Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Butter and Slate

Not very good photos today of the buttery yellow linen that is supposed to become a tunic sometime this summer. The actual color is really butter and not this weird balsa wood hue.

So here it is with some grey running stitch. And some other stitches in white I was experimenting with: wheat-ear on the left and herringbone on the right.

And this was what I initially thought I'd do with the neckline placket and cuffs (and maybe the side slit placket):

But then I changed my mind and wondered if I should just do embroidery on those same places, since I am still in my Top-Stitch Everywhere And Then Some mood. Embroidery is more modern and edgy and East India Company but that vintage cotton lace is pretty, if a bit dressy. What do you all think:

A Embroidery
B Lace
C Just go to Target and buy a tunic, for heaven's sake



  1. I really like how the herringbone stitch looked. That lace is very pretty. I can't wait to see it coming more along. You should post a pict of the actual butter colored fabric for us to drool over!
    If it were me I'd do the lace instead of the embroidery. Partially cause I'm lazy and lace is pretty.

  2. Embroidery. But then, I've had a hankering for handstitching myself lately, so I may not be the best judge right now.

  3. I like the embroidery :) Although, Target is always a good option... 90% of my clothing budget ends up there.

  4. I'm gonna have to go with the lace. That lace is gorgeous!!

  5. A!!
    because I adore topstitching.

    I can't imagine why you would do C - how boooooooring.

  6. Thanks for the votes, ladies!

    Angel: Would you believe it - the lace will actually be more work to attach because it will have to be hand-sewn on. The embroidery might actually be less work! And sadly, that IS the butter yellow linen. I just couldn't get the lighting to accurately show its butteriness. Sad.

    Beth Lucas: Mine, too. And I will confess it openly. I just bought shorts and a skirt from their Merona line.

    davidhigh1: I'll never have to do C if I actually get around to sewing this tunic. The recent stats for homemade vs store-bought are not in my favor, sadly. Wish me luck!

  7. Embroidery. Top Stitching looks soooo nice, and I've never seen one thing that you make that I haven't liked, so I'm sure it will be gorgeous.

  8. Embroidery. Definitely. Top-stitched linen looks so classy and elegant.

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  10. Embroidery! I'm a sucker for embroidered necklines and sleeves on tunics! Butter yellow with a sprinkling of delicate red roses and dark green leaves... If you are into colorful colors! If it is a more subdued palette you are after, perhaps something scrolly in a steel grey?

  11. I love linen, the buttery color sounds beautiful! I vote for the stitching.... I also follow this other blog, who has a summer stitching challenge going on... I thought of you when I read this post! Super cool ideas, you should check it out! :)

  12. I would normally say embroidery...but to go with the East India feel I would have to say lace. The color really compliments your buttery fabric.


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