Thank you! Plus, answers to questions about the Sewtionary…

First of all, thank you all SO MUCH for all the positive comments in response to the Sewtionary book announcement! I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you are excited about this book. It’s full of as much useful sewing information as I could pack into 256 pages. I hope you like it, when it’s finally printed and released to the world!


I’m glad you guys like the cover, too. Isn’t it delightfully pink? It’s pink, it has a flowered dress on it, but it isn’t overtly pink and floral-ized. You know, where it’s supposed to look like a product for women? Books, for Her? I feel like the design captures the spirit of my blog and company, it’s fresh and appealing and yet still has a vintage-inspired feel. Anyways, I love it. There’s a chance it could change between now and the actual launch date, but for now, this is the cover!

Did you know? On Monday the Sewtionary was the #13 best selling book in the Sewing category on Amazon. And then it was #7! And then on Tuesday was #5! I have no idea if that’s good or average, but it sure was exciting to see it move up the charts.

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Screen-captured! Look, the Sewtionary is the #5 top selling book in sewing yesterday. You guys did that, so thank you!

Some questions came up so I’m going to answer them here. If you think of anything, please ask, I don’t mind. You can ask me anything!

Will there be a Kindle edition?

My editor says that likely there will be! It’s a good type of book for a Kindle option so the odds are good. If there is, it may be available after the print copy is ready. I’ll keep you posted if I find out more. I did find a button on the Amazon page that says ‘would you like this to be a Kindle book? Click here to request it!” Maybe if you’re one of the ones interested in a Kindle option, go click that button!

Can I order the book in countries outside the US and Canada?

You bet! You can order from the UK Amazon site, if you’re in the UK. You can order from the US Amazon site and have it shipped to your country. Or, if you want to wait until the book is launched, you can look for it at your local bookstore or sewing supply store. If you are having trouble ordering the book to your country let me know and I’ll ask for you.

Was it hard to keep a secret?

You bet it was! Really hard. Especially when I write a blog, and post on it several times a week! I had to write hundreds of posts while keeping my secret. (All those Behind the Scenes posts and I couldn’t mention the very big thing that I was working on the entire time! Since the start of 2013 I’ve been working on the book. That’s a terribly long time to have to keep quiet.)

Did you take the photos for the book?

Some of you said you were excited about the book because the tutorials and images on the blog have been useful to you. Well I have even better news, the book photos were done by a real professional photographer! Two of them in fact, LS Photography here in Vancouver. Leanne and Susannah (the L and S) were really wonderful to work with. I sort of thought it would be a high-pressure situation, working with pro photographers, but they were relaxed and easygoing. We had a massive amount of photos to take in a short time period, so it was awesome to work with people I instantly felt comfortable with. Thank you Leanne and Susannah for making it fun! (They did the lovely profile photo in my sidebar, too.)

Where did we do the photography? Here! In my tiny office. Oh yes we did. Imagine two photographers, three hot lights, Corinne and myself in this tiny space. Imagine that in July, too. The September shoot was still hot, but not as hot as July. We did some of the larger shots in a studio but the majority were taken right here.

Will there be a book launch party?

You bet! If you’re in the Vancouver area, come and meet me and celebrate the launch of the Sewtionary! More details to follow once we have a date and time. I’ll practice my signature!

Other questions

How about the sewing? I sewed well over 1,000 samples for the book. Every photo you’ll see was its own individual sample. So if there are three steps to sewing on a button, I had to make three separate samples! There was absolutely no time to sew, photograph, keep sewing, photograph during the photo shoots. Everything had to be prepared in advance.

Some of you wondered how I was able to get it all done! Running a business, while writing a book, now that’s definitely a lot of work. I worked pretty much every Saturday and Sunday as well as most evenings, in order to stay on top of things. I’m fortunate that Mr. Sewaholic still wanted to marry me after it all, and that family and friends understood when I pretty much disappeared for nine months. (I joked about my book baby since it was nine months from start to finish.) In fact, the day after the final photo shoot is when we eloped. Book’s done, let’s go!

Thank you again!

You’ll get tired of me saying thank you, I’m sure, so I’ll try not to gush although I do feel very warm and fuzzy towards everyone right now. One last final thank you to say, thanks for asking questions! Your questions were what inspired me to start sharing more of the techniques I use on projects, explain some of the whys behind certain decisions, and create the Sewtionary reference page in the first place. Thank you!


