Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sewing Prettiness

Textiles, ribbon, lace, textured fabric, pretty pattern... I wish I could sew well! I can sew to fix a hole in a shirt, but I am yet to master the art of creative sewing.

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Lita from Downtown Girl Designs has it down nicely. Her adorable Etsy store features charming pouches, pockets, clutches and purses - all sewn together with love, and in pretty patterned fabric. Each little piece seems to tell me a story, either a romantic little sonnet, or a whimsical fairy tale.

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Lita's pieces are inspired by vintage pretties, good books, and most especially - her baby daughter. In addition to sewing, she enjoys cooking and entertaining guests, as well as traveling this great big world we live in. Lita also told me that she is in love with shades of pink and light blue. She finds them calming, and has incorporated these colors into her home, with a pink sewing room, and light blue being the main color of the rest of her home. And speaking of loves -
I absolutely love the Little Owl Friends pouch above!

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Like a good friend, Lita started out sewing gifts for her friends and family. Every time she made something, people requested her to make special items for them. After a while these orders grew, and her friends suggested that she open up a shop. As well as Downtown Girl Designs, Lita also opened up two other stores - Downtown Girl Vintage and Max and Olivia. These two stores are equally as charming as our featured store.
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Lita's loves also include sweets. Her sweet tooth often leads her to vanilla flavors, with a very special weakness for cupcakes and carrot cake.
Our lovely Lita is generously giving one lucky reader a $30 Gift Certificate to Downtown Girl Vintage. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment here telling me about what you like most about sewn goodies. I will announce the winner on Sunday.

91 comments:

Melissa said...

I love sewn goodies because they remind me of my mom! She's always whipping up curtains or an apron of a cute sundress.

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

these fabrics are so cute! I love sewn things because they look so homemade! xo

BlueGrassandGreenTomatoes said...

I love how each item is always unique!

Daph said...

Oh I LOVE the owl freinds purse:)
earthdancedaph@yahoo.com

Kelly Irene said...

I like that the designs are simple and let the fabrics speak for themselves.
Dionne, I bet you would make lovely sewn items if you tried...you are so talented already I'm sure it would show through with sewing (and I would say that even if this were not a giveaway post :)
kelly@ questforrealfood.com

icitea said...

aah, they're all so cute! I love the alice in wonder land and snip snip ~ Hm... I love sewn goods because you know everything is lovingly handcrafted for you! Plus its fun to see what designs other people come up with; I can examine and possibly imitate.

le.paradis.found at gmail dot ocm

Jingle said...

HO, these are so gorgeous! I love handmade clutches because people really notice them and I get more compliments on them!!! I love that!

katia said...

her shop is so adorable! i love cute little coin pouches...you can never have too many :D i love the happy mushroom pouch so much!

kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

Wehaf said...

I love looking that items and thinking about how they were made by someone's two hands, not anonymously cranked out or stamped out by a machine. Even mass-produced sewn items need human hands to make them; they're more connected to us because of that.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Luisa said...

i love sewn goodies because it was handmade WITH LOVE. Usually.

weezie33 at hotmail dot com

nitzan said...

i really love it,its naive and just make me smile every time...:)

nitzan.sc at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

I love the patterns on all these fabrics. Especially the owl coin purse. So cute!

I can't sew either. I'm limited to sewing on buttons.

very married said...

ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(d0t)com


you know that there's a lot of thought and hard work behind it!

Kristen said...

I like My Little Owl Friends and Winter Bird. The thing that's so great about something hand-sewn is it's unique...not just the same as everything you see in the store.

couponboss at gmail dot com

daunfamily said...

I love the personalization and individuality!
daunfamily@yahoo.com

Erika said...

I adore how the designs are simple, playful, and child-like. There's an element of youthful qualities placed into each item. They are so darling! :)
Erika
warrior_poet17@yahoo.com

Barbara said...

I'm with you, Dionne. And I actually took home ec (with part of it for sewing) when I was in high school. I remember I made an apron. ;)
I used to make my kids' Halloween costumes and pillows for my daughter, but I could never make anything really nice. I am so envious of those who can, although I suppose I could take lessons.
I would rather cook!

Sandy a la Mode said...

i LOVE downtown girl designs products, they are all soo cute! the best thing about sewn goodies is that they are UNIQUE! you can choose your own materials, fabric, thread, anything and make it truly one of a kind or personalized!

sandyalamode(at)gmail(dot)com

Nupur said...

What I love best about sewn goodies- that they use unique fabrics and look like the one-of-a-kind creations they are.

CarolineB said...

Sewn goodies are usually better quality than mass-produced.

Plus they're more unique :-)

carbar79 at gmail dot com

Meg said...

i love how whimsical they are. my sister made me an apron for christmas, and it's my favorite just because it's homemade - it's adorable and cheeky, and wearing it reminds me of her and how much fun we have together!

MYSAVIOR said...

