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A Little Embroidery and a Lot of Stashbusting

I am a hot/cold type of person, especially when it comes to my hobbies. I will often spend hours obsessing over a newly learned technique, pattern company, or fabric  to the exclusion of all else…until I get burnt out and toss it to the side for the “next new thing”. While this is great for becoming accomplished at a specific skill, this behavior leads to a lot of UFOs and an ever growing stash.
anna maria
This past week has proved to be the best of both worlds. First my recent love of embroidered clothing has resulted in two additional garments. The first is a restyled version of a basic Old Navy v-neck tee. The design is from Anna Maria Horner’s Needleworks Notebook which is a great book for anyone who loves Anna Maria’s style. She offers many different crosstitch, needlepoint, embroidery and crewel designs and I plan to incorporate a few of them into future projects. This was my first time using waste canvas and won’t be my last as it makes the stitches more even and the embroidery easier.
Roza version 2
The second embroidered garment finished this week was another Roza blouse. This Kate and Rose blouse is my new TNT pattern when I want to combine hand stitching with sewing. On this version, I used the Hungarian redwork pattern I found on NeedleNThread along with some fabric my daughter, Caitlin, had given me for my birthday back in May. The fabric is a quilting cotton so the final blouse is more structured and less flowing than the voile version but I still love it!

And if those two weren’t enough, I also finally finished my pink gingham Sorbetto which has been languishing in the UFO pile for months. Nothing much to say about this one except I learned how to do an FBA during construction and added two buttons from the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby for embellishments. Sorbetto is definitely a great stashbusting project!
Gingham Sorbetto
My final item for the past week was a super quick skirt for Caitlin made from a houndstooth fabric that has been in my stash since I first started sewing in 2011! I initially made the mistake of buying a bunch of quilting cotton that really wasn’t the best for apparel sewing but it looks cute on her and helped reduce my stash.

My sewing mojo is in full swing so I am going to take advantage of it. What’s going on in your sewing room these days?

About sullivan1970

40 something wife and mother of 3 Dog lover. Crafter. List maker

19 responses »

  1. I love it when Sewjo is running rampant! Ive been bingeing on Anna By Hand London – and I don’t think I’m finished!!!
    Great sewing!

    • Thanks Lizzy. I loved all three versions of your Anna but especially the animal print one. I have Anna on my shopping list and as soon as I whittle down a bit more of my stash, I am going to be all over it!!!

  2. Even better that you used stash fabric! My stash is slowly getting under control but now I need to finish all my UFOs. With all the great Anna versions out there, I may have to whip one up sooner rather than later:-)

  3. Looks great! I’m still amazed by all the hand work you do on your pieces. I’m on “vacation” right now and packed some embroidery to do in the car and while I’m sitting around. It’s for a wall hanging though not clothes.

  4. Love your Roza top. I may have to buy that pattern, since we found out during the Hummingbird sew-a-long that we have similar body types. LOL

    • Oh yeah, love me some size twinsies 🙂 It makes it easier to tell if a pattern is flattering for my shape by seeing other sewist’s versions. I truly love the Rosa pattern. The pattern also includes a dress version.

      • I saw the dress and like it. Maybe when I’m finished nursing I’ll give it a try. Are you going to make the dress?

  5. Not sure yet. I wear mostly skirts and dresses but prefer fitted bodice style dresses. I think the dress would require knit/jersey and at this point I have a Tiramisu on my “to sew” list first!

  6. Wow GORGEOUS embroidery & sewing! I love the cross-stitching you did, and of course I absolutely adore this Roza – the hand-embroidery you did on it is amazing!

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