Embellishment

Find the perfect way to embellish your sewing with the expertise and instruction at Sew Daily. From machine and hand embroidery stitches to appliqué and beyond, you’ll discover embellishment techniques to complement any sewing pattern or project.

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Where Jill Takes On Another Hobby + How Many Hobbies Are Enough?

Too Many Hobbies – Not Enough Time Jill Case Online Editor, Sew Daily SewDaily.com It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life. – Julius Caesar I've been sewing for a long time, not as long as some but long enough to declare it my number one passion. When people…

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Embellishments Made Easy!

Michael Kors Embellishments Made Easy Jill Case Online Editor, Sew Daily SewDaily.com I love the look of embellished fashions on the runway. The skirt on the left is from Michael Kors 2015 collection. Wouldn't that be absolutely lovely to wear. It would feel like you're walking in a field of daffodils. Now, have I ever…

And the theme for the month is …. Embellishment!

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that we are going to be developing themes for each fabulous sewing month of the year. Embellishment is our theme for April and so, so hot on the runway; look for all sorts of amazing projects that you can create and embellish–everything from…

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Using Embroidery to Embellish and Upcycle an Off-the-Rack Dress

A few weeks ago, I wrote about an embroidered jacket that was a wearable work in progress. The artist traced the pattern of the embroidery and then slowly worked on the jacket, which she also wore in her travels. Because the tracing was light and the pattern abstract, she could wear it even though it…

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How to Add Lace Embellishment to an Upcycled Garment

Last week, I wrote about upcycling a dress that I found for $7 at a discount store. It has a fabulous, mod silhouette and a '60s style textured fabric. Because the dress was too small, I took it apart at the side seams and drafted an insert from black velvet. Then I found some scalloped…

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Turning a $7 Dress into a $700 Dress

I do love a bargain, especially when I find something on the sale rack that I feel in love with when it was full price. I used the cream dress as my template for enlarging the black dress. I drafted the pattern by rubbing off the difference between the two side seams of the black…

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Inspiration From Another Era

Yesterday I got curious about when season five of the popular television series Downton Abbey would be starting in the United States. Unfortunately, it'll be awhile—not until winter. I was thinking about the show as the newsstand date for The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews special issue of Stitch was yesterday.  Two projects in The Unofficial…

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Wear an Embellishment Project While You Work on It!

When I was at the International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, I ran into Susan Brubaker Knapp, the new host of Quilting Arts TV, and she was wearing the most amazing jacket. It was a simple jean jacket, but the entirety of it exploded with vibrant, colorful embroidery. Jacket by Susan Brubaker Knapp. Jacket back  …

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Sewing Friendships

I love the friendships that sewing has brought into my life. When I first started stitching again, sewing was a solitary sport for me. I would sew feverishly all weekend for 15 hour stretches punctuated only by exhausted slumber. My fingers would ache from all the sewing.  Susan Beal and I at Fancy Tiger in…