Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Aubrey and Me" Top

I've been honored to be a contributor to the FabricMart Fabrics blog.  We all know how much I enjoy embroidery so I'm happy to share a new post for the FabricMart blog on embroidery and my "Aubrey and Me" top.

I know I've said this before, but, if you're a piece of fabric in my sewing room and you hang around too long you're bound to get embroidered.  I am and always will be in love with fabrics but more and more embroidery seems to be taking up residence in the creative side of my brain.  Fabrics can now be canvases since "Aubrey", my embroidery machine, moved in (yes...I named my machine…don't judge).

This blouse inspired my "Aubrey and Me" Top.  The combination of the embroidery, lace and silhouette makes a top that's feminine without being fussy.

Because a simple pattern lends itself to embroidery, I chose Salme's Kimono Style Angel Sleeve Top for my blouse. It's a two piece pattern plus facings (it doesn't get simpler than that) with a soft flutter sleeve.  I lowered the neckline 3/4" because it's more flattering on me and left everything else the same.  I chose this dreamy blue/gray J. Crew voile from Fabricmart Fabrics (the color is out of stock but this color would be lovely!) and a cotton crochet trim for the neckline and hem.

The Mendhika Medallion machine embroidery pattern from Urban Threads is stitched three times at the neckline.  The middle medallion is sized to 3" in diameter and the two outer are 2 1/2" in diameter.  The medallion comes as a three color design but I changed it to two colors, dark ecru and ecru, and stitched it out in 40 weight rayon embroidery thread.

In constructing this blouse, and for almost all of my embroidery projects, I have "Aubrey" do the embroidery before I actually cut out the pattern piece.  This makes hooping and placement easier. This voile is very lightweight so after a couple of test runs I found wash away stabilizer the best choice for stabilization during embroidery.  My final step before actually sewing the blouse together was adding 17 rows of twin needle stitching in ecru thread.  I know 17 rows sounds like a lot but none are more that 2" long and the result is a design that looks pulled together.

I'm looking forward to wearing this blouse all spring and summer with jeans and skirts.  Thanks "Aubrey"!

Here are my reviews on Kollabora and Pattern Review.


  1. I love it! I love the stitching details.

    (P.S. My sewing machine is named Joseph, and my printer is named Dave. Apparently I only like male appliances? Huh.)

    1. HeeHee! If my printer had a name it wouldn't be a nice one (it's very temperamental!)

  2. That is a terrific top and you look really good in it. Those Medallions are so great. My mother just gave me her old Janome embroidery machine and I've got to try some designs that don't involve changing a lot of colors. Can't believe how intricate they look with just two colors,