Note to Self: Steal This Idea

peasent embroidery lace dress long sleeve

peasent embroidery lace dress long sleeve

This morning I opened my email, and Georgene, a fellow Sewing Diva, had sent all of us a link to this blouse fabulous, yes? And not that hard to replicate either. Pattern-wise, you could use any peasent blouse pattern such as Simplicity 3887, or Hot Patterns Poetry in Motion Tops. The flounce is just some elastic on the sleeve. A subtle feature of this peasent look is that there is no gathering at the shoulder and the lace insertion lies flat I like that.

What really makes this work is the seemingly elaborate embellishment, but if we break it down we can easily see whats really going on:

  • Notice the pearls are the same tone as the fashion fabric and lace insertion. This is a great idea and is going straight into my idea notebook! Pearl beads come in all kinds of colors, and this is easy to copy because you can dye fabric and lace to match the pearls
  • There are only two pearl shapes: teardrop in one size and round in small, medium & large
  • There are just four embroidery colors: a medium dusky green for the leaves, bright pink and dark bright pink for the flowers, and a lastly a pinky-beige leaf color that matches the fashion fabric and the pearls
  • Only one embroidery stitch is used for the flowers and leaves: a basic padded satin stitch. Georgene hypothosized that there might be some cording instead of padding under the satin stitching outlining the leaves, and I think thats certainly possible too.

Pretty simple right? So how does this all work together so perfectly? Its all about the transiton from one material to the next, and how they are used. If you look closely, youll see the pearls are also used as centers for the flowers, and the tone-on-tone leaves also act as a bridge between the brighter fowers and the fashion fabric. Some of the leaves, both tone-on-tone and green, are outlined with pearls as well. The transition between materials is hugely important to making embellishment work, and to keep it from looking stuck on.

The heavy embellishment is also mostly confined to the top half of the garment, and when you look at the other views on Net-A-Porter youll see the lovely drape created by the beading.

This blouse is a brilliant example of the sum being greater than the parts. Thanks Georgene!