Fashion embroidery progress #1: ooh la la legs

Fashion embroidery progress 1 - full view

Work on my vintage McCall’s 8680 embroidery has begun!  I don’t have much progress to show just yet, but I’m happy with the way it’s coming along so far.  The illustration on the pattern envelope was just so fabulous – how could it go wrong?  : )

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Traced vintage McCall’s pattern envelope

Traced McCalls 8680 - detail

Fashion-inspired embroidery, anyone?  I have a series of long flights coming up, and I’ve been pondering what type of crafty activity to bring with me.  Usually I take some kind of embroidery, since it’s super portable, very time-consuming, and pretty relaxing and enjoyable.  I wanted to create something sewing-inspired, and I came up with the idea to trace a beloved vintage pattern envelope and transform it into an embroidered piece.  Behold my traced line drawing — what do you think?

Traced McCalls 8680 - tracing with original pattern envelope

All I’ve done so far is trace the pattern envelope.  Since the design is a little complex at this scale, particularly around the faces and some of the lettering, I’m thinking about enlarging it on a copy machine to make it a little easier to stitch.  I’m also thinking that re-tracing the design onto the fabric will be easier at a slightly larger scale.  Maybe Gather Here will let me use their light box one night after work?  Hmmm….

Traced McCalls 8680 - fullHow fabulous are these ladies and their 1960s dresses and haircuts?  I really love the design, the fashion, and the attitude embodied in this sketch.  I can picture the finished piece hanging in my apartment, and perhaps one day in my sewing room (wouldn’t that be nice!).  Man, I hope I actually follow through with all my grand plans here.  : )  Wish me luck – my flight is this weekend!

Edited to add:  Success!  I stopped by Gather Here after work tonight and used their light box to transfer the design to some white cotton fabric.  Getting there!  : )

Handmade items out in the wild

Blazer in the lab 1

The other day at work I had a little down time and discreetly snapped a few photos of myself wearing my new blue polka dot blazer.  How exciting to see handmade garments out in the wild!  The fact that I’m taking photos of my outfits at work probably makes me a little crazy, but hey, you already knew that right?  : )

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Tree of Life Embroidery, version 2 – finished!

Tree of Life Embroidery - versions 1 and 2 together

My second Tree of Life Embroidery is finally finished!  Above you can see Version 2 alongside the original, larger, and more colorful Version 1 (blogged here).  Not a bad pair.  : )  This June has been so busy and crazy that crafting time has essentially evaporated, but I managed to crank out this small project on a series of flights and layovers this past weekend.  Yay for forced downtime!

The pattern is from Polka and Bloom, a great Etsy shop with a variety of really colorful and intricate embroidery patterns.  I enjoyed this one so much that I stitched it twice!  Enough said.  : )

Below are some not-so-great photos that attempt to show the details of the stitching.  My apologies once again for my super crappy camera.  Perhaps one day I’ll win the lottery and buy a new one, ha.

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Slightly more embroidery progress

Tree of Life embroidery version 2 - in progress 3Progress is slow but steady on my Tree of Life embroidery (Etsy pattern here).  Warm summer weather is just not very conducive to sitting at home with my crafts!  Nevertheless, I’ve really been enjoying the few moments I spend with this project here and there.

This embroidery is kind of wonky since I traced the pattern at night with almost zero light coming through the window (not great when you’re using the window as a light box!), but hopefully the unevenness won’t be too noticeable in the finished project.  I’m planning to do most of the embroidery in red as you can see above, with a few yellow accents here and there.  Hopefully I’ll actually finish it one day.  : )

Hope your week is off to a good start!

Tree of Life embroidery (and a vacation!)

Tree of Life embroidery version 2 - in progress 2

With the arrival of warmer weather and sunshine, it seems that indoor sewing has taken a backseat to a more portable, outdoor-friendly activity — embroidery.  Funny how this seems to happen every summer!  I started up another version of Polka and Bloom’s Tree of Life pattern, which I had stitched up last year in a larger, more colorful version.

Tree of Life embroidery version 2 - in progress 1

I had a nice afternoon of outdoor embroidery, accompanied by my Cat’s Meow tote bag and my pink floral pleated skirt.  Craftiness galore!

VacationIn other news, I just got back from an awesome vacation at Mohonk Mountain House resort in New Paltz, NY.  It was my first time there, and I would *very* highly recommend it to anyone in the NY area.  There were tons of fun activities to keep us busy, and the food was amazing.  We had a blast!!

Now that I’m back in the real world, I assume regular blogging will resume.  Hope you all had a great week!

Tag-a-long doll from Wee Wonderfuls

Tag-a-long doll - Wee Wonderfuls - 00 cover photo

Another sugary-cute softie to add to my growing collection — a sweet Tag-A-Long doll from Hillary Lang‘s adorable “Wee Wonderfuls” book.  This little doll is so inviting – I love her!  I whipped her up in only a few days using scrap fabric and some leftover brown felt.  She’s mostly machine sewn, with a little hand sewing to attach the collar and embroider the face.  I stuffed her “firmly” as recommended, and I think the finished product is just right.  Click below for lots more photos.  : )

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Nutcracker embroidery – 2 finished projects

Sugar Plum Fairy embroidery (The Floss Box) Clara embroidery (The Floss Box)

Two finished embroidery projects, both from the Nutcracker pattern series by The Floss Box (via Etsy). Top: Sugar Plum Fairy embroidery.  Bottom: Clara embroidery, including winter/holiday scene.  I just love how they both came out!  : )

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Softies from Wee Wonderfuls

I Heart You dollI took advantage of the lazy Sunday today to finish up this “I Heart You” stuffed doll from Wee Wonderfuls by Hillary Lang.  I just love how she came out!  : )

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Clara embroidery – in progress

Clara embroidery in progress (Floss Box)A whimsical holiday-themed embroidery project!  I started this Nutcracker-themed embroidery featuring Clara (how cute is she?) a few weeks ago using a fantastic pattern from The Floss Box on Etsy.  I finally finished Clara herself, so I figured this was a good time to snap a photo.  : )  I really love how everything is coming out so far!

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