Embellishment: Embroidery

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This is the second in a mini-series about embellishment.

I picked up this top in Lewisham Scope (£3.50). It’s a very light poly satin, almost poly chiffon. It has an interesting neck band, which is sewn on doubled over but with the two edges off-grain, but it’s the print I wanted to investigate. It’s different shades of purple in a cross hatched, almost painted, pattern. I wanted to explore an embroidery that would complement the print and this being straight lines, it seemed like an easy place to start.

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I picked out some colours matching the colours in the design, and thought a bit about placement, eventually deciding on the shoulder above the small pocket.

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Then I just started sewing. I was doing this in front of the TV so I just had some fun with it, adding layers of different threads in vertical stitches, according to the print.

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I went over the pocket a little bit (through both layers) because I liked the way it looked.

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I finished it off with some horizontal stitches in the same colours.

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It’s really hard to photograph, which I guess means I got the colour match spot on.

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I’ve worn it several times recently, but here it is on a night out at Sticks ‘n’ Sushi at Canary Wharf.

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This place is highly recommended. We had one of the the sticks and sushi selections which was beautifully presented and very tasty.

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I can also recommend the Nippon ’75 cocktail, which I think is supposed to be a Japanese twist on the French ’75, substituting the Japanese spirit Shiso Shochu for the gin. It comes with a large shiso leaf as a garnish.

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In case you’re wondering, this is how you drink it.

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This top has been great on date nights around the capital and I typically wear it with a pink toned necklace.

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Kanpai! (Cheers!)

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28 comments

  1. vintage51

    Reblogged this on vintagethrifter51.com and commented:
    I absolutely love the colours of this top. The details of the embroidery stitches just finish it off perfectly. Lovely refashion. The sushi looks pretty amazing, I am drooling right now. Cheers, Michele

  2. Fadanista

    Such a great idea! I am becoming quite enamoured with the whole idea of embellishing and this is such a simple, but effective, treatment. Another winner Sally!

  3. Dolores

    Hello! I m reading your blog from Argentina (so pls excuse me if I make some gramatical mistakes) and I just had to say it: you work is wonderful, so creative and meaningful! You truly inspired me to start refashioning clothes again. Looking forward for your new posts!

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