What’s Next?

Tons of exciting things, of course!

First off, I can’t wait to show you the next pattern, the one that comes after the Cambie Dress. I may have extra love for this new pattern because it’s my baby, but it’s turning out wonderfully. It’s something you guys have been asking for, that’s the only hint I’m going to give you! And the pattern after next might be my favourite one of them all. Ok, enough cryptic talk. New patterns are in the pipeline and they’re going to be good!

(some of the lovely fabrics in my sewing space these days – yes, I bought a little bit of each colourway in the same print! -from Telio)

For the upcoming new patterns, I’m working on tutorials to post when the patterns are announced. It’s worked well with the Cambie Dress, posting tips and suggestions and tutorials. You know, the things that might scare you about the new pattern, are explained with plenty of colour, step-by-step photos.

There’s only so much space on the instruction sheets, but I can post as many photos as I want here, and write as many words as I need to explain something thoroughly. Not only demonstrate how to do things, but also to explain why certain things are done, and how to adjust to suit your preferences and skill. That way, when your new pattern arrives, you’ll be well-prepared to get started right away!

(part of an upcoming tutorial!)

And speaking of patterns, there are now forty-five retailers that carry Sewaholic Patterns. Every week that number keeps on growing! You can also find patterns for sale on PatternReview.com and my hometown local store, Fabricana!

Sewing the Dotted Minoru Jacket. Hopefully sometime before Fall! I haven’t cut the fabric or anything since I last mentioned it. It’s sitting on my shelf, waiting patiently for me to get around to it. I wish the jacket was hanging in my closet already.

While I wish I had at least started the project by now, it is nice to know I have all the materials – fabric, zipper, lining – on hand for when I’m finally ready to start. Doesn’t that make starting a project more enjoyable, when you know you won’t be digging for a zipper part-way through or hoping you have enough interfacing to make it through?

On a different creative note, I bought Little Red in the City, a knitting book with seven patterns as well as tips on knitting sweaters that fit, from a recommendation in the comments of this post – Pink Pullover, or Sometimes You Don’t Know Until You Wear It… Thanks Eleanor for the suggestion!

The patterns look tricky but beautiful, and there’s a lot of math and figuring involved.  However, this book has all kinds of information on how to fit a sweater, how much ease there should be at each point of the body, and how to adjust for your body. Yay! We’ll never have a growing-sweater mishap again. (Or we might, but at least I will be armed with information to fix or prevent it next time.) I know not all of you are knitters, and it could be boring (or just a big tease) to see things you can’t make, so I’ll keep knitting-related posts to a minimum.

That’s it for me! Patterns in the pipeline, useful tutorials and project ideas to go with new patterns, fun-sewing projects if time permits, and in my spare time, learning to knit better sweaters. It’s a busy place over here! Busy, busy, but always fun.

What are you working on these days? Hope you’re having fun with your current creative projects, too!

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33 Responses to What’s Next?

  1. Andrea June 5, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    Ah, waiting for your new patterns is excruciating, but of course worth it. I look forward to seeing what they are. As for what I’m currently working on, it’s a Cambie dress that I hope to finish before a friend’s wedding this coming weekend. We’ll see…

  2. Lisa June 5, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    I love the fabric you have chosen, maybe the red fabric with white hearts can have a little Canada day theme, heh heh. It’s so awesome that your patterns are getting carried at more places every week, it’s nice to see something start off small and continue to grow!

  3. Annabelle June 5, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    Oh my goodness, I haven’t even started my Cambie dress, but now I can’t wait for the next pattern. I haven’t been paying attention to what other readers have asked for – so I have no idea what it could be, but it looks like it has pockets.

    I love the idea of having a few tutorials to go along with your patterns. I know the sew alongs are a ton of work, so a few tutorials are a great substitute (especially for someone like me, I can follow a pattern from start to finish on my own, but I’m still pretty new, so I love any tips and tricks I can get)!

  4. Maureen June 5, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    It’s pants, it’s pants! Do I get a prize?

    • Jennifer June 5, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      For sure?! I hope!

  5. Sassy T June 5, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    Looking forward to future posts. Am learning to knit so enjoy the posts lol

  6. Caffy aka Bundana June 5, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    Nice to see you producing so much!

    It’s a really nice variety of products you have!

    I’ll keep my eye out for the next installment.

    Bundana x

    P.S. The Lonsdale is my next project… yay!

  7. Inna June 5, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Joining Maureen for the pants!!!!!! Currently, I am working on my UFOs: dress & shorts.

  8. Nadia Lewis June 5, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    I got all my fabric and notions for a Minoru last weekend too! (Complete with a Dressew zipper like yours. ;P) Though with all the rain in Vancouver this week, I wish it were done…

  9. cidell June 5, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    Love the red / white / blue colorways!

  10. agirlinwinter June 5, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Hi Tasia, I’m a newbie sewer and I’m following your Crescent skirt sewalong at the moment. It’s been such a pleasure to make. I want to thank you for taking the time to post so many helpful suggestions and photos to support your patterns. On another note, I have Little Red in the City and it’s a great book. I love Ysolda Teague’s patterns, but it’s also a great reference book for any knitter.

  11. Eleanor (undeadgoat) June 5, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    I suppose I better put my money where my mouth is and pick up *my* Little Red sweater again . . .

  12. arlene June 5, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    What an exciting time! I’m looking forward to seeing the next pattern!
    My projects are sitting all comfy just waiting for me to get to them!


