What’s Happening Next?

After each new pattern is released, I feel this wonderful sense of relief. The shelves are stocked full with another brightly coloured row of patterns. All of the pre-orders are out the door, the website is up to date, it’s all done! Success! I feel relaxed, happy and calm…

For about five minutes. And then I immediately think ‘Ok, what’s next? Let’s keep on going!’ I’m just not a sit-still kind of girl, no matter how hard I try!

Now that the Minoru Jacket patterns have arrived, all of the pre-orders have been shipped, and the pattern store page is up and ready for future orders, what’s happening next around here?

The Wrap Coat. I really want to finish it up this winter. I stalled on this project to get the Minoru Jacket pattern out, and I’d like to work through this one alongside a few other projects and get it done. At the very latest, in time for my birthday in February, but hopefully sooner!

Sew-Along Prep. While the actual sew-along is taking place in January, I’d like to get a few preparation posts up before then. I already have a couple of different fabrics chosen for future Minoru Jackets! Most importantly, I’ve been asked a lot of questions about fabric selection, so I’d love to get something posted that covers fabric suggestions.

More thoughts on personal style and how it relates to sewing. I’ve been thinking a lot about building wardrobes we love, about projecting the right image, and the unlimited possibilities of sewing. Interested? I love reading about other people’s style favourites and how they craft a wardrobe that’s right for them. For some people, it comes naturally, and for others, it’s a constant learning process.

Development of the next pattern! If you’re just joining us and missed the Minoru Pre-Sale, sign up to the pattern mailing list to be notified of future patterns and special deals. I only send emails when there’s something worth sending, so you won’t be overloaded! No spam, no sharing of your information. Sign up and stay in the know!

A Year-End wrap-up. (Because my accountant says I have to.) No, I’m kidding, I don’t mean that kind of Year End – I mean a post reflecting on the past year. It has certainly been a whirlwind of adventure! And it’s important to press pause and celebrate the good parts while learning from the bad. It’s easy to forget how far we’ve come, in our lives, in our sewing techniques, in everything! Sometimes you just need to pause and say, ‘Hey, I did all right!’

All that, in the next month and a half. It’s going to be busy but fun! Thanks for all your support, comments, and encouragement. I truly appreciate it!

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29 Responses to What’s Happening Next?

  1. Amanda | Sewin' in the Rain November 17, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    It’s exciting to know you’re working on the next pattern. I mean, that’s your business so why wouldn’t you, but it’s just fun to wonder what could be next from Sewaholic! I’ve noticed that even though I’m a pencil shape, pear shape patterns work nicely because I’m always looking for definition at the waist.

    • Tasia November 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

      Yup, I’m working on the next one! :) That’s cool to hear that my patterns work well for you because you prefer the defined waist. I’m so excited to keep new patterns coming and show you what’s in the pipeline!

  2. Becky November 17, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    I’m also excited to hear that there’s another design in the works!

    And I, for one, am definitely interested to read your thoughts on wardrobe building. I know that it’s something that I struggle with, mostly because of my printoholic tendencies that drive me to buy cool fabrics with no thought as to how they’ll actually fit into my wardrobe. So I do hope you explore that further–it’s nice to read those things from the perspective of a designer!

    • Tasia November 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

      Oh man. I have the same print-aholic tendencies!! I love a good bright print. The louder, the better! The larger the flowers and brighter the colours, the more likely I am to be attracted to it. I bet you’re like me and buy the fabric first, before having an idea of what to do with it. And end up making something random just to use it up. (Or maybe that’s just me..)
      I will be sure to share my thoughts on channeling my printaholic tendencies into more productive ways!

  3. Corinne November 17, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    So happy to hear you are working on another pattern. This has surely been a busy year for you and many of us who sew have benefited from your work. thank you. I think that wardrobe plans are so important. Who wants to buy/sew a closet full of clothes that match nothing or just hand there unworn.

    In the mid nineties, Vogue Patterns published a wardrobe builder series that built the concept and provided great style flexibility as well. I recently did a clean out while looking for those home catalogs to reboot my wardrobe. Gone. But the concept is simple. The base wardrobe was presented in the first two catalogs, if I remember correctly a four piece wardrober pattern was used. Then subsequent catalogs presented two patterns to build matching pieces. All of the clothes were four season, except for a few summer skirts and a few wooly winter pieces. Planning and fabric selection provided the variety.

    Playing around at polyvore.come can create that virtual wardrobe, then, let the sewing begin!

