The Sewtionary Is Here!

Guess what? The Sewtionary is here!

the sewtionary has arrived!

It is here physically in my office, in all its hardcover glory. I ordered some so I could stock them in my online shop. This is what fifty books looks like!

the sewtionary has arrived! 2

Look how thick it is! It’s pretty heavy, too. (According to Amazon it’s 2.5 lbs – that’s a big book!)

the sewtionary has arrived! that's one thick book

Look at how beautifully the pages lie flat.

the sewtionary has arrived! pages lie flat

The pages are intentionally not shiny, to reduce glare while you are sewing. And because of this you can write on the pages, someone mentioned. I don’t write in my sewing books – I’m too particular to permanently mark up a book – but you could if you wanted to! (Post-its are more my thing, plus they work as bookmarks too.)

the sewtionary has arrived! pages lie flat and open

Two hundred and fifty six pages of useful information, clear photos and reasons why you might want to know about each thing. I love the design of the book. They incorporated elements of the Sewaholic brand, like the circles and the arrow, with the colours of the fabrics I used, but it’s not overly elaborate.

design elements

Let’s look at some of the photos. I sewed every single thing in each step-by-step photo. When there are six photos, that means six samples. That’s a lot of sewing! (And a lot of cutting. Thanks Corinne for your help cutting endless fabric rectangles!)

the sewtionary has arrived! step by step sewing instruction

I can see why there aren’t many books that show everything in photo tutorial form. It does take a lot of work. I’m really happy that I did because it looks so great! So clear, so easy to follow if you want to really know what a catchstitch should look like for example.

the sewtionary has arrived! step by step sewing instruction and detail shots

I have included why you should care about each entry. Why should you bother learning French seams if they aren’t mentioned in pattern instructions? Does horsehair braid really make a difference? When would tailor’s tacks be the best marking method?

the sewtionary has arrived! when do you use it section

There’s so much information that I had to condense a lot of it, hence the ‘Tips & Notes’ sections. When I submitted the first draft, it was about 30% too long and so I had to cut, cut, cut! (What can I say, I talk a lot.) So a lot of the info that didn’t make it into the step-by-step directions was added to the Tips box.

the sewtionary has arrived! sewing tips and notes

I’m pretty pumped with how the book turned out. It’s pretty! It’s big and useful and clear. It has a flowered dress and a pink tape measure on the cover, yet it’s fresh-looking and not overly pinked-out.

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The Sewtionary is starting to appear in local bookstores across North America! (I’m pretty excited that I just typed that last sentence.) Ann sent me this photo from Manhattan:

barnes and noble in manhattan!

Got to love that it’s facing forward like that!

You can buy it on Amazon, Indigo and other online bookshops. Check your local bookstores and see if they are carrying it, and if not if they will special-order a copy for you!

You can also buy a copy at next week’s launch party at Spool of Thread and if you want, I’ll sign it for you. And soon I’ll have them for sale on my webstore as well! Great if you want to buy patterns and books at the same time. (That would also make a good gift idea, buying the book along with a couple of patterns, maybe even a pink tape measure!)

Thanks so much to everyone who’s ordered the book, who’s coming to the Spool of Thread party next week, and who is planning to get the book for a friend or family member. I would love to know what you think as you read through it! (And now that the book has shipped it is open to Amazon reviews, I hope they’re mostly good ones!)

While I was picking the photos to post today, I found a bunch of photos from the book planning process in the ‘book’ photo folder. Would you be interested in reading about I organized all this information and stayed on track to meet deadlines?

Have an awesome weekend, everyone!

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62 Responses to The Sewtionary Is Here!

  1. Karina July 4, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    I just got mine in the mail yesterday from Amazon! It’s an amazing resource for sewing and learning some new techniques :)

    • Tasia July 4, 2014 at 9:38 am #

      Thanks for ordering it! I hope you enjoy it and find it useful!

    • Gertrude July 6, 2014 at 11:48 am #

      Just got my two too! It is fantastic. Thanks.

  2. Samina July 4, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    Congratulations on the release! I had preordered my copy & received it last week. I really like the spiral binding & I’m enjoying flipping through it. It’s clear & concise & I expect to be using it a lot.

    • Tasia July 4, 2014 at 9:36 am #

      Thank you! I am really pleased with the spiral binding too. That’s the first thing people notice, how easy it is to lie flat! I hope you use it a lot and I’d love to know what you think as you refer to it!

