Hey, I’m back!

Hey everyone, I’m back! I’ll start posting regularly again starting this week. I missed blogging and hearing from all of you guys!

What have I been doing? All kinds of things! I didn’t really take a break from working, but I did enjoy some quieter time to think and plan.

I hiked up a mountain! My sister and I climbed the Chief, a beautiful but intense hike just north of Vancouver. See that cliff there? We’re on the other peak and literally, we’re at the edge of a cliff. You have to climb a ladder and pull yourself up with a chain to get to the peak. I’m a little afraid of heights, but I did it! This is a really rewarding hike. Afterwards, you’re so happy that you did it!

I’ve been thinking about Sewaholic Patterns and what I want it to be. I’ve set some ambitious goals for the business, and have several exciting plans in the works. Stay tuned for more!

I did what Jessica suggested and sewed something just for fun! Here’s a sneak peek:

Doesn’t give you much of a hint, does it? Can you guess what it is? I love the colours in the fabric! (A floral print! Are you surprised?)

I’ve also been knitting. Want to see what I’ve been making? Can we talk about knitting projects on a sewing blog?

I’ve been thinking about sewing for fall and planning Fall projects. I really enjoy sewing for fall! Wools, textured fabrics, tweeds and corduroy are so luxurious and fun to work with. I’d say it’s my favourite season to sew for, but I equally love sewing for Spring – bright colours and light fabrics are so refreshing after a cold and rainy winter! It’s the change of the seasons that I enjoy.

Speaking of sewing for spring and summer, I loved looking at all of your finished Lonsdale dresses linked in the comments to this post. So many gorgeous projects! So many great ideas and inspiration if you haven’t sewn up a Lonsdale dress yet.

September is just around the corner and I’m debating whether to participate in Self-Stitched September. Would you be interested in seeing self-stitched outfits (along with other posts of course) during the month of September? Are you participating?

That’s it for now, but there’s certainly more to come! Happy sewing, everyone!

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18 Responses to Hey, I’m back!

  1. Gemma August 29, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    Beautiful beautiful fabric! Welcome back too – I missed my 4pm (Greek time) Sewaholic fix!

  2. Sewingdina August 29, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    Welcome back Tasia. I look forward to hearing about your future business plans. Hmm I’m wondering if that’s the ruffle sleeve on a Pendrell blouse! I’m curious now.

  3. Shawnta August 29, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    It doesn’t matter what it is cause that fabric is gorgeous!!!! I’m participating in SSS11, maybe you can do a weekly recap since you are a veteran to the challenge instead of daily post.

  4. Ella August 29, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    Hi Tasia,
    Welcome back! Congrats on doing the Chief- that is a tough hike. I’d like to see you participate in Self Stitched September. I’m doing it and planning to post a weekly recap on my blog. I can’t wait to hear more about your business plans.

  5. Virginia August 29, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    I missed your posts, welcome back……. I say that’s a cresent skirt or a dress

  6. Funnygrrl August 29, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Welcome back to the bloggosphere!
    Yes, please post self-stitched Sept outfits. I find they really help me sew for a wardrobe (as opposed to single pieces) when I see how others build outfits.
    Looking forward to what you have in store for Sewaholic Patterns!

  7. Tasha August 29, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    Welcome back! While you were gone I sewed my first Pendrell blouse, yay! It was such an awesome pattern to work with.

    I totally think you can talk about knitting on a sewing blog. After all it’s your blog, and it’s not like you don’t occasionally mention other topics. Like–wow–that incredible looking hike! The scenery looks awe-inspiring.

    I’m all excited for fall sewing though haven’t had time to start yet. I’m going on vacation later this week and by the time I get back I should have a big order o’ fall fabric order on my doorstep, so I’ll have no excuse not to start. :)

  8. Caroline August 29, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Welcome back! Glad you are refreshed. :) No, please talk about knitting on your blog, I do on mine, though mine isn’t strictly a sewing blog I guess. I too am excited to hear your ideas for Sewaholic patterns too. My Pendrell blouse is coming up soon in my queue, after I finish the Easter outfits for the boys that didn’t get made in the spring, and they are turning into hubby’s 40th birthday outfits.

    I enjoy posts about SSS – I don’t think I’ll participate officially as I’m not sure I’ll do it every
    day. But would love to see yours and you styling your handmade garments.

    Oh, and I think you made a crescent skirt. Is that the waistband there?

  9. Stacy aka Stacybeads August 29, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    What a gorgeous view! I personally would love to see your knitting! I debated about SSS too, but finally decided to do it. Hope you will join too!

  10. Helena August 29, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    I like your work and would love to see you in SSS, I’m in it myself.

    We drove by the Cheif when we were visiting Vancouver in May, it was beautiful there, I’m jealous of your living there.

  11. Corinne August 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    First, welcome back, always look forward to your posts. Second, congrats on the hike/climb! I am also afraid of heights but choose to no longer test myself. I like it down here, I plan to stay:) Next, I am always interested in your current project and I do think knitting and actually any needlecraft/needle-art is appropriate on an sewing blog. While each is a separate entity, one can contribute and enhance the other. For example, I have been known to knit “fabric” panels to fit a particular sewing pattern then join the knitted “fabric” into a finished garment. I did this with a simple blouse pattern and a no frills jacket with a turn back collar, both are history right now, but the concept has me wanting to do it again!

  12. Val August 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    I’m guessing it’s a fun dress! Great fabric and views! Wow!

  13. Amber Elayne August 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    I love the Chief! I know the break in the trees where you took that picture and am very jealous :)

  14. Jessica August 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Ooooh! Looks like a lovely time off — perfect for scheming and dreaming, as my friend would say =). Also, that fabric is to die for! LOVE the colors and the water coloredness of it all. Hopefully it is selfish sewing that was indulged upon (and selfish knitting?) I have to say, I love fall as well. The colors and textures and layers and feeling of change is so great (that’s the one thing that bums me about my current location, not much of a seasonal transition, ever)

    Welcome back! Ambitious plans, I love it!

  15. Beverly McCall August 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    Hi Tasia,

    I am glad you are back. I recently started blogging and your sewing blog along with some of the others inspired me to give it a try. Liked the others I look forward to your posts. I think its okay to have a knitting page on a sewing blog. They are related. You’ve peaked my curiosity with the snapshot of the floral print. I can see a cute shirtwaist dress in the future. Don’t keep us in suspense.


    Bev (from Hawaii)

  16. Elisabeth August 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Yes, please show your knitting on the blog! I love to see what other people are knitting in addition to what they are sewing.

    I enjoy looking at people’s outfits that they post on blogs for the Self-Stitched and the Me-Made projects. It inspires me to work harder at sewing my own clothes and has really helped me see what patterns are out there for the making! I’ve already got a list a mile long for what to make when I’m no longer pregnant. :)

  17. Kristen August 30, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    Welcome back! Well done on your hike, I love that view, what an intense hike! Of course you can talk about knitting on a sewing blog (I think!)… I can’t wait to see where you are taking Sewaholic!

  18. Catholic Bibliophagist August 30, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    I have no idea what you sewed, but I love the fabric. Is that a large print? (It’s hard to tell scale in a close-up.) Since I’m primarily a quilter, I’m often clueless on what scale print is appropriate for garments. Is that a topic you’ve ever addressed on your blog? I have a large floral that I almost used for my Crescent skirt, but then I chickened out.