XQ Hand Embroidery of Viet Nam

Recently, I was in Da Lat, Viet Nam, where my Paternal relatives wanted to take me to see some embroidery place, as they casually put it. They knew I liked sewing and fashion so they probably thought I could appreciate the embroidery work done by these people.

Well, what I saw completely blew my mind. Even if you don’t like embroidery, this was spectacular work! It was allĀ hand embroidery, with some having millions of stitches!

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GOLDEN Top and MONOTONE Purse: A New Look at New Look Pattern 6435

Last Christmas, I made my Mother a custom fit Chinese style jacket from New Look pattern 6435. The pattern was easy enough, but I was using a heavier fabric with embroidery that resembled Chinese brocade, but wasn’t. I was only starting out and couldn’t afford to make mistakes costly by investing in expensive fabrics. Because of this slightly heavier fabric, I lined the pattern to make it wear comfortably. This was for Mom, after all!

In lining the jacket, I basically threw out the pattern instructions. I don’t follow instructions well, anyway. Continue reading