In the good old days clothing was rarely thrown away and garments were mended, repaired, and repurposed. Now we live in a time of fast fashion, we consume and discard. Rinse and repeat. I’m not wagging a finger at fast fashion, I’ve occasionally purchased a thing or two at Forever 21 and H&M because let’s be honest, we all like cheap thrills every once in awhile. You know, I have a crewneck knit top from Forever 21 that I have had for nearly SIX years. And it’s still holding up. I can scarcely believe it myself!
Anyhow, this post is meant to be about one of my summer projects that I briefly outlined in this post. No. 3: Embroider a few 1920s dresses that are a bit too plain. However, in this case it is a 1920s slip.
I posted it over on Snapchat, which I have yet to figure out how to navigate and use. I am constantly accidentally shutting it off or swiping the wrong way. Have I just hit my “glass ceiling of technology“? Like, I could figure out Instagram…but what is this newfangled Snapchat you whipper snappers are talking about? Je suis vieux?
The mess I made while doing this little project (no, it is not complete, I will post progress photos!) was so pretty so thus, it had to be documented.
After I spent about 40 minutes finding inspiration and sketching a rough outline of the embroidery work I want to do, I realized my initial stitches are way too large! I studied a few embroidered vintage lingerie pieces I already own, and next to those…my own stitches look like a cavewoman did them.
Ahh, woe is me mes amis! Shall I undo them or leave them be? The stitches on the bottom stem are a bit too taught. The thing is, there was a large tear here and I needed to stitch it up! Embroidering something lovely over a tear or hole is much more becoming than just plain stitches.
I’ve only done one side, so on Sunday perhaps I will make more petite stitches on the other side. Then on to the leaves. I really enjoy embroidering leaves!
It was a very moody day at the studio today and I quite enjoyed milling about, taking a few product photos, doing a few mends on my very large collection of “vintage-that-needs-rescuing” and watching copious amounts of my favorite Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot!