Springtime Embroidered Top

mood sewing network + oonaballoona

This embroidered mesh from Alice + Olivia was love at first sight.

mood sewing network + oonaballoona

mood sewing network + oonaballoona

When I get my hands on a fabric like this, my tendency is to go for the gold and try to make something ridiculously complicated, meant for full-on party mode. I’m glad I reigned myself in on this one, because this fabric is a garden party right off the bolt.

mood sewing network + oonaballoona

And ridiculously complicated, even for a simple self-drafted top like this! There was a lot of HIGHLY enjoyable work involved. The seams were stitched up with tear-away stabilizer, then trimmed & bound in a flocked velvet ponte from my stash. After much deliberation on creating a cutaway neckline to mirror the hem, I decided that a defined outline on the neck was best– it’s encased in the same ponte.

mood sewing network + oonaballoona

For the sleeve, I carefully cut the mesh away right up to the embroidery. The sleeve hem is the border “print” of the fabric, that brown embroidered motif ran parallel to the selvedge. As for the hem, I cut away a free form path, and appliquéd extra flowers in where needed (that little white daisy at center back, for example).

mood sewing network + oonaballoona

I loved every minute of working with this fabric. In fact, I had to stop myself from fiddling with it! I’ll be highlighting the guts & such on my blog next week. Meantime, if you fancy a fling with something similar, there’s a bevy of beauties online.

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Comments


  • Amanda S.
    February 25, 2017

    GORGEOUSNESS!!! I’m glad you kept it simple because this is just so perfect and wearable.

  • Kelly
    February 25, 2017

    This is amazing!! The fabric is stunning, but the way you put it together really makes it special. Well done!

  • Sarah webb
    February 25, 2017

    Oh it is beautiful Marcy! You were right to keep it simple but the result is far from that- Lichtenstein way you have treated the edges.

  • Sarah webb
    February 25, 2017

    Auto correct!!!!! I LIKE the way—-

  • Peter
    February 25, 2017

    Just gorgeous. And how tall you look! ;)

  • Denise
    February 25, 2017

    Oh wow. WOW. I must do something akin!

  • Fiona
    February 26, 2017

    Gah this was just the bit of joy I needed in my blog feed this morning! This fabric could have been made for you and you have found the perfect use for it as always! Can’t wait to read more about the construction

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    February 26, 2017

    So beautiful – I love it to pieces :) I’m nervous still about sewing with such a tricky fabric but when I see tops like yours I’m inspired to give it a go and stop being such a baby :)

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 26, 2017

    Oh my word – it’s fantastic! Great idea to keep it simple :) :)

  • Lori
    February 26, 2017

    Oh, this is so stunning. That fabric is beautiful and I love the simple shirt to let the fabric be the star.

  • Cennetta
    February 27, 2017

    Super cute.