A Little Dress, Sewn and Crocheted (White and Purple)

Little Dress, Sewn and Crocheted - White and Purple - francenadeau.com

This is a little dress made of recycled fabric. The white top comes from a t-shirt. The flowery purple skirt and ribbons come from a pyjamas. Pure white and pale purple. Terribly soft to the touch (those clothes were washed many, many times). Perfect for the skin of a one-year-old baby.

Little Dress, Sewn and Crocheted - White and Purple - francenadeau.com

The top has an edge of crocheted scallops. Very simply made, but sweet and charming. No finishing was required for the edge of this fabric that does not fray. And as the fabric obligingly provides holes on all its surface, inserting the crochet hook was easy.

Little Dress, Sewn and Crocheted - White and Purple - francenadeau.com

The dress is attached at the shoulders with ribbons made of fabric. A bow always enhance the beauty of a strip of fabric, I find.

Little Dress, Sewn and Crocheted - White and Purple - francenadeau.comLittle Dress, Sewn and Crocheted - White and Purple - francenadeau.comLittle Dress, Sewn and Crocheted - White and Purple - francenadeau.com

Do you recognize the flowery fabric? (See below.) Thank you for visiting,

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From Dress… to Top and Scarf

 

From dress... to top and scarf - francenadeau.com

I have sewn a dress a few years ago, following a McCalls pattern that I have used many times. The front and the back are each made of four pieces. I have recently decided to turn the dress into a top by removing the sleeves and cutting the bottom.

From dress... to top and scarf - francenadeau.com

This is the back, with a long zipper. Do not worry, the bottom is straight when I wear it. This top is form-fitting and do not look at its best on a hanger…

From dress... to top and scarf - francenadeau.com

I have added three white beads on each side of the zipper, near the edge. Unfortunately, we do not see them clearly on the picture. The beads kind of disappear in all those white and pale pink on a slightly shinny polyester.

From dress... to top and scarf - francenadeau.com

This is a polyester fabric that tends to distort. Even more so after ripping the seams. But I managed to keep the edges relatively straight.

From dress... to top and scarf - francenadeau.com

The summer scarf I was able to make with the cut bottom of the dress. I added three white beads at each corner.

From dress... to top and scarf - francenadeau.com

This is how my inside edges look like. Very simply done with a straight stitch.

From Dress... to Top and Scarf

Thank you for visiting,

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Making Pillows with Old T-Shirts

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My First Knitted Baby Clothes – Sweater and jump suit

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These sweater and jump suit are the very first clothes I  have knitted. This was 20 years ago. When yarn began to attract me. You may feel that attraction yourself. You walk innocently on a sidewalk when you realise you just passed a yarn store. Your feet are directing you to the entrance even before you made a conscious decision to enter. Once inside, you see and touch the sweetest and softest yarn. And while going through the magazines you find the perfect pattern for that yarn!

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My First Ever Knitting Project

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My First (and Imperfect) Quilt

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My first paper-piecing pattern

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Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Third Shirt

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Third Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.comMaking Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Third Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

This is a third–and last–post on making adjustments to the back of a loose shirt. Sometimes, making a pleat on the back is just what a shirt needs to be more fitting. And to enhance your silhouette.  I usually do this work with hand stitching and this is what I have done for this third shirt.

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Third Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

And I also added hand embroidery.

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Third Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

I used hand-quilting thread to make the embroidery (King Tut). And to stitch the pleat. Looking at the picture below, it may appears to have been a mistake. The thread is thicker than regular sewing thread. And shows. So much for an invisible seam… But it shows more in the picture than in real, as it was zoomed. In my defense, I will say that the color of the thread was just the perfect match to the off-white fabric. Really perfect.

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Third Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

I have added a tutorial for making adjustment to the back of a shirt on my web site, in pdf format. Thank you for visiting.

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The first two shirts:

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to the Back of Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to the Back of a Shirt

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Second Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Second Shirt