Sewing Predictions 2012

Well it’s time for yet another  Sew Mama Sew Sewing Predictions- fun to write, to read and look back at what we wrote last year!

What were some of your favorite things related to sewing this past year?

Hand Stitching , Solids, Camps and Summits, Tours (book and blog), the rise of Colette and the conversation started by Sarai on her blog about the state of the sewing industry; seeing more and more sewing lounges pop up, and feeling great about being able to help them get the info they need to move forward.

{Anna Maria Horner Hand Stitching}{Sewing Summit 2012}{RobertKaufmann}

What did you make that you’re most proud of?

Embroidered Lobster, my harem pants, Gocco Cards, Dress H from Stylish Dress, Annabelle’s Tea Towels (ok so I didn’t make them, but I’m still allowed to be proud, right?)

{Lobster}{Hand Towel}

What sewn projects have you seen this year that you absolutely love?

One of our clients started from scratch and within weeks sewed up this amazing jersey pant suit for her upcoming spring vacation that was AMAZING!  Also, we had another client is a similar situation who designed, sewed DYED her own silk to make a color blocked pant suit with Stephanie- I still get goosebumps thinking about it. Jessica’s Ginger skirt with the awesome -yet exhausting ;) – chevron pattern!

Do you have a favorite sewing book or pattern from the past year to recommend?

Ginger Skirt by Colette, Ryan Berkeley, Penguin&Fish Embroidery Patterns, Issue 10 of Uppercase Magazine, Victory PDF Patterns, Clover Pants by Colette

{Issue 10}{Ryan Berkeley}{Victory Patterns}

Are there any trends you’re over and done with?

Ruffles, exposed serged seams, pinning  ‘easy’ DIY sewing projects on Pinterest

What are your thoughts about social media? How is it going for you? What do you love or hate?

While it is a huge part of our business, engaging in social media is both time and energy consuming.  Most often people use it for positive things- like spreading ideas and things they love but I have seen quite a bit of nasty gossip and passive-aggressive stuff on Twitter.  Make love, not war and if you have something to say- find a more direct route.

Also the debate over propriety of images and ideas online is getting a bit old and I’ve seen a lot of this triggered by Pinterest.  Where photographers and stylists are not getting credited, or these websites who automatically re-publish content from other sites- without consent. These are charged debates and they are oooooooooold. It sucks when people steal your things, or publish your photos, but isn’t that the risk you run when you publish things online? Thoughts… ideas… ?

Did you have a favorite fabric collection or print in 2011?

Lizzy House’s Outfoxed, AMH Loulouthi, Etchings by Three Sisters and Heather Moore’s Collection for Cloud9

{Cut Out & Keep}{Loulouthi}{Outfoxed by Lizzy Peeps}

What do you predict for 2012 in the sewing industry?

Transparency in quilting; more color blocking;  the emergence of Camp as the new Marine trend (based on the upcoming Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson)  think paddles and totem poles instead of sperm whales and anchors; darker fabrics with more jewel tones; more designer trims and notions; Pantone Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango:  will most definitely crop up by the end of this year in sewing stuff; more apparel/quilting crossover; more digital printing services and projects (we have the Spoonflower machine here in Montreal folks!); more printing in general- Gocco, silk screening, linocut!

{Tangerine Tango}{Camp Ouareau}{Spring/Summer 2012 Madewell}

Can you tell us what to expect from you in 2012? Any big projects or life-changing goals?

From us? Well loads more stuff! I’d like to say a few books, a fabric collection, tons of new patterns, kits, embroidery patterns, quilt patterns, more events, crossover promotions with other shops, free project templates but hey- one year isn’t very much time when you think about building an empire ;)

And life changing? Bet you can’t top welcoming a new shop baby….


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  1. Happy New Year :)