Stitching Spotlights – 1/6/2012

The return of Stitching Spotlights! Yay! I used to do these and somehow stopped (how does that happen?). However, I decided that I absolutely have to start doing them again because there is just so much going on around the interwebs, I cannot be silent any longer! So let’s start 2012 with a big of a bang, eh?

Mr. S, in all his wonderfulness, purchased a CD for me for Christmas that I just absolutely cannot stop listening to! Especially in my sewing room, as I start working on projects and getting business items for the shop done. Anyone ever heard of The Puppini Sisters? They are super fun. They’ve got some vintage, retro vibe/jive going on and truly its to die for. Here’s one of my favorite tunes from their album The Rise and Fall of Ruby WooSoho Nights.

This week’s spotlighted creation comes from Duane of The Japanese Pattern Challenge. Friends, this gentleman makes the most beautiful men’s garments! Would you not agree that this pea coat is just to die for? Gosh, the tailoring is just amazing. Look at that collar, please notice the single welt pockets (those are not easy!) too. Flawless. Wool is merely magic for this man’s hands.

I’m getting too excited not to share this new pattern company with you. I’ve sent a few interview questions to Kristiann Boos of Victory Patterns and will be posting that soon (jump over to Paunnet for a great interview!). Aren’t these just delightful? What a great eye for lovely details and femininity. I’m quite sure you’ll love her offerings. She’s got 6 downloadable patterns out. Go ahead, have a look and start dreaming up your next project.

Speaking of patterns, heard about Your Style Rocks? They take line drawings from folks like you and me, have a contest and the winner’s design gets made up into a sewing pattern. All the patterns are free! Be sure to check it out, join and I’m sure many of you would have great contributions!

More inspiring goodness catching my eye:
✂ Lauren posted about notching and the way she does it, which is the way I do it too – How Do You Notch?
✂ I, for one, am considering this “Vintage-Inspired, Modern Style Design Challenge” hosted by BurdaStyle & Amy Barickman. What about you?
✂ Tasia is gearing up for her newest design Minoru Sew Along. I definitely need a more casual jacket and this one fits the bill.
✂ Speaking of Sew Alongs, Sherry’s just finishing up her “Ruby Slip” sew along, of which she’s included a gorgeous free pattern to boot.
✂ Want to learn how to sew, but just have no idea where to start? Tilly has a fantastic series going on over on her blog. Do check it out!
✂ Do. Not. Miss. McCall’s Month over at My Happy Sewing Place.




18 thoughts on “Stitching Spotlights – 1/6/2012

  1. The puppini sisters are amazing! Love them but you got to get their first album there is an unbelievebly brilliant cover of Kate bush’s wuthering heights.

  2. Ooh, Thank-you for posting new pattern ideas! Definitely going to have to check those out!

    Loving the Puppini Sisters! How fantastic is their sound?! Thank-you for the recommendation 🙂

  3. The Puppini sisters!! I’m so glad others are finding them! I heard their “Heart of Glass” cover in a restaurant and spent the evening trying to find them. Their sound sparked my interest in 40s music and that’s all I listen to now.

  4. I love the Puppini Sisters! I’ve been listening to their music for a while now on streaming sites, but my boyfriend bought The Rise and Fall of Ruby Woo for Christmas. I loved that present, even though he wasn’t sure if I still listened to their music. My favorite on this CD is “Don’t sit under the apple tree”. I also love their version of “Crazy in Love”.

  5. Agreed… thanks for the nod towards the Puppini Sisters. I downloaded the Ruby Woo album onto the ipod. Great find!

  6. Wow, thanks for featuring my pea coat in your blog! Hopefully your readers, especially anyone interested in menswear, will check it out. I guess my goal is to prove that it’s really not all that difficult. In fact, it can be fun.

    1. Duane, Your handmade garments are so beautiful and very good looking! I love your meticulous sewing habits, but even more than that you have such a way of putting it into words that makes it so easy to understand and very encouraging to try one’s own hand at. Completely genius! Mr. S (my hub) saw your gorgeous pea coat here on my blog and is insisting that I buy that Japanese pattern book and make him one now.

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