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? : )
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?
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….
How 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! : )