Monday, April 30, 2012
Craft Memories and Apparel Embellishments | Family Economics
As a teenager in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, my fun memories of crafts were funky things like macramé, paint by number paintings, burlap and yarn art, and salt dough clay sculptures. My sisters and I even modified our apparel by cutting the low outer seams of our jeans and stitching in a large triangle of fabric to make elephant-bell-bottom pants. We ran thin satin ribbon up each of the sleeves on a favorite T-shirt and out the neck, tying each side into tight bows and creating some kind of cinched sleeve modification that we thought was pretty hip.
One of my favorite apparel craft projects was embroidering embellishments onto our apparel. With only a very basic knowledge of a few simple embroidery stitches and as much colorful embroidery floss as a week’s allowance could afford, we added sweet little touches to our jeans, shirts and shoes and enjoyed every minute of doing it. We sewed daisy-chain flowers and leaves on the collar corners of our western-style blouses and vines of the same wrapping around the hem of our pants. We added extra pretty stitches around the pockets and belt loops.
With the handmade movement in full swing now, embellishing and modifying apparel is becoming quite popular, especially with teenagers. What can be done with a pair of scissors and a basic T-shirt is apparently endless, especially if you’re patient enough to learn to weave. Adding rhinestones and studs to clothing never really went out of style, it just stepped up a few notches. You can now print graphics, text and photographs to printable cotton sheets and sew onto jackets, jeans and totes. A quick and easy apparel embellishment is to simply replace the buttons on a blouse, sweater or jacket with novelty, vintage or other unique buttons.
What are some crafty memories you have? If you’ve modified apparel in a creative way, please share – we’d love to know!