Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


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Leafy Embroidery

It’s finished! I completed the embroidery on my polo-to-tank-top shirt on Friday evening. Not too bad for an old men’s polo shirt, huh?

Haa, haaa! I like this picture of me scratching my head.
Chris meant it as a joke, but I think it’s one of the best shots he took. 🙂

I really don’t like having my picture taken. Blah!
This is probably the best “normal” shot  Chris took.

What do you think?

You can read more about the changes I did to the top here. I used BurdaStyle’s Sadie pattern.

Here’s a close-up on the stitching around the collar.

The spot on my neck is actually in the camera. We thought it was the lens, but it’s actually on the mirror or something else in the camera. Can’t seem to get rid of it.

I used a decorative stitch on my old Singer called “Sephora.” What do you think?

You can see where the embroidery hoop was. 🙂

The embroidery pattern comes from Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching. I used her “Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-to” book. I love how the embroidery thread matches the collar and sleeve thread!


From Polo-to-Tank Top

My second knit, my first tank-top and my first refashioned item!

My polo-to-tank top

An old polo shirt.

I used BurdaStyle’s Sadie pattern and cut up one of Chris’ old polo shirts. The top is just a bit snug, but I like it. I can’t wait to wear it over and over again!

I had a little trouble with the bias tape binding. The pattern calls for cutting up strip of fabric to use as the binding, which would have been less stiff than the bias tape, but I didn’t have enough polo shirt to do that. I don’t really mind the stiff binding as I think it gives the shirt and interesting look.

I also didn’t like how blind hemming the tape looked. The thread was a lighter green (I didn’t have a dark green spool on hand) and I thought it made the collar look tacky.

So, using a stitch called “Sephora” on my old Singer, I decided to do a decorative stitch instead. I like how it turned out. What do you think?

I originally had planned to add flowers or something along the left side of the collar, but the best I could come up with, using what I had, was this:

Too juvenile for a 30-year-old woman, me thinks.

I could have left the top plain; it’s all right like that. But, to me, if you’re making something, you’re able to put your own personal touches on it and make it yours. So why not go all out? I felt the top still needed something, but what?

I flipped through Jenny Hart’s “Sublime Stitching” book I picked up last Christmas while visiting my parents. I decided on a border along the bottom front of the shirt like this:

What do you think? I think I’m going to love it!

The embroidery floss matches the Sephora stitching pretty well and makes the top look more interesting. I can’t wait to finish!

And it shouldn’t take long. I finished the first vine in one evening. I’m using a simple backstitch for the stem and satin stitch (my first attempt at this stitch!) for the leaves.

(Thanks, Mom, for teaching me the basics of embroidery and thanks, Jenny, for this awesome book!)