Friday, August 25, 2017

Embroiderer Top - McCall's 7600




McCall's 7600 top made from Mood Fabrics' chambray and Etsy embroidery design

I have this thing about fabric, no fabric left behind.  What am I talking about?  Well, if I finish a project and I have enough fabric left to make something else, I feel this incredible need to do that.



So after finishing my McCall's 7510 Chambray cold Shoulder Top I had enough fabric to make a sleeveless top.  What do you do when you need inspiration?  Pinterest of course.  I knew I wanted to add some embroidery, it is the trend. Plus, I want to use the embroidery feature more on my machine.  Here is my inspiration

McCall's 7600 top made from Mood Fabrics' chambray and Etsy embroidery design

Now pattern time, I had McCall's 7600 in my collection and thought this would work.  It is a knit only pattern but I just went up a size.

When looking for an embroidery design, I searched for crewel embroidery designs and I found several on Etsy.  All were from GFCraft and I love these designs.  They are so on trend and fun.  After looking around I purchased border cross stitch design but used  one color instead of the multi-color


McCall's 7600 top made from Mood Fabrics' chambray and Etsy embroidery design


Let's talk about how I lined this all up.  First thing is I did a test stitch out, so I knew the exact size.  I then took that stitch out and placed it on the yoke, the embroidery bottom edge  1-1/4" from the bottom yoke edge.  Pressing a fold in the center front, I placed the edge of the design 5/8" from the CF.  I made sure I had the middle (horizontal and vertical) marked on the fabric.  These were necessary to place on the corresponding marks on the embroidery hoop.  My Pfaff has a baste feature, which is great to show the exact location of the embroidery.

Lining up two embroidery designs with measurements and markings

I knew the bottom line of basting needed to be on the lower line (the 1-1/4" mark)  After that I hooped, basted, double and triple checked and stitched out the first one.  That was the easy part, stitching out the second one made me so nervous.  I had no extra fabric!  The lines made all the difference and they were the solution for a perfect stitch out.   One thing about this the design needed lots of trimming, that took some time.

Lining up two embroidery designs with measurements and markings


Finally, I wanted a CF slit.  The deigns didn't meet in the middle and the slit was a good design feature to "interupt" the design.  Plus it made the knit pattern, made from a woven easier to get on.
McCall's 7600  using chambray and a machine embroidery design from Etsy

I used facing for the slit and then bias binding for the neckline.
McCall's 7600  using chambray and a machine embroidery design from Etsy

 Now a few photos to see the embroidery and the slit
McCall's 7600  using chambray and a machine embroidery design from Etsy

McCall's 7600  using chambray and a machine embroidery design from Etsy

McCall's 7600  using chambray and a machine embroidery design from Etsy



I couldn't be more pleased with how this top came out.  I love the embroidery, the white on the chambray is just perfect, in my opinion.
McCall's 7600  using chambray and a machine embroidery design from Etsy

Now my camera on the other hand is giving me fits!  I took photos 3 different times.  I don't know if it is the lens or the camera but it is focusing on the strangest things. 

McCall's 7600  using chambray and a machine embroidery design to make a trendy top.

 That is okay, I was able to try on this top with three different types of jeans.  I have options!

What do you think about the embroidery trend?  I can remember having a denim shirt my mom hand embroidered for me when I was a kid.  In fact, my mom embroidered one for several relatives for Christmas.  Wish I still had that shirt.




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21 comments:

  1. This has turned out beautifully. I don't have any embroidery ability on my Bernina, so I shall live vicariously through you. The finished top is fabulous!

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    1. Thanks, Diane, I am trying to use the embroidery more.

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  2. Great Top! If I had an embroidery option I would be all over the trend!

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    1. Thanks, I am trying to figure out some embroidery on a navy-white windowpane fabric and using the Roscoe Blouse

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  3. This came out amazing ! The Embroidery is beautiful & gives such a nice finish to this top . So funny about trying to get another item out of leftover pieces . I do that all the time & im so disappointed when I can't 🤣

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    1. I can hardly move on to another project until I use that fabric.

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  4. Beautiful top! The embroidery really makes it. I have the same desire to use up every bit of fabric- it's a fun challenge.

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    1. It is a fun challenge, thanks

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  5. That's really pretty Lori! Great job!!

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  6. This is fantastic! Love how you added the embroidery to the fabric to get what you wanted in a top.

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  7. Lovely simple top made on trend with the embroidery.

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    1. Thanks, it was a fun way to make it more my "own"

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  8. This top turned out beautifully! Great choice on the embroidery pattern.

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  9. Nice work, as always, Lori!! Lovely chambray fabric. May I say I still miss your podcasts? xox

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    1. I miss doing the podcast but my work load is just too heavy, not to mention I would need a new laptop,too! Thanks

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  10. Great top! I love it's simplicity and the embroidery really finishes it beautifully.

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    1. Thank you, I really love this one.

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  11. I love your blouse, which would have been nice in any case, but is exceptional with the embroidery. In the 1960's and 1970's, I did a lot of hand embroidery on clothing, and I, too, wish I had hung onto it. You and Sarah Gunn are making machine embroidery very appealing to me, but I am still in the hmm, maybe stage. Thank you for the inspiration.

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