As a result of some of my past projects, I have a box filled with scraps of beaded floral lace fabric that is too small to create a new garment with but too beautiful to be thrown out. The lid of this box is gradually becoming harder to close, so I think it’s about time I show you what I use the scraps for.
I recently upcycled a bralette I already owned by hand-stitching the floral appliques. If starting off with an existing bralette, this sewing project is extremely easy and does not require much skill or time. To start off with, you’ll need some tools:
- an embroidery needle (I used size 8)
- thread to suit the colour of your bralette
- pin needles
- embroidery scissors
- scraps of beaded floral lace fabric
- a bralette
To sew on the lace applique:
- Using the embroidery scissors, cut out two floral patterns which will fit onto the cups of the bralette.
- Pin the floral applique onto the bralette. The needle should be in the centre of the floral applique rather than the edge. Step away to ensure that the floral applique is positioned where you would like it to be.
- Sew a rough, long stitch to further secure the floral applique onto the bralette. This stitch doesn’t have to look pretty- we’ll get rid of it soon. Once you have the long stitch, remove the needles.
- Use a blanket stitch to apply the lace onto the surface of the bralette. It is important to use a blanket stitch so that the stitch lines will not be revealed on the reverse side of the bralette. We want to make the stitches as invisible as possible. Here’s an excellent Youtube clip by Professor Pincushion which explains what a blanket stitch is.
- With scissors and a pin needle, cut and pick out the long stitch.
The photographs of me wearing the floral applique bralette I made were taken by my talented friend, Jennifer Aleksandroff from Gift of Twenty Four. The photographs are about vulnerable defiance, whispered protests and the power of silence- the silence to shield the innocent, the silence intended to mislead, the silence of fear, the silence of resilience. I’ll let the images speak for themselves.