Logo my Eggo?

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
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?


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!


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!


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!

Now, want to see the loot? Ok: DSC08511

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

Voting for Sewcialist Logo Starts!


Hey! Have you heard?  It’s time to vote on a Sewcialist Logo! We had 6 entries that met our design criteria – Now it’s your turn to pick your favourite! Goose flesh! I have Goose flesh! Please consider the following before you cast your vote:

We asked each designer to design an emblem that…

  • Relates to sewing and the social nature of sewcialists
  • Is modern, simple, recognizable and memorable
  • Is useable in black & white as well as in color

You can read the rest of the requirements on the Sewcialists.org site. On this site, you can also find the rest of the Jury Blogs. You are allowed one vote per jury blog. (The Jury itself will not be voting.)

When you vote on our blogs, please make your vote very clear, typing in the # of the entry and the designer’s name.

Included before each design is a portion of the designer’s cover letter to give you context.

Voting closes on May 8th at midnight Eastern time in the United States.

Entry #1- Bev- Here’s what she said about her design:

I chose my designs as a globe representing the world wide sewing community, needle and threads to represent sewing, threads of different colours to represent our differences and a computer mouse to represent our mode of communication. SewcialistSewcialist bw

Entry #2- Gareth- here’s what he said about his design:

I think that this design shows the close-knit (excuse the pun) nature of
Sewcialists. It places them within the circle created by the threads coming from the needles. I think this nicely sums up the idea of a community brought together by the hobby that they love.
Entry #3- Sabina- and her thoughts:
I basically wanted to keep the logo very simple and recognisable. Every sewcialist will at some point use a computer to communicate about their creations or engage with other sewcialists. Although there are lots of different hardware options to enable us to do this (smart phones, desk tops, tablets etc etc) I thought the world at large would be able to immediately recognise a standard laptop to represent how the online community interacts.The sewing machine in the middle was the obvious choice to represent what sewcialists do at the very heart of our creativity. It’s actually based on my Janome 525S machine! The dot and dash circle enclosing the logo represents to me the cutting lines on patterns!
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Entry #4- Joost- He says:

The design uses a button and bobbin to relate to sewing whereas the smiley face speech balloon relates to the social nature of sewcialists.

The button is slightly rotated. It makes it visually more pleasing and reminds us that sewcialists needn’t adhere to the stereotype of off-the-peg garments. The bobbin is half-filled with thread, indicating it’s being used. The friendly chatter that sewcialists engage in online is embodied in the form of a speech balloon/smiley face.

The emblem is simple in its design and its button and bobbin shapes breathe ‘sewing’. The combination of three basic elements makes it memorable, yet distinctive.

The black and white version at the bottom and the color version at the top prove that the logo ‘works’ regardless of colors.

But I don’t like the color!

You don’t have to. You may like the same dress pattern as another sewcialist, but that doesn’t mean you should make it in the same color, right?

The strength of the design is its shape. Only you can choose your prefect colors. So, pick your own colors and make this design your very own sewcialist emblem.

You can do so online at this address:: http://lab.decock.org/sewcialists/


Entry #5- Dylan



Entry #6- Anne- She shares:

My design is a patchwork globe revolving on an axis which is represented by the dress form. The needle and thread which changes to a computer mouse representing the lines of communication going round the globe linking sewing and the social media.

My idea for this came from the inclusive and diverse nature of the sewcialist community represented by the patchwork pieces of the countries – linked by a common thread – our sewing and means of communication. My favourite author is Anne Tyler who wrote the book A Patchwork Planet so a bit of me. I also wanted to represent all sewers, the dress form for the garment sewers among us and the patchwork, yes you’ve guessed it! for the patchwork community.
The text around the outside gives a vintage feel – I think – to the design. I mention the word Sewcialist at the top and I felt we should aim high – with a bit of humour so a bit tongue in cheek with the proclamation that we will unite the world with our stitches.
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Good luck to the designers! Wow- must be cool to have skills!
Tell us your favorite with a comment below, including the # of the entry and the designer’s name.
Wanna vote again? Head over to one of these Jury members blogs for more voting. (Remember, one vote per blog!)

Phew! All this news has worn me out! Newsboy_it1950

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

Just a little announcement, no need to stop traffic on the boulevard…


I, Anne of the ‘Grievances am hereby pledging a more thorough commitment to Me Made May 2013! Last year I was not as ready for it, but digging out the spring clothing from last year, I am quite pleased with myself. So I plot to wear only me-mades- when I am out of uniform at work and at least 1 me-made piece daily. Phew!

Ok, return to your sleeping, eating, child-care, whatever….

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

Sometimes I feel like quite the Sewcialist…..


