Reflections + Predictions ~ Tasia Pona

on January 2 | in Interviews + Profiles, Sewing Trends | by | with 25 Comments

Tasia Pona from Sewaholic and Sewaholic Patterns is definitely an industry “rising star” in our book. Her beautiful patterns took the sewing world by storm in 2011, and she continues to develop her blog as an outstanding resource for sewing techniques and sewing inspiration. It’s a daily read! You might remember her post for us earlier this fall on Seven Essential Sewing Skills. Tasia has big plans for 2012 and we’re excited to watch as her dreams come to fruition.

Enjoy Tasia’s interview, and then tell us what you think! Answer any or all of our questions for a chance to win one of three $20 gift certificates to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Looking back at the 2011 sewing scene, what trends stand out in your mind?
Tasia: I’m relatively new to the online sewing world, so I may be wrong about what’s a new trend and what’s always been popular. When I think back on what I saw this year, this is what stands out: The Sew-Along concept where a group of people sew the same project together, with one person leading the group and posting tutorials– That’s a great trend to see! It’s encouraging to see people (strangers, usually!) helping other people learn to sew. Everyone feels less alone, especially if they don’t have friends at home who sew! I love how the online sewing community is growing and growing, with more people reading and starting new sewing blogs. I’m not sure if I’d call ‘vintage’ a trend as it seems here to stay, but vintage-inspired patterns and tutorials are still strong. (Which I personally love. I always wonder what the first person to use the pattern was like, and how their dress turned out!) It feels like a lot of new sewing books have come out– or are coming out soon– so if that’s a trend, I like it!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What were some of your favorite things?
Tasia: I really enjoyed the discussions on the Sewaholic blog. I’d ask random questions like “Do You Trust Your Drycleaner?” or “How Does Your Partner Feel about Your Love of Sewing?” or “How Do You Make Time to Sew?” and was blown away by the number of responses. I loved reading about how sewing plays a role in everyone’s lives!

Tasia in the Minoru Jacket, a Sewaholic Patterns original.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What did you make that you’re most proud of?
Tasia: The Minoru Jacket! My goal was to create something that was both pretty and practical. It’s an outerwear jacket that fits us like women, not like we’re wearing a man’s jacket in a smaller size. All of the details have a purpose– The hidden hood, the interior pockets, the gathered neckline! The waist elastic creates a flattering, curvy silhouette. I’m so happy with how it turned out, hitting that perfect balance between style and function.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What was your favorite fabric collection or print?
Tasia: I don’t have a favourite fabric collection or print, but I love that fabric designers that usually design quilting-weight cottons are printing on voiles and flannels. I love cotton voile and lawn prints but it’s hard to find them!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Do you have a favorite sewing book or pattern from the past year to recommend?
Tasia: I’d recommend The Colette Sewing Handbook. Not only does it come with five new patterns, it covers thoughtful subjects like planning, developing your style, sewing for your body. It’s written in a friendly style that beginners will find encouraging and fans of Colette Patterns will love! I’ve been sewing for years and years and I still enjoyed reading this book.

Lauren from Lladybird in her birthday dress.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What sewn projects have you seen this year that you absolutely love?
Tasia: Lauren’s birthday dress: I love the structure of the bodice and the fun, flirty skirt!

Casey from Elegant Musings with her Winter Nights Skirt.

Casey’s black velvet circle skirt: So elegant, but so easy to sew! I love this look for holiday parties. It would be easy to make up two or three different tops to go with one fantastic circle skirt and Voila!– Three new holiday outfits!

Tabatha’s Colette Chantilly Dress from Thread Carefully.

Tabatha Tweedie’s chantilly dress: This has everything I like in a dress… Floral print, full skirt, pretty details! I was inspired to make my own Chantilly dress, also in a floral print.

Tasia’s Colette Chantilly Dress, inspired by Tabatha’s version.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Are there any trends you’re over and done with?
Tasia: I’m not crazy about the “fast-fashion” trend, the thought that clothing is disposable and cheap. And that good fit isn’t important, that we need to adjust our bodies in order to fit into clothing off the rack. (Or squish into compression garments to reduce our hips and thighs and whatever else is bothering us.) Which is why I’d love for more people to see sewing as a way for real, modern women to dress ourselves, not just an artsy-craftsy thing!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What are your thoughts about social media? How is it going for you? What do you love or hate?
Tasia: Social media makes it easy to chat with readers and customers, quickly and instantly! I love that I can have random conversations about how messy our sewing rooms are, or what types of scissors we like best. I hate that I don’t have enough time to devote to keeping the online conversation going. Blogging is still my favourite way to share information and communicate. Not everyone follows Twitter or Facebook so it’s the best way to reach everyone!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What do you predict for 2012?
Tasia: I predict that more and more people will take up sewing. Or at least, that’s what I hope will happen in 2012! I predict that the sewing community will continue to grow online. We’ll have more exciting options than ever before for patterns, fabric, and resources. I’m predicting a return to “quality over quantity” in which we all invest more into each project, creating things we love, rather than rushing to just get it done. Better materials, well-written patterns, and the extra touches that make our sewn garments special– We’re worth it! If we’re going to spend the time making something, let’s make it something we truly love, from start to finish.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Are there any bloggers, authors or designers who you think will be rising stars in 2012?
Tasia: Good question! Gertie’s book (from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing) comes out in 2012 so that’s exciting for her readers, including me. She’s incredibly inspiring and full of useful sewing tips, so I imagine her book will be a great resource too!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Can you tell us anything about what to expect from you in 2012? Any projects or life-changing goals you can share?
Tasia: In 2012, I’m planning to release several new designs for Sewaholic Patterns. My goal is to have an entire wardrobe’s worth of patterns to choose from! That will be my focus for the year, building up the pattern line. I did a few guest-speaking presentations last year and really enjoyed the experience. I’d love to do more! I’d like to reflect on wardrobe planning and personal style as it relates to sewing. When you can make anything, from capes to jeggings to dresses from the 1950s, it’s easy to end up with a wardrobe that was great fun to sew, but doesn’t work for your lifestyle. I bet we’ll have great discussions on the blog about style and sewing! I’m also getting married in 2012, and I turn thirty, so it’s a big year for me. I’m looking forward to an exciting year ahead!

