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Mauve Embroidered Dress

Drew and I have three weddings to attend this year, the first (this past weekend) being his childhood friend where he was a groomsman, and the next two are for his work friends. When we got the invitation for the first wedding, I thought it would be a fun opportunity to make a new dress since I didn’t have a fun flowy dress that felt beach wedding appropriate. I had an inspiration photo from a piece I saw on Instagram and loved the feel and shape of this and set out to find something similar in a pattern. I also loved the embroidery and was excited to use my Janome Skyline S9.

For this dress, I was debating between two different patterns: the Acton Dress and Vogue 9252. Since I knew I wanted to do embroidery, I needed a bodice who’s lines would work with the designs I wanted to add. The Acton Dress lines looked tough to add embroidery and didn’t have the skirt I was looking for, so that’s where Vogue 9252 came in. The top had the same feel, but the skirt was flowy and fun. I actually noticed Vogue 9252 from Hannah over at Palindrome Dry Goods, who’s version is so pretty!

Mauve Embroidered Dress - Trish Stitched

This dress was “very easy” just as the pattern states. I was a little nervous since my last vogue make was very labor intensive and I was hoping that “easy” meant easy! I made a size 12 with a B Cup, which is definitely larger than I thought I would need to make but sizing was fairly accurate. I had to bring it in on the sides by 1.5″ each, so if I made a size 10, it probably would have been just right. I also shortened each bodice piece by 1″ to sit more at my waist. This dress is longer on my petite body than it should be but I actually love how long it came out in back. Something to keep in mind if you are making it, the hem will be higher on someone taller than 5′!

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Fabric came from Fabric.com, it’s a really stunning Mauve Rayon that was super easy to sew with and took embroidery very well. It has wonderful drape and I only needed to add lining to the bodice. What sold me on this fabric was the color. Just between purple and pink, it was different, and not a color I had in my wardrobe. (Click the link below to see the fabric!)


 

For the embroidery, I was pretty set on having designs on the top neck and the bodice edge, and was interested in something in the center, but it was hard to find exactly what I was looking for. I stumbled upon the Art Deco designs from Embroidery Library and fell in love! I used Art Deco Floral Border for the bottom bodice and Art Deco Floral Corner for the neck. After sewing the two pieces, I thought adding something in the middle might be too much, so I kept it simple.

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There were a few things I wish I thought about when making this dress. I totally forgot to add the pockets. I made the skirt, and then remembered the pockets. Since I serged all the seams, instead of ripping them apart, I just left the pockets out. Which isn’t a big deal, but I would have loved to have them. I also wish I thought more about finishing the seams in the skirt. Since this is a high-low hem, you can see the interior of the skirt. It isn’t a deal breaker, but the dress would look more professional with cleaner seams than serged edges. But, every project has it’s lessons and I’m still super happy with the finished dress.

The wedding was at a Yacht Club in Stone Harbor, NJ. It was a beautiful day; warm but windy! The bride looked stunning, and Drew and I had a great time celebrating with the couple. This dress on the dance floor was so perfect. The skirt was flowy and made it breezy when dancing and I loved having straps so I wasn’t pulling the dress up all night long.

Mauve Embroidered Dress - Trish Stitched

The next wedding is Fourth of July weekend- I’m still debating making a dress for this one. It’s black tie and I definitely don’t have anything formal enough, but don’t know if I have time to make a new piece. I was planning on wearing my Black Floral dress, but it isn’t quite dressy enough. I know I have to decide pretty soon…any suggestions?

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Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Since I’ve gotten the honor of keeping the Skyline S9 Embroidery machine for the year, I’ve done a little more experimenting with the capabilities of this machine. I’ve been loving the built in embroidery designs, but was ready to test out the USB feature and open myself up to the world of online embroidery designs. When I was thinking about a Spring project, I was trying to think of what my wardrobe needed and how I could use the Skyline to elevate my closet addition.

When the seasons start changing, the first thing I realize I’m missing is a proper pair of shoes to transition to warmer weather. I go from a closet full of boots and heavy socks, right into sandals. I usually need a pair of footwear that will cover my toes but are fun and light to walk around in.

Footwear is not something I can make. As much as I wish I could, shoes are not yet in my handmade wheelhouse. That’s when I thought a simple pair of white sneakers could become something so much more.

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

I love cacti (and the many varieties that exist), and I thought they would make a cute design on a shoe! These shoes are super simple, and very customizable! Here’s a little tutorial on how to make you own!

What you will need:

Embroidery Machine, Hoop, Threads and Stabilizer

Plain Canvas Shoes (mine came from Payless)

Embroidery Designs (small enough to fit on the shoe)

Frey Check

USB

Fabri Tab (or similar fabric glue)

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

The first step is to find the embroidery designs you want to use. The two designs I used were from embroiderydesigns.com – Cactus and Geometric Circle. (I skipped embroidering the pots on the cacti for the design to fit on the shoe). Janome also offers some amazing embroidery designs on their website!  When downloading designs from a website, use JEF to get Janome compatibility. Copy the files onto your USB, plug the USB into your machine and open the files! It’s so easy to get the designs onto your machine from your computer!

For my designs, I used the tear away stabilizer with muslin to embroider. Depending on your design, you should be able to use two layers of tear away stabilizer and no fabric, but some designs might need a more stable base.

After embroidering, cut out your designs. Next, fray check all your edges. This will keep any pieces of fabric or thread from unraveling during wear.

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Once you figure out where on the shoe your embroidery will go, cover the back of the piece with fabri-tac and apply piece to the shoe. I love using fabri-tac because it is extremely strong and meant for material (a little expensive but well worth the price). After glue dries, stitch some securing stitches around the edges of the designs. Some spots may be hard to hand stitch because of the thickness of material, or tough to get to – like spaces in the toe that become hard to reach. On these sections, be sure the design is secure with extra fabri-tac.

