I just finished my upcycled hand-embroidered $7 dress!

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 scattered the flowers across the dress. 

  


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!

Happy stitching! 

 

 

 

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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and SewDaily.com. She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and SewDaily.com. She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

7 thoughts on “I just finished my upcycled hand-embroidered $7 dress!

  1. Looks great! I have done similar things when I have a piece of clothing I either wish to keep or upcycle that had a stain or flaw, usually with fabric paint or appliques. Had never thought of embroidery. I’ll add that to the possibilities. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Your dress is darling. You have a great eye and lovely stitching.
    I share your “sewing roots”. I have also recently returned to handwork as well. I found it helped me be more patient while waiting for teenagers in the car. I also found it helped me feel productive during down time of concerts and sporting events. I had three kids in high school this year!
    I converted a small toy suitcase into my on the go sewing studio.
    To a piece of fabric that serves as the lining in the case, I sewed a needle book and a pocket for scissors. Using elastic and ric rac I made permanent spots for thread, marking pens, a seam ripper, ruler and embroidery floss. No need to hunt down supplies. I just put whatever project I am working on inside and I am out the door!

  3. Your dress is darling. You have a great eye and lovely stitching.
    I share your “sewing roots”. I have also recently returned to handwork as well. I found it helped me be more patient while waiting for teenagers in the car. I also found it helped me feel productive during down time of concerts and sporting events. I had three kids in high school this year!
    I converted a small toy suitcase into my on the go sewing studio.
    To a piece of fabric that serves as the lining in the case, I sewed a needle book and a pocket for scissors. Using elastic and ric rac I made permanent spots for thread, marking pens, a seam ripper, ruler and embroidery floss. No need to hunt down supplies. I just put whatever project I am working on inside and I am out the door.

  4. I really like what you have done, however, the picture of the dress on a hanger does not do it justice! You should post a picture of you wearing the dress for the most impact! We would see your handwork, but also the pride on your face as you wear it!

  5. I never enjoyed handwork much. Then I learned to make hexagons. I call them the ‘not English’ hexagons. I can make one in a minute after cutting the circles, and just learned to make snowmen and Christmas wreath tree ornaments. They may become gifts. I make them when I need to relax. Cheryl

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