Even Quilters Love a Beautifully Made Garment

I hope everyone knows that my title is in jest, but only partly, and the joke is really on me. I recently attended the Quilting Live Show in Atlanta and I had a stage presentation called "The Eye of the Editor."  I was to share projects that had made it into issues of Modern Patchwork and Stitch.

Embroidered Dress Gown
by Tina Lewis

Let's Do Lunch Topper
by Cathy Bullington .

Naturally, it being a quilting show, I automatically included lots of quilt and patchwork projects in my demonstration. But it also happened that The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews garments were beginning their first leg of a journey that will last through the fall, as part of touring with the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo.

On my way over to the stage, I raided the Downton Abbey Sews display, carrying away more than half of the dozen garments and carting them along with the quilts, pillows, and accessories.

Everyone was attracted to the colorful display. I had laid several beautiful modern quilts across chairs, and they no doubt caught the attention of many passersby who drifted into the presentation. However, it was really the garments from The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews magazine that captivated the audience.

As I passed around the sequin flapper dress I had designed, the downstairs gingham and lace apron, the upstairs silk charmeuse dressing robe, or the darling boys sailor jacket, everyone oohed and aahed and turned them inside out to inspect seams, and took pictures of the insides, not the outsides. It really had never occurred to me that a quilting audience would love well-made garments so much, but silly me. They all loudly adored the television drama and wanted to know how they could get their hands on an issue.

If there is just one special garment or accessory from the issue that you want to make, now each of the patterns from The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews has been released for individual sale in the Sew Daily Shop.

Quilter or not, do you love to look at a beautifully sewn garment and turn it inside out? I would love to know!

Happy stitching!


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About Amber

Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and SewDaily.com. She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and SewDaily.com. She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.