A few newsletters ago, I blogged that I had purchased a really cute cream, mod-style '60s dress for $7, but it had some marks on it that could not be removed. I decided to embroider the dress with small flowers to cover up the marks, and penciled in a pattern to follow with embroidery floss.
I used a light embroidery floss
against the cream background.
First, it was such a pleasure to get back to hand embroidery again. That's where my sewing roots are (I earned my first Girl Scout badge in embroidery!). Every time I pick up a needle and embroidery floss, I return to that original joy of accomplishment and success. I'll never forget when I made my first French knot on that badge.
I took the dress and supplies in a tote with me wherever I went, leaving it tucked behind the driver's seat of my car. In spare moments, I would unfold and embroider, doing a flower here and a flower there. It's funny how those scattered minutes can add up very quickly to a finished project.
And now I have this adorable summer dress that is like no other dress in the world! I can wear it casually with sandals or glam it up for a special event, and I have the pride of knowing that I made it. To me, that's priceless.
I've always been a huge fan of Mollie Makes products. Everything they do is just so pretty. And now there is a new hand-embroidery book out: Mollie Makes Embroidery. Check it out in the Sew Daily Shop and you can start upcycling items from your closet.
How do you fit in your hand-sewing and embroidery projects? I would love to know!