Today I picked up a much anticipated parcel from Gorgeous Fabrics. The second I saw the fabric on Ann's blog I know that my several year long international search for that perfect soft gray wool knit was over. The project I need the wool for is a cardigan similar to those classic 50's pearl embellished ones. I bought the black pearl appliqués three years ago for this particular purpose and since then I have waited and waited for the right fabric. I guess doing pearl embroidery by hand and not using pre made patches would be the most authentic way, but I'm gonna cheat on this one!
The pearl appliqué is attached to organza and I'm not sure what's the best way to sew it onto the fabric. Should I just sew tiny stitches along the edges or sew all over the patch? Any suggestions would be appreciated!
The appliqués is from the Scandinavian mail order company Stoff & Stil. They also have a mega store in Malmö that I visited this weekend (there is also one in Denmark). If you are traveling through Scandinavia I strongly recommend a visit to Stoff & Stil. The first time I was in their Malmö store a couple of years ago I thought it was decent, but nothing special. This time however I was really impressed with how it's turned out. The fabric selection is huge and the prices are often great. I would say the quality of their fabrics is average to above average. No high end designer fabrics, but a great stop for everything else.
I managed to score a really high quality ribbed 100% wool knit for 1/3 of the price I would pay in a regular fabric store. The notion section is also great if you are on a budget. The prices of YKK zippers for instance are among the lowest I've ever seen Sweden. Also I was thrilled to see loads of customers - ranging from middle aged men buying fake fur to young goths making party outfits. So no signs of a dwindling sewing interest there!