Do you watch Portlandia? I've only watched an episode or two, but my husband and Addie love this skit. It just so happens that I put a bird on the last dress I made for Addie. Ever since I saw this gorgeous shirt from My Sparkle via Project Run and Play, I've been wanting to try adding a little embroidery to something for Addie. In following the June Craft blog, I came across this sweet little embroidery pattern, and I knew that was just the thing. I've done cross-stitch before, but not much with embroidery. The pattern was super easy to follow, and I'm so excited with how it came out that I'm already stitching another one. I really hope Kayanna from the June Craft blog comes out with more designs.
Here's my little birdie.
I thought for my first attempt, it would be best to try to put the embroidery on a pocket, so I wouldn't waste much fabric if it didn't come out. I searched through all my books to find a dress or a shirt with pockets and ended up with dress #12 from this book.
It's not a dress that I probably would have made otherwise, but it's simplicity was perfect for showing off the embroidery, I think.
I had intended to just do the bird, but then I thought the other pocket needed a little something, so I just stitched a simple line across, over my sewing machine stitching. That actually worked out really well because I stitched over two sewing machine stitches (2.2 mm each) then under every other two sewing machine stitches. It helped me keep the embroidery stitches nice and even. Then I decided I needed to do the same with the neck line.
Then I just couldn't stop myself from doing the hem.
This time I used the basting stitch (5mm) on my sewing machine to do the actual hem then added two more rows of stitching around 1/8 in apart. As you can see, I just followed that for the embroidery.
In case you're curious - and in case I ever want to make the exact same thing again, I used DMC floss from my stash in these colors:
327 - Dark Purple
554 - Light Purple
799 - Blue
502 - Green
I used some gray double gauze fabric from my stash (that makes 11 stash items used, woo hoo!) that I had purchased here. It was really nice quality - a tad bid heaver than other double gauze I've used. At first I thought the color was a pretty ice blue, but it's really just gray. It's not normally a color I would have picked for clothes for Addie, but it ended up being the perfect canvas for some colorful embroidery.
Are you participating in Elsie Marley's Kids Clothes Week Challenge? It's pretty much what I do all the time, but just the same, I can't wait. The timing works out perfectly, since I have one more weekend where I have to be away from my sewing machine, but I will be ready to go on the 23rd when it starts. Do you have a strategy? Do you cut out or plan beforehand or just start from scratch on the first day?