  3. Kelly July 4, 2014 at 6:55 am #

    How exciting!! It looks like such a good resource! Congrats :)

    • Tasia July 4, 2014 at 9:35 am #

      Thanks! I hope it will be a good resource, there’s certainly a lot of info packed in there!

  4. Lauren July 4, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    The book looks gorgeous! Congratulations, Tasia!

    • Tasia July 4, 2014 at 9:34 am #

      Thank you Lauren! :)

  5. Lynne Johnson July 4, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    Just got notification that mine has been shipped! I cannot wait!!

    • Tasia July 4, 2014 at 9:34 am #

      Oh yay! I hope you like it :)

  6. Sarah July 4, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    Wow, how exciting for you to actually have the final real product! And it looks amazing. Now I just have to wait for my copy to be delivered…might be a bit longer, since I’m in the UK, but I’m sure it’ll be with me soon :)

    • Tasia July 4, 2014 at 9:33 am #

      Yes, I think it’s started arriving in the USA first, since I worked with a US publisher, then it will appear in other countries. Soon!

      • Sarah July 16, 2014 at 7:04 am #

        Hooray, I got home last night and there it was, waiting for me. It’s lovely, I’m so pleased to see it.

  7. Helen siddon July 4, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    Wow so pleased for you! Preordered mine so will look forward to the postman bringing it hopefully soon!

    • Tasia July 4, 2014 at 9:33 am #

      Thanks for preordering! Hope it arrives soon :)

  8. Carol July 4, 2014 at 7:43 am #

    oooh. So happy it’s out. I’d better hurry up and order mine before they sell out. Congratulations!

    • Tasia July 4, 2014 at 9:32 am #

      I have some here and I am sure they won’t sell out, but it would be a great thing if it did sell out this quickly! :)

  9. Jennifer S July 4, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    Mine was shipped on Wednesday! Amazon is impatient though. They kept trying to get me to cancel the order, and I had to keep telling them no. So excited to get mine.

    • Tasia July 4, 2014 at 9:32 am #

      What! Why did they want you to cancel it? Glad it eventually shipped though!

  10. Clare July 4, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    Congratulations! This must be so exciting, I’m really happy for you x

    • Tasia July 4, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      Thank you! It is pretty exciting, it’s starting to feel real now!

  11. Linda July 4, 2014 at 8:24 am # told me that mine will arrive on the launch date (July 7), but I have been so impatient… Can’t wait to receive my sewtionary!!

    • Tasia July 4, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      Hope it arrives soon! It’s not out in Canadian bookstores yet either, I checked my closest Chapters yesterday :)

  12. Sew Over It July 4, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Congratulations Tasia! Looks lovely, and the spiral binding it a great idea. Never seen matt pages before either, amazing!

    • Tasia July 4, 2014 at 9:30 am #

      Thank you! I was surprised that the pages weren’t glossy at first, but I had people comment that it was such a good idea that they weren’t!

  13. Icy July 4, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Matte pages to reduce glare?! Too good to be true! Can’t wait to get my copy at the Spool of Thread launch party.

    • Tasia July 4, 2014 at 9:48 am #

      It’s a pretty neat idea, isn’t it? Can’t wait to meet you next week at the party! :)

  14. Tilly July 4, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Woop! Huge congrats, lady! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy xx

  15. Angela Wicentowich July 4, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    I preordered mine as soon as it was available to and I received my confirmation of shipping email earlier this week. Fingers crossed it comes today! I can use it as motivation to getting my studying done this weekend! Congrats Tasia.

  16. Catholic Bibliophagist July 4, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    Wow! This is great news. And my son just gave me an Amazon gift certificate as a birthday present.

  17. Alison July 4, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    I saw it a week ago at a Barnes and Noble in Maryland and was surprised because I didn’t think it was out yet!

  18. Micki July 4, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    I’ve been so excited about this book, as I am someone new to sewing! Congratulations!!! And I would love to see how you organized it, and extra pictures and whatnot. I’ve always wanted to know about the process and the behind-the-scenes work on books like this. Yay! :)

  19. Sarah July 4, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    I got mine last week and love it! Congratulations! The tip about keeping a needle threaded in a bright color out for tailor’s tacks and other such things is brilliant, as is the tip for saving nearly empty spools of thread for such purposes. I would be very interested in a post about how you got organized and stayed on track for deadlines.

  20. Maris Olsen July 4, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Congrats Tasia – what a huge undertaking! So many people will find it useful!!

  21. Denise July 4, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Congratulations–I preordered my copy and am waiting with bated breath for it to arrive!

