11 December 2009

Roll-collar one-piece dress

The second project from Japanese sewing book-Simple chic- is finished.
Like the title say the dress has roll collar, pattern is easy and basic. 
There is an invisible zipper at the back. The fabric is wool blend. I added lining, even it is not supposed for this dress.
What to say about this dress? It is basic shift dress, simple pattern. It looks much better on sewing form in the book than on me.LOL
Maybe the chosen fabric is problem, or my body shape is problem. Maybe the shift dress is not my style. My husband says that the dress is just appropriate for nuns. Hmm. I tried to fix that "nun look" with belt. I'm not sure: is it better?
I will sew this dress again because I love this pattern. I hope that it will look much better with different fabric.

02 December 2009

Embroidery lessons

Past days I took few embroidery lessons.Well, I know basics, but this were lessons about embroidery that is used for embellishing national costumes from Dubrovacko Primorje -a region situated northwest of the city Dubrovnik.
I haven't pictures of costumes, just few photos of scarves. 
Made by  very talented  lady Nike.
The scarves were worn for weddings.
This scarf is over hundred years, old.
This embroidery patterns were used for decorating vests.

All stitches are basic embroidery stitches.Specific is only way of using them, and combination of colors. There are lots of colors, gold threads and sequins. Everything I love.
No, I will not sew national costume.I used everything I learned on my way.
I made this dark blue tote bag and embellished it with specific embroidery pattern. The bag is dark blue because the costumes are dark blue.
The second bag is creamy beige, like wedding scarf, with colorful flowers and gold sequins.
And that's it, my modest way to preserve national treasure.
Unfortunately only four of us were attended those lessons, even they were free.
It seems young people do not care for tradition, at all.
That is such a pity.