Hello 2013, and Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! Can you believe it’s now 2013? That seems like a futuristic year, 2013, far away from now. And yet, here we are. Did you have a good New Year’s Eve?

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2012 was an amazing year. Without spending too much time reflecting, I’m happy to say that I met all of my goals for the business. One of my goals was to get to 10 patterns in the line, and ended the year releasing the the Hollyburn SkirtĀ  to make it a nice round ten. We’re off to a fantastic start!

Looking back on last year’s New Year post, I wrote about wanting to talk about wardrobe building (I did that, a little) and crossing things off my bucket list (I did that! Grand Canyon, I saw it, it was amazing. I have a 9,000 piece puzzle at home but haven’t started it yet.) I feel really good about how the year ended, and know this next one is going to be even more exciting!

This year, I’d like to do two things – grow the pattern line, and have a good time! I spent last year working hard, to the point where I almost felt like I couldn’t ever take a break. And when I finally did take some time off, it was wonderful! (Not only was it a much needed break from work, but nothing went wrong. The business didn’t fall apart in my absence. I think I needed to experience it in order to believe it was possible to be a solo business owner and still take a break.)

Taking time away reminded me of how cool my job is, and how fortunate I am to be doing something I’m so passionate about. So I want to enjoy developing the new patterns, while providing you with helpful resources so that your sewing projects are the best they can be. That’s a pretty good goal, don’t you think?

(Want to see what I wrote at the beginning of 2012? Hello 2012, and Happy New Year!)

What about you? Any sewing-related goals for the upcoming year? Did you reach your sewing goals for 2012?

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37 Responses to Hello 2013, and Happy New Year!

  1. Sewing Sveta January 1, 2013 at 6:26 am #

    Happy New Year! Nice to read when somebody has nice time!%)

    • Sewing Sveta January 1, 2013 at 7:47 am #

      BTW, I am 1982 baby too. Also I am plan to move to Vancouver this year%)

      • Tasia January 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

        Very cool! Vancouver is a great place to live, it does rain a lot but it makes us thankful for the clear days. There are plenty of outdoorsy things to do, from mountains to beaches. And several great fabric stores too!

  2. Miriam January 1, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    Happy new year, too!

  3. Tina Spear January 1, 2013 at 7:06 am #

    Congratulations Tasia! I’m glad you met your goals. Thanks for working so hard producing patterns so we can benefit from them. I just recently finished my first Renfrew and loved the way it turned out. So much so, I am making a second one. Thanks also for helping me get over my fear of sewing with knits. I am a seasoned sewer, but not experienced sewing with knits. My mother, like you, was a pattern designer but she designed for McCall’s Pattern Company for about 20 years. In fact, she pulled them out of chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the early 1980’s with the design of her long eared lop ear bunny pattern. If interested, you can google her name, Faye Wine patterns, and her patterns will come up. So, I know exactly how much work you go through designing your pattern line. I used to remember her throwing ideas around in her head, jotting down ideas, sketching ideas & dreaming of ideas & waking up in the middle of the night to write down her latest envision. Thank you again for all your effort. I appreciate your hard work and have enjoyed reading your blog.

    • Tasia January 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

      Thank you Tina! I am so glad you enjoyed making the Renfrew, that pattern does make it much easier to sew with knits as there’s no tricky hemming!

      That is really neat that your mother was a pattern designer. I looked up the bunny pattern and I remember seeing that design before! Very cool. The way you described your mother working is just like how I work – constantly scribbling in a little notebook and waking up in the middle of the night with an idea! It totally happens like that. Ideas and solutions can come at the strangest times.

  4. chase January 1, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    I agree with Sveta…but I am an old old 1976 baby…. but I still agree, it’s wonderful to read a positive post, and terrific to hear how well the year went for you, and how you’re planning to rock even harder this year! Happy New Year! PS I am gonna order a couple more patterns as soon as our holiday madness (ie, the kids at home) is over. Love every single one so far!

    • Tasia January 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      Thank you! I love it, I am totally planning to rock even harder this year. I feel like I’ve just been getting warmed up the last two years!

  5. Leslie Albers January 1, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Hi Tasia

    I enjoy your blog and follow faithfully. I am a sewing teacher at a high school in Victoria and am passionate about teaching future sewers proper sewing techniques while getting their creatives juices flowing.Like yours, it is a very cool job. If you ever come to Victoria , you should come and visit me . I could show you all you need to know about the sewing scene here- wouldn’t that be a fun blog??

    Also, if you ever need any more pattern testers I am interested.

    Happy 2013!


    • Tasia January 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      Thanks Leslie! I have done a handful of high school visits in the Lower Mainland and enjoy speaking to students, if I am ever in Victoria I will be sure to contact you!

  6. Danielle D January 1, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Happy New Year!

  7. Lora January 1, 2013 at 10:27 am #


    I had a block of time (years) where I sewed very little while I worked and went to school. I am getting back into the creativity of sewing and fear my projects look home-made. After spending hours on a garment, it is the curse of death that it looks that way. Perhaps you could pose the question “What are some tips you have to make home-made look store bought and/or better?” sometime this year. I am graduating this spring, and would like to sew classic office attire that looks professional. My goal this year is to find out how to do that.

