A Saturday afternoon shopping adventure found this double-gauze pheasant blouse. Though it was fine as-is, we are obsessed with embellishing all things, and knew we could make it more. Enter the "Loops Lace," which was stitched quickly around the bottom hem by machine with a small zig-zag stitch. And yes, our favorite notion, the stiletto, helped us in this process. After perusing our shelves for just one more something, because we can't help ourselves, we landed on the "Seaside Spring" ribbon. With the same casual feel as the cotton gauze, and a punch of color, this ribbon was hand-stitched around the sleeve ruffle and around the hem (right over the lace edge). It so happens we have a hand-embroidery enthusiast in our midst, so tiny little French knots sit atop the neck ruffle to mimic the circles around the bottom. To finish it all off, a single row of stem stitches, in a variegated Sue Spargo twisted floss, was added to the neck ruffle just on top of the hemming stitches. Each color of the embroidery floss mirrors the blue and green tones in the ribbon. Voila! An updated store-bought blouse we made our own, with a minimal time investment!
Alabaster Loop Lace #L6007, Seaside Spring Ribbon #R3033
Make it more!