great! Happy new year!

  3. Ellie January 2, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    Happy New Year to you too Tasia!
    Sounds like 2012 will indeed be a very exciting year for you, full of milestones!
    I love the idea of starting fresh wardrobe wise. Like most women, I only wear a small portion of what’s in my closet anyway. It would be fabulous to have a closet even half full of clothes that I love to wear & feel great in. (I keep putting off building a core wardrobe until I lose the last 10 pounds of post-smoking weight I put on.) I exercise regularly, I just need to eat less ‘bad’ food!) This is the year I will reach my size goal and build my wardrobe! And I have finally started a bucket list too.
    As far as patterns go, I would like to see a pants design with a few variations on waist lengths and a dressier jacket pattern. When are you going to let us see your latest pattern? I love working with t-knits.
    Thanks for all your inspirations current, past & future!!

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      Funny how we all end up only wearing a small portion of our closets. I think about the things that are always in the laundry, those must be the things I wear most often! I’d rather have less things in the closet, but ones that I feel good in and enjoy wearing.
      Weight is a tricky one too. We don’t want to commit the time and money to making awesome clothing that doesn’t fit, or that you’re planning to grow out of or shrink out of. Good luck with reaching your goals and then sewing like a madwoman! :)
      Pants, and dressier jackets – got it! Thanks for the suggestions. You’ll see the latest pattern this month – stay tuned for more!

  4. LunaLoo January 2, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    Happy New Year Tasia! Looking back at your 2011 New year’s post, it looks like you did all that and then some! I wish you the very best in 2012 in all that you take on. As for wardrobe building, I just watched a stylist on TV who suggested that women keep 75% too much stuff in their closets and drawers and advised us to do some serious closet cleaning and learn to accessorize the basics (the 25% we should be keeping). Really made sense to me, I tend to sew on a whim or because I like the fabric, without giving much thought to how well that particular piece will build on the whole. This will be a focus of mine this year that will make my sewing more meaningful. Your Pendrell blouse pattern will become a good place to start! Have a terrific year!

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      Ha, I totally do that. Sew on a whim, or because I like the fabric. Fabric plays a huge part in my sewing decisions in fact – I’m drawn to bright and shiny. Or because I feel like making a cape. Building on a whole – that’s a great way of putting it. I hope you have a terrific year too! Enjoy making the Pendrell, it’s a great wardrobe building pattern!

  5. Sunni January 2, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    Happy Happy New Year! I love seeing your goals and feel that they correspond so much with my own. I definitely need to start thinking more in terms of wardrobing rather than just onesies! And I most definitely need to think about building a closet full of awesome! Yay! I’m so excited for your new patterns this year. I would love to see a wonderful t-shirt pattern (wink, wink) and actually a jeans pattern too.

    I’m feeling very very good about 2012! I turn 30 too! Yay! ha ha! Oh the excitement begins!
    xoxo, Sunni

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 10:38 am #

      Yay, another person who shares my birth year! Happy new year to you too! I know, making single, fabulous items is fun, but not practical for getting dressed in the morning. And sewing with too much of a plan feels like work, and takes the fun out of it sometimes. We’ll work on it I suppose! Or just make more dresses, that don’t need to have coordinates. :)
      I’m glad you’re feeling good about 2012 too! It’s going to be great, I know it!

  6. Lizz January 2, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Happy New Year! I’ve been too shy to share most of my resolutions as well. I do intend to continue exploring sewing a wardrobe and eliminating those orphans from my closet. I look forward to seeing your posts on the subject.

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      Happy new year to you too! I know, resolutions are hard to share. Either you don’t want to be called out on them if you don’t meet them, or maybe they’re too personal and you don’t feel like telling the world. Orphans, I know! I’m excellent at making a crazy skirt that goes with nothing else I own, and bad at making the basics to work into the wardrobe. We’ll work on it this year, for sure!

