Stitching Spotlights 4.20.2012

You’re going to flip out when I tell you that I watched the first season of Downton Abbey in two evenings. I was riveted. Loved it. Favorite characters? I would marry Carsen. Yes. Marry! I ADORE Lady Violet. She is so witty and positively awful – I WILL be her when I grow up! The love story between Mr. Bates and Anna is so wonderful. Tonight, I think I might sit down and watch a few episodes all over again. I’m going to have to purchase season two as it doesn’t seem to be on the interwebs anywhere. But what do I care? I have to see season two now. This is life and death, you know. Have you seen Downton Abbey? What are your favorite characters? Any plans this weekend?

Speaking of Downton, I truly hope you didn’t miss Lauren’s gorgeous titanic ensemble. Oh my goodness, I die! Alack! Beautiful. I do think Lauren would be right at home in this era, don’t you? It’s stunning Lauren!

I had a very hard time picking between the above creation and Karen’s chic blouse, so why not spotlight them both huh? After seeing this beauty, I instantly downloaded the pattern, put it all together (something I LOATHE) and even added the seam allowances like a good girl (something I HATE even more). Then I managed to cut out a blouse in a similar-ish elephant print rayon challis that I’ve had stashed for sometime. I can’t say that I’m done, because I’m not, but the pattern is only 4 pieces! Yay! And isn’t Karen’s creation just fabulous. Oh Karen – this is simply impeccable! A grand sewing project so well done!

Anytime Pam posts a tutorial they are fabulous! So don’t miss this one, especially if you have a thing for getting your garment to look just as pretty inside as out! Awesome tip!

More wonderful things from this week!
Did you see this girl’s darling skirt? Oh you simply have to! It’s so fab!
I’ve been daydreaming about shirtmaking lately. This placket tutorial, pattern included, is not to be missed.
I wish I had a sis-in-law like Casey! This dress would have been fabulous at my prom.
If you’re a belt-ey person like me, you’ll want to make this one from Lauren.
Ever thrift items that are just too short? Here’s a tutorial for how to lengthen a hem.
I hope you didn’t miss Peter’s maternity ensemble for Cathy. What do you think she’s having, boy or girl?
Here’s a fabulous Princess Seam FBA tutorial for you well endowed ladies. Don’t miss Katie’s amazing dress either! Perfect for summer.
A great tutorial on spiral steel boning and how to cut and cap it.

Have a lovely weekend!
Sunni

  • Kerry - What a nice round up Sunni! I like any tips to help your garments look nicer inside.
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  • Casey - I *adore* Downton–and even got my husband into it when season 2 was on earlier this year! ;) lol I really need to get both seasons on dvd!

    Thank you ever so much again for including one of my creations in the round up–I’m tickled! :)
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  • Rochelle New - Ohhhh Downton Abbey!! My Aunt brought me season 2 home from the UK before it even aired in the US, so I was totally spoiled! LOVE the show. I agree Anna and Mr. Bates are just the cutest things. Season Two is SO good!!

    Great round up as per usual :) Thanks for sharing!
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  • didyoumakethat - Thank you so much for including me. I’m honoured! And I can’t WAIT to see your version of this blouse. You’ll do a stunning job, I know.
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  • LeeAnn - First let me say that I love your end of the week highlights. I love the treasures I find!

    Secondly, I had the flu this week (spring time I know!) and the only thing that kept me awake was Downton Abbey! From the opening scene to the excellent character development I finished most of the first season in one day! My husband rolled his eyes when he found out I had watched Masterpiece Theater. Dare I watch the Season 2 previews on the PBS website?!?ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Ahhh, THANK YOU for posting that link to the spiral steel boning tutorial. I am gearing up to try the stuff for the first time ever, and I’m pretty intimidated by it – I already tried snipping off an end & putting on a cap, and I swear there were little pieces of metal bouncing all over my sewing room. It was a disaster lol. Time for round 2!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - I love your spotlights. I came late to the Downton Abbey series – watched both seasons voraciously, one after the other, and then again, slowly to savor each episode! Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Peter - Thanks for the shout-out, Sunni. Rumor has it TWINS. (Just a rumor, mind you.)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Thanks for the spotlight! What a surprise!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - I watched first season of Downton in 2 evenings also so I understand!!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Hello, you can watch them online at http://watchseries.eu/serie/downton_abbey – enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • kirsty - I love these posts ! Its like opening a wonderful box full of surprises when I click through the links. It is amazing and inspiring to see all the hard work that people put into both making and sharing. Thank you ! xx
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  • Lauren - Wow! Thanks so much for including me :) I’m so honored!
    What a great bunch of inspiring posts.
    Oh my gosh, aren’t you totally hooked on Downton Abbey now? I seriously LOVE that series. I can’t wait until we get the next season (though I wish we’d be a little longer in the time period it’s currently set)
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  • Rachelle - I was determined I wouldn’t get hooked into Downton Abbey, and then I watched one episode of season 2 and had to buy the whole darned thing! I think Mr Bates and Anna are my favourite characters.
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  • Shelley - Love your site. And yes, Downton does have that effect on people. You’re the third person I know who’s knocked out a season (or more) in one evening. Enjoy Season Two and keep up the great blog work.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I love Karen’s blouse. Love that Budra style pattern. I’ve loved it on everyone I’ve seen it one. Might be a sign I should make it too.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I love, love, love Downton Abbey! I did about the same thing – watched it in like two days. I want to marry Mr. Bates, slap Thomas and be besties with Sybil. GOOD STUFF!

    I forget about Pam’s amazing blog! Adding to my feed now…
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  • Laura - I like visiting your site always because I learn a lot of things regarding fashion here..Thanks for sharing your ideas. This is really helpful.
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  • Stacy @ Stacyverb - Oh my goodness…I had missed Peter’s maternity dress for Cathy, so I’m glad you posted the link here. :)
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  • Maddie - You make my Fridays shine when I see my posts on Stitching Spotlights. Thank you Sunni and I’m glad you enjoyed it. Lizz is a gem to work with :)
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