April 22, 2010

Stitching Spotlights 4.23.2010

This week I've gathered some inspiring sweetness from sewing peeps that have caught my eye. Keep all that great stuff coming, because I love getting excited about what to sew next.

This week's weekly creation comes to you from Rachel. I've seen the polka dot madness going on all around and I've thought about wearing polka dots and have just never really tried. This Rooibos creation is the bee's knees, and did you by chance notice how flat the fabulous little collar is laying? I've noticed that this has been a problem for several who have tried this pattern, we might just have to ask for a tutorial to let us in on that secret! Beautiful job Rachel!

Have you seen Esther's blog/burdastyle creations? Yeah, I'm way jealous that she's only 15 too!!!! Way way way jealous. Where was I when I was 15? Definitely not being cool or doing anything creative.  She's got some serious photography talent. Not to mention all of her hand sewn creations are way out of this world.  And she has red hair. Now who doesn't like a girl with red hair? Who?

Simplicity 2724 is getting some well deserved spotlight attention! Amelie (I know, can you even believe that this is her name, too sweet!) and Rifka from Burda Style have both made up their own superb creations. And threadsquare and Selfish Seamstress are pondering about making their own versions. I say, jump on the bandwagon folks, it's a pretty ridiculously fabulous pattern. But then, I guess I'm a little biased.

Recently I made the rather expensive purchase of a pair of Gingher Pinking Shears. I don't have a serger, and I actually don't know many stitchers who do. If you're hankering for a serger and just can't afford it right now, pinking shears might be a good investment for the present. They work great, especially on cotton, and don't leave behind the bulky seam allowance other seam finishing techniques might. For added fray-edge security, I give the seam allowance a simple straight stitch close to the pinked edge.

And that's a wrap friends! Happy weekending!
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