    I appreciate your site. It really is a source of helps and inspiration. You are very knowledgeable.

    Thank you.


    • Tasia January 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

      Lora, this is a great question and a wonderful idea for a future blog post. I have a couple of ideas that I’ll write up properly and post in the coming weeks! Congrats on your upcoming graduation!

  8. Corinne January 1, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Congratulations on such a productive year. Here’s hoping 2013 will be everything you want and need it to be. Happy New Year.

  9. Louisa January 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Glad 2012 was so successful for you, Tasia! Wishing you even more for 2013. Happy New Year!

  10. Gail January 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Happy New Year to you too. Is that Sydney Harbour fireworks in your pic? If it is it WAS my NY party!

    • Tasia January 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

      I think it is! I was looking for a new fireworks picture that I hadn’t used before and this one was impressive!

  11. Rachel January 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Happy New Year! Glad to hear you achieved your goals this year. I didn’t really set any specific goals for the year, just to enjoy sewing, which I definitely did. I’ve set the same ‘goal’ for this year too :)

    • Tasia January 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      Enjoying yourself is a great goal! It’s easy to get too task-oriented when it comes to goal setting and planning for the year.

  12. Kelly January 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    I don’t know if I’m seeing things, but it totally looks like the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge in the fireworks photo!

    Just wanted to say as well,I have had sewing fail, after fail, after fail lately, but I made a pair of Thurlow shorts for NYE and they turned out! I feel like I have my sewing mojo back!

    • Lucy January 2, 2013 at 2:10 am #

      TOTALLY Sydney!

    • Tasia January 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      So great to hear that your Thurlows turned out well!

  13. Gail Everson January 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    Hi , The only place I have bought fabric from on-line is e Quilter, I love the fabric, but as others have stated , the shipping charges are the killer and each time I have also had to pay duty when it arrives at the post office, so, it make what I’ve saved on the fabric actually costing me more than had I bought it from a fabric store here, and, it’s in yards , so that factors in as well, but I love looking and wishing on their website, beautiful stuff.

  14. Eleyna January 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    Happy New Year! Thanks for working so hard and being such an inspiration. Cheers to a great 2013! Looking forward to reading your posts, trying more sewaholic patterns and learning more from you and your blog.

    • Tasia January 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

      Thank you! I am so glad that you’re learning lots and enjoying the patterns.

  15. Mary January 2, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Happy new year!
    Congratulations on your sewing pattern review nominations! That number of patterns up for the ‘award’ is incredible.

    Mary in Thailand

    • Tasia January 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      Thank you! It’s so exciting to be in the Top 10 list for pattern of the year! I was so surprised and excited to see the list. Thanks to all of you who reviewed my patterns so favourably!

  16. Thea January 2, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Happy New Year to you too! As I only started sewing last year, I couldn’t hit/miss any goals. This year, I’m planning to work my way through the stash of your patterns I’ve built up, and the Colette patterns. Really looking forward to it!

    • Tasia January 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

      Welcome to the world of sewing! Colette Patterns are fantastic and I hope you enjoy my patterns as well!

  17. Maggie January 2, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Happy New Year! Wow, you were productive last year! I am excited to see what you have in store for us this year :)

    • Tasia January 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

      Thank you! It sure was a great year last year. I can’t wait to share some of my new designs for 2013!

  18. Mollie January 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Congrats ! I discovered in 2012 that sewing is a hidden passion for me! It really changed my life and some of my life goals! I am trying to learn as much as I can ! I really admire your hard work on this blog and making it what it is. I really like the sew-alongs, but I have yet to try one. They have helped me trouble shoot some commercial patterns I have bought and worked on. I cannot wait to see what you have in store for 2013! Also would you consider doing a sew-along for the cordova jacket?

  19. Karen January 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    I started my New Year finding this sewing sight. Having been browsing site. Love the items finished. I will have to say some of the best sewing I have seen. Very professionally done. When I sew I guess I like for everything to be right and not thrown together..Already had asked for advise from Tasia which I used about a man’s suit coat. I am sure I will get some great advise and info here. Happy New Year Ya’ll

  20. Kylie Lumsden July 5, 2014 at 6:22 am #

    Attention to detail, consistent tension & stitch length assists to make a job look more professionally made. My mum taught me to sew when I was around 7-8yrs and when I was 14 I used to make all my own clothes, it usedto frustrate me that you could tell it was home made.

    I decided to make a pair of pants, and analyzed the construction of Levi’s 501’s. It was a great learning process. I put the garment together (in a completely different type of fabric) but matched the construction type, stitch sequence, tension, length. Pressed as I proceeded through the process.

    The garment always received compliments.
    Sewing button holes selecting buttons appropriately is also important.

    Press press press, stitch length (small), good tension, and seams make a difference.

    I have also pulled apart garments that particularly suit me and have made patterns from them & matched the seeing techniques. There are designs that suit your body type & you feel good in, capitalise on that, don’t swim against the tide; the model in the shot looks fab, but isn’t you. Know yourself & enjoy the creativity of outputting functional usable garments.