New Pattern Announcement Coming Monday!

It’s back from printing! The newest pattern from Sewaholic Patterns is back from the printers and nearly ready to announce. Here’s a shot of the pattern envelope coming off the printing machine – you can just barely see the cover!

new pattern from sewaholic patterns, fresh off the printing machine!

This printing machine is the size of several cars placed end-to-end. It’s massive! The paper goes through the whole machine, from end to end, and the different colours are layered on the paper. If you look very closely at the envelope, through a magnifying glass, you can see that the background colours aren’t a solid colour but made up of tiny dots in magenta, yellow, and cyan. (Turquoise blue, hot pink and yellow if you aren’t sure what those colours look like.)

how big the printer is - huge!(here’s how big the printer is – those steps are the size of normal steps!)

There are four envelopes printed on one sheet of paper, which is then cut apart and assembled into envelopes at the printer. (This is why it makes sense to print two different patterns at once, 2+2, or four different patterns at once, 1+1+1+1, but not three or five.)

Instruction sheets are also printed at the same printer, on huge machines like this. I’m very happy that they arrive at my door pre-folded, so all I have to do is slip the tissue into the folded instructions, slide the instructions into the envelope and then fold the top tab in.

Which is what I’ll be doing all weekend! Busy stuffing envelopes for Monday’s big launch. Stay tuned for the new pattern announcement on Monday!

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25 Responses to New Pattern Announcement Coming Monday!

  1. Liz May 17, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    Super excited! Looking forwards to getting both the Tofino and Renfrew pattern from sewsquirrel.com.au =]

  2. Lisa A May 17, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    Oooh, I can’t wait to see it, it almost looks like shorts or a skirt, it’s really hard to see in that picture! Can’t wait to find out.

  3. Esz May 17, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    It’s so cool you got to go to see the press in action. Setting up those kinds of files is my day job, except we do packaging for supermarkets but the litho presses are all very similar.
    Do you do a press approval of each pattern on its first print run? :-)

    • Tasia May 17, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      Yes! I go down to the printers, they print off the first few sheets and I check the colour, compare the background colour to make sure it matches the existing patterns. It’s neat to see!

  4. Carla May 17, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    I am dying to make it!!!

  5. CGCouture May 17, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    This is a neat behind the scenes look, I’d love to see a video of how this works! :-) Congrats on the new pattern! :-)

  6. Diane @ Vintage Zest May 17, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    Nice! Congrats to us to for a new pattern to try. :)

  7. Maggie May 17, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Congratulations! I can’t wait for the big reveal :)

  8. meganleiann May 17, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    How do they get folded? I am always perplexed at how seemingly random the folds are on pattern tissue.

    • Tasia May 17, 2013 at 8:41 am #

      The tissue paper is folded by machine. I haven’t seen it in action but that’s why most patterns’ tissue is the same size, no matter how many pieces are in the pattern. The full sheet of tissue is cut to fit into the folding machine, so that’s why you get a few pieces folded up together.

  9. chase May 17, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    I’m so excited to see the new pattern…I’m putting it on my calendar! Brava!!!!

  10. Carolyn May 17, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    So excited to see your new pattern!! Monday never looked so good :)

  11. Pamela @ Johnny Mango Seed May 17, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    What a blessed way to spend your weekend–working toward something that nourishes your spirit and others’!
    Pamela

    • Tasia May 17, 2013 at 10:15 am #

      Thank you Pamela, what a nice way of putting it!

  12. Nayla May 17, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Congratulations on you’re new pattern! I can’t wait to see what it is!

  13. Amanda May 17, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Saw the pattern in the email send to mailing list subscribers – it’s so cute, Tasia!

  14. LLBB May 17, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    so excited!

  15. Corinne May 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Not that I want to rush my long weekend but I’m so looking forward to getting this new pattern!

  16. Ledys May 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    So exciting! Thanks for sharing this, and can’t wait to hear you talk about the process behind this awesome new pattern:-)

  17. Katherine May 18, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    It’s lovely to think that you’ve personally put together each pattern envelope, especially when they travel to people on the other side of the world! Thanks for spending your weekend packing patterns for us!

  18. Amy May 18, 2013 at 3:39 am #

    Can’t wait!!!!!

  19. Stephanie Lanzetti May 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    bring it on… my next week was looking pretty blah until now… something to look forward to.

    Congrats.

    Stephanie

    http://in-my-backyard.net

  20. Kathleen May 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    I’ve just awarded you with a “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” over at my blog!!

    You can view it here: http://midvalevintagepost.blogspot.com/2013/05/very-inspiring-blogger-award.html

    Kathleen

  21. Wendy May 19, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Congratulations with your new pattern! I am sure it will be equally genius as it’s brothers and sisters! Looking really forward to seeing it!