A weekend of avoidance and Pattern Pyramid Plunder!


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Ah Saturday- I awake refreshed and stunning as usual. Regardless of what Bruderlein thought, I slept in a bit.Bruder

Don’t call the authorities, he got his kibble! This weekend my industrious husband has a million things on his dance card, just like last weekend. You’d think this would make the sewingroom fairly smoke with activity, right? Well, I’ve been ducking and dodging the parts of Vogue 1343 that I am not thrilled by- it is a bias edge finish nightmare. For me at least- I’m not huge on that task. Last weekend I got the majority of the construction done and now it’s time for all that edging blech!

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Who will save me from this fiendish pursuit? Beajay and TwoToast!  I won by glorious default a Plus Size Pattern Pyramid!!!!! Hurrah for me!!!! Playing with these patterns and selecting ones to put back in the mix will help me avoid that Vogue for a good many hours- well it would if I wasn’t so instant gratification girly!  So last evening I laid all the patterns around me on the floor in the sewingroom and welcomed them to their new home. Telling them that soon, they will meld with the richest animal prints and the gaudiest challis! They didn’t respond, but they will come around, I just know it. Want to see? Not the welcome ceremony of course, that’s private and I’ve already put the headdress away, but you can still see the patterns themselves before they disappear into my personal pattern avalanche.

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But lets take a moment to reflect on the original pattern pyramid concept and how it all began with a generous gift to a blogger and her wish to share that with the sewing fellowship. This pyramid that Beajay started is very special to me- so many times I’ve passed on gorgeous giveaways because my grading up skills are not amazing, so a pyramids with nothing I can’t use is a wootwootwoot! Ready to see all this? Really ready? Ok~

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Here is the special surprise prezzie she threw in for me! Thanks Twotoast!!That bundle has a lovely black lace- sosososo  cute!

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Here’s what I’m claimin’

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Ok, now heres the deal:

THE RULES (As copied – and slightly amended – from Did You Make That)

  • Anyone, anywhere can enter the giveaway by posting a comment below by midnight Friday September 13th  BUT you must have an active blog. (Reasons to become obvious.)
  • I will randomly select a winner with much help!
  • Each winner will pick a selection of patterns to keep for themselves, then host their own giveaway throwing some new choices into the mix. They will randomly select a winner, post the remaining patterns to that Person C. Person C will pick a pattern for themselves, host their own giveaway and post the remaining patterns to the winner, Person D. Person D will…
  • All patterns are in the plus size category – ie – if the pattern comes in 2 sizing groups, then it will be the larger category. Patterns to go up to at least go up to a size 20 (most go higher). Patterns listed as “all sizes” will include plus sizes. You get the idea!
THE SMALL PRINT
  • We are taking it on trust that all pattern pieces are there
  • If you’re a winner, I would love it if you could make a small contribution to The Brooke. This is a charity close to the heart of Catherine, who so generously provided the original patterns. These plus sized patterns have been contributed by me in the spirit of the generosity of the sewing community
  • Please engage in a timely fashion, launching your own giveaways soon after receiving a parcel
  • You must be be happy to post patterns worldwide.
  • Brudelein likes to be complimented, so feel free to woo my assistant in your comment!

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photo credits: On the Road to Sew where, google images, meadhawg. All images remain the property of their original owners.

Oh, the Humanity!


Ah, me. What to say in the wake of a tragedy……..untitled

Yup, the husband and I returned from dinner to find the ‘Closet of Infinite textile hoarding’ had violently collapsed.  Flimsy shelves with no respect for animal print, says I!  I have it on good account that this is what the neighbors saw: 628x471

So today instead of doing any actual sewing, I’ll be sorting and putting things away- ugh. So not a job for a spoiled creative soul. Where are my minions??? Look at this mess! It makes me want to just run away. DSC08559

I tried to get the dachsies to wear safety helmets, but they are rebels.Arrgh. How did I get all this in one closet? DSC08569

This begs the question- how to sort- by weight, color, breed? DSC08562

The husband has reinforced the new ‘Textile Panic room’ to support 1-2 tons of fabric hoarding. I appreciate his efforts, I truly do, but now that the cupboard is bare, as they say, that closet looks a little small, don’t you think?DSC08564

Wouldn’t it be better, I mean really, I’m thinking house resale and the future of course, to just bust out the attached wall and turn the computer room into a little more storage? Nothing fancy- tumblr_m6yz0iFnuM1raiy98o1_500

perhaps just a little extra shelving-

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How about this one?design-f8dec112d6b4070af5c1c6370fe828f5_h

That Dita Von Teese has a nice closet- maybe if I fill half of it with corsets, the husband will endorse my idea.