    • Tasia November 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

      Polyvore is the best! I can make a full wardrobe of awesome, pretty clothes in seconds. If only I could sew that fast, ha! :)

      Agreed! Who wants to sew or buy a closet full of clothes that don’t match anything. It’s funny because that happens so easily! You make a gorgeous blouse that doesn’t go with any of the bottoms. Or a lovely dress that doesn’t suit any of the jackets. Or you buy a fun printed skirt, and realize now you need to buy a couple of tops or you have nothing to wear it with.
      Sometimes I think I own more clothing than I actually do – then I realize it’s still in fabric-form and needs to be sewn up! :)

  4. Vicki Kate November 17, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    Yep, you definitely ‘did all right!’ I love seeing what you come up with next and I’m truly amazed at the creativity, attention to detail and passion that comes to each of your patterns. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

    I’ve taken a pledge not to buy any new clothes for the next year, so wardrobe planning is very high on the agenda at the moment. I’m having to think really carefully about fabric choices to make sure that it will be a coherent whole. This seems to be solids on the bottom with the prints on top for separates. Dresses however may be a whole other story!

    The sewalong will be my antidote to January – I’m really looking forward to it. You truly are a whirlwind, a very organised one as I don’t know how you manage it all!

    • Tasia November 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

      Good for you! Buying no new clothes is an admirable challenge. And remember if you do (accidentally) buy something, don’t beat yourself up over it. Think about it, figure out why you went for it, and learn! (Coming from someone who made the same pledge last year and got too busy to actually sew things for my wardrobe as opposed to work-sewing!)
      I am the exact same – solid on the bottom, print on top, both print AND solid dresses. Or rather, that’s what I’ve started to lean towards and feel good in. My biggest problem is buying solid fabric – booooring! It doesn’t have to be, but it feels that way sometimes.
      On being organized – you guys would be shocked if you saw how messy it gets in here! overall I am very organized, I have to be as there is so much going on in my head. I need it to be clean and organized in order to feel calm. Otherwise, I just get stressed out! :)

      • Marcy November 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

        Count me as another looking forward to the personal style / wardrobe posts. It will be fun to get the input of such a wonderful group of sewists on what works (or doesn’t work) for them.

        It’s great that you’ve gotten this discussion started (thanks to the Collette book I guess) and are interested in keeping it going.

        I am sewing up a pair of trousers this weekend and picking out the fabric is making me crazy. Sometimes I feel like all my slacks are charcoal and yet when I look at the aisle of fabric I am drawn to more grey fabrics.

        I actually love browns but I almost never wear my (3 pair!) of tan slacks because they’re hard to match with shoes and tops! All those different red undertones…

        • Tasia November 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

          Oh, I can imagine! Plus with trousers, it seems like we expect them to perform so much harder than anything else we sew. You know? Like, they’re PANTS. They better go with all of our tops and shoes, and become real workhorses. Whereas when we sew a colorful dress it’s like ‘fun! a dress!’ and we’re willing to work around it more.

          I have trousers on the brain too – because I cannot buy pants, ever! It’s interesting you’re drawn to grey. I feel like grey is an ‘interesting black’ or something. Chances are, if you’re drawn to it, it works for you! I love browns too. But I find brown harder to buy because I don’t want to look frumpy or too retro. You know? Navy is a good bottom colour. More colourful than black, and goes with yellows and pinks and teals and oranges well. Although, just about all of those work with grey too!

          With shoes, I just skip matching altogether and wear red pumps! It’s my cheater way of making it work. My biggest shoe problem is heel height. I love heels, and have such a varied selection of heel heights that it’s hard to commit to a pant length!

          It’ll be fascinating to read everyone else’s thoughts on personal style and sewing and what we’re all drawn to! I’m looking forward to it!

  5. Debi November 17, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    YAY! Congrats Tasia! I look forward to all of these! oxoxoxox

    • Tasia November 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

      Thanks Debi!

  6. Funnygrrl November 17, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Um, don’t you also have a wedding to plan?

    • Tasia November 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

      Ha, apparently! ;) At first I was like ohmygod PLAN or you’ll get behind!! so much pressure. and now I’m taking it easy and just enjoying being engaged. And remembering it’s about love, not stuff. I’m *so* not a planner, despite how organized I am! I just worry too much about details and expectations. Weddings are one of those things where everyone has an opinion! I could just as easily skip the entire thing and just be married. :) I’m such a cheapo, all that money could be better spent in putting out more patterns or going on an awesome holiday or paying off bills.
      But anyways! Whatever happens, I’ll be sure to share photos and let you guys know what happens. And when I’m officially Mrs. Sewaholic. And show you what I end up wearing!