  22. Erica July 4, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    I preordered mine from Amazon and it arrived last week. I’ve already read it cover to cover! I have learned a lot of things I never knew before or had never given any thought to when I might use one technique vs. aother. Thank you so much for putting this book together!

  23. Uta July 4, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Congratulations, Tasia! I love all you’re doing with your brand and business, you’ve come such a long way! I would love to hear more about your writing and organizing process.

  24. Maaike July 4, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Wow! You’re a published author!!! Congratulations!!!!! Yes, I would love to read more about how you put the whole thing together. Thanks Tasia! (Excuse me, I llove exclamation points!!!)

  25. Kaelyn July 4, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    Congratulations on your beautiful book!

  26. Jane July 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    Just ordered mine from the book depository and its on its way to New Zealand. Going to have it in my sewing school as a reference book for students. Thanks!

  27. Megan July 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    I just ordered mine from Amazon!! I love your style and explanations, I can’t wait to read through it!

  28. Sarah C July 4, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    So cool! I will be ordering this soon!

  29. Susan Terrill July 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    I pre-ordered through amazon and received it last week. It is really amazing! I learned to sew when I was about 7 years old. That was about 63 years ago when we learns all about tailor’s tacks and things you never do today. This book covers it all. Really wonderful!!! Thank you so much!!!

  30. Mary Lindell July 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Got mine last week from Amazon and I love the user-friendly format, the nice up-close photos and the vast amount of information. Thanks!

  31. Katy July 4, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    Congratulations! What a fantastic product! Ahhh the inspiration! I wonder if they can ship to Australia… I must have this book!

  32. Nnen July 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    Hi Tasia, Congratulations on the book launch! I am in the UK, so will get this later in the month – but so excited to see the lovely layouts here! This book is exactly what I need (and I have A LOT) of sewing books… (Ahem). Just wanted to tell you that I’ve learned so much from your blog (love your pic by pic steps) so buying this book was a no-brainer! Salut!

  33. Oda O July 5, 2014 at 5:21 am #

    Absolutely fantastic, what a brick of U-seful hard work!
    ..and will order as soon as my economy allows it. I have squeezed it lately, setting up my new sewing workshop! <3

  34. Lori Kramer July 5, 2014 at 7:00 am #

    Lovely lovely book. I looked at it in B&N , Portland, OR, US and can’t wait to order. Great work!!

  35. Tanya July 5, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    Bought myself a birthday copy – I just can’t be asked to wait until the 25th July for it to be released in the UK, so hopefully will get mine from the US much sooner!!

  36. Leigh Ann July 5, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Congratulations! Your book looks fantastic! I will certainly get a copy next week. I love the way you did the photos. I’d like to hear more about the process of getting it all together.

  37. Amy July 5, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    Congrats! I can’t wait to get mine! It looks fabulous!

  38. Stephanie July 5, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Congratulations, Tasia, on this excellent accomplishment.

  39. Jeri Sullivan July 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    Ordered mine from Amazon, should be here on Tuesday. I especially love spiral bound instructional books. Whether cookbooks or sewing books, it is nice to have the pages lie flat!

  40. Bron July 5, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    For anyone living outside the US, the Book Depository also has it and offers free shipping worldwide. Mine is on its way!

  41. MalkaG July 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Congratulations! I was planning on ordering one for my daughter who just started sewing, now I think I’ll order two, she probably won’t want to share!

  42. Linda July 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Woo I received my book today!! It is so organized and full of information! Thank you a lot Tasia!

  43. Suz July 7, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    It’s so pretty!! I can’t wait to order a copy :)

  44. Helena July 8, 2014 at 3:01 am #

    Congrats on your book! I can’t decide if I should order it now or wait for my birthday (in November).

    • Tasia July 8, 2014 at 8:37 am #

      Thank you! I’m sure we will have plenty of books still when your birthday comes around, so it depends on how quickly you want to receive it!

  45. Lyric July 9, 2014 at 4:58 am #

    Well, well, I stumbled upon this site via Bloglovin’ and yeah, I’m lovin’ the looks of this book. It would go well right next to Gertie’s. Ms. Tasia, girl, where have YOU been? Now, I’m going to delve into your site to see if I can actually “follow” it.

    Thank you for being fierce and fly on the www.



  46. Amanda July 9, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Mine just came in the mail yesterday & I was so pleasantly surprised with its weight, structure, and how thorough it is – you should be VERY proud!! :)