  7. Alessa January 2, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    :) Have a good Year 2012, Tasia! A wardrobe full of patterns sounds wonderful, and definitely start on your bucket list! The Grand Canyon is really cool! :)

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 10:28 am #

      You too! Thank you! Oh I can’t wait to see the Grand Canyon. It looks amazing!

  8. Susan January 2, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Hey, I turn 30 this year too! Tomorrow, actually… Happy New Year! Here’s to crossing things off that list!

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 10:27 am #

      Hey, happy birthday! Let us know what 30 feels like. :) Hope you have a good one!

  9. Sophia January 2, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    “This year, I‚Äôm not making resolutions either, just trying to point myself in the right direction with a few goals and ideas!”

    My thoughts, exactly! At least when it comes to hobby sewing, I think it’s best to have goals but no set “rules”. We have to abide by rules and schedules in every other aspect of our lives, we should have some freedom in our hobbies.

    I’m turning 30 this year, too. Are you not freaking out? I sort of am :)

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 10:26 am #

      I’ve been telling myself forever that I’m getting smarter, not older, and that age doesn’t mean anything, and I’m still young at heart!
      And yet, a little freaked out. Not enough to feel down about it, but more like ‘wow, this isn’t what I thought thirty would look like.’ To be honest I thought thirty would look a little more boring and mundane! I have a feeling it’s going to be a lot of fun. :)

      You’re right, we don’t need rules. We have enough people telling us what to do in the rest of life, right? Why not let sewing and creating be that one thing we do purely for the joy of it? :)

      So many of us are turning 30 this year, nice to know I’m in good company!

  10. Beverly McCall January 2, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Happy New Year to you. I love your approach to new year resolutions. I think it is a lot healthier to do it your way. Good luck on your business and your personal life. Hope all works well for you. I enjoy your projects. I still dream of my own business so sharing your experience helps me.

    My focus for 2012 will be de-cluttering my life. I will turn 60 this month and over the course of time have acquired many things. I am anticipating retirement in June. So, there will be changes there.

    Peace and harmony sent your way.


    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      Thank you! Happy early birthday! Decluttering is a great goal. The older and more confident I get, the more i want to simplify my life. Less stuff, more experiences. Less clutter, more things I truly love. Good luck with the process! And yay, retirement, more time to sew and enjoy life!

  11. Katie January 2, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    I just turned 30 in December and also have been thinking of how I can enhance my life now instead of waiting until I’m older. My silly, partying 20’s are behind me too and I have a new set of years to put a stamp on. Good luck with all of your goals!

    As far as patterns, I would love to see a really flattering bootcut jean. And more dresses. :)

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Happy birthday! And thanks for the suggestions – more dresses are on my mind too, and I’m pumped to hear that people would like to see a bootcut jean. What a great pattern idea. Something we’d all work into our wardrobes easily I’m sure! (Great with Minoru jackets too!0

  12. Brandy Layton January 2, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    I love patterns that offer a variety of options with simple changes. I also love the essential wardrobe. Now that bucket list, yes get too it. I just visited a dear neighbor who has moved to assisted living and she told me, “Those golden years are for the birds…live your life while you are young enough to do so.” I think if I were to suggest a pattern it would be based off of knits, like building up on those essential shirts and Cami’s that build the basics of the wardrobe. Regardless have a beautiful New Year!

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      Thanks for the encouragement on the bucket list! I don’t want to wait until I’m older – who knows what will happen, whether I’ll have my health or mobility or energy.
      Thanks for the pattern suggestions too – patterns with variety are the best value to me too. Once you get the fit right, or know you like the style, it’s exciting to be able to change it up with subtle differences and details. Knits and essential shirts – that sounds like something I can do! :) and a happy new year to you too!

