This week, I put together a quick little hooded jersey jumper for the Pretty Pretty Princess, and I decided that an applique was in order. Now, I know I was setting myself up for failure by stitching my design to stretch jersey, but I took precautions and had high hopes. This is the result up close:
I "satin-stitched" (sorta) the inner raw edges and used a serger on the outer edge prior to placing the applique on the jumper. Then, I used a straight stitch to attach it. From farther away it looks okay, but I am still unhappy with my primitive skills.
Although, I am proud of the fact that I made this hooded jumper (and the one without a hood, below) from my memory of an outfit I saw on another little girl at the beach. I didn't use a store bought pattern, I just made a bodice and hood pattern on my own and refashioned a couple of T-shirts I had lying around. I thought about using some bias tape around the raw edges, but decided that I like the look of the serger stitches better.
I guess the lesson here is that I have a long long way to go until I can look at my work and feel confident. I will just live by my mantra (sung to Dory's tune in Finding Nemo) "Just keep sewing, sewing, sewing..." until I can proudly display most of what I make. The point is to create, not to be perfect. Right?