Let’s treat ourselves to a few hand embroidered wardrobe upgrades! Here are some fabulous ideas from creative stitchers that you can use when making a wearable using a sewing pattern, for embellishing a ready-made item or for refreshing an existing item in your wardrobe.
Seamstress Erin, a Ph.D. scientist with a penchant for sewing and bright colors, has transformed a plain bomber jacket pattern by using recycled fabrics and hand embroidery to create a unique, one of a kind piece of outerwear. Erin used Simplicity 3688 to make the jacket but Marfy 2538 would also work well.
Erin hand-embroidered lazy daisies on the sleeves and shoulders of the raglan-style jacket, while feathers and cascading flowers were the inspiration behind the whimsical satin stitch embroidery on the back of the jacket. You can find details of the embroidery here.
Lisa, and Australian stitcher from the Making it in Berry blog uses hand embroidery to customize commercial patterns to create her own wardrobe pieces. In this example she’s used a variety of hand embroidery stitches – including detached chain, French knots and running stitch – to update a simple round yoke.
New Look 6185 and Butterick B5610 are good pattern choices for this type of neck edge.
If you’re working in felted wool or fleece and just want a little accent along the edges, try using a hand-stitched blanket edge, like the one shown here and to the left. It’s might prettier than a machine stitched version!
Use DMC Embroidery Floss or pearl cotton to work your own unique designs, or add a bit of sparkle using DMC Light Effects floss. Or, select one of our other beautiful needlework threads to create your own signature look.