For the final version of my Multiple Personality Project (a.k.a. Pattern Review’s One Pattern Many Looks Contest) I tried a colour-blocked shirt. I am not a great fan of colour blocking, so I considered two not-too-contrasting colours.
To add interest I wanted to applique a few flourishes on one of the front pieces. Initially I free-handed the design, but then I thought I wanted it to be more “meaningful”. Since fabrics I choose inevitably seem to end up containing flourishes of some sort (whether paisley or damask or floral, I always end up with “squiggles” somewhere in the design) I wanted to make this a more structured picture…but I did not want to make it TOO picturesque.
Comments should be “Wait…what is that…a horse?” rather than “You have a horse on your shirt!”
Why a horse? Well, I wanted to use something that is true to myself. I wanted to “stylize” the face of my mare Maxi, who is the closest thing I have to a “spirit animal”. I wanted Maxi to peek out from the center of my shirt. (Close to my heart. Yep. Cheezy. I know.)
I must confess to short-cutting the process via Google Images…I was too impatient to cut a stencil of Maxi’s face so I chose something that more-or-less “felt like her.”
I added a few flourishes to the enlarged image and traced it on tho “magicstitch” paper to applique on the left front of my shirt.
Initially I made it quite clear-cut and simple, but it did not feel “spirity” or “arty” enough so I went a little more crazy and top-stitched over the design – edges deliberately unaligned (in case you wondered).
To balance the top-stitching on the applique I top-stitched everything else that I could:
The collar is single-layer again because I prefer the less structured feel of it on my stripey version to the formal style on the French version. I put some decorative stitching at the back of it just to add interest. And once again I shortened the sleeves to 3 quarters when cutting, but I must confess to regretting that. This thing wears nicely as a jacket and longer sleeves would have been more suitable for that purposes.
This is definitely a heart-made-hand-made garment, and a VERY gratifying make! I made matching cargo pants in the grey fabric, to wear with it. “Lounge pajamas!”