By the time I finish a garment, I want to wear it, not embellish it. But the fact is that embellishment is often what can take an outfit from nice to wow. A handmade touch can make a garment shine as the one of a kind that it truly is.
From the fashion side the lace
just peeks out of the skirt.
That's why I try to incorporate any embellishment into a project from the very beginning. An embellishment doesn't have to be intricate beading or embroidery. In fact, I often let an embellishment inspire my whole project, and it's usually a simple bit of trim that strikes my sentimental fancy.
For instance, I had a piece of pale blue vintage lace that I had bought at a flea market and I really wanted to figure out how to work it into a garment. However, it was a bit over-the-top in frou-frou factor and a little too girly for my style. But then I stumbled on a piece of vintage fabric at another flea market. While the textile design was floral, its rough bark cloth texture was the perfect counterpoint to the lace.
I stitched the lace to the bottom edge of the lining so that it just peeked out from under the skirt. To tell the truth, as fabulous as the vintage fabric was, that lace added that extra bit of something special. Because at the end of the day, a gathered skirt is really just a gathered skirt, sans embellishment.
I hope you try to make embellishment part of the whole project process, rather than a post-production application. For plenty of embellishment ideas and inspiration, check out the 20% off storewide sale in the Sew Daily Shop.
How does your creative process work in making projects? How has embellishment inspired you? I would love to hear about it.
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