Retro flower machine applique design – straight out of the 1960s

By on February 13th, 2013
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Back in the day, my 1-year-old daughter had THE CUTEST pair of brown corduroy pant with big 1960s groovy flowers on them. I loved them and really wanted a pair of my own – but alas gap kids does not have my size. In the spirit of these groovy trousers, I created a machine applique design that could be used to create the effect.

Tonight I did a test stitch out of the design and it seems to work BEAUTIFULLY. Imagine the design stitched out several times at different scales and rotations up a pants leg or down the front of the dress. I might actually have to make the pants I always coveted.

Since I am still experimenting with my applique technique, I decided to take a couple risks when stitching out this design. I have heard from other embroidery geeks that they do not adhere the applique to the bottom layer fabric using any type of adhesive… they just lay it there. I tried this on my bottom layer of my flower and found that it didn’t work that well. I got a little buckling. I think this was due to the fact that the yellow fabric was kind of thin. With the subsequent layers on top, I ironed and heavily starched my pieces of fabric and it worked fine.

In fact, I think this design is pretty stinking awesome and I think in a couple of weeks you might see these groovy flowers on a pair of pants worn by someone in my family.

This design is now available on the Machine Embroidery Geek Store

One thought on “Retro flower machine applique design – straight out of the 1960s

  1. […] few weeks ago I created machine appliqué design of a groovy 1960s style flower. My test stitching did not come out all that well because I did not trim in place very effectively. […]

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