Saturday, February 22, 2014

T is for Texture

This has to be my favorite project yet for the Sew All 26 Series with Katy of No Big Dill

T is for texture. After my recent attempt at hand embroidery here, I checked some books out of the library and got some more ideas of ways to combine it with reverse applique and beading. So I drew a design based off one of the flowers in the skirt fabric and gave it a go. I LOVE it! 

The T-shirt is made using the brand new Nessie Top pattern from Craftiness is Not Optional. For fabric I repurposed a green box T and used scraps of cream interlock and another old repurposed T. So I bought nothing, except the pattern of course, to make this adorable shirt. I LOVE this pattern. Elena is 2-1/2 but she's so narrow that I went with the 2T and it's just right. Big enough to fit a while but not swamping her. I can't wait to make more of them in all the variations - especially the peter pan collar. 

I added green toned bugle beads to the 4 main leaves and a pink sequin to the center of each flower. What was really cool about this project was that I wasn't sitting alone in the basement sewing room. I could do this hand work in the living room while watching/listening to the Olympics with my family. I liked that a lot. Actual sewing time was minimal and done while Elena napped one afternoon.

The skirt is made of corduroy from Joann's. I used McCall's 6498 and it turned out really cute for spring. It has center front and back panels and 2 side panels. Originally I planned on adding large pockets to those sides but decided to save that for a less busy fabric. The skirt has an elastic waist and the bottom of the side panels has elastic too to give a bubble effect. Pretty cute and less than 30 minutes to make. 

So T is for T-shirt with Texture and a Tube skirt with Texture (corduroy). Also for Trying new Techniques.

Be sure to check back in a couple weeks for another example of this technique for Olivia. We bought the fabric today and will be making her a dress with the whole front of the bodice done in the same manner, but a much more grown up design of course. We're pretty excited about it. Please send me good vibes because some of you know how hard it can be to sew for teens. This is going to be quite time consuming so I sure hope she likes it in the end.

I'm also linking up at Make It & Love It and Peek-a-Boo Patterns Friday Fav's because I'm a linky addict.


  1. Wow, that's phenomenal! The bead work and reverse applique looks really proffesional. I have no doubt you'll do a great teen version!

  2. Love the reverse applique -- especially that you pulled the design from the skirt corduroy! Thanks for linking up to Inspire Us Thursday on The Inspired Wren.

  3. "T is for Texture" = FABULOUS!!! We LOVE hand embroidery, and this is no exception!

    1. I am honored that you like it. You and your pieces have inspired me to think about the details more. Sadly, my little girl picked the beads off one of the leaves the first time she wore it so no more beads until I can trust her again!


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