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Trapunto – a Punchy Little Sewing Technique

 

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Oh Trapunto! You little devil making a clothing comeback! I’m seeing trapunto stitching on some ready to wear these days and I like it!

I call it a punchy stitch technique because I just love saying the word. It packs a little punch don’t you think? It makes me want to say it with a deep voice, a hard pun and elongated ooooooo. You know? TraPUNtoooooo!

Trapunto is actually a dowdy little quilting technique. I can’t stand it there. I don’t get quilting to be honest with you. A quilting project takes hours and hours of time and the effect is beautiful but you can’t wear it.

You can however wear a trapunto stitched garment. This technique I love. It’s very simple but adds a nice touch to an otherwise plain garment. Most of the trapunto stitching I’ve seen on garments are just straight rows of evenly spaced straight stitch.

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I recently made a copy of a Vera Wang bridesmaids dress for a pregnant gal. It’s this dress below only made in blush pink and designed with a little more room for the baby bump! Pictured above is the belt from that dress.

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Gorgeous dress. And the belt? Trapunto style stitching! It just adds that extra bit of flair to an otherwise simple silhouette.

 

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Trapunto, from the Italian for “to quilt,” is a method of quilting that is also called “stuffed technique.” A puffy, decorative feature, trapunto utilizes at least two layers, the underside of which is slit and padded, producing a raised surface on the quilt.

 

I didn’t stuff the belt or pad it. I simply folded the satin 4 times and stitched 10 even lines through the fabric. The thickness of the layered fabric gave it the little bit of puffiness it needed. Vera Wang may have padded theirs with a thin batting or something which is another option.

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Here’s a Joe Fresh dress I bought last year that has the same sort of stitching around the neck opening.

Two more good examples of trapunto stitching on denim.

Do you have any great examples of trapunto stitching on garments?? I’d love to see them!

Creative Ways to Add Mementos to Your Wedding Dress

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memento |məˈmenˌtō| noun ( pl. -tos or -toes)an object kept as a reminder or souvenir of a person or event

A wedding is a big deal. There is so much thought and emotion involved in all the large and little details leading up to and occurring on that day. Weddings make us think about the people we love in our lives, some who are still with us and some who are gone.

One way to honour someone on your wedding day is to add a memento or heirloom to your wedding dress! I’ve been asked to do this in a few creative ways and so I’m sharing here a list of some of the ways you can incorporate jewelry or fabric into your ensemble.

JEWELRY – Wearing heirloom jewelry on your wedding day is a no-brainer. Whether it’s earrings or a necklace etc. But maybe it doesn’t go with your dress? Or your vision for your look that day. Adding pieces of jewelry directly onto your dress is a great way to have it all.

Adding an antique brooch is a simple way to add some glitz to your gown. If you are a traditional gal it’s also a great way to add your something old!

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A pearl necklace can be taken apart and sewn directly onto the dress as a pretty embellishment.

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FABRIC –  You can do so many creative things when it comes to adding fabric to your dress. Incorporate trim or lace from your mom or grandmothers gown into details on your own dress or have a handkerchief or another piece of fabric stitched into the lining of your dress or right on the outside.

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If someone is really set on you wearing their dress on your wedding day but it really isn’t your thing you could have part of it made into an accessory instead like a garter or these lace fingerless gloves!

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Have some special dates embroidered into the hem of your dress. Use blue thread and you also have your something blue!

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And last but not least have some fabric roses made and fashioned into a belt. Or a bit of vintage velvet is very pretty too!

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Cristy – The Best Wo-Man!

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In today’s world the lines of friendship and gender are no longer firmly drawn. Many women have male best friends and many men have great friends who are women and they want them included in their special day. This was one wedding that proves just that!

Working on Cristy’s tuxedo was so much fun. The girl has so much style and stood up to the challenge of looking fantastic and fashionable in her suit right down to her Jimmy Choos.

For Cristy’s outfit we took the sleeves off of her dress shirt, saving the cuffs for wearing. When she had the jacket on you would never know there were no sleeves underneath.

A few more alterations to the shirt and jacket to make them more flattering and feminine, adding some curve, then we cropped those pants!

The results were awesome!!

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Cathy’s Vintage Wedding Dress

Working with Cathy on her wedding dress was such a pleasure. Cathy wanted to wear her mother’s wedding dress on her big day but needed to give it a bit of a modern twist! What a great idea!

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Here is the before dress. Beautiful lace but the full sleeves and shoulders had to go for Cathy’s vision of what her dress needed to look like!

Here’s Cathy showing her mom the dress! She didn’t even recognize it!

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If you’ve inherited your mom’s or your grandmother’s dress why not consider wearing it on your big day? The possibilities are endless! Having a vintage dress revamped or remade is such a personal and dear way of breathing new life into a family heirloom. It also reduces the number of beautiful gowns going to rags in closets and second-hand stores!

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In the Navy – a Wool Coat Redux

There are a lot, I mean a lot of wool coats floating through thrift stores. Beautifully designed garments crafted from gorgeous natural fibres like pure virgin wool, cashmere and angora. It breaks my heart to see them hanging there, abandoned and unwanted just because their shoulders are (way) too wide or the lapel crosses too low. In other words they are really great fabric but totally out of date in style. So this year I decided to do something about it.

A few of these amazing specimens are purchased by crafters and sewers alike to turn into repurposed mittens and needle felted projects or shabby chic decor. Those are all awesome ways to make good use of what’s being wasted. I however have vowed to maintain their intended purpose as wool coats by giving them a make-over. Here is coat numero uno.

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This is the before coat (sorry for the poor photo the light was bad).

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This coat was a no brainer to choose for a re-do. Number one there’s lots of it, it’s a big, long coat and the navy colour of the wool stands out on it’s own. As far as design goes though, I was inspired by the moto style of coat. I liked the off-centre zipper and high collar. I think it is a stylish silhouette.

Another reason I was attracted to this coat is that it had a Toronto Heritage label in it. I’m hoping to repurpose mostly made in Canada garments. After some research I have still come up empty handed on what Toronto Heritage clothing was but I thank them for the coat. If anyone can pass on any info. about this company that would be greatly appreciated.

I reattached the original labels and used the original lining to keep as much authenticity intact. And there you have it!

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