  13. Brumby January 2, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Happy new year! The 30s are great, you’re old enough to finally know who you are but young enough to still enjoy it! I turned thirtytwo *cough* *splutter*last week, and whilst I thought I’d be at a different place by now (husband, mortgage etc) I’m not as panicked by it as I thought Id be. Our resolutions are very similar I think, I did not blog about my bucket list but am certainly adding into the budget a few items from it (hello skydiving!). I really hope 2012 is a great one for us all, especially us small businesses!

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

      Skydiving!! Oh wow, you are brave. I’ve never done it but Mr Sewaholic has. I’m pumped about your resolution to bike to work too! It will seem harder at the beginning but gets easier and easier. I practiced – so dorky I know! – before I started actually using the office so I got used to the route, to the timing and to the potholes and bumpy sections. You’ll become a pro at what to wear on your bike and how to haul your stuff around. (Baskets! Panniers! Backpacks?) I hope you enjoy it! We get rain about 80% of the time here, maybe more, and I *still* love cycling to work despite getting wet a lot of the time. Low-maintenance hair helps too! Good luck!

  14. Angela W. January 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Happy New Year! What an exciting 2012 for you. I look forward to watching you achieve all your goals for the year.

    I turn 38 this year and I have to say, I love my 30s. I’ve always looked (and acted) younger than my age, but I found people started taking me a little more serious in my 30s. Maybe because I took myself more serious. In my 30s I have found some of the most amazing people (some I even get to call my friends), decided I don’t have to have a set definition for myself as long as I know who I am, I got married, I made my health more important than my work and people are slowing down the “When are you having kids?” question (the answer is never – I love being auntie too much).

    I just wanted to add…I know where a mechanical bull can be found…IN VANCOUVER. Just sayin’. I can’t do it due to health issues, but I’m an AWESOME cheerleader for those who ride the bull.

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      Where? Is it Roosters? That’s what I was thinking. It’ll be embarassing for sure, but why on earth not give it a go? Tell me where the bull is! :)

      That is awesome to hear your thoughts on being 30+! I’m feeling the same about taking myself more seriously – taking care of my health, taking care of myself, and all that good stuff. (Flossing more too – My dentist will be so pleased.) I’ve always looked younger than my age too, definitely not close to 30. Finally it feels like a good thing! :) And yay for people slowing down the kids question. Pretty sure my answer is never too but I prefer not to get into it. From what I’ve heard, as we move into our thirties, we become more sure of ourselves and who we are. I like the sounds of that!

  15. learningnewtricks January 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I agree with Brandy’s friend who is now living in assisted living. Don’t wait until you are older to enjoy life on any level. Live your dreams — don’t ever put them off until it’s way too late. My father passed away 22 years ago from cancer without ever visiting the two places he wanted to see — Rome and Argentina. I decided after he passed away, to not postpone living my dreams.

    I prefer to make my resolutions as they occur to me. Waiting until the first of the year to make them seems too limiting to me. In this way, I reach my resolutions faster, and can add new ones as they arise.

    What a wonderful idea — to build a wardrobe full of awesomeness. I am working on making more of my garments, and recently made 6 new skirts (some underlined, some underlined/lined, and some only lined). I have been working on making dresses this past year, but always need help with fitting the bodice. I decided to learn pattern drafting because it is the one thing in sewing that presents the most challenge in my sewing knowledge and experience. I have been taking sewing classes for years, but they don’t teach pattern drafting. In search of a pattern drafting tutorial, I found a good one on YouTube for pattern drafting (and her blog) pandemicapparel.com.

    Wish you continued success in your thriving business. Really love your blog, and the attention you place on everything you write, create, and highlight. Happy New Year!

