Now that I’m getting more and more into hand embroidery, it’s only natural that I dip into sashiko embroidery, given my love of all things Japanese.
Earlier this year, I went to a sewing/quilting expo and attended an informational panel about sashiko embroidery. For those who aren’t in the loop, sashiko is defined literally as “little stabs.” (I love the thought of letting out aggression on fabric…) It was originally intended to reinforce worn clothing with running stitches but has since evolved into an art form. Most sashiko embroidery uses repeating geometric designs that lend interest to fabric.
I had some leftover chambray fabric from DD’s failed Colette Negroni Shirt. Thankfully it was enough to make Grainline’s Scout Tee for myself! I sized down from my previous ones and sewed a size 8 at the top and I think I graded to a 10 at the hips, which fits perfectly. The insides are all finished with a French seam, so it’s pretty inside and out!
Although I love the look of plain chambray, I thought the tee needed a little extra something. I had some sashiko thread and needles I bought from the sewing expo and dove right in, not really knowing what I was doing.
I got inspiration for this wave/cloud/whatever design from Pinterest. I could have been more neat about it, but I just grabbed a round measuring tape and chalk and traced half circles. I winged the inner circles because I was feeling lazy. Although they’re not perfect, I’m kind of digging the look. Plus, honoring imperfection is very much a part of Japanese culture, right? I’ll go with that.
That’s about all I have to say! A quick little post for a quick little project. 🙂
Have you embellished your hand-made outfits with a little embroidery? Share in the comments!