In this week's Craft Bits, it seems like "sew more" was a hot resolution. We actually had a hard time narrowing down all the sewing-related stories. But this first one was really interesting, because it involves two things we love: technology and dressmaking. Turns out there's lots of apps that take prospective seamstresses directly to the patterns, tutorials and advice needed to make a lovely new dress.
To see the list of must-try dressmaking apps, visit Android Apps.
A New Craft Conference
Mark your calendars, people. There's a new craft conference on the horizon called "Craftcation." It's a 3-day summit about all things DIY, indie business and general crafting. If you're near the Ventura, California, area (or can plan to be) between March 22-25, you should definitely go.
The Rolls-Royce of Sewing Machines
If you have $10,000, then you can have the Brother Quattro 6700D. This top-of-the-line machine (which debuted at this year's Consumer Electronics Show) has a digitizing tablet for creating original patterns, can install a zipper automatically and has a built-in library of patterns. We can dream, can't we?
Sewing for Good
Turns out that dressmaking skills can be put to charitable use. This 11-year-old seamstress is creating 460 uniforms for a school in Sierra Leone, Africa. We feel lazy just reading that sentence.
To read the whole story about this charitable effort, visit The Bulletin.
Embroidered depictions of sailors and mustaches usually are what passes as "subversive." But this work by a World War II soldier is the real deal. While held as a prisoner, Major Alexis Casdagli went to stitch up a quilt ... and also included some choice anti-Nazi sentiments hidden in the blanket.
Photos, from top: Flickr.com/williamhook, Craftcation, Information Week (screengrab), Albany Democrat-Herald, David Feam