CQ Embellished Shirt
Stephanie Novatski © 2005
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I wanted to jazz up a denim shirt with some embellishments. Originally I was just going to do some Silk Ribbon Embroidery on the yoke but I had pulled lots of brown and gold fabrics for another project and decided I had to dye the shirt and do a CQ yoke!
It looks like a long process, but it actually was not that difficult and is as time consuming as you want to make it. I did all my piecing by machine. I also attached most of the seam trims and lace motifs by machine but did the finishing touches by hand.
Here are the steps I took to make my shirt.
7. Embellish. Because I plan to wash this shirt (it is denim after all!), I used pre washed silks and trims. The only hand stitching is to keep the motifs in place.
8. Fold edges under along basting and pin fit to shirt. Adjust if necessary. The embellishment may have shrunk the pieced area. Press along fold line and trim excess fabric to 1/2". Sew in place by hand or machine. If you sew in place by machine, I recommend you baste in place first.
9. Embellish edge of CQ with more lace. Embellish shirt collar and cuffs.
To make sure I finished this article in time to go to press, the pictures of my "finished" shirt actually show all the lace in step 9 pinned in place and I am still embellishing the patches with beads. I also changed the bottom of the shirt and removed the cuffs on the sleeves to make it more of a jacket.