School’s Out!

And I’m free to lead Sew-Alongs, design sewing patterns, and build up the Sewtionary!

Four weeks of daily seminars are finally done! It’s been an intense four weeks. We had the amazing opportunity to learn from professionals and past graduates of the Self-Employment Program, all of them successful business owners who came in to share their knowledge.

Over the past few weeks I’ve learned about branding, law, operations, franchising, marketing, sales, public relations, accounting… and more! My head is spinning a little, but it’s reassuring to know that I’ll have the information safely filed in my school binder to look back on over the next year.

So what happens now? Well, we meet monthly with a small group of our classmates. We’ll see how everyone’s doing, and share our successes and challenges. I’m really looking forward to finding out how everyone else does! They’re all equally motivated and talented people. Just when you think everyone in the world goes to work, clocks in a 9-to-5 job they don’t love, and that’s just the way life goes – it’s refreshing to meet fourteen people who are willing to take a risk along with you.

We’ll also meet with our business advisors and report  how our businesses are progressing. Part of our business plan was to set goals and monthly targets. So we’ll be looking at my plan and comparing my progress to make sure I’m on track. The pressure’s on!

The good part? It’s for real. This isn’t some homework assignment full of learning lessons that one day I’ll be able to apply to real life. This is my real life now! Scary, but fun, all at the same time.

A big THANK YOU to the Douglas College Self Employment Program, for accepting me into the program and believing in my business idea! I’d highly recommend this program to anyone with a business idea who’s been laid off and is considering self-employment.

Another round of thank-yous to the wonderful group of people in my intake. You guys are awesome! Thanks for listening, supporting and inspiring me!

(My official certificate – yay! I’m as prepared as I can possibly be for my next adventure.)

What’s coming up around here?

  • The Crescent Sew-Along, of course! Starting Monday we’ll begin making the muslin for our Crescent Skirts.
  • I’m going to finish the O Dress (Vogue 8769) so I can wear it at least a few times before it gets too warm!
  • Tips and tutorials from the Common Thread project: including how to insert lace along seams and how to make padded bust cups.
  • I’ll be moving! May 1st is my official move-in date but between now and then, I’ll be packing and organizing.

Lots of exciting things happening! And of course, plenty of catching up to do on emails and comments and such. One thing’s for sure, I’ll never be bored!

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!


22 Responses to School’s Out!

  1. Lisette April 15, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    Congratulations! I wish we had had to take some business courses when I was at university. Taxes destroyed me last week and I missed out on a lot of exemptions because I had already thrown away all my receipts :(

  2. Misty April 15, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    Congrats, graduate! That’s so exciting! I’m looking forward to following along with your future successes. :)

  3. Ashley April 15, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    Congratulations, I fondly remember the feeling of school being out, few things feel better. :) I can’t wait to see what comes next from sewaholic!

  4. Mia April 15, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    Great job Tasia!!! It’s so awesome you had an opportunity to take this course.

    Good luck with growing your business!

  5. Peacockchic April 15, 2011 at 7:09 am #


  6. fangaroni April 15, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Congratulations! It is awesome that you learned so much, and will have a group of co-business owners to check in with! I saw this dress that reminded me of your “o dress”; previously I hadn’t seen any vintage dresses with that particular bust detail

  7. Charlotte April 15, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    Have a fantastic week-end ! I am always amazed at your enthusiasm while reading your posts. Keep going on like that, it is such a pleasure to read your adventures !

  8. Kelly April 15, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Congratulations! What an amazing program!

  9. Corinne April 15, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Congratulations! I am sure the time just flew by in one sense and seemed forever in another. So much to learn and absorb in such a short period of time. Now the big work proceeds. You have a great start and a loyal following. we are all anxious to see what you do next. Good luck!

  10. Samina April 15, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    Congratulations on completing the first leg of your new professional path. I wish you much success. I’m also looking forward to the sew along. Thanks for waiting until after the 4/18 tax deadline for those of us south of the border!

  11. Ashlee April 15, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Congrats girl, that is so exciting! So many big things in store for you this summer!

  12. Pink Hollybush Designs April 15, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Congratulations and much future success!


  13. Amanda April 15, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Wow! Congratulations! I’m so glad I found your site right before your business really takes off!

    I purchased my skirt pattern yesterday – will be taking notes starting Monday until it arrives in the mail. ;) I can’t wait! Looking forward to this SewAlong and the many ones to come…

    Best of luck to you in the future..


  14. Virginie April 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    congratulations! I do hope everything will work out for your business, I do enjoy following your blog and regret I can’t sew along, but will be following the progress! Also I picked up my ‘sewhip’ magazine, and it had a wee mention of your blouse pattern being available on an english web site. Congrats!!

  15. Val April 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Congrats! I hope it all works out for you and your business!
    SOMEDAY I’ll join you on the sew along. Too many pans in the fire here at the moment tho.

  16. Kris April 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Congratulations! :)

  17. Darci April 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Woo hoo! Congratulations, Tasia! You are going to ROCK this next step in your creative career! So excited to see where this will take you.

  18. Rachel April 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Congratulations on getting through that stage, and the best of luck with the next part. Not that you’ll need it of course.

  19. Amy April 16, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Congratulations! I hope you’re having a nice, relaxing weekend to celebrate your big accomplishment. I’m looking forward to the start of the Sew-Along and all of the other posts you have planned!

  20. Tasia April 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    Thank you, everyone!! I had a nice weekend, not too relaxing, as I’ve been too excited to get started on things!

    See, I planned the sew-along to start after tax deadline on purpose! I don’t know about you but I can’t relax when I have chore-type work to do. I need to clean up before I’m able to fully enjoy the fun stuff. (How boring of me!)

    Hope YOU all had a lovely weekend too! :)

  21. Casey April 19, 2011 at 4:47 am #

    I’m a bit behind on my blog feeds right now, but I wanted to say a big congratulations to you!!! I can’t wait to see where you take things post-classes!!! :)

    ‚ô• Casey

  22. Tilly April 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Fantastic, Tasia. Your life is so exciting right now!!