Saturday, February 1, 2020

Embroidered Denim Shorts

 Jalie 2908
Shortened to Bermuda Length

I have slowed down a bit these days with apparel sewing and switched my focus to embroidery and quilting.  However, I have been toying with the idea of embroidering on a pair of jeans or shorts.  I just finished up an embroidery quilt (pictures to come soon), so I decided to give it a try.  I was very concerned about how the embroidery would compromise the stretch, but I'm very pleased with the results.  It did pull a little, but there is plenty of stretch to my shorts and doesn't even hint at being snug.

This is a design I purchased from Embroidery Library called Exquisite Floral Curve (Whitework).  I tried to find a floral design that wasn't extremely dense.  This design has 13,760 stitches for my 5x7 hoop.  I fused no show mesh to my denim after hamming my seam flat.  Next, I floated on medium cutaway.  I'm kind of wishing I had used tearaway because the cutaway ended up being pretty stiff.  It doesn't bother me when wearing though since it is the outer leg area.  Perhaps it was best to use it though because of the durability of holding those stitches.  At any rate, it worked.

My denim is from Hobby Lobby--oh yes!!  It is 98% cotton and 2% spandex.  I believe it is 6.5 ounces.   I got my knit fabric from there too, which inspired me to use the gold embroidery thread for my shorts.  I debated on whether or not to use white, which would have matched as well, and probably a lot less limiting when matching other tops.  I fell in love with the gold though.  Besides, I told myself I could always make another pair with white if need be.

I have made the Angela Wolf Delila top several times now.  I love it so much.  The split sleeves are a nice touch to a simple knit shirt.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley


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