I was in a bit of a crafty recycling mode because, as we all know, project supplies can snowball into a mountain if you let them. I spotted some lovely dyed, patterned fabric left over from my Kanzashi flower project and decided to jazz up a few sweaters with patch pocket accents.
Of course, now it's calling out for more embroidery but I wanted to show you my pockets before I go all french knot crazy on them.
Starting out with these fabric choices, I thought the green folded-shibori fabric might enhance my vintage, baby blue crop sweater quite nicely.
After making a template drawing of a flying barn swallow, I traced it onto the fabric.
I embroidered my lovely birdy with a basic backstitch to keep it simple.
To attach the pockets to the sweater, I sewed an easy blanket stitch around three sides.
For a plum sleeveless cardigan, I picked the striped purple/pink fabric and embroidered a simple star with a chain stitch. This dye pattern was made with a bleach pen on fabric originally dyed with Rit Purple dye. When the bleach is washed out, the fabric is over-dyed in a Rit Petal Pink dye bath. It's one of my fave stunning color combinations!
So whatcha think? An easy way to embellish your tired out wardrobe, right?