Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Cotton/Silk Embroidered Blouse for Mom: DONE!


The Details

MATERIALS: 4 yards (yes, you read that right) 60 width Cotton/Silk (70/30), 1 pack of cream colored bias tape, five spools of white thread (four for the serger, one for the machine) and half a yard of cream colored cotton twill tape.

DURATION: May 5 to June 7, 2011. Embroidery from May 5 to June 2. Sewing took a total of two days, June 6 to 7. 

PATTERN: Self-drafted according to Mom's measurements.

CONSTRUCTION: I really enjoyed making this blouse. The planning, embroidery, modifying the design and sewing was so much fun. 

The front bodice is doubled, so the embroidery is protected from skin and friction. 

I did change a lot of things from the original design. It was supposed to be a tunic with set in sleeves, but it ended up being a raglan peasant top instead. 

On to the horror stories: a bit of fabric got caught in the knife of my edger (eek) and there was a big hole next to the right arm-scythe and while I was doing the embroidery, Connor ate a melon popsicle and left an orange stain on the neckline. (DOOOOOOOOOM) So I cut away the offending parts and made the blouse raglan sleeved. Mom liked this silhouette better than the original so I'm relieved. 

I also originally cut the sleeves to be quarter sleeves, but mom changed her mind and wanted long sleeves instead. I cut more leftover fabric and connected it to the existing hem. I covered the unsightly seams with bias tape and hereby declare it a design feature. 

On to the next project! YAHOO!


Wendy said...

Wow It is absolutely stunning, well done battling through all your setbacks!! I'm sure she will love it!!!

Lyra said...

Thank you so much, Wendy! I'm just glad I'm done so I can make more clothes! :D

Nikka said...

I can't say anything. Shet, galeng!

Emily said...

Wow! So beautiful, well done!

paisleyapron said...

Absolutely beautiful! What lovely work and what a nice gift. Glad I found your blog.

Charlotte said...

Wow, that embroidery is AMAZING! Great work.

xx Charlotte
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