The Collar Project: a Beaded Glittery Flannel Number
Clever Charlotte patterns have long dominated my to-sew lists. When Erin asked me if I would like to participate in the Collar Project series I knew it was perfect timing to whip up a quick holiday accessory from the Peridot pattern. Because what kind of lady turns down the opportunity to make something for her daughter to wear that is delightfully festive and girly?
I knew I would use a delicate Nani Iro flannel with glitter dots from last Fall’s collection. On the reverse side I chose a Velveteen print from Anna Maria Horner’s LouLouThi collection. Because the project is very quick and simply constructed, I was able to embellish the glitter polka dots with glass chop and bugle beading from the Alabama Chanin shop. Using beads and button thread the polka dots became a background for showing off some interesting stitch techniques. While hand-sewing is no easy task for the hasty sewer it is a nice break from the frantic holiday chores that seem to fill my date book lately.
- large contrasting scraps of fabric
- two 12″ ribbons
- chop and bugle beading
- Coats and Clark button thread
- beading needle
- lightweight fusible interfacing (for any wide weave or flimsy fabric)
- chalk marker
- any of the Alabama Chanin books for beading application reference
- Peridot Blouse and Ankle Pants with detachable collar
- Prepare cut front and back fabrics from collar pattern. Attach fusible interfacing to any lightweight fabric that will be embroidered/embellished. With the chalk marker draw the seam allowance (1/2″) around the perimeter to keep beading away from the sewing machine’s path.
- Refer to an Alabama Chanin book for tips on embellishing the fabric and polka dots with bead work. Embroider away!
- Follow Clever Charlotte’s instructions for attaching the ties and finishing the collar. Easy as 1-2-3!
For a similar look try a solid fabric and any of the glitter paints from Martha Stewart’s new line of paints applied with a pouncer (see our recent dress for a tutorial). I would love to see it made it in Jersey with raw edges and top stitching. Who’s up for that?
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