I opened the blog tonight to post about a completely different project than this, but discovered that I had started telling you about, and seeking opinions of, a blouse that I have now finished, and worn several times.
So: the V8815.
It turned out great! I lengthened the hem about 4 inches, as it fell at a most unflattering [read: FAT] point of my body that I prefer a garment to skim over . . . and I decided to do a tone-on-tone machine-embroidery CB embellishment.
Here's how I did it:
After serging the edges of the CB seam allowance (set my Baby Lock to "B", which is a narrow-ish ["D" is for rolled hems, by comparison], tight stitch), I pressed under 3/4 in., then threaded matching rayon embroidery floss in the needle of my Pfaff, and ultra fine gauge machine-embroidery polyester bobbin thread in the bobbin. I selected a heart-trellis design, and stitched each side 1/4 in. from the folded edge, with the hearts facing in opposite directions.
Then it got really fun! I needed to stitch these two back pieces together, so, after marking 6 in. from neck edge (for keyhole opening), and 6 in. from hem (for ease of movement, and to mirror neck opening), I abutted the two folded, embroidered edges together and connected them with an X-design fagotting stitch.
So easy! So pretty!
Of course, the whole project started with this necklace, and my desire to have a 'backdrop' for it.
What do you think??