I gave serious thought as to what I could use as a top with my straight inseam PP113’s
It’s muted tone threw me off and had me wondering if this comfy pair of pants would be winter pj’s. In my stash I found a peach cotton poly fabric that was previously a table cloth. It’s color just seemed to glow up next to the pants. I had made the decision to use embroidery in hand sized amounts. Any large embellishments would be done with paint, ink, felting, couching or some other method. So, I was surprised to find myself upstairs planning an extensive embroidery. But I couldn’t help myself. When I had seen the fabric next to the pants, I had a flash of inspiration (with a dash of compulsion?). Of course, I couldn’t find the embroidery design I imagined. It’s the curse of having such an embarrassingly large collection of designs. You know you have something but you can’t find it. I finally started copying designs that were close to what I “saw” into a working directory. Many of my designs were free. A large number were digitized by enthusiastic, talented but non-embroiderers. So I never just use a design. I never just hoop up and go for it. I always test first in Embird. I look for density and watch the way a design stitches out. I discarded some possibilities because I didn’t want to do the work that would reduce the number of colors. (I’m envisioning a tone-on-tone garment.) I discarded a few more because of the large number of jumps. I tested two. Printed templates and made an arrangement. Until I settled on my arrangement, I was planning to use my PE700. 10 hoopings. TEN.
Or TWO. Two if I used my Ruby. I don’t use my Ruby often for embroidery. It makes beautiful embroideries. But I like to be sewing while my machine is embroidering. To use Ruby, I had to keep myself busy doing something else. It became a question of Ruby or PE700. I decided upon Ruby because I needed to do laundry. Laundry for me includes washing folding and ironing clothes. To my surprise and delight, Ruby was able to complete both hoopings, 84,000+ stitches during the time it took me to do my laundry.
The next day, I cut and stitched together 0456. I’m really pleased with the final blouse and how it looks with pants:
This is something I’m proud to wear.