Hand Embroidered T-Shirt

Several of my blogging friends are competing in Project Run and Play, so I decided to join in. The theme is sewing with knits. I think the theme is very practical and Ania really does need new shirts and pants.

I had white sweatshirt knit in my stash for a long time, not sure where it came from. It was a perfect blank canvas for some hand embroidery. I have decided to make two sisters, because I am a bit sentimental when it comes to sisters.  The pants are from Ottobre 1/2013 design 37. This was the first Ottobre pattern that I struggled with. They are a bit big on Ania and really long. I made size 140, though she measures between 134 and 140. But somehow I messed up while tracing them. The pattern pieces were cut in halves to fit them on the sheet. Well, the back didn't match for me. Not even close, there was almost 2 inches difference.The front was just fine. I went back several times and rechecked the lines, to no avail. I am curious if somebody else made them in bigger sizes and can maybe explain the mystery. :) In the end I made them work. I do like them and will make more in a smaller size. The shirt is also from Ottobre, but I can't remember which one. I realized that it would be too tight in sweatshirt, so I added panels on the side. Luckily, it was before I cut out the sleeves.













I find embroidery therapeutic. I am not very good at it, but with this type of embroidery no need to be perfect. I free handed the clothes, then used Stitch Witchery to glue the fabric to the shirt then free handed the body parts. In retrospect, I should have not permanently adhered the design to the fabric, because the proportions are slightly off, especially on a smaller girl.













Ania said that the hair looks just like hers, :) I used backstitch, blanket stitch, and French knots to accomplish the look.












13 comments

  1. Oh, I love it! I also love the yellow accents on the top. I have recently gotten into hand embroidery myself and I agree, it is so therapeutic! Did you work with a hoop to embroider onto the sweatshirt knit, and did you stabilize the fabric at all? I have been hesitant to try it on clothes because I am afraid my amateur stitches won't hold up in the wash.

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  2. Olga ~ I love it! Those embroidered sisters are so darling. I'm terribly excited to see what everyone makes for this season of PR&P, both contestants and sew along participants too. I put my look up today too.

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  3. This is such a great every day outfit and I bet it will get lots of use. And that embroidery is just darling. I absolutely love it and I totally agree that it is therapeutic!

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  4. Beautiful work! I love embroidery details in children's clothes and this outfit is so lovely in every level also looks very comfy.

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  5. Such a perfect children's outfit! I love hand embroidered details, in fact working on something right now!

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  6. I love the embroidery! I'm intimidated by it, but I love seeing other people's work. So delicate and beautiful. I love that the side panels add a nice pop of color to the sweatshirt as well.

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  7. Those pants look so versatile--love the contrast on the pockets.

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  8. I m also very sentimental when it comes to sisters :) I love the embroidery, especially that the sisters do look like Evelyn and Anya! they are suck lucky girls to have a talented mom like you. You have done such a delicate work on the curly hair execution! I m also totally in love with how the yellow color unites the whole outfit into one.

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  9. Cute comfy outfit! I wish I had the patience or time for embroidery- I haven't done it in so long!

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  10. This is just so cute! I re-purpose vintage embroidered linens and it makes me happy when I see people are still embroidering in modern times :)

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  11. I love your embroidery on the shirt front, and I love the yellow fabric. It makes the whole outfit come together, and it is such a happy color.

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  12. I love sewing and I love embroidery, but I never used both in one item. Hm. The outfit is lovely and comfy, despite small challenges while making it. The panels on the jumper look as if they were a part of a design. The pants look great, too. There is something magical about sisters, hey?

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