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

*For the top section, each shoe will be a bit different but mark in chalk or fabric pencil where to cut to piece the top part together.*

And your new shoes are ready to wear!

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I also made a fun new top for my wardrobe because you can never have too many cacti to wear. Pattern is Lou Box Top by Sew DIY with a hacked split back! I followed the tutorial by Natty Jane Sews to redraft the back.

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

The Skyline S9 makes it so easy to switch from embroidery to sewing, I was able to embroider when cutting out my fabric, and switch right over to sewing when the embroidery finished!

Ready to add some embroidery to your shoes? Here’s some inspiration! {All shoe details on Pinterest}

Embroidered Shoes

Wanna make a pair like these from Anthropologie? Follow fellow Janome Artisan Sew Caroline’s tutorial to make espadrilles!

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Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Peplum Pullover

I don’t know about you, but winter always makes me want to cuddle up. Even when I have to go out and look decent, I would rather just throw on a sweatshirt and be done with it. Drew and I have been going out more than usual this past year. Wait, let me rephrase that.  Drew has been making me go out more than usual and has tried to push me out of my introverted ways. I like to stay home on the couch with warm blankets and since I am forced out, I have been needing to find ways to bring the comfort along with me.

The initial idea was to make a “dressed up” sweatshirt, and I turned to one of my favorite patterns: Astoria by Seamwork. To dress it up a bit, I wanted to add some embroidery from the Janome Skyline S9 Machine. Oh, I should mention something super exciting! I’ve been asked to be a Janome Artisan! I’ll be keeping the Skyline S9 Embroidery/Sewing Machine for the year and sharing a whole bunch of projects made with the machine, which is an awesome thing because I didn’t want to give the machine up! Seriously, I love this thing!

I was a little nervous about this project because I wasn’t sure how well embroidery would work on a knit. With all the stretching of the fabric, I was sure something would pucker and become a mess. Luckily, Anna Maria Horner made it super easy for me to embroider with knits! Her kit comes with three different stabilizers, and following the instructions in her booklet, using two of those layers of stabilizer made this project a breeze! Here’s a little tutorial to make a peplum sweatshirt!

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What you’ll need:

  • Sweatshirt/sweater sewing pattern. (I used Astoria by Seamwork because it is a cropped shirt, which you will need to add the peplum portion.)
  • Knit Fabric, something medium/heavy weight. Follow your pattern for specific amounts and materials. I used Ponte from Joann Fabrics
  • Embroidery Threads
  • Stabilizers: No Show Cut Away Stabilizer & Embroidery Topping
  • Embroidery Hoop

Janome Skyline S9 Embroidered Top - Trish Stitched

Start by cutting out your pattern pieces from fabric. Before sewing the shirt together, embroider the front bodice. Cut enough stabilizer to cover the entire front of piece. You will sandwich your stabilizer and fabric like so: bottom layer – No Show Cut Away Stabilizer, Middle – Front Bodice Piece, Top – Embroidery Topping.

On your embroidery screen, you can add multiple designs to the same screen- the editing mode on the machine allows you to rotate, duplicate and resize all designs. At this point, changing the hoop size to RE20a will allow you to embroider half of the bodice at once.  By using the ruler guide on the hoop, you can play around with placement and size of designs. I used embroidery designs from Anna Maria Horner (Bird), Embroidery Lace Designs (Flowers) and Combination Design (Swirling Stem). I only used four colors, so the shirt wouldn’t be too overwhelmed with color, the tones give this sweatshirt a more sophisticated look. You can see my left side bodice design below.

Janome Skyline S9 Embroidered Top - Trish Stitched

*Tip: I used a stretch needle when embroidering, I believe you can use a jersey needle as well, but I have better luck with stretch.*

After completing one side, duplicate on the other side. This is where your ruler guide will come in very handy to get an idea of where your embroidery will sit on the bodice.

After completing the embroidery, cut the bottom stabilizer and tear away the top. Also cut threads. The embroidery topping dissolves with steam or water, making clean up a cinch!

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Follow pattern to attach front and back bodice and add sleeves.

Janome Skyline S9 Embroidered Top - Trish Stitched

To add peplum:

Try top on and mark where you would like the peplum to start. I wanted mine to sit at my natural waist, which came to 14″ from my shoulder. Measure the circumference of where the peplum will be sewn. My measurement was 33″. To this length, you will want to add between 20-30″, depending on how full you would like your peplum.

Next, measure how long you would like your top to be. To get this complete measurement you will want to add in seam allowance and hem allowance (Around 1.5″).

My peplum measurements came to 57″ x 12″.

Janome Skyline S9 Embroidered Top - Trish Stitched

Using the gathering setting on your Skyline S9, gather the length of your peplum piece down to your bodice waist measurement. (On mine: from 57″ to 33″). Make sure your gathering is pretty even- you don’t want it to look too full in one section and not another! Sew the ends of the peplum together with 1/2″ seam allowance, right sides together.

Attach the peplum to bottom of bodice, right sides together. Hem the bottom and you are done! You now have an awesome, comfy, stylish top! I wore mine to do a few errands the other day and I felt warm & chic!

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Janome Skyline S9 Embroidered Top - Trish Stitched

And these awesome brick walls were from Liberty State Park. I wanted to photograph indoors but my stark white apartment walls weren’t going to work. Drew and I went over to Jersey City and explored inside the ferry ticket building where the ferries to the Statue of Liberty leave. It’s such a cool spot, I can’t wait to go back and photograph. We couldn’t stay long because of other activities but definitely expect more photos from this place.

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