Well, off I go. If you don’t see my again by Wearable Wednesday, send cookies and a rescue team!

photo credits: google images, little me.

Swingin’ and Swappin’ and gettin’ real merry!


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Last year I enjoyed Kestral’s Swap so much, I had to do it again! I was paired with Musings of a Seamstress - go check her out! She is a  gal on a very special mission this year. Her mission wasn’t to send me the perfect fabric, but it could have been! Check out my loot!!!

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You all know how I like to be giddy and this almost broke the giddymeter! I wouldn’t have been more pleased if the Swinton had dropped it by on her way to the Planetary Summit. The nappy coral formation fabric is my favorite actually- even tho it’s sort of like a solid color! Strange! DSC08551

I must be getting too predictable. Thats 2 lovelies in a row that threw we some gorgeous beastie prints and tunicy spendidness! I think this suit will be my next make to throw you all off track: V8887

It will be in a sensible beige and I will wear it with nude heels and a sensible slip……… Ok, that was even hard for me to type! Do not send out a search party- I will not do this! I love that I am a bit gaudilly predictable to my webbie friends- who I am very thankful for!mabel-normandkiss

Now I have to go find a special place in

THE CLOSET OF INFINITE TEXTILE HOARDING

for my new treasures!

photo credits: meadhawg, google images, all images remain the property of their original owners.

June 14, 2013


I just need to share this today.

I’ve Always Loved You Best……..

Dear First Born
I’ve always loved you best because you were our first miracle. You were the genesis of a marriage and the fulfillment of young love. You sustained us through the hamburger years, the first apartment, our first mode of transportation (1955 Feet), and the seven-inch TV we paid on for 36 months. You were new, had unused grandparents, and enough clothes for a set of triplets. You were the original model for a mom and dad who were trying to work the bugs out. You got the strained lamb, the open safety pins and three-hour naps. You were the beginning!

Dear Middle Born
I’ve always loved you the best because you drew a tough spot in the family and it made you stronger for it. You cried less, had more patience, wore faded hand-me-downs, and never in your life did anything first. But it only made you more special. You were the one we relaxed with, who helped us realize a dog could kiss you and you wouldn’t get sick. You could cross a street by yourself long before you were old enough to get married. And you helped us understand the world wouldn’t collapse if you went to bed with dirty feet. You were the child of our busy, ambitious years. Without you, we never could have survived the job changes and the tedium and routineness that is marriage.

To My Baby
I’ve always loved you best because while endings are generally sad, you are such a joy!! You readily accepted the mild-stained bibs, the lower bunk, the cracked baseball bat, the baby book that had nothing written in it except a recipe for graham-cracker piecrust that someone had jammed between the pages. You are the one we held on to so tightly. You darken our hair, quicken our steps, squared our shoulders, restored our vision, and give us a sense of humor that security, maturity, and durability can’t provide. When your hairline takes on the shape of Lake Erie and your own children tower over you, you will still be our baby!!!

-Erma Bombeck, 1971

Thank you so much Ma.

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Ok, that was lame- but you know who isn’t? All of the amazing sewin’ folk who visited us to cast your vote on a log for the World Order of Sewcialists! We had a total of 191 votes. That’s wonderful! I know it doesn’t mean we had 191 individuals voting but it’s still nice to see that a lot of you voted multiple times. We appreciate you taking the time and hopefully making some new friends while you were at it.

Thanks to Make Magazine the winner will get: 

  • A 1 year subscription to Make magazine generously offered by our official sponsor Make

Thanks to individual donors (this is not coming from Make: Magazine), the winner will also receive:

  • A $100 cash prize
  • A custom ipad sleeve

I know you want to know who won. I am glad it was so hard for all of you to decide. That is a good thing to tell these awesome designers! They did such a good job it was hard for all of you to choose.

