Adding an Embroidery Design to a Pattern with Baby Lock Sewing!

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When I purchased this Italian Black/Off-White Stretch Cotton Print, I bought a large cut of it because I knew I wanted to make a two-piece.  
The jacket is McCall's 7730 and the pants are Simplicity 8655. I cut the size 14, D cup in the jacket. I like the style of the jacket, I felt that the lines were a little plain. So, I decided it could use a little zhooshing up.
I selected this design -- Midnight Blooms from Urban Threads
On my Baby Lock Aventura II, I adjusted the colors so that they would show up on my fabric and compliment the print.
I made a test design and decided where I wanted to place it and using my 6.25" x 10.25" embroidery hoop, I hooped the jacket fronts prior to sewing the darts so that it would lay flat. And I flipped the  design orientation the opposite way for the other side. Instead of using stabilizer, I interfaced the entire fronts.
This project required 14 colors. So, if you're just starting out in embroidery, I suggest you buy a thread kit, like I did, to get you started. I bought the New Brothread 63 Spools Color Kit from Amazon.
I like the way the design turned out. I wanted to do more and get really creative with the placement. But sometimes, less is more. I didn't want to overdo it and end up trashing the whole project. So, I decided that as I get use to adding embroidered designs, I'll gradually become more playful with placement.
For the inside of the jacket, I lined it in an Antique White China Silk/Habotai from Mood Fabrics.
This was a really easy jacket to bag a lining on, even with the vent. I added an embroidered stitch to the lining as well.
I didn't want the sleeve flounce to collapse, because I think that would take away from the design. I added horsehair braid to the hem.
 I absolutely love the fit of these high-waisted cigarette pants. I don't think I'll EVER wear pants that don't come up to the natural waist ever again. They're comfortable and you don't get muffin top or butt crack. Who wouldn't want that? I cut the size 16 and lengthened the hem by 3". They're very fitted at the waist. I found I needed to let out the center front and the center back seams a little bit because I wanted to give my invisible zipper a littler more ease.
I love adding separates to my wardrobe. They create a great ensemble and also work with the other pieces in my closet.

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11 comments

  1. You did a great job. I like the embroidery pattern and the sheerness of it. Your suit is beautiful. I just upgraded my machine and looking forward to adding embroidery to my sewing project.

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    1. Thank you KiKi! It's so much fun to do!

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  2. What a gorgeous addition to the jacket! Even the inside looks beautiful too!

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  3. Brilliant and beautiful

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  4. I love a good two piece! Beautiful!

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  5. Your suit is beautiful! The embroidery adds a personal touch that says Erica B is sharp! Congratulations on the launching of your new dress pattern!

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  6. You made nice use of your embroidery; I love the punch of color on the black and white. Great outfit.

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  7. Veeeeeery pretty and flattering. Congrats!

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