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Hand Embroidered Blue and Purple Ukrainian Linen Blouse

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  Photos by (my sister) Photography by Anastassia My Ukrainian heritage is visible in many of my projects, but this is the first time I’ve attempted a more authentic piece. This linen peasant blouse is reminiscent of a blouse my babcha embroidered before she immigrated to the United States. My mother started the embroidery this spring and I finished sewing it just in time to enter it into a contest! The blouse is 100% thick ivory linen. (I love this linen! It’s the same linen I used for my Easter 2015 maxi skirt.) My mom used Charles Craft Waste Canvas for the embroidery. She used 1o count for the cuffs and 14 count for the rest of...

Last Minute Blue Bridesmaid Dress with Bow

A couple weeks ago, a lady asked me to (literally) whip up a bridesmaid dress for her! On Sunday, she approached me and asked if I could make her a blue bridesmaid dress before her wedding on Saturday. Her original dress no longer fit her and the style/quality didn’t suit the occasion. I told her if she bought the fabric and pattern before Tuesday, I ‘d drop all my projects and sew the dress! She chose a royal blue polyester (which resembled a thick dupioni silk) and  the 2444 Simplicity pattern. The pattern required no lining, but we decided it would be best to line the dress.  However, the lady didn’t buy enough lining, so...