CocoWawa Crafts | Sewing patterns for your sewper powers
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Last year I attended my first embroidery workshop at the lovely New Craft House in London with pattern designer and overall girl-crush Elisalex de Castro. It was a great class where we learned the basic embroidery stitches, from satin to chain stitch, French knots (my favourite!) to many more. Apart from this, we started work on a proper project and I chose a pair of RTW trousers that I didn’t like anymore; embroidery is just perfect for all those forgotten garments that we don’t like anymore or that need some mending. It just adds the perfect detail so that you fall in love again.
A stole this pic from the New Craft House website, where you can see all of us in action
And this is what I did on my trousers…
After the workshop, I have to admit that I didn’t do anymore embroidery… I was too focused on sewing, learning more knitting, etc… so it got a bit forgotten… till this year! I was looking forward to making my first denim jacket and when I finished I was not sure if I should just use some iron-on patches or pins to decorate and then I remembered embroidery! So I went and planned a proper project. Here it is and also a link to the YouTube video I uploaded about my experience, tools and much more…
Front of the denim jacket I made using the Audrey pattern from SeamWork Mag
And the back with the embroidery project based in space
✂ First embroidery project and a denim jacket - YouTube
Even though it is not perfect by any means and I have much more to learn, it made me incredibly happy and now I can’t wait to keep learning and finding more projects to work on.
Apart from this, I have also did a very small embroidery project on a commissioned Mini Marshmallow Dress (a CocoWawa pattern). I stitched a few French knots at the front and then I did a small flower near the ruffle.
I think embroidery is the perfect alternative to throwing something away or falling back in love with a RTW or handmade garment. Give it a go and you will be surprised! Also, you don’t have to attend a class like me at all as YouTube is full of tutorials and there are also some lovely books you can find at your local library or online.
Welcome to a new day of the Honeycomb Shirt and Dress CocoWawa sewing pattern Sew Along! Today we are working on our ‘burrito’ and finishing the bodice. Let’s start!
Yoke part II
Pick up your back piece with the yoke already stitched and place the back yoke on top of the front bodice along the shoulder seams, wrong sides together. Pin and sew. The top yoke will be left hanging down.
Place the shirt with the front facing you and the top yoke laying flat behind and facing downwards. Now roll the front and back bodice pieces together towards the shoulder seams leaving the yoke out like shown.
If your ‘burrito’ is tight enough, you will be able to flip the remaining yoke piece up enclosing the two bodice pieces and matching shoulder seams. Pin and sew.
Now pull the pieces through the hole on the neck and you’ve got your ‘burrito’ ready! You can also topstitch the yoke along the seam line. Now it is a good moment to stay stitch the neckline along the curve using a 0.5cm seam allowance.
Finish joining back and front bodice pieces
Take the two remaining straps that you stitched yesterday. Then place the panel on top of the back bodice with right sides together and aligning the pieces along the underarm seam matching notches. Pick up the strap and place it between both pieces following the placement marks as shown. Pin and sew. Do the same with the other side and finish those seams with your preferred method.
And… we are done for today! Hope your ‘burrito’ came out well and as always, you have also a video tutorial in case you missed any step.