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25 Responses to Reflections + Predictions ~ Tasia Pona

  1. lm says:

    So many marvellous inspirations. Thanks for the series.

  2. cheri says:

    That black velvet skirt is indeed amazing!

  3. Jennyroo says:

    Okay, it’s official. My 2012 list of things to sew now includes at least one piece of apparel for ME! I am inspired!

  4. Becky Greene says:

    I love the Quality over Quantity attitude that Tasia expressed!

  5. amorette says:

    i like the comment about fast fashion, and totally agree! these dresses make anyone want to sew their own!

  6. Jennie P. says:

    I love the dresses. They are so vintage looking. I love vintage!

  7. Gwen Windham says:

    Love the Minoru jacket– it is the perfect pattern! It could easily be made casual for every-day use– but also would wonderful- in the correct fabric– for more special occasions! My daughter will want one when she sees it! 🙂 Enjoyed reading your reflections and predictions for the coming year!

  8. Erin says:

    One of my new years resolutions is to sew more for myself. I just bought the Colette Book so I am hoping that I can sew several of the patterns in the book throughout the year. Yummy!

  9. Sarah McGrath says:

    Oh I would love to be able to make clothes like that!

  10. Tiffany says:

    Love that skirt it’s gorgeous!

  11. Casey says:

    Just wanted to say thank you ever so much, Tasia, for including my black circle skirt in your roundup–I’m so flattered!!! 🙂

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  13. Emma says:

    I think my favorite pattern from 2011 would have to be the Minoru jacket, hands down. I have been wanting a jacket exactly like that for so very long, much love to Tasia for making this pattern.
    And what makes it all the better is knowing how many helpful tips will crop up during the sew-along 😀 I lurrrve the sew-alongs.

  14. delia says:

    Those outfits are adorable!

  15. Yasmin says:

    I’m a (very!) newbie sewer returning to sewing after a year and a half break, and finding Tasia’s blog very recently has helped with keeping my enthusiasm (and my expectations!) high for my sewing journey in 2012. Her blog is a wonderful resource that I see myself returning to time and again.

  16. Tasia says:

    Thanks so much for asking me to be part of this series! I was honored to be asked and I’m excited to see what happens in 2012 in the sewing world. The online community is full of talented women (mostly, but men too!) full of enthusiasm, great ideas, and tons of encouragement for anyone who wants to take up sewing! It’s a great time to be someone who sews. (Sewist, seamstress, sewer or whatever you’d like to be called.) Let’s be proud of our sewing projects and don’t be shy to tell people ‘yes, I made this!’ Who knows who you’ll inspire to take up sewing. The more people that sew, the more demand for good quality fabrics and smart products. And the more we all support small businesses in the sewing industry, the more cool stuff we as business owners can create!
    Thanks again for letting me contribute to your wonderful site.

  17. Holly says:

    Tasia is a wonderful blogger whose attention to detail is outstanding! Her love for sewing is evident and it’s exciting to see a Vancouver-area designer succeed.

  18. Susan says:

    I think that Tasia and other sewing bloggers will be one of the major reasons that people start/return/continue to sew.

  19. Kathy says:

    Sewaholic is at the top of my blog roll! Great interview. I think more and more people are going to join the ranks of home sewers, too. I have been amazed at the interest in sewing classes I teach. There seems to be a real interest among women to get back to learning to do things themselves and finding outlets for self-expression. Blogs like Sewaholic and Sew, Mama, Sew are leaders in the handmade movement with your encouragement and generosity. Thanks for sharing so much~

  20. Anne says:

    Thanks for including Tasia in this series (I was afraid it was going to be all quilting-related). I loved seeing her favorite projects of the year!

  21. Corinne says:

    When I discovered the online sewing community, Tasia was one of the first blogs I followed. I have been sewing for a long time, but her refreshing take on sewing and how her enthusiasm inspired so many others kept me reading. After starting her pattern line she has truly blossomed into an icon for modern sewists. Bravo Tasia!

  22. Java Jane says:

    It is so exciting to discover patterns that are becoming to real women’s bodies and that are well made in themselves with clear instructions. Thanks Sew Mama Sew for introducing me to Colette patterns, Sew Liberated and now Sewaholic.

    I would love to see a trend toward more tailored clothing which home sewists could confidently conquer via all of the web tutorials and sewalongs.

    I would love to see more challis and voile. I love fabrics that drape.

    And I can just say that I am so over the preference for quantity over quality.

    Happy New Year! And thanks again.

  23. Modern Manson says:

    Ooh love love!

  24. Jan says:

    Love the coat pattern! I love your blog and I love blogging also. I find some of my best inspiration on blogs. I have to tear myself away sometimes so that I can sew.

  25. Thanks Tasia! Can’t wait to see what new patterns you’ve got lined up for 2012. 🙂

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