Swingin’ and Swappin’ and gettin’ real merry!


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!!!


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


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.

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!
sewcialist logo B&W no word sewcialist logo colour no word sewcialist logo final B&W sewcialist logo final
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.
emblem as vector (1)
emblem as vector2 (1)
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