Sep 302013
 

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A few weeks ago I mentioned yet another top I made from a pattern I copied from a purchased garment.  This is version number five of this top, there’s something about the way it hangs and fits; it’s just perfect.

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Here’s the before pic. The yoke is made from linen, but seemed kinda plain, hence the beading.

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I took my design cue from the print fabric and did circles.  It was simply a matter of finding round things to trace and then filling in with beads.

Doubled silk thread should be plenty strong.  I hope. My only concern is that the sharp edges of the bugle beads will eventually cut through the threads.  Maybe I’ll do the first few washes in a lingerie bag, just in case.  (Do you hear me saying I’ll wash it by hand?  No way, lol.)  Any suggestions?

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This didn’t take very long, about an hour to do all five circles, and would be a great way to dress up any garment, handmade or purchased, that needs a little something extra. 🙂

Happy creating!

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  1. Wow! That only took you an hour? It looks terrific! Yes, I’d think it would wash okay in a lingerie bag. My other concern would be ironing the linen. How do you iron over beads?

    • I’ll iron the yoke from the backside, and embrace any wrinkles that remain as part of the design. 😀

      • I bet if you lay a towel underneath, it won’t wrinkle much. But will the iron melt the beads?

        • Good point about the towel. I washed & ironed it yesterday. The ironing from the back got rid of most of the wrinkles and a couple touch ups from the front took care of the rest. I think the fact that the yoke is interfaced helps.

          The beads are all glass or gemstones so, no, the heat of an iron won’t melt them.

  2. I have a top with beads and I iron them with a damp cloth on the reverse side and it works a treat, like the old fashioned ironing on black without the shine, use a damp cloth, linen is best for this not towel. Gosh I hate ironing and here I am giving advice LOL I do love the top it certainly has made a huge difference.

    Hugs Eliza

    • Thanks, Eliza, that’s good to keep in mind. Yes, I rarely iron if I can help it. The most my clothes see an iron is while I’m sewing them. 🙂

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