I just finished a new linen tunic, finally. I’ve only had this Craftsy project kit for 2 & 1/2 years! When daughter Michelle saw me wearing it, she just shook her head and exclaimed, “Mom, I can’t believe you did something so hippy dippy!”
Hippy Dippy? Me? (OK, once in a while). I actually don’t think this is so hippy dippy, but maybe an early 60’s breezy beach vibe comes to mind.
The pattern that came with the kit was Simplicity 4149. Frankly, I would not bought this pattern on its own, but I really wanted the chambray linen that came with it. In the beginning, I even considered using a different pattern for my linen. But as you can see, I stuck with the original one.
As Time Went By…
This pattern is rated an easy-to-sew pattern. However, during the two years this project sat around, I found ways to just make it a littler more harder and more time consuming.
In spring ’17 (thinking I was going to make this tunic last summer), I decided it needed fringe. I didn’t want what we typically think of fringe (think kitchen café curtains from the 60’s). I had no idea what I was looking for,but just knew I would know when I found it. I did find exactly what I wanted at Bingus Pingus Art on ETSY which was four yards of French vintage cotton tape fringe trim in an off white color…perfect!
As my project sat around for year two, I decided that all those stitches on my Baby-Lock sewing machine were going to waste. So why not add some embellishing stitches? And not just along the edges but as an overall pattern. Did I underestimate how long this was going to take? Well, of course I did!
The Sewing Nitty Gritty
As I mentioned in the intro, this is linen. It’s wonderfully cool but it will wrinkle and you have to live with the wrinkles. I’ve read a few articles on how to prepare linen so it won’t wrinkle as much, but I’ve yet to try any of them.
To be on the safe side, I marked each row of embroidery with a water-soluble blue marker pin so I would go crooked with my stitches. Also, I used cut strips of Pellon’s 541 Wash-N-Gone Stabilizer behind each row of embroidery. I did a test with and without the stabilizer backing. The stitches looked a lot better with the stabilizer and its a breeze getting the stabilizer washed out.
Now, if I was going to add stitches to silk, velvet or wool, I would use a light weight tear away stabilizer. Believe me, they make a stabilizer for every purpose.
Embroidery stabilizer has its uses in other home sewing projects and this was one of them. I will always some type of stabilizer when I’m adding decorative stitches. That is, if I decide to spend hours making pretty stitches again.
Mom taught me that a garment’s inside had to look as good as its outside so I fretted about the fringe edge. I don’t know if I can clearly explain what I came up with but I’m going to give it a go.
I doubled the hem over my fringe edge and then hand stitched. That means I did have two rows of hand stitching, one attaching the hem to the fringe tape and on the top just like you would finishing a hem on any garment. Clear? Probably not, but I gave it my best. It’s something I came up with on the spur of the moment because I couldn’t stand seeing the tape edge on the inside of my top.
Linen fabric frays. There are a few ways to take care of this: line the garment (sort of negates wanting to keep super-cool thought), serge all edges (one problem there, I haven’t taken time to learn my new serger), bind all seams or French seams. I love the look of French seams so that was what I used. However, I did use self-binding (I had enough fabric) around my armholes.
Back To Fashion
OK, I didn’t mean to literally turn my back but I did embellish the back too. I have a pet peeve when a garment has something cool on the front and they didn’t bother with the back.
Sewing is one of the parts of my style and fashion expression. I continue to be grateful to my mother for teaching me my way around a spool of thread and a needle.
Knowing just a smidgen about how to raise or lower a hem, take in a side seam here and there can open up so many possibilities of what one can wear–especially if you are exploring thrifted items.
Really Back To Fashion
White Restyled Jeans
My cropped white pants were originally a pair of White House/Black Market long jeans found at Salvation Army. There were zippers on the bottom but the legs were too wide and it just looked wrong. Form and function were not working. Rather than re-donating them, I cut the legs off and turned them into cropped pants. Finally, I am getting some wear out of them. Plus, I have two really cool 6” zippers if I can figure out what to do with them!
Later, I will probably try my tunic with other bottoms but for now the white works for me.
Coach Crossbody Bag
Have you ever gotten something, wore it once and then forgot about it? That’s what happened to this little Coach Crossbody. I’m pretty sure I bought this the spring I retired (2012), wore it once to the zoo with my sister, put it away and never thought about it again.
That changed when I rediscovered it and started carrying it this week. I think the Periwinkle against the grey, black and white is a striking color contrast. So why did I forget about it?
The problem for me with smaller bags has always been my wallet. I finally found the perfect solution with an Accessed Denied RFID card carrier. It’s takes care of all my important cards that I need and has opened up using smaller for every day.
Back to my Coach logo bag; after getting this bag, I decided that I was done with any logo patterned bags by Coach.
My Love of Keds
Ever since I was a kid, I have loved white Keds. When I found these tripled walls on clearance on Amazon last fall, there was no question that I was going to get them.
Does white canvas take extra work? Yes, but I love them so I clean them with either a potato scrubber brush or a fingernail brush after wearing. It just takes a few minutes and I am so happy when I have a pair of bright white Keds on!
I wonder if I’m alone in still liking something from my childhood. Does anyone else have something that they still enjoy, do or wear since they were a kid?
The Most Obvious Accessory
Yes, I’m sporting a wig today. I am now a believer in them for a change of pace, solutions for older thinning hair and hey, just for fun! I’m not going to say more because this topic deserves a post all of its own. My daughters and I now all wear wigs (I was the last convert). In a future post we three are going to collaborate on why we “wig out” and each of us have very different stories to tell.
What Kind of Blogger Am I?
Lately, I’ve been mulling over what type of blogger I am. I read a few blogs that are blended or covering a variety of topics. Lately, I think MeadowTree Style is a blended fashion blog. Why? Well, there are three reasons; I enjoy writing about:
- fashion and with an emphasis on slow fashion
- Sewing and occasionally knitting
- 3. Fashion History-Until the end of December, my fashion history commentary will be only on Instagram but next year my fashion history musings will be here.
So there you have it; a little style, a dallop DIY and a tad bit of history and I’m a happy camper! That’s it for this post. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks when I back for September’s Slow Fashion Walk.
However, The 1st. Friday’s Slow Fashion Walk is still going on for August, in fact, until August 31st. So you still have time to join up with your slow fashion takes and be in next months collage.
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Michael gets credit for the photos of me for today’s’ effort.
Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..