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

Have a lovely weekend!

  • Kerry - What a nice round up Sunni! I like any tips to help your garments look nicer inside.ReplyCancel

  • Casey - I *adore* Downton–and even got my husband into it when season 2 was on earlier this year! πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • 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 πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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 – 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 ! xxReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Wow! Thanks so much for including me πŸ™‚ 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)ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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…ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy @ Stacyverb - Oh my goodness…I had missed Peter’s maternity dress for Cathy, so I’m glad you posted the link here. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • 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 πŸ™‚ReplyCancel