Aaaaahhh...to be back home! I love going on vacations or getting out of town for long weekends...but I really love coming back home. After I got the house set right again and all the laundry done, I had a bit of time on my hands today. I have three projects that need to be started here in short order, but don't have a couple key elements to begin them, so I decided to try and do some embroidery for cut work on my regular sewing machine. One of the projects on my to do list for this year is a 1950s summer dress and I have of course been doing more than my fair share of research. Quite a few of the dresses I have seen and fell in love with have cut work worked into the details. Since I am not one for much simplicity, I have decided that when I make my 1950s dress, it too shall have this lovely cut work!
After reading several entries in sewing blogs that have "how to's" for cut work, I finally got the chance to put that "how to" information to work today. Here are a couple of the sites that I encountered....Oh and may I just add that I will most definitely be using my sewing machine and I most definitely will NOT be doing this by hand. Just wanted to be clear on this point...
Many of the blogs I encountered were geared towards those lucky ones who have an embroidery machine. I do not have one, but found that using the zig-zag stitch on my machine worked just fine!
Lovely blue dresses with lace cut work from Whitaker Auctions
Madeira Lace cut work dress from Etsy
Gorgeous dress from V&A.
This dress is so fabulous!! Lots of medallions and swags!!
I used a piece of shock pink dupioni silk for my trial run. I figured that since my fabric for my 50s dress was dupioni, I could see how the fabric would hands. I lined the back with wonder under and a very thin piece cotton for stability and just free handed a design that I thought would be challenging.
I used a zig-zag stitch set on a very low stitch length and went to work!
After stitching, the cutting begins...being very careful not to cut the stitching....but I did catch a few...
Finished product. I am pretty pleased with this first go and think that I will be happy with a dress made with this addition. Can't wait!!