I decided to try my hand at embroidery, it's always had a spot in my heart. I love the thick floral embroidery, that gives off a hippy-dippy vibe. I feel like I have to be careful though, because too much floral embroidery can start to look old; I'm all for a granny chic look, I just don't want to feel like I can smell mothballs when I put something on.
For this shirt I used McCalls 7093, with redrafted sleeves to mach the sewn on bias strips. The embroidered design is a floral motif I found through google, and it filled up the space on the sleeve nicely. Initially I really liked it, but it took me nearly 6 hours to complete and by the end I wasn't feeling it anymore. It feels like the time I put into it just wasn't worth the end result. Honestly when I look at the shirt I get a country western vibe and not the hippie vibe I was going for. My husband just tells me I need time away from it, which is probably true since I don't like a lot of my hand sewn items until they've sat in the closet for two weeks. So for now it will sit in the closet until I change my mind.
Since I hate having a failure (or in this case what feels like a failure since technically the shirt is fine), I try to force myself to figure out what went wrong and think of how I could avoid it again in the future. I think with this shirt there were a couple problems. First, the embroidery design was a bit more complicated than it probably should have been. In such a small space like the sleeve, I really needed a simpler design. Second, it was my first time doing hand embroidery so my stitches weren't even. The whole design was done in a seed stitch, and while the stitch itself is fine, I think it would be better to practice a couple different stitches to see what looks best for the design. Lastly the printed bias tape seems to clash with the floral design. In my eyes it might have been better if the the bias tape had a small floral design, right now the scale on the bias tape feels too big and wrong.
There are some good parts to this project, it wasn't all bad. The fabric I used was incredible. I got it here, and it is top notch. Silky, but not slippery or difficult, soft, didn't wrinkle, and it's the nicest saturated black. Also I I've played with this pattern a lot so it fits really well.
I'm working on a Grainline Studio Linden right now. I keep thinking I want to try embroidery again, but I haven't fully decided. I've included a quick sketch of my idea for now, nothing floral just some small dots and some detail to the hem.
Maybe I'll actually post again in the future, and we can see what I decided.