22 Responses to Thank you! Plus, answers to questions about the Sewtionary…

  1. Sassy T January 8, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    I am so looking forward to this book and pleased it will be available in the UK, definitely on my wishlist. How fantastic that you have hit the Amazon best seller list, let alone being in the top 10, you should be doing a silly dance around the room with a glass of bubbly in one hand. Sassy Sewing Bees

  2. Amy January 8, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    Congratulations! So exciting :) I’ll have to pick up a copy when it’s finished. I love the cover so much <3
    That’s Sew Amy

  3. Kelly January 8, 2014 at 7:10 am #

    Whoa, 1000 samples?? You need a vacation! I’m really looking forward to seeing the book, everything you do is so top notch :)

  4. Jennifer S January 8, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    I bought your book yesterday. Well, pre-bought it. I can’t wait until it gets to my little neck of the Alberta woods. I love to buy books from all my favorite ladies, even if I think I know almost everything there is to sewing. Helping you all succeed is part of my “I can’t think of a way to make it myself but other people are doing it” sewing life.

  5. Rochelle New January 8, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    You are incredible! I can tell so much hard work went into this book already and I haven’t even seen it in person. I can’t wait to add it to my library. Congrats again, you’re so inspiring, Tasia!

  6. Virginia January 8, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    It sounds like a labour of love, but I’m glad to see that it looks to be turning into a sound business move as well. We all want to see you succeed! :-)

  7. Erin January 8, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Congratulations! The cover looks beautiful :)

  8. MarrieB January 8, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    I can only imagine how much work and love went into creating this book. You are a super star! I’ve often consulted the Sewtionary page on your blog, so I’m really excited to get a copy of the book!

  9. Allynara January 8, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Wow, 1000 examples!? Sounds like you really deserve a good time off! As you’ve said in previous post: don’t forget to relax from time to time :-)

    Aside from that: happy to hear that your business is thriving!

    • Allynara January 8, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      I wrote examples, but meant to write samples!

  10. Loretta January 8, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    You have every right to gush! To write a book and have it published must be one of the most exciting things in the world! Congrats again…it’s great to see it move up in the charts on Amazon; I think that’s a good thing.

  11. catherine January 8, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    I’m late with this, but congratulations! Your book looks awesome! I love the cover. You are an inspiration.

  12. Rachel January 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    Congrats! This is way cool and what a big accomplishment!

  13. Cathi January 8, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    1000 samples? Wow, how did you ever get everything done?!? I can only imagine how great this book is going to be with your store of knowledge and your enthusiasm. I can’t wait to see it.
    I don’t suppose you’d consider doing your book launch a little closer to the valley? Or maybe close to a Skytrain station? I sooooo don’t drive in Vancouver but I would love to come!

  14. Fiona January 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    Will you be coming to the UK for the Knitting and Stitching shows in the Autumn?
    I think your publisher should send you here to promote your book. Mr Sewaholic would have to be invited too!

  15. arlene franks January 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    You are one special lady! Congratulations……
    at least your baby won’t keep you up at night!

  16. Rachelle January 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    The sidebar photo is a beautiful one of you Tasia!

  17. Debbie B January 9, 2014 at 1:51 am #

    Tasia, you are so inspiring! I love your tutorials, so clearly explained and with lovely photos, I’m off to pre-order the book now. Looking forward also to this year’s batch of patterns :-)

  18. Violeta January 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    Wow! I’m really looking forward to seeing the book. I own a whole bunch of sewing books, but a dictionary-style book will fit right in. I actually just had a book published myself, and all the editing processes were so intense. I can’t even imagine how much work it must have been sewing all the samples for photos and going through all the photo sessions… Congratulations!

  19. irem - January 11, 2014 at 1:10 am #

    Dear Tashia,

    I learnt so much from you when I was trying to figure out how to sew my own clothes without any prior knowledge. I’m sure this will be a hit like your other works.

    Good luck and lots of love from far far away :)

  20. Sara January 14, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    I can’t wait to get my copy – July is so far away! Can’t wait to hear about the book release party — I would absolutely pay a visit to Vancouver for that (I’m in Seattle)!

  21. Kaci January 15, 2014 at 12:04 am #

    Tremendous! Congrats Tasia. I will likely purchase this book. I’ve also put in a request to my library to purchase copies.