I saw a red dress on-line this style with a huge Mandela printed on it. “What a great idea”, I thought.
At 26 inches across, the New York Beauty design was the natural choice – a generally round design and made the HNQ (Hoop N’ Quilt) method – it couldn’t be simpler or less risky to put onto my dress.
So, I went about zig zag sewing the NY Beauty pieces together creating this great big appliqué. I was afraid the extra fabric associated with an appliqué this large would be too heavy on the side of this light weight cotton gauze dress. Using wss (water-soluble stabilizer), the appliqué turned out not to be so heavy after all and draped nicely.
Working from my ironing board I pinned, and then hand-basted the appliqué to the dress, working from the center of the design out towards the points.
Lacy Heart Gifts are another in the series Lacy Hearts.
I made this purse out of black pin-wale corduroy from my stash. The lining is a surprise gift of fabric from my friend Karen. I used a two way zipping zipper in the top of the purse and two neckline zippers for the 2 front pockets. The pockets on the backside and inside do not require zippers.
I used the largest gift embroidery design on the purse.
I couldn’t resist this gorgeous artwork. I immediately had in mine to sew them with gold metallic thread on a white knit top.
If you need a quick what to wear to a (perhaps unexpected) get together for the holidays this will do it for you. A top with fancy pants or skirt and you are ready to go. My top is a simple cotton Walmart top. It is short sleeved but then we get very little cold weather in Houston. You probably have an un-decorated top in your closet to adorn with one of these arrangements or just one or two singles.