I knew pretty much immediately with Season 2 that this series had way too much content for one blog. Between the weekly sew-downs each Tuesday, and the results posts on Friday, I hardly had the space - or time - to promote a Sew Along, properly introduce my contestants in published bios (never did figure that one out, sorry ladies!), or even engage you readers thoughtfully in each prompt - how I'd interpret them, what I'd sew, and why.
There was SO much untapped potential - and so little space, and time. So TS has officially been moved to its OWN WEBSITE! Isn't it pretty??
Why this new domain? "Sewing Stadium"? Why not Topstitchers.com?
Well first off... it's taken. All simple/obvious domain variations were, actually. So the girls and I wracked our brains and ended up stumbling upon the idea of a "Sewing Stadium" - keeping in theme with Iron Chef like series inspiration, which is hosted in Kitchen Stadium. It won me over with the idea that I could easily host future sewing contests there, too. Go ahead and file away that bit of knowledge - and if you come across a friend/blogger who is thinking "I have a contest idea, and nowhere to host it!" you can tell them I know a gal!
So cool, Becca!! But what about that time issue? Did you clone yourself??
EVEN BETTER. I brought on a dear friend! Words can't even begin to express how perfectly this worked out. All those things in contest-hosting I couldn't make time for, just so happen to be her areas of expertise. Without further ado, I'd like to announce...
“I’m really excited to welcome Audrey of Skirt Fixation to the team! She is just the sweetest, and we have collaborated with and encouraged one another for over a year now since she popped my “sewing contest” cherry for her women’s sewing challenge. She’s joining the Top Stitchers team as our Sew Along Coordinator, Social Media Guru, & Sponsor Liason. ”
Audrey? Skirt Fixation? Are these names new-to-you? No worries! I asked her to write up a brief bio just for you:
Audrey blogs with her daughters at Skirt Fixation. (www.skirtfixation.com) She started sewing at age 16 when she reached her full height of 6 feet! Her favorite thing to sew is skirts, and she also dabbles in quilting, bag making, and has accepted her husband's challenge of learning to sew for the male species. Other than sewing, her days are filled with caring for her 7 children, husband and menagerie of animals on their farm.
Next - we have our TALENT! I have to crank out their pairings and prompts here like.. yesterday. But I procrastinated just a smidge by making this purdy graphic for you! Recognize any of these pretty faces?? Lots should be familiar from S1 and S2, and a few new folks sprinkled in!
Last, but certainly not least, I'd like to introduce the SHOP!!! I'm working with Handmade Escapade to bring you some CUSTOM T'S, and I couldn't be more psyched! I hope you'll love the designs as much as I do, and that you'll appreciate the variety of sizes and colors Katy offers. I'll leave you to your eye candy, XOXO: