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.
I was in Jo-Ann yesterday to pick up some black thread cones for my serger, when I decided to look for some fabric for a Thanksgiving skirt. I ended up picking up 2 amazing fabrics. The first thing I found was this drapey grey knit fabric with black sequins. It was $11/yd but I had a 40% off coupon. I have no idea what I’m going to make but I much I got 4 yards.
Then I was looking for some fabric to make a Liesl + Co Everyday skirt and I ended up grabbing 2 yards this thick metallic heather knit fabric. It was 50% off so I paid around $7 per yard. When I got it home I realized it was too awesome for a mere skirt and started looking for dress patterns. I think I’ve settled on making Vogue 8787 view B. Thankfully Vogue Patterns go on sale for $4 at Jo-Ann on November 23.
This article was originally posted on Craftcake.com on November 18, 2013. I am planning on reposting most of my existing sewing related content from Craftcake on this site.