  7. Alice November 17, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    ooh i hope you get the coat finished – the beginning posts have really inspired me to give it a go! Plus, I’m seeing those wrap coats (as well as coats with faux fur collars) all over the shops!

    • Tasia November 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

      I hope so too! Baby steps is going to be the way I go – a little bit every day and eventually it’ll become a coat. I totally want to do a faux-fur collar and maybe even wide cuffs! Glamorous and warm, too!

  8. Anne November 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    I would really love to see more posts about wardrobe building/style planning! It’s something that’s interested me a lot lately (moving from school/college life to the “real world” has made me want to refine my style, and I also recently decided to stop buying new clothes that aren’t made in a sustainable way, so I’m moving towards having a wardrobe made completely made up of homemade and vintage items).

    • Tasia November 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

      Me too, me too! I have such a hard time buying clothing at the mall for so many reasons – price, quality, fit – that it is a waste of time and money. Better to plan to sew a wardrobe I love, that fits, that suits my style! And yet that sounds so much easier than it is in reality. I’ll be sure to share my learnings along the way!
      Transitions are a good time to re-evaluate your style. Either going from school to work, or full-time work to freelance, or going back to work after being out of work for a while. Or, just getting older! I’m 30 next year and I want to dress my age in a fun and stylish way.

  9. indigorchid November 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Busy lady! I look forward to all you have coming, especially the development of a new patter (we know it takes time – we’ll just be thrilled when you can share!), and also the style-talks, I think that will be interesting and useful!

    And I second funnygirl – don’t be shy about sharing your wedding-planning! Actually, have you seen Elise’s posts on planning her diy-heavy wedding – great inspiration!

    • indigorchid November 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

      Hmm, html’ing gone awry! Here is the link:


      • Tasia November 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

        Oh wow, her dress looks a lot like a Lonsdale in white! Very pretty. I’m not talking wedding stuff with *anyone* right now, I’m not keeping it secret and off the blog. With so much going on we’re just enjoying being engaged right now! :)

      • Tasia November 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

        I’m glad you’re interesting in talking style, too! It’s something that gets skipped in the learning-to-sew process, you know? Sometimes there’s a divide between ‘things you sew’ and ‘things you regularly wear’ – and I want to wear and love the things I make!

  10. JillyB November 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    Hi Tasia!

    I really struggle with wardrobe planning and developing my own style, regardless of whether I am sewing or buying. I like the control I have when sewing to make things that go together (but it is still so difficult!). However, I am such a slow sewist, so that makes planning even more important! Anyway, all of that to say, I would love to see more posts about designing and wardrobe and developing a sense of style! I really struggle with the concepts making things appropriate for work versus dressier/more fun for going out in the evening (or dressing down on the weekends). All of my clothes tend to be the same! I think that comes from having a dress code at school for half my life, and not ever having the opportunity to experiment. Regardless, I look forward to whatever you have in store for us!

  11. Ashlee November 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    SO excited to follow along with all you have in store! You are such a busy bee and it’s very inspiring/motivating. Even though I haven’t even received the Minoru pattern yet (it’s on its waaaay!), I’m pretty excited at the prospect of another Sewaholic pattern! They’re just plain wonderful. Be sure to take some time out and ENJOY yourself this holiday season! :)

  12. Allie November 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Yay, looking forward to the fabric selection post!

  13. Nat November 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Yay, got my Minoru today. It will be hard to wait to make it up, what with the snow falling and all. But I’m happy to sit and read the instructions, unfold and refold the pattern pieces and plan, plan, plan. Never made a coat before, so you(rs) will be my first. After all the Christmas sewing for the kids!

    Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.

  14. scuffsan November 18, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    My patterns arrived today! Both the Minoru jacket and Crecent skirt. Now time is the only thing keeping me from my sewing machine.

  15. wundermary November 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    My pattern arrived today, also! I looked the directions over and put it back. I’ve got other things I have to get done, first! But, I am excited about it…

  16. Catholic Bibliophagist November 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    I’m looking forward to your wardrobe-planning posts. I’ve gone back to work (albeit only part-time) after thirty-plus years as a housewife. All of a sudden I need decent clothes. And since I inadvertently lost 15 lbs., nothing I have fits. I’ve sewn a Crescent skirt and a jumper and I wear them both with four store-bought tops. I need more clothes! But I’m fashion tone-deaf. So I could really use some help.