March 29, 2012

Stitching Spotlights 3.30.2012

This has been a seriously amazing week of frocks ladies and gents! My reader was bombarded with several lovely creations, sewing tips and inspiration. I've been having a bit of trouble getting myself in gear to sew rather than watch TV shows via netflix and get crazy addicted to the drama created therein. I'm ashamed to say that I've yet to watch Downton Abbey - something I'm very much looking forward to, but just know I'll be addicted and nothing else will be done. I've got to watch the 2nd season of Luther and I'm still on a Buffy kick. I also just bought the 2nd season of the Murdoch Mysteries. Can you say couch potato? The madness must end. Now.

This week's spotlighted creation goes to Amy from Yellow Bird Fabrics (my favorite local fabric haunt). Amy's the owner of Yellow Bird and she made not one, but two fabulous dresses. I must say that I believe the lace lovely is my favorite, but the floral dress is also so well executed and looks just glorious on her. What do you think? Amy, both are simply marvelous! Yay!

Isn't this idea from Nette the most charming thing you have ever seen? I get googly eyed over things that are small and making little clothes for presents for friends is just over the top! Ha! I adore stuff like this. I would faint on the spot if I received this.

I'm terribly, terribly jealous that Liz has a sewing buddy. How can we be friends is she's already got a sewing buddy? Do you have a sewing buddy? There's a another lady that works at Yellow Bird (besides Amy) who sews with a friend on Tuesday nights, I believe. Now that's a great idea, dontcha think?

Carolyn posted this really helpful advice for purchasing a sewing machine. I think its terribly awesome that she put aside her bias for Janomes and said to go and try out new machines at a sewing machine store. I admit that's what I did when I bought my machine. I have a Bernina and I love it! But maybe a Bernina isn't for you. So if you're looking to buy a new sewing machine soon, definitely heed Carolyn's advice!

More inspiring goodness from this week:
✂ Don't miss Part 4 of Madalynne's block draft!
✂ Sarai posted some great tips for photographing your sewn creations - I'm always up for new tips!
✂ Gertie re-posted her crinoline tutorial. Aren't poofy skirts just the bee's knees?
Sherry's dress is to. die. for! And definitely check out her tutorial for hemming an inverted pleat - she has the best tricks!
✂ Erika's got a great giveaway for some tailoring supplies - definitely go enter.
✂ Sallieoh turned 27 in a dress that 's fit for a true queen!
Jane's take on Joan Holloway's blue shirtdress is incredible!
✂ I really enjoyed Tasia's discussion on time length for sewing projects. Do you think everything you sew should get progressively harder?
✂ Please tell me that you saw Elizabeth's color blocked dress. She's got a thing for linen and sheath dresses too. What class!

Have a positively wonderful weekend!

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