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

      It’s true, new year’s is not the only time to make changes or improve your life. You never know what will inspire you, or challenge you! Good for you for not postponing your dreams and happiness. And for making six new skirts! That’s exciting. Pattern drafting is great to learn, the skills and the understanding of how a flat piece of paper is shaped to fit the body is so valuable even if you never draft another pattern. I love figuring out how things go together and how a bunch of measurements become a 3D shape and form. Magic! Well, not magic but still pretty neat to see how it works.
      Thanks for the kind thoughts and have a fantastic start to the year!! :)

  16. Clare January 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Have a very happy, successful 2012 and enjoy making your dreams come true. If there’s a mechanical bull in Vancouver, you could ride it before the weekend! I don’t normally make resolutions but this year I plan to be better at keeping in touch with friends and family. It can be hard when everyone’s busy but I missed seeing a lot of special people in 2011 and don’t want to do that again this year.

    • Tasia January 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

      Thank you! You too. Have a wonderful year and enjoy keeping up with the important people in your life! That’s a great resolution that you’ll feel good about keeping. Someone once said, whenever you’re thinking about someone, call them! right then! Even if they’re busy, and even if you’re busy, just letting them know you’re thinking about them feels good.
      Will keep you all posted on the bull-riding experiment as well. :)

  17. Mary January 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Happy New Year Tasia, and Happy 30th. It only gets better!

    My sewing resolutions include using some of my stashed wardrobe patterns to build some outfits. I find I am usually in the same kind of silhouette due to making up my TNT separates and would like to have easy options to pull out a new look for myself.

  18. Allison Page January 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Just wanted to thank you for sending the St. James pattern to my mom. You are great.

  19. Irene January 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    I wish you a wonderfully creative and productive new year! And keep on dreaming those big dreams, because that’s how you get to places.

  20. TanitIsis January 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Aww, thanks for the link! I am so excited to see what you get up to this next year :). My closet could definitely use some work in the awesome department… we are due for a weed, yes indeed.

  21. Dana January 3, 2012 at 2:35 am #

    Hi Tasia. Welcome back! I don’t want to sound funny, but I missed you while you were away :(I hope you had a great holiday. I love you plans for this year. I have been reading your blog for about 6 months or so, I think I found your blog in a google search for wardrobe planning so I am really looking forward to those posts. You have inspired me to create goals for myself this year in relation to sewing etc and for that I thank you. Have a great 2012, I look forward to sharing your journey via this blog. Dana.

  22. Amanda January 3, 2012 at 3:10 am #

    Hi Tasia!

    Happy New Year to you! Your goals are so inspiring – a great reminder to the rest of us. I like your idea of incorporating staples into our wardrobe. :)

    I would love to see more separates like a pair of pants and/or another blouse. Also, I know this is not a separate but maybe some type of wrap dress (’70s inspired?). I find myself wearing wrap dresses all year long – they’re so versatile! There’s one I have hanging in my closet that I still wear to this day from the year 2000! Can you believe it? That proves they’re timeless / ageless, too. ;)

    Best of wishes to you with your personal life and professional life! I’m really looking forward to see what you have in store for us in 2012. :)

    Take care!

  23. Amanda January 3, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    Firstly, happy new year!

    Secondly, I love this! What a great set of goals for 2012!

    I’m also embarking on the wardrobe from scratch idea and am so looking forward to beginning my 30s with clothing that fits and matches my slowly evolving style!

    And good luck with your bucket list! What better time than now?

    A :D

  24. KJ January 3, 2012 at 4:23 am #

    Hi Tasia
    Well if you’re taking requests, I’m always a sucker for patterns I think I can wear to work (especially dresses). Pencil skirts are corporate but not especially flattering to my “extra-ripe” pear shape. And sundresses are cute, but not corporate! If only there was someone out there who designed patterns for pear shaped women…. oh wait…
    Happy 2012! Love your work.

  25. HipDroppedStitches January 3, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    Happy New Year! I am also hoping to focus on wardrobe planning as it relates to sewing. “A closet full of awesome…” I love it!

  26. Suzie January 3, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Happy New Year Tasia – and congratulations on such an amazing 2011!
    I love the idea of having a wardrobe full of awesomeness, it’s a great plan – looking forward to seeing yours grow.
    I’ve made some plans for my 2012, based on a 12 in 2012 challenge. I just hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew! Time will tell!