There is a touch of love and intimacy in handsewn items that do not appear in something manufactured.

♥♥♥
Sue

Claire said...

Sewing and all things handmade are the best! It's a gift for both giver & receiver :)

Julia said...

I love anything made with fabric, the textures, all the different patterns and colours. And the care taken with handmade things always makes them seem sweeter.

sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

Amber said...

I love that they are cute and handmade with love!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I love anything handmade it's soooo much nicer. Pretty fabrics and handmade goods are more valueable .Great giveaway .Fingers crossed. Marian

mtzeenla@yahoo.com

Melissa said...

I love hand-sewn goodies because of all the time, care, and (most of all) talent that must go into making them!

omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Meghan said...

Oh I am dying over that clutch! I think sewn goodies are made with careful stitches and lots of love and it always makes me feel good!

Ashley Yazzie said...

Hey D.,
How cute is that owl coin purse? What an adorable sponsor. How are you D?

Hugs,

Ashley

Samy said...

I adore sewn goodies because they are all unique and special in their own way. Plus, they are generally just so much cuter. I definitely prefer handmade items over anything else and support that market very strongly. :)

samyrocks92 at msn dot com

fisiwoman said...

I love the purses because they are originals and fantastics!!!


Ana Belén R.M
fisiwoman(at)hotmail.com
Spain

Gaia said...

hi darling!I'm in the middle of sewing project!
I'm learning but i thought it was easier (for me!)

I'd love the milk glasses...! I love them all!
have a fantastic week!

I'm doing a giveaway too...Come to join me!

Michelle said...

I love knowing that someone personally sewed it! That's not always the case, at least with store-bought clothes, but when it is, it makes me fall in love with the pieces even more!

lilDdownunder said...

I love the details and little personal touches, as well as the time and love it takes to create handsown things.

dlogstonATgmailDOTcom

Phoenix said...

LOL how cute is that owl pouch?! Adorable... that's how cute it is. :)

rene@bargainhoot said...

I love the owl purse :)

Rene' @bargainhoot

Oh Mandie! said...

oooh so fun! The best thing about sewn goods is the personalization and the little added touches and extras. And the love, definatly the love that goes into each and every project.

-Amanda
ohmandie7@yahoo.com

Atypical Girl said...

I think handsewn articles are just better than the mass merch we find in stores!

Amy
artsyrockerchick at aol dot com

Urban Legendary said...

Gorgeous! So colorful and creative. xx

Urban Legendary said...

PS - I love your blog...I'll definitely be following!

Lilly said...

I love beautiful fabrics and everything related to them =D
Thanks for the chance.
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

Maki said...

They are all so adorable!!! I love swen goodies because it's so personal and intimate. The color, the shape, etc., they are all unique individual:)

Cute post, Dionne!
xoxo

AMKreations said...

I too sew and the part I like best about home sewn goodies is that you can be unique. You can make a bag that not everyone else has or give a gift that is exactly what the person likes. You can also save money by making gifts, as opposed to buying them. They are usually better quality and last longer! So there are so many pro's to home-sewn!

Tracy Suzanne said...

Sewn goodies are so wonderful because they remind me of my childhood when most Mothers and Grandmothers sewed. I love to sew myself. I really love you fabrics and creations.

Thanks for an awesome giveaway.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Kaye Prince said...

I like sewing the goodies myself - when the top of a quilt comes together it's like magic! I also like knowing that something is handmade, and any small flaw or imperfection just makes it that much sweeter and that much more loved.

Sarah said...

I love how it often means that you have something that is one of a kind.

sarahmarietownsend(at)gmail(dot)com

Sharon said...

I love that sewn goods can have a story behind them, the fabric, the workmanship. Sewing also runs in the women in my family :)

Cindy said...

I love the detail and the knowledge that it's a well made product.

Liz said...

I love sewn products because I appreciate that someone made something by hand. I also hate them because I've never learned to sew and I get jealous!

fede said...

i love handmade sewn goodies because i know there's love behind, from the choice of fabric to the pattern up to the final realization! and the time someone spends in sewing something for you makes it more special and the imperfections become part of the gift.

fedechica85(at)hotmail(dot)com

Angie said...

It may sound strange, but I like knowing that someones hands touched it and loved it, instead of some big computerized machine. Make sense??? Thanks for the opprotunity!!

Angie
rennieangie at gmail at com

CuddlesAndCamo said...

I ADORE things sewn and handmade! It's original, special, etc. I'm about to open up my own Etsy shop and I've made quite a few things for friends. It's time consuming but just knowing that they love it as much as I enjoyed making it for them keeps me creating more.

brinkels at live dot com

olive juice photography said...

i am totally loving the coasters! and the folklore story zipper clutch! :)

TopHat said...

I love sewn goodies because they are so washable! And flexible.

hrfarley at gmail dot com

free indeed said...

