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Machine Embroidery Challenge 2015

Color Blocked Blouse

Front View of my Color Blocked Blouse. Note that the designs are symetrical on both the right and left sides. (8 embroidery design elements total on the front)

May I present my Color Blocked Blouse.  The bodice front, back and button placket are from Silhouettes pattern #575 (Sonya’s Blouse).  The cuffed 3/4 sleeves, collar and collar band were self-drafted using New Look #6407 as the inspiration.  The machine embroidery designs are from Laura’sSewingStudio.com (Fantastic Tulips).  The fabrics used are both linen look, cotton/poly blends from my local Joann’s fabric store.  

Many aspects of making this blouse took me out of my comfort zone and stretched my abilities as a garment sewist.  Placing the embroidery designs on each piece of fabric so that each design segment not only matched up when the contrasting fabrics were sewn together but also making sure that the designs were symetrical on both the right and left sides when the blouse was completed, was challenging.  I also drafted the collar band and collar (something I’d not ever done before) and although I had prevously drafted sleeves, I hadn’t drafted a rolled/split cuff before this.  Another first for me with this blouse was stitching the buttonholes using my Bernina Deco 340 embroidery machine, which will now be my “go to” method for flawless/beautiful buttonholes.  All in all I learned a lot with this blouse and am proud of what I accomplished.


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  1. user-5748536 | | #1

    Absolutely beautiful! Your work is stunning. Congratulations on a great job!

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    suewsews | | #2

    That is absolutely beautiful. Obviously a lot of time spent on this project and well worth it. Fantastic.

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    WinstonParks | | #3

    Really great effort.....

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    roylaverne12 | | #4

    I like your effort

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