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 had not yet been completed.
I lightly traced flower blossoms.
That got me to thinking. I had bought a $7 cream-colored '60s-style dress with a mod silhouette. You may remember it because it was the template for a $7 black dress of the same style that needed resizing.
Well, while the cream-colored dress was the right size, it had a different issue. It was really cute, but had a few colored marks on it. I am not sure if the marks were imperfections in the fabric, or post-production stains, but they were noticeable enough that I was not able to wear them.
I have some very pretty pastel colored embroidery thread that I have been saving for a project, and the embellished jean jacket sparked an idea. I traced flowers in pencil so the tracing looked as though there were blossoms scattered across the dress.
I am on vacation this week, and this sort of light-hearted embroidery project is perfect for relaxing on the porch. It won't take long, but when I finish I will have a unique dress whose imperfections are cleverly camouflaged. Once again, hand-sewing comes to the rescue.
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Do you have a project that you upcycled and transformed with embroidery or some other embellishment technique? I would love to know.