Winner: Joost
 
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1st Runner up: Anne
2nd Runner up: Sabina
 
 
A big congratulations to Joost and all designers for their hard work.
 
What are you going to do with our new Sewcialists logo? First, head over to Joost’s site and choose your colors. Make it match your eyes! Or the cat! Or your favoriter pair of me made panties!  
 
Then what?
  • Put it on your blog
  • shave it into your husbands haircut for instant sewcialist street cred!
  • Put it on a jumper you made for the cat
  • Make an iron-on transfer and iron it on a t-shirt or a tote
  • Sketch it on your Trapper Keeper
  • Stencil it on your drum head
  • Deface local administration bulidings Ok, just proudly sport it in a civically-minded and responsible way.

The options are endless. What are you going to do with it?

Pattern Hoarding….who’s in?


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So this was going to be a little rant post about how I suffered thru another bout of sewing for other people….BUT, I have to admit, Gaudy-Scouts honor, I totally enjoyed making Mommy and Me and Bitty Twin outfits for my friends little girl, the adorable Maggie. Here’s a look at my awwwww-someness. DSC08520

First up is actually the bonus outfit. I was supposed to make sleepwear, but I couldn’t resist this- especially with matching-ish doll overalls. DSC08521

I know, I know, I wish they were leopard too, but I had to go with the kids taste….sigh….DSC08523

I am goofily proud of this one- I created the pattern for the dolls top to match the tucks in the ‘Mommy’ top. Skills I have mastered on this scale, but not on me! I skipped the elastic on the dolls sleeves- because I’ve noticed the leading cause of real mom frustration with doll wear is the child not being able to dress dolly herself. Why do they make these doll hands so spraddly??

Ready for the last one, the Buffet homage? Yes, while Mommy and baby girl read Proust and do their taxes, baby boy attends a singles Lualua…..as you do. Look, you may have played differently than I did as a kid, but hey, we all had fun, right? DSC08525

Now. All fun aside. It’s time for the Public Service Announcement about pattern hoarding. When I was asked to do this, I went digging thru the kid pattern box (yes, I have one just for goats and small children) and was able to pull out 6 girly patterns for 6-8 and 5 doll patterns for this doll. People, I Don’t have any children?!  This isn’t even the size the dogs wear! It is one thing to be buying potential Anniewear patterns until the house goes up like a torch from one spark off my roller skates, but I’ve discovered I’m hoarding patterns I don’t even plan to use!? This is normal right? I’m just like you, right? Lucy-Therapist

Now, while I’m sharing my deep, meaningful thoughts, I’d like to direct you to the lovely Beajay- a lady who is fired up about the crappiness of plus sized Butterick this week and planning to do what they won’t- resize a stylish pattern collection to fit more than a small demographic. Yay Beajay- fight the sizist man!

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She’s also been kind enough to throw a Versatile Blogger award to me. I thank thee kindly!typewriter

photo credits: little me, google images- all images remain the property of their original owners

A Sewing Surprises Reveal Post!


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The SparklySupernova knows how to get my attention- in March she announced a swap and I love me a big old swap!!  As a person who just loves mail- I was instantly excited! Snoopy laughs at Linus

We sent out little questionnaires to our partners- not a surprise swap, so no dread that I would end up partnered with someone who didn’t understand nor appreciate the gentle art of gaudy as I do. I got to see who some of the participants were and I just couldn’t lose- not a beige beast among them! Look at who I got: outfit-final

Sew Busy Lizzy! I love this outfit of hers so much- go read about it- it’s gorgeous!

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This lady knows me well,  I think! I love a notebook for musings and plotting- this will be going everywhere! I plan to take my rightful place at the cool kids table now with my own Tiramisu!! Here’s my plan fabric: DSC08517

Now, for the cotton print I plan to continue my romper bombardment of my God-babe, Callie with this little number: DSC08514

Oh, I can’t wait to get started!!! Lizzy, I thank you- you are a thoughtful and lovely swap partner and I wish you safe travels until you are home again-  I also direct much envy toward you for your journey- so cool! mabelcar

Happy Sunday everyone!

photo credits: little me, Sew Busy Lizzy, Sparkly Super Nova, google images. All images remain the property of their original owners