When I was looking to buy my first sewing machine over 10 years ago one of my requirements was that it had a few decorative stitches. I ended up buying a Viking Husqvarna 350 which has several decorative stitches and is programmable so you can combine them together.
How often do I use these decorative stitches? Pretty much never! But they are pretty and I would like to use them. So while I had some black thread in my machine and some muslin scraps I made myself a little stitch sampler. I’m going to hang it near my sewing table so I can be inspired while I’m making things.
Even now I’ve got some ideas to use these stitches. For example, I love that double cross stitch pattern that’s below the flowers. I can totally see that on a hem or neckline. I like the satin stitch beading pattern too.
So I’m going to challenge myself to use some decorative stitches in my next project. D
Do you ever use decorative stitches in your projects?
I can’t say I buy many Burda patterns, but since I was browsing the Simplicity website I figured I would take a look and I found a few great patterns.
Burda 6968 – This is a vintage pattern for a very cute top. It’s nice to see some retro patterns from the 1970s, and Burda has 4 in their new collection.
Burda 6970 – I just love the vavavoom style of this sweetheart neckline dress. The bustier/skirt combo seems very Kim Kardashian to me.
Burda 6916 – I’m intrigued by geometric construction of these dresses. I do worry about trying to do an FBA.
I really liked several of the new Butterick Patterns.
Butterick 6019 – This is a Patterns by Gertie (Gretchen Hirsch) design. She was inspired by Alfred Shaheen’s 1950’s designs and on her blog you can see some photos of Shaheen’s dresses. I’m going on a family trip to Hawaii later this year and this might be a fun dress to make.
Butterick 6020 – What I like most about this ivy + blu shirtwaist dress is the the stitched pleating on the waistline. I like full skirts but I don’t like the bulk created by gathered skirts.
Butterick 6014 – Like the previous pattern, I dig the pleating around the waistline. The pleated asymmetric peplum is also a nice change, and since its a knit dress it looks easy to wear and comfy.
Butterick 6010 – Because who doesn’t need a strapless romper/jumpsuit???
I’ve been looking through Vogue Patterns website to see what new patterns they have for us in 2014. Here are a couple that I may be picking up next time Joann’s has a $4 pattern sale.
Vogue 8927 – I love the waist detail that makes this not your everyday sheath. Plus the “Custom Fit” Means I may not need to do an FBA!
Vogue 1379 – I like the gypsy vibe of this Tracy Reese Dress. It would make a comfy but stylish summer dress in matte jersey.
Seems like Super Bowl Weekend is big weekend for crafty type stores to have sales. I guess if you don’t care for football you can go get some deals! Personally I’m hosting a Crafts & Commercials party on Super Bowl Sunday. We might watch some football, but more likely it will be the Kitten Bowl.
If you are located in Portland here are some of the sales I’ve heard about. Too bad I’m on a stash diet!
Modern Domestic – 25% off ALL Fabric Saturday & Sunday
Fabric Depot – 50% off all wool fabrics Friday – Monday