    As for 2011, my favourite make was definitely my Crescent skirt – so thanks for making and sharing this pattern with the world!

    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for this year!!!

  27. Nethwen January 3, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    I’ll be 30 this year, too and it definitely doesn’t look like what I imagined. I think once I find a way to support myself, being this age won’t bother me as much. Now if only the assumptions that I’m married/have a boyfriend would slow down so that I can stop trying to politely explain to people that a man I can respect is better than simply having a man and no, I’m not panicked about having children… Oh, well. People mean well, I suppose.

    Patterns for pants for heavy-weight fabrics would be great, especially jeans with boot cut or straight-from-the-hip legs and options for where the waist sits. One of my first pleasure purchases after I become gainfully employed will be some of your patterns. I asked for them for Christmas, but no go.

  28. Emilie January 3, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Happy new year to you too! I’m turning 30 this year also and I’m not sure how to feel about it!
    Hope the year brings good things for you and that the wedding is everything you want it to be!

  29. Katitarian January 3, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    This must be the blog for people turning 30. I will be turning 30 as well this year (although I just turned 29)… Turning 30 has certainly dwarfed during 29!

    My year end goal was cleaning out the closet to make room for the new.

    My goal is to stop rushing my sewing and to do it because I enjoy doing it – not because it needs to be done. I had a lot of sewing to do this fall. Instead of it being something I could simply enjoy, it became one more thing to manage, one more (or 4 more!) items on a checklist.

    I’d also like to sew and wear more dresses. I think they’re so pretty, but I rarely feel comfortable wearing them. I buy them, hanging them up in my closet, but rarely do I wear them. I have full skirts, and long skirts, and all sorts, but I put them on and say this isn’t me and they go back on the hanger.

  30. Annelise January 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Happy New Year!

    I am not turning 30 this year, but it’s still a big year for me! Finishing my PhD, moving to a new city, and getting a new job.

    I’m taking a break from sewing while I finish my thesis, but I have a laundry list of projects I want to do. Generally, I want to learn how to work with lace and learn how to fit better. I’ll probably try my hand at my first FBA this year.

  31. Catholic Bibliophagist January 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    I have to smile at all of you who are turning 30 this year. You’re all young enough to be my daughters.

    The Sewaholic patterns are so sweet and youthful that I was a little hesitant when I first started sewing the Crescent skirt — I was afraid it would be “too young” for me. But I just made it a bit longer than the pattern calls for and it looks fine. In fact, I’ve gotten compliments on it at work and people can’t believe it’s home-sewn.

    Which brings me to this year’s goal. I have only two or three outfits that I can wear to work, so my resolution is to sew a new wardrobe. (I accidentally lost a lot of weight last year so a lot of my old stuff just doesn’t fit. And the rest of it is so old and shabby that I’m ashamed of it.)

    My pattern suggestions:

    1) Dresses that are not sleeveless!

    2) Any garment made with knits (because I have no experience with that type of fabric and would like to learn).


  32. Becky January 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    Hello and Happy New Year! I’m new to your blog (thank you sew, mama, sew!) but am looking forward to following. My goal this year is to think ahead. In the past I have started things way too late in the season and by the time I had finished my (for example) summer dress with knitted shrug, it was fall and too cold to wear for the next 8 months :(
    BTW, I am turning 34 in a month. Looking back from the other side, I have to say that turning 30 was not nearly as painful as I thought it would be. I spent my birthday with my sisters and best girlfriends having too much fun to be sad! Plus, like a fine wine or cheese, I think am getting better with age.
    40 may be a different story….

  33. Becky January 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    I would love to see your take on pants, Tasia!

  34. StephC January 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Happy New Year! Sounds fantastic. Especially the bull riding.

    I never learned to drive. (Partly fear, partly an eye-brain issue.) This is the year I will face my issues and try to learn.


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