Sewn goodies or homemade really show the love and care one takes when crafting for others; by choosing just the right color, theme, fabrics etc. I appreciate anything handmade!
freeindeed at myfairpoint dot net

passport in my pocket said...

oh I wish I could sew... but alas I cannot. I love handmade sewn goodies because each piece is unique and the attention to detail is incredible!

elephanteaus said...

I lovelovelove sewed goodies because they remind me of home haha :) especially my mother. and also, I find it amazing how sewed goodies always manage to look so gorgeous and unique!

rocketsneakers AT gmail DOT com

Melody said...

I like Coriander Flow Zipper Clutch.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

sewn goodies remind me of my childhood- holly hobbie, strawberry shortcake, funky blue jeans with wide legs and wide, white stitching. i also love the thought that someone spent their time to handmake the item.
shen
divertida(at)fastmail(dot)fm

Danielle said...

I love sewn goodies because they are unique and easy to personalize.


The Happy Wife/Danielle
ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
http://juanshappywife.blogspot.com

Emily Taylor said...

I love sewn goodies because you can be so much more creative with the fabric choice.

nordstromemily(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kayla said...

I wish I could sew. But I love all the fabrics choices.

http://ramblingofasmalltowngirl.blogspot.com/

KaylaB713@gmail.com

Little Miss Tiara said...

those are so pretty and i do hope that i know how to sew too! maybe i should start learning now, well, because my mom does sew! and every other moms too... lol

@ByHandGiveaways said...

I love the amazing fabrics that they get to pick from when sewing!

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Jo said...

Handmade goodies tend to make you feel more special, more thought has been put into them...and it's a one of a kind item! :)

jo.tee35(at)gmail(dot)com

Heather said...

I love the colors she uses.
jswandrn at gmail

Sheila said...

I love her choice of fabrics, especially the Fancy Butterflies - Medium Zipper Pouch! So cute!

uglygirl said...

I love sewn goodies because I'm am too unco=ordinated/talentless/impatient to make them myself. I was okay at suturing wounds when I worked in an Emergency Room, though.

aj said...

I love sewn goodies because they really beautiful ( :

A_C_E_ @hotmail dot com

BEadECLECTIC said...

I love the selection of patterns she has!

bead.eclectic@gmail.com

Spaz said...

I love sewn goodies because I have no patience or talent to sew, so when someone makes an awesome item, I love it!! It's usually one of a kind, and I love having one in a million items.

stasew at hotmail dot com

LittleElf said...

Those clutches are so sweet! I love sewn items because they are homey, comforting and full of charm. When someone makes you something, it is so much more special that something mass produced.



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Ang3 said...

I love seing things because they're all made with love and much effort:)
PLUS, each sewn things is special in itself..:) comfy, cute and of coz..no double!

angeleneteo@yahoo.com.sg

Lily said...

I love the time and thoughtfulness put into sewn things!

Sarah said...

Oooooo lovely. ;)

lin said...

I love sewn things because they are so creative and unique, and any handmade gift is rendered so much more special because of the time, effort, and care put into creating them :)

linalia.lee at gmail dot com

Becky said...

I love sewn goodies because I can customize the colors and patterns to my own taste!

lo said...

I love sewn items because 1. you know someone put effort into the item 2. you can make it exactly how you want it and 3. i'm not very good at it so I admire the skill it takes!

Cynthia said...

Oh my gosh everything in her shop is so cute! I want everything!

I love sewn stuff because it's handmade and takes so much skill!

trixx said...

I love sewn goodies because I know that someone put in their time and effort into making something, as opposed to a machine. It just makes it that much more enjoyable to own. peanut[at]nyc.rr.com

Abby said...

Because my grandma used to make some sewn goodies for me.

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Selene said...

I like that they are more unique, stitches are not always perfect, and there is more freedom to play around with the designs!

shiki6210 at gmail dot com

alli said...

I love that sewn goodies can be one-of-a-kind, and time and effort were put into making them!

northssclub at yahoo dot com

Tylerpants said...

I appreciate sewn goodies because I cannot sew for my life. I know that someone put a lot of love & time into making something special =)

tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Beetle said...

I love sewn goodies because, being made of cloth or other soft material, they bring warmth and comfort to any room or setting. Learning to sew is one of my goals! thorandellie[at]gmail[dot]com

Kim said...

I love the fabrics she uses, very stylish, something that stands out!
kimhigueria at gmail dot com

Karen G said...

What I love most about sewn goodies is that the beautiful cloth patterns remind me of times gone by - the 30's through 50's - nostalgia at its best!

granthamkk at yahoo dot com

Tender Branson said...

Love the coloring of the coriander...

CathyH said...

I used to sew a lot and can really appreciate the time, skill and care put into sewing. A labor of love!
cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments, this giveaway is now closed.

AmbreRose said...

When something is sewn it adds more value to it, not money wise, but pride wise. You also get exactly what you want when you sew it. ambrerose(!at)aol{dot}com