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It’s inspiration Sunday and I’m inspired by Juliana Margulies’ dress at the Emmys

Black and white t-shirt with rose appliqué design
Black and white t-shirt with rose appliqué design

Did you see the Emmys on Sunday night? Well I haven’t. But I did see the red carpet show on the E! channel, and that’s about all I am interested in watching. It’s hard for me to care about any of the shows on television and the awards they are receiving when the only one I watch is Project Runway. Which makes me wonder… did Project Runway win any awards on the Emmys? I will have to look into that.

If you tune in to the Emmys strictly for the fashion, then you probably remember Juliana Margulies’ dress from Sunday night. Oh my goodness, does that woman not age? I don’t think she looks a bit different then she did as that nurse on ER 20 years ago. Maybe better. But most importantly, the dress, the dress….

As the cohosts on the red carpet show pointed out, you don’t see many prints on the red carpet as they can be “hard to wear.” But this bold white dress with the black print was beautiful. (Ironically – I learned from doing a bit of research on-line – Ms. Margulies wore a white dress a few years ago as well and it was a total stinker. It was actually called the space robot dress.)

This got me thinking about how cool it might look to do some black stitching on white garments. I am thinking specifically about my rose triple-stitch appliqué design ditched out on a white t-shirt (that I mocked up on this page) maybe in a thick textured black thread?? I also have a squiggly line that I have not digitized yet which might look really cool stitched out multiple times on a white dress with black thread. One of these days I am going to bust out my Mega Hoop and make some big embroidery statements!

Now if you are like me and have the Emmy’s DVRed – you have another reason to go check it out besides seeing Tina Fey pop out of her dress (ugh – poor thing!)

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Rose appliqué t-shirt for a young girl: super quick and easy!

Rose applique design
Rose applique design

My daughter’s good friend, Evelyn, is having a birthday party this weekend which presents a fantastic opportunity to make something with my embroidery machine. But what to make at the last minute. I needed something quick and readily available in my sewing room.

Evelyn is a pretty sophisticated little chickadee. Her parents are British and she is lovely like a little English rose. So why not make her a modern applique rose t-shirt?

A few weeks ago I digitized a rose design and test stitched it out, (which was inspired by a book on traditional embroidery designs) and I actually turned out pretty cute.  I was ready to test it out on a t-shirt.  And I just so happened to have a girls t-shirt laying around and tons of scrap fabric.

One of the great things about this design is that stitches out very quickly. It makes a big impact with a very low thread count. And all the trimming of the appliqué fabric happens after the stitching is done, so there is no need to remove the hoop from the machine and place it back on throughout the process. For these reasons I love this design. Hopefully Evelyn will too!

The rose applique design is available on the Machine Embroidery Geek Etsy store.

Evelyn's rose appliqué t-shirt
Evelyn’s rose appliqué t-shirt



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Rose sketch triple stitch applique design

Rose sketch machine applique design
Rose sketch machine applique design

A couple of weeks ago on an Inspiration Sunday – I talked about a book that my friend hand leant me that featured traditional embroidery designs.  I showed a couple of pictures from a book about traditional embroidery that my friend, Anna loaned me, and I mentioned that I might be digitizing some of them in the near future.

Well – the future has arrived!  Today I took the rose sketch design into my little computer and digitized it as a triple stitch design.

I think what prompted me to work on this design is the impending demise of my rose t-shirt (one of my favorites).  I was wearing it the other day and noticed two small holes right in the front of the t-shirt.  Dang!  I love that shirt.  it’s the perfect weight and the rose graphic is simple and bold.

J Crew t-shirt - my fav.
J Crew t-shirt – my fav.

Then I realized the my rose t-shirt looked a lot like the rose design I spotted in Anna’s book.  Perhaps I could create something similar?

I think this design actually turned out quite well.  I am wondering if you could purchase thicker, more decorative thread for the stitching to make the appliqué look more ornate. With my test stitching looking good – I may just have to remake my beloved t-shirt.

I put the design on my Etsy store – and for it’s debut week – I am offering two sizes of this design for just $1.