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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I've got a secret...............................................

and it's time it is all know I love to embroider. I love to embellish. I love creating home decor, totes, and my Angelic Inspirations dolls with vintage finds you can find HERE, I love creating fashionable outfits, but it has to come off the rack............................ ........I am no seamstress.
There I've said it. I can draw up a fashion idea.....I can cut a pattern.........I can sew a straight line, but I cannot nip and tuck for a fit......I cannot do a collar or cuffs, zippers...a nightmare. Now you all know my embarassment. I do have a redeeming quality tho, as I've stated I love to embellish and embroider, sooooooooo I found this..............................
                                 A simple cotton crinckle material one pocket in a true red, the pic is fady 8/,
                                             shirt at Wal-mart. Pretty as it is perfect for jeans or dress slacks.
Then while out going thru an antique shop in northern Ohio I found this..............................................
A vintage 1940's linen hankie accented by this gorgeous hand-tatted butterfly with trim.
I knew the colors would match perfectly so I had to have it. When I got it home I found a little vintage floral transfer from my collection and stitched away. After I did a little altering on the back of the shirt........
I added it to the back seam

I added another corner of the hankie with the matching trim and more embroidery to the pocket flap.

and for a little more umph I added the same trim lerft over from the hankie on the collar.

I think this'll look nice with a white tee or tank under it with a pair of jeans. I enjoy taking plain and adding 'umph', bling, or pop. I have done a couple custom order shirts for a client, but the scatter brain I am, didn't get pics 8{
Right now I do these for myself and for friends and family in different clothing like denim shirts, jeans, skirts, jackets with various vintage textiles, but I'm thinking maybe doing some for my website to sell. Not sure how popular it'd be..maybe just doing as a custom design available option......
Well, I thought it was time to come out of the 'sewing basket' with my admission. I hope I haven't disappionted you, but we all can't be fashion designers, but I guess we can all be Fashionistas at heart.

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Jane said...

Very pretty embellishments! I like that style shirt too - so comfy!

Annesphamily said...

Pretty project! Love it a lot! You have a great eye for fashion design!

Abramyan Avenue said...

Very creative! I'm lucky to just sew a button on my husband's shorts! I love what you did!

S said...

Such a great idea to add pretty touches to store-bought - it really changes the personality, doesn't it.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh, it turned out perfect, Melody!! Happy Rednesday to you!!! And I love your story about the vintage plants too...I couldn't believe it!!


Diann said...

That is so cute! You did a great job transforming this shirt!

KitschKrafts said...

What a great idea to add vintage flare to something modern. I bet it does look really cute with jeans and a white tank or tee.

Great job!

~~Carol~~ said...

Your secret is safe with me! Although I think that you should be bragging about how you can turn a plain old shirt from Walmart and make it so pretty and unique. That takes creativity and imagination, and you've obviously got tons of that! Love your Melody Original!
Happy REDnesday,

Cinderella Moments said...

I think that's a great idea. A lot of businesses do this. You get a simple starting product and add your stamp on it. I do this with my bags because I don't have an industrial sewing machine. Wonderful job Melody!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

These are some dazzling reds!


The seeker of ruby and red
Will not let green go to her head;
Instead she will seek
Her senses to pique
With cherry and crimson instead.

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Stunning Red Rocks