Waiting, waiting, waiting! So we are waiting to find out who advances and who
has won the first round of the PR Sewing Bee. While I have a few “must sew”
commissions that I am working on, I needed a creative break and decided to
try a reverse applique process on woven fabrics using an out of print Muu-Muu
I “made” my fabric to transform my fabric. I used a boring grey (I am from the Bahamas and this is how we spell it) colored cotton for the exterior of the dress. I stenciled a design on the top fabric using blue metallic fabric paint.
Once dry, I basted the cut fabric pieces together, wrong side of solid to the
right side of the print. I machine stitched around the shapes using cobalt blue
topstitch thread and an open toe foot.
I toyed with adding accents of white embroidery floss around some shapes. Given the style of the pattern, I decided it did not improve the overall look I was going for.
I am very excited with this result.
Such a pity to have to remove the middle painted areas. It is my fault for being lazy and not airbrushing, I used a pump spray with a less precise nozzle.
|Let it dry before removing the stencil.|
Once all stitched, I cut away the middles leaving a little of the painted fabric along the edge. This revealed the blue, white and green Lissette print fabric beneath.
|Cutting with extreme caution.|
|Reverse Applique Dress in Woven Fabrics.|
|I really like the fun of this neckline.|
I sort of stitched it up per the pattern instructions. It had a lot of ease and was a bit more paper baggy than I liked. I took an inch from the sides and added back darts to adjust the fit. I reversed the opening to the back so as to not interrupt the pattern on the front. I made a ridiculously long tie for the back. I sometimes get dressed alone find a long tie easier to work with.
I left the back plain for contrast and speed.
Did I add pop to the drab grey or what?
|Close up of shapes.|
I had such fun making this! I was not sure how it would all work. I am thrilled with it! This was a test for future sewing exploits. I am still tweaking the process and have not washed it yet and am curious and excited to see what happens. I plan to make test other shapes, patterns and variations. As I do more with it, and use different fabrics, I will keep you posted.