i used padded satin stitch for these stars on Galaxy Girl's bodice, and i wanted to share a quickie tutorial for it.
padded satin stitch is a lot like regular satin stitch, but i find it so be a little easier when you're stitching irregular shaped areas.
if this is a new stitch for you, here's the basics: + outline the area to be filled with back stitches. (i like to stitch just inside the line.) + fill in the area with seed stitches or little straight stitches. + satin stitch over all of those. the back and seed stitches provide some padding and help you keep an even edge for your satin stitches.