Sometimes while I recline on my velvet perch and survey my little kingdom of textiles and dachsies, I think to myself, ‘Is there anyone else out there like me?’ Of course this leads to many troubling questions about people stealing my favorite accessories and possibly wearing them better than I do, but that really isn’t possible, is it Bruderlein?DSC08017

No, of course not. But my heart does warm at the knowledge that all along the interwebs like little fireflies dance a world of tiny sewists who create and chat and share and hug and they are my favorite party……The Sewcialists. These are our peeps- our family of sparks that unites us and inspires us. People like Leila who came up with the brilliant name and organized us into a thing. A Beautiful thing. A Sewcial thing.Dial_vidthumb

What are we? Well, Sewcialists are people who enjoy sewing and using social media to engage with others who enjoy sewing too.

Now here is where it gets interesting! We have a little competition going on: As with all fine things, we need an emblem, a badge a flag to wave and proclaim us united! Want to be the amazing artiste who creates the emblem that the world will come to recognize as a defining moment in Sewcial history??? Ok, no pressure. Let me get your juices flowing with a list of the dandy prizes:

  • A 1 year subscription to Make magazine generously offered by our official sponsor Make
  • A $100 cash prize
  • A custom ipad sleeve
  • The lifelong adoration of the Sewcialist community! Think of the bragging rights! immortality!

 What the design competition for our emblem/badge/icon requires:

  • Relates to sewing and the social nature of sewcialists
  • Is modern, simple, recognizable and memorable
  • Is useable in black & white as well as in color

Deadline is Saturday 20th of April 2013 and submissions can be made to:



Just want to change the world with your vote? That’s cool, too!

April 24 until May 8: The jury members will open up general voting on the designs that made it to the final round.

  • Voting will happen via comments on the jury blog posts  (you can do it here! Come on, you love to comment! Don’t get shy now!)
  • Every sewcialist has one vote per jury-blog
  • One person can vote multiple times (as long as it’s on different jury-blogs) on different designs, or on the same design.

Hey, feel free to share this contest with your friends. It’s open to all. The fine print can be found at sewcialists.org.

photo credits: google images, sewcialists.org, little me

Swap, Drop and Roll!

Look at her! It’s all her fault! I’ve covered up her eyes to protect her innocence but she has none! This is the face of a sinister fabric enabler!! Who happens to be my best friend. Isn’t that always the way? de1

This creative gal has been involved in 2 fabric based project lines that have ended up sending a lot…no, A LOT of fabulous fabric to little me. When she wants to free herself from the shackles of clutter I reply with a simple ‘GIMME! GIMME!‘ All my sheer frisky blouses? Her cast off remnants! I am blessed and cursed from a stash standpoint. So if you follow this logic it’s also her fault that I have 900 camisoles and tanks- you can’t run about like Kate Moss in sheer tops, can you? But I digress- my friend has moved on to a very distracting project lately! 65143_10151319699716413_1019185382_n

Now that I have placed blame, the next step in fabric rehab is admitting that you have a problem. Ok, I do. I need more room for fabric. So some of my less wise purchases need to go. Enter the Amazing  Kat and Anne with their little plan:swapbutton180

Now I own no ugliness. Just some bad ideas. You can’t buy for you what is other people’s color palettes no matter what Pantone tells you to do! If you’ve ever said, ‘um sure, I could use it, I guess’ you have been the victim of a textile or craft dump. Why would a cosmopolitan gal like I own rickrack otherwise? colonial

So prepare to shop my stash-

Ok, first up is a roll of unknown origin and quantity of a pink flat eyelet trim. It needs a home that will give it a nice project! DSC08449

2nd offering: 1 and a smidge yards of a 45 inch striped spandex print. This was a fabricmart freebie, but it just isn’t my thing, you knows?  Gone!  DSC08447

How about a lovely assortment of chenille rickrack? Stop calling me a hoarder! It was a gift! Look at the models face- dreaming of chenille rickrack paradise and it can be yours too! DSC08450

Ok, this is another fabricmart freebie- I’ve seen myself in a fab retro frock in this, but alas, I know it’s hard to believe- black and white makes me look….pale! It’s 60 inches wide and 2+ yards. Crisp and prewashed- like I like my men! GONE! DSC08457

That picture is awfully glossy- here’s another to entice you-


Are you still not excited? From the land of broken plans I bring you- Simplicity 2030- the cape that never was- I was hoping for a Carrie Bradshaw winter….DSC08463

Now, this is a great piece for sure! I was thinking tropical Gertie, the color is great on me, but the placement of the repeat is just a killer. It’s right down the middle of it’s 45 inch width. 5 yards of a tropical quilty cotton to an adventurous soul!    Gone!  DSC08461

I plan to add to this as I emotionally release other fabrics, notions and patterns thru a series of therapy sessions and other purchases- so if none of this appeals to you- just you wait! Go see the pinterest board of Swappy Specialness and perhaps you will do the Swappy Swish with us!

photo credits: google images, meadhawg. All photos remain property of their original owners.