Challenge: 5/23/11

Embroidery, lace work, piping, applique, beading, etc. This week we go the embellishment route and incorporate these techniques into our weekly creations, be it a new garment or something already in your closet.


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I don’t know if these count as embellishments, but I’d love to know how to do more with pintucks.

  2. Applique is the easiest…I’m thinking along the lines of the dress that was photographed at the railway station recently. So easy to do. Use KK2000 to temporarily attach, place it, sew it. There you have it…Although I’d say pre-wash it and let it dry before you attach it to your garment. Don’t want any surprises when you wash the entire garment!

  3. Silk ribbon embroidery and lace insertion.