Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Embroidered Shirt Refashion

Embroidery embellishment on clothing seems to be everywhere in the shops right now and it's easy to create a little of this look at home. 
Embroidered Shirt Refashion

One of the trends that is all over the place at the moment is floral embroidery on clothes. I keep seeing it in every shop window I walk past, it was even mentioned at the CHSI stitches show a few weeks ago as a big fashion thing. Some trends come along and stay for ages, others are in and out again before you know it. I'm no great fashion expert and I don't want to spend lots of money on something that is "here today, gone tomorrow" so I thought a DIY nod to this embroidered fashion trend might be in order.
Pocket embroidery

I've had this old denim shirt for a few years now, it's soft and comfy and goes with loads of things.

A couple of evenings and some pretty simple stitching later and it has a new lease of life.
I love the red embroidery thread on the denim but you could try this idea on any colour or fabric shirt.
I used the DMC magic sheet that was in my goodie bag from the CHSI stitches show to transfer my design to the fabric. I like how it makes the fabric stiffer so an embroidery hoop is not really needed (at least I didn't use one and it turned out fine) 

To create a similar refashion you need:
  • A shirt - with a pocket if you want this "flowers in the pocket" effect
  • Embroidery threads, mine was DMC coloris 4517 for the flowers and DMC 522 for the green stems and leaves
  • Embroidery Transfer Magic Sheet by DMC or similar, or a wash out fabric marker pen
  • Sharp embroidery needle and scissors
Start by drawing a simple design on scrap paper until you are happy with it. Or you can copy mine here,  it's not precisely what I ended up with on the shirt, but it gives a rough idea.
simple pocket embroidery design

Now transfer your design onto the magic transfer paper if using. I used a pale blue pen which was probably a mistake as a darker colour would be easier to see. I'm afraid I was being lazy and just grabbed what was to hand.
simple pocket embroidery design
To put the design onto the fabric you just cut it out, peel off the backing then press it down firmly.

Now you just stitch your design using 2 strands of the embroidery thread. I did all the green stems and leaves first using back stitch for the stems and lazy daisy stitches for the leaves. 
simple pocket embroidery design
I used the DMC coloris thread, again with 2 strands, for the flowers and did a mix of lazy daisy stitches, simple long stitches (I'm not sure exactly what to call them, kind of satin stitch but not so close together) and some woven wheel stitch. My nan taught me these years ago and I was reminded of them just the other week by this great tutorial from Tea and a Sewing Machine. 
simple pocket embroidery design
Because the DMC coloris thread changes colour as you go it gives different shades to the flowers without you having to change anything.
The magic sheet transfer paper is pretty cool, I have no idea what it's made off but when your embroidery is all done you can just run it under the tap and in seconds the paper just turns to a kind of jelly and then vanishes. 
simple pocket embroidery design
I confess I started my embroidery threads with knots, normally a bit of a no no for embroidery but on the weighty denim I think I got away with it. 

I added a little embroidery to the cuffs too, in exactly the same way as the pocket detail. 
simple cuff embroidery design
Dry your garment, if it needs ironing do it on the wrong side with a fluffy towel underneath so you are not squashing all your lovely stitches and the wear your embroidered embellished top with the joy of knowing no one else has one exactly the same.

embroidery shirt refashion

You can go wild and add more or tone it down and add less. that's the beauty of doing it yourself! I can imagine a little on the collar, or maybe actually on the pocket instead of peeking out. 
embroidery shirt refashion


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34 comments:

  1. Love the flowers, coming out of the pocket was a great idea with these. I did machine embroidery on jeans quite a few years ago when it became popular again. I might have to do up some more now.

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    1. I've only tried machine embroidery once and I snarled up my machines tension, so I'm a little scared of it! I tend to stick to a needle and thread but I think the effects some people get are lovely. Good luck if you do try some more, it's very 'on trend'!

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  2. This came out just lovely, and I like the two ideas you've shown here - 1) That magic sheet sounds awesome for keeping your artwork where you meant it and 2) Coloris thread. I like to crochet using those ombre colored skeins so that what I make ends up looking more complicated than it is, and that watercolor effect you get here is super neat.

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    1. Thanks Susan, I've recently got into these coloris thread, the changing colour is not great if you like to be in control but if you can be free about how it turns out they are fab!
      The magic sheet might just be a game changer for me - I loved using it.

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  3. Your embroidery is so pretty. What a great idea for a re-fashion project.

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    1. Thanks Caroline, I like a quick makeover project.

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  4. I love how the flowers are peeking out from the pocket, Julie.

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    1. Thanks Pam, it turned out just like it had been in my head, which is always nice.

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  5. I love how it looks like the flowers are popping out of the pocket. Clever!

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  6. This is sew cute Julia, a fabulous refashion!

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    1. Thank you Josie, glad you like it.

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  7. What a beautiful idea, the little flowers look so sweet and delicate, Very clever xx

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, it's given it a new look and meant I get it out of the wardrobe more often so that's a good thing!

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  8. Such a difference and a good idea to brighten a garment

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    1. Thanks, I know it's not up to the standard of your embroidery Caroline but i am not embarrassed by the result so that's a win as far as I'm concerned!

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  9. Gosh that is so cute. I love the little round flowers. I have not seen that stitch before.

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    1. Thanks, I remembered it from years ago when I saw it the other week on Tea and Sewing Machine, I'd completely forgotten all about it so it was nice to have another try.

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  10. Love this! The flowers poking out of the pocket look cute. You have combined 2 0f my favourite things denim and embroidery.

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    1. I'm a sucker for denim too, I like the red embroidery thread with this blue denim especially.

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  11. I love the idea of the flowers growing out of the pocket! And what fantastic detail, with all different types of flowers! Very pretty! :) Lisa

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    1. Thanks, a lot less messy than putting real flowers in a shirt pocket, that's for sure!

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  12. I love to embroider so this is just perfect for me and I love the design you chose

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    1. Thanks Amber, I hope you give it a try.

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  13. I love your shirt transformation and I had no idea that paper existed. Thanks for sharing with #CCBG

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    1. Nore me, until I went to the CHSI stitches trade show a few weeks ago - it's really clever stuff, I'd definitely recommend it.

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  14. Lovely, you did a wonderful job! (and yes, I do love that embroidery paper, it's so practical). Thank you for sharing at The Really crafty Link Party. Pinned!

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    1. Thanks Teresa. I hadn't come across it before but I'm glad I have now. I've really enjoyed getting back into embroidery.

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  15. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!
    A Round Tuit 354
    Thanks again for linking up to A Round Tuit Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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    1. Thanks Jill, that's so lovely. I really appriciate you letting me know.

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  16. I love this project! Crewel work was really popular when I was a teenager. Glad to see it making a comeback. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

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    1. Its a very soothing craft, I'm loving it . I'm so pleased you like my project, thanks for stopping by.

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