  13. fangaroni June 5, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    I’m looking forward to the new patterns!! And congrats on having your patterns sold in your local fabric store, it must be exciting to see them when you pop in for some fabric!

  14. Caroline June 5, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    I for one enjoy your knitting posts quite a bit too, as I am also just starting to knit sweaters (oddly after a quarter of a century sporadically knitting mostly simpler things!) I’m working on sewing bow ties for my husband and son, and a long tie prototype for my son. I’m also planning projects and getting my ducks in a row to open an Etsy store! I would also love to sew myself several sundresses this summer … we’ll see if that happens….

  15. Pauline June 5, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    I can’t wait to see what you have prepared for us! I am now sewing my second Cambie as I made the first one for a friend. I know I am going to wear this dress to death this summer…

  16. Burke June 5, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    I got my Cambie pattern yesterday and started on my muslin! There’s a different feeling than working on a commercial pattern, something that is both excitement and satisfaction to be creating something that I know will truly be a special garment. Can’t wait for the new patterns!!

  17. Becky June 5, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    I’m very excited too see what your next pattern is! And I do enjoy your knitting posts. As for me, my next project is (finally) going to be the Lonsdale– I’ve been meaning to get to it for a year but then it got cold and I needed things for that. But I’ve had the perfect fabric for it sitting around for years, just waiting for this pattern, so I’m quite eager to get going on it!

  18. Lucy June 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Right now, I’m working on my Cambie, and it HAS to be done for an event I’m going to on Monday :-) So far I’m impressed at how quickly it’s come together – I guess that’s one of the advantages of making a muslin, you get a quick walk through the steps so you can work out any parts that might be confusing ahead of time. Also, I’ve been doing some knitting – I like it for winter evenings because the room where the sewing machine is gets really cold. I did a hat for my man the other day and I want to do some wrist warmers next. And I ordered interchangeable circular needles, so no more having to dash out to get the next size up when the gauge swatch isn’t quite right. I’m patiently waiting for them to arrive so I can make a St James…

  19. emily June 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Can I hope that it is pear-friendly pants?!
    (I love your line. In Colette, I am a 6-10-12. In Sewaholic, a 10! ahaha. It is very validating. I just bought Cambie and have ridiculous pink gingham for the full skirted version!)

  20. emily June 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Oh, and as a much more proficient knitter than seamstress (for now!) I love your knitting posts. And I’m happy to help if you get confused — I have Little Red & love it. (Am almost done a Laika with plans for more!)

  21. Sar June 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    I also hope for pants pattern. Have been trying to fit pants forever so would love to have a pant that fits the “pear”. You do a wonderful job of giving us great online sewing instructions- the pictures etc. help sooooo much. Have made the renfew top many times with the diff. neck lines and really like the fit. Thanks again and am so looking forward to what you have next for us to sew.

  22. Sue June 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    So excited for your new patterns, Tasia! Your upcoming personal projects look exciting, too. Can’t wait to see your spotted minoru, :-)

    Also, you’re right about how helpful it is to already have all your supplies on hand for a future project, even if you dont know when you’ll end up sewing it! That way you can just jump right in when the inspiration takes hold and you’ve got the time to devote to it.

  23. Amy June 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    I cannot wait to see your next patterns!

  24. Nothy Lane June 5, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    I’m working on my Cambie too. And I am so excited to hear that you have a few new patterns coming up! I love the way the instructions on your patterns are so clear and the sizing is a lot better than the big four.


  25. jacinta @ modelmumma June 5, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    Can’t wait to see the new patterns!
    I bought the Renfrew, Cambie and Minoru. Love them all. I’m on to my 3rd renfrew and should start on the Minoru since it’s winter here and all rainy.

  26. velosewer June 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Bring on the new pattern please!! The suspense is killing me.

  27. Thea June 6, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    How exciting! I feel like I’m a little behind – I’ve only just got the fabrics etc. to start on my first Pendrell blouse, then it’ll be the Cambie dress, and then there’s also all the other patterns still to make! I’ve been eyeing up all of them. Choosing with which to start was very tricky! Better get sewing, so the backlog is less when the new pattern arrives :-) Also, I’ll chime in with everyone saying thank you for the fantastic instructions – it’s the first time I’m sewing while not at home asking Mum for any help, so it’s really reassuring to have good instructions and tutorials!

  28. Agneta Olofsson June 6, 2012 at 5:11 am #

    They’re here! Finally! :) And the patterns all look so nice. I thought I had it all planned and all worked out, but now I’m not sure any more. But tomorrow I’m starting with a cherrie-renfrew top! :)

    Thank you!
    /Agneta from Taipei

  29. Suzy June 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    I think your instructions are spotless and the content you add on the website superb! Like many, can’t wait to see what’s next!

  30. Miss Mirtti June 7, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    Soooooooo exciting, can’t wait the new patterns!

  31. Tasha June 7, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Ooh, I’m very curious about that tutorial with the cute patoot hearts fabric! And I’m very intrigued about the next pattern…!

    I just finished a vintage sundress that got me out of a loooong sewing drought (going back to last Fall!). I’m really excited to be sewing again and will be starting on my next project tonight. :)

  32. Kristen June 7, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    I love the Little Red in the City book! It’s a brilliant source of techniques and the patterns are great! I’ve done Angostura, and am planning for Chickadee, Cria and Laika!