Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

Sottana completed

Getting the sottana to fit nicely on my adjustable dress form for photo's was a bit of a challenge. 

Sottana bodice

She extends at the waist and this does not make it easy to tie a skirt firmly to her waist. She doesn't squish either so that makes the whole flat fronted 16th C silhouette it's own challenge.

I've made a suitable 16th C dress form for smaller sizes but it's too small for this gown.  I padded her up and added some support to the waist and ended up with a reasonable approximation of the correct body shape to display the gown on.

The next challenge was to take photo's, the trained skirt is so full and long it didn't really fit in my makeshift photography studio, which is just our dining area with some back drops.

Sottana back view

Well, she's all finished.

Sottana side view

I had to really resist the urge to top stitch everything whilst making this gown, it would have given a nice crisp (and modern) finish to the heavy damask. There is no visible machine stitching on the outside other then the eyelets. Now I've just got to give her a wash and press.  


  1. Beautiful work! Makes my simple choir cloaks seem like a doddle 👑 will you be wearing this dress for some event?

  2. Oh cloaks aren't as simple as people think, getting the lining and the hem sitting right, having the drape just so and getting it to stay in place without pulling and distorting can be quite a challenge. More then just a bit of fabric draped around your shoulders for sure!

    I had plans to sell this one, but I want to make a small adjustment before I relist it.

  3. That is absolutely lovely, and I hope you had success in selling it. I found you through Nony's "A Slob Comes Clean" blog -- and enjoyed your decluttering info. It's the only decluttering hints list that didn't terrify me.

    Love the costuming info --and the pictures. One of my daughters is a theatrical costume designer, and watching a period drama on television or in the movies is an experience with her -- she will spot the wrong button on a cuff! Also, we live in an old house (1832) that is not yet "finished," and we'll probably retire and sell it before that ever happens!

    Just thought I'd say Hello -- I am not sure you'll see this comment, as it is on a post from your very early days!
    Best wishes, Cass

    1. What a fabulous job your daughter has, challenging too. I'm hoping to spend a lot more time on costuming topics this summer, I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can get in the sewing room without turning into a ice statue.
      Wow, 1832 is older then our house. I can't even imagine the challenges you must face with a building of that age. I'm glad my decluttering tips didn't give you nightmares, that's certainly not what I'm aiming for. Thank you so much for dropping in to say hi from Nony's. It's wonderful to actually meet other readers of hers.


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