Smart Cookie

Hey, everyone! Thought you might get a bit of a laugh at the fortune in my fortune cookie:

Even fortune cookies somehow know that I sew too much frosting and not enough cake! How appropriate. (I think I love opening fortune cookies more than I like eating them. What it is about a message on a tiny piece of paper that’s so appealing?)

Speaking of that blog post, I realized after reading all of the comments on the Frosting and Cake post that not everyone aspires to sew an entire wardrobe. Plenty of you are perfectly happy sewing what pleases you, be it fancy dresses or pretty tops. You don’t worry about sewing an equal amount of basics, because you’ll just buy those. I forget that not everyone is as sewing-obsessed as me. Or perhaps you love sewing just as much, but you’re more realistic about how much time you have to sew, and you want it to be fun!

And while we’re talking about sewing and patterns, my next pattern is in the works! We’ve just finished pattern testing. I saw plenty of beautiful versions of the new design all sewn up and I think you’re going to like it. I can’t wait to share it with you! It’s perfect for summer sewing and carries well into the fall. And it has pockets. That’s all I’m going to say for now!

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Have a great day, everyone!

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32 Responses to Smart Cookie

  1. Annabelle April 19, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    Oh Tasia, I am highly anticipating your next pattern. I love that you say it’s perfect for summer and carries well into fall. I think your pattern releases are more exciting than Colette, the big 4, anything else in the sewing community. Please don’t make us wait too much longer ;)

    • Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

      Well thank you! That is a fantastic compliment. I can’t wait to share this one with you and I hope you like it! Just need to get everything lined up and ready to go!

  2. Steph A April 19, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    You know, that’s interesting! That explains a lot about my sewing too. For the last year I’ve been on a mission to sew a wardrobe, as I find it hard to buy clothing that fits properly. And I’m feeling pretty stressed by it all, I just want to get a dozen basics made so I can move on! It’s taken a long time, but I’ve now started on a track that I think will work: the TNT track! So I’m making a pants block with StephC at, and beginning to work on the bodice and skirt slopers using a book I recently found, Patternmaking in Fashion. Hopefully this time next year I’ll have the cake finished and can then begin on the icing! :)

    • Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      Sounds like you have it all planned out! Maybe alternate – one ‘cake’ project for every icing project? That way you can have both, and it doesn’t seem like you’re denying yourself the pleasure of sewing shiny, printy things. :)

  3. Seraphinalina April 19, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    I like fortune cookies too, particularly the double fortune ones.
    Looking forward to seeing the new release!

    • Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

      Double fortunes! I don’t think that’s ever happened to me!

  4. Caroline April 19, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Wow – that is incredibly prescient of that fortune to hop in that cookie to hop in your mouth! Love it. Sometimes I make fortune cookies as gifts, usually chocolate. I think the recipe is from Martha Stewart. Other than burned fingers, it’s really fun. Some of my favorite fortunes to throw in are:

    You are not illiterate.

    If you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.

    Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

    Some dream of fortunes. Others dream of cookies.

    You can always find happiness at work on Friday.

    If you see an onion ring – answer it!

    • Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

      Hahaha! Love it. “If you see an onion ring – answer it!” Hilarious!

      What lovely gifts, homemade fortune cookies! Even better if they’re chocolate. Yum. You’re making me hungry! :)

  5. Anna April 19, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Tasia, Thanks for letting me know about the mailing list! I’m excited for the inside scoop and even more excited for your next pattern!!

    • Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

      Ah, you’re welcome!

  6. JillyB April 19, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    I am so excited for your next pattern–I have been waiting since we got the pattern tester email :)

    • Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

      Thanks! I’m glad you’re excited! :)

  7. Angela April 19, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Oh, how exciting! How soon do we get to know more about this new pattern?

    • Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

      Soon! As soon as I get photos taken and get everything ready for its launch – in a week or so!

  8. fangaroni April 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    How appropriate! (The fortune cookie). Must say I am very eager to hear about your new pattern release!!!

    • Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

      I know, eh? I’m pretty sure I was wearing something loud and colourful when I opened it, too.. Glad you’re excited!

  9. Dana April 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Yay. Cannot wait for the new pattern! I aim to make my whole wardrobe, I have been thinking a lot about basics these last few weeks. Hmmmm, I wonder what you have in store for us.

    Caroline…. What wonderful fortunes you write!

    • Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

      That’s awesome that you aim to make your whole wardrobe! It’s a wonderful challenge to take on. I’ve been thinking a lot about basics, too, recently, the more I realize that every brightly printed top needs *something* to go on the bottom or it will never get worn!

  10. nothy lane April 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    I can’t wait for the next pattern Tasia. I am really excited. I was at Reitman’s a few days ago and I saw a knock-off of your Pendrell blouse. I realized I have a much better (and better made) version of the blouse at home! I love the three patterns I do have from you and I am looking forward to more!


    • Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      Ha, nice! I’ve seen similar tops all over the place since the release of the Pendrell. It’s cool because it gives us more ideas and inspiration – I saw something similar in yellow with white trim that I really liked!
      So glad you like the patterns you’ve purchased so far!

  11. Rachelle April 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Very excited for this new pattern Tasia! I love pockets, and wish women’s clothing included more of them!

    • Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

      I couldn’t agree more! :)

  12. Koreann Hearn April 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Tasia, I found your site when I was poking thru ‘This ain’t your Grandma’s sewing circle!’ and ordered the minarou right away, followed by the renfrew and pendrell. So far, so great, and I want you to know that you are creative and brave and fun! I’ve been wearing more of my own me-mades to work and taking more pride with my own gift of sewability. I’m looking forward to the new patterns, too! Best of luck and warm wishes to you!
    Kori from Newfoundland

    • Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

      Thank you! Thrilled to hear you’re out there, proudly wearing your me-mades! It’s a wonderful thing to be able to sew your own clothing – all of a sudden you can make your clothes in any colour, any style, any season and you’re no longer limited to what’s in store!

  13. Ash April 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    Tasia, you’re a tease! Haha, eagerly looking forward to your next pattern … although I don’t know what can top the Minoru – I’ve been wearing it every day since I finished it a month ago, and number two is already in the works!

    • Tasia April 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

      Ha, yup! Great to hear you are loving the Minoru Jacket. This one may be ever-so-slightly less practical but I hope you like it too! :)

  14. kata April 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    How exciting about the new pattern!

    While reading your post, I kept thinking, you’re so much more organized than I am. Or? Let’s say I’m more “realistic” about how much time I have to sew (my husband, who knows how late I often stay up just to sew, would probably beg to differ), I like that as an explanation… (instead of saying that I also like to shop too much… although sewing has replaced at least a part of my shopping…)

  15. Inna April 21, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    Is the new pattern pants?????

  16. Pauline April 21, 2012 at 3:53 am #

    I am so excited to see what beautiful pattern you are making for us! I can’t wait to discover it. Now, I am heading to my sewing machine as there is some frosting waiting to be sewn together!
    Have a nice week-end!

  17. scuffsan April 21, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    It’s always exciting to see what your next pattern will be! Something with pockets…sure sounds good too me :)

  18. irem - SewingYourStyle April 22, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    I think if you eat more of those fortune cookies, you’ll have plenty of other dress pattern ideas reminded by the mystical forces of fortune! Hmm, simplicity and clarity… I think I have a vision about your next pattern…

  19. Tilly April 23, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    You’re not planning to sew a Claret red Simplicity design, are you? Looking forward to seeing the new pattern! x