One of our sewing resolutions this year was to learn more about the "sewing lost arts". I have wanted to learn for quite some time but didn't know where to start. But when my mom's neighbor, Wanda lent me three patterns to choose from for Boston's Easter dress (ya I was about 2 months late), I picked this one. It was a good baptism by embroidery fire.
My reason for wanting to work with the lost arts of sewing is to have a connection to my sewing foremothers. One of those women who I consider a personal sewing foremother is Wanda, so for me it was a joy. It was encouraging to sew with one of her patterns, for more on that click here.
For this project I used:
McCall 927- Size 1: a vintage dress pattern from the 1940's with embroidery detail along the neckline.
Main fabric: Joann's Casa Collection Glitter Satin, Calypso (I would call it Coral)
Contrasting Fabric: Legacy Unbleached Muslin
Embroidery Floss: DMC colors based on the color scheme Riley Blake Designs Promenade in Blue Floral, which I am making a skirt for me, for a coordinating mother daughter outfit.
After weeks of diligently working and weeks of tossing it off to the side because I was frustrated, I finally finished this dress!
Lost Art Resources used for this project:
My neighbor Linda
I opted to do satin stitch for the outside part of the petal and chain stitching for the stem and the interior of the flower petals. French knots for the buds.
I made a
I added a pleat to the shoulder seam because the side was way too big, but she needs the extra room to be able to get it on.
PS. If you liked this project you should check out the sweet dress that my sister, Al made with almost endless chain stitching on the bodice.