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Date: 5/3/13 10:46 AM

I'm planning to make a very simple blouse/tunic, OOP Burda 8360, probably view C. (The drawings of B and C make them look quite a bit shorter than they really are.)

I know, it almost looks like a uniform or a bowling shirt or something, doesn't it? This is NOT the look I'm going for, lol. I can tell by the long-sleeved version that this has potential as a tunic. So to make it look less uniform/bowling-shirt-like, I want to add some ethnic embellishments to the collar and along at least one side of the center front seam. Probably something (East) Indian, but I'm open to other ideas -- Russian, Scandinavian, etc.

I'm not good at beading or embroidery, but I could give this a try. The fabric I've found in my stash is a sort of cerulean blue linen blend.

Any inspirational thoughts would be welcome -- not just for my project but for anyone else who might like to add ethnic embellishments to something they're sewing.

Thanks!

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Date: 5/3/13 11:27 AM

OK, here are some thoughts.

1. Collar and front facings: Could you sew the facing (and I guess the collar?), in a contrasting color, on the outside? This would give a color block sort of feel to it. Colors that might look good - yellow, royal blue, red (more blue-toned than tomato), pink, even white. Or a small print.

2 Ribbon. To me the most obvious is embroidered ribbon. Anything from 1/2" on up. Sewn along the collar and/or down the front. Or, if it's really wide (3" or more) along the hemline. Some even already have beads or sequins on them.
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Larger/more (east) Indian) -


3. Use button loops rather than regular button holes or a zipper. Something like this (but maybe in a contrasting color):


4. Not really ethnic, but a way to look less bowling shirt - add a patch pocket in an unexpected shape or at an angle.


This blog even made a quilt of different pockets, lol -
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In reply to DonnaH

Date: 5/3/13 11:49 AM

Some lovely ideas here -- thanks. I'm particularly drawn to the beaded ribbons. Where did you find that photo? Oh, I see -- Lami. I'll have to do some exploring there.

ETA -- dang, Lami wants you to register with them before you can look at more than a few items in the catalogue. Have you ever ordered from them? It looks like they're in India, so I'm not sure how that would work with shipping costs.

-- Edited on 5/3/13 11:53 AM --

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"Some people are so poor, the only thing they have is money." ~ Seen on a t-shirt worn by a young missionary in India

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Date: 5/3/13 11:55 AM

I just googled (in images) "Embroidered ribbon" (without the quotes). Then posted the ones I liked, lol. There were a LOT of different images.

The pockets were "shaped patch pockets" I think. I I hadn't found as many, I was going to try "apron pockets" next, lol. I love the tulip and the little yellow one (both from the same blog).
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Date: 5/3/13 12:44 PM

M&J Trims also has quite a few embellished ribbons.
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Date: 5/4/13 4:25 PM

OK, I found something nice. Crocheted cotton Cluny lace -- straight edges on both sides with an eye-shaped oval design in the center. It should be easy to add small beads to the top and bottom of each "eye." If I describe the rest of the plan it will just bore you, so I'll just show you by making it and taking photos. This may not happen for a month or so.

Anyway, there's my solution. If anyone else has creative ideas about ethnic trims etc., please post them so we can inspire each other.



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"Some people are so poor, the only thing they have is money." ~ Seen on a t-shirt worn by a young missionary in India

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