May 20, 2010

Stitching Spotlights 5.21.2010

Aren't you so glad its Friday again? I am and I'm so happy to be feeling up to par. I really love bringing these spotlights to you every week.

This week's creation comes to you from Stefi at Just Chic. I am continually amazed with her creations. Don't forget to check out her tutorials either! I first noticed her on Burda Style and have been continually blown away by the fabrics she uses and the designs she comes up with. This skirt is one of her own designs and a perfect fit for any colorful wardrobe, I dare say. I'm quite sure Penelope would be rather proud. Beautiful job Stefi.

Have you read this article over at the Selfish Seamstress? I thought it was rather thought provoking and intriguing. I've thought about it a lot ever since reading it. I'll say that I'm rather a sucker for feminine details and definitely do not think they should be done away with, but I will say that I've seen (and unfortunately, made) some rather atrocious garments with too much craziness going on. You know, just a little stitch for thought.

This week's stitching tip is on pinning. Always pin. My mom said that my grandma always says this. A great rule of thumb. Sewing goes along so much better if one pins before they stitch. And don't forget to use the right pins when pinning. Standard dressmaking pins are great, but don't forget that for silk and knits there are extra sharps and ball points so as not to obstruct the fragile weave of the cloths for these types of fabrics. Here's a great article on just this subject.

Image Courtesy of thenakedsnail on flickr

And that's a wrap! Have a fantastic weekend!


  1. Thanks for the links, Sunni. Have a beautiful weekend!

  2. I forgot to tell you on your Penelope post that I want her wardrobe too. I watched that movie twice in a row the first time I saw it. And then the BF came home I I immediately said that I wanted to dress like her.
    I love long skirts but I never know what shoes to wear with them.
    And I seriously hope that is actually your pincushion as that image is so gorgeous I want a print for my sewing room wall.
    Glad you are feeling better. Happy weekend!

  3. You know what's funny, in fashion design school they teach you NOT to pin. No pins allowed - since you're learning to sew on industrial machines. Not only are they SUPER fast but in factories, they don't sew with pins at all. Just line up the edges and step on the pedal! Imagine setting a sleeve without pins.. thank goodness we can use them for home sewing!
    Thanks for sharing Stefi's lovely skirt, I love finding new sewing blogs to read and admire! And you know I love a good feminine frill here and there, I found that post (and all the comments) fascinating!
    Glad you're feeling better! Have a lovely weekend!

  4. Wow, what a surprise I had to find me on your blog :)You are a darling, darling girl. Thank you so much! and you know that the feeling is reciprocal - I always admire your work.
    I've always been a big fan of mixing vivid colored clothes in sometimes striking combinations. I feel like I've lost it lately, so I took the decision to come back to my style - this skirt was the first step :)

  5. I love Penelope's clothes too! We all need some color and a break away from boring neutrals! I'll have to watch the movie!

  6. Hello Sunni, well I absolutely love your blog, it's very catchy. Right now, and because of you, I want to start sewing like a crazy again, I miss to do beautiful clothes. So please, I need your help, and well of everybody who have patient helping another: I want to make a dress!!!
    My first post about that is in my blog.

  7. I wish I could say it was my photo of the pin cushion, it is gorgeous isn't it? A lovely image found browsing through flickr.

  8. Now that is super interesting! I've actually been thinking about your comment all weekend and while in the midst of sewing I kept thinking how could I not pin? I assume pins are not required because of the fast paced work environment. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  9. It's truly a beautiful and fun skirt! Always looks forward to what you come up with next!

  10. Ahahaha! I've never seen the film Pirates of Penzance - just a stage production back in another lifetime when I volunteered summers as an usher in order to see productions for free. I almost literally bumped into Kevin Kline's chest a few weeks ago, when I moved up to volunteering at film festivals. "Oh, Kev! Sorry about that, but it really doesn't matter."
    I second pinning in the factories. My mom was a professional garment seamstress, and never pinned at work. She does now for quilting, and always encouraged me to do so. But until recently, I just couldn't be bothered. Maybe I was ahead of my time (or skill level). Results are so much better now, but I also have racked up a few more hours in front of the machine.


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