Wanna Tango?

McCall’s 7543 has been on my summer sewing list since its release!

An off-the-shoulder top with gathered shoulders and elastic pulled tight across the chest and back,  the top gives the appearance of nice clean lines…

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not to mention a little bonus; the nice tight pull across the chest also prevents gaping.


After finishing an experimental embroidered denim jacket, I was ready to embroider a project with an intentional design.

Is this thread color not  p e r f e c tCoats and Clark Embroidery Thread in TANGO  was the same hue but a deeper value than the fabric. I couldn’t resist!


I tried two designs before settling on a motif from the Pfaff Embroidery book which came with my machine.

Once selected I stitched the design twice on the front and once one the front sleeves. 


To embroider, I attached a water soluble stabilizer to the hoop, then attached the linen to the stabilizer with GUNOLD KK100, a temporary adhesive.

I marked the center of the front bodice with a Frixion pen and placed the top stitch of the image just under the elastic casing.



I flipped and repeated the image for symmetry, but outsmarted myself … for had I not flipped the image I could have embroidered the front from top to bottom by repeating the pattern twice in the same direction.


After the embroidery was complete, the pattern pieces were placed in a sink of lukewarm water until the stabilizer dissolved.

The result is a design that is a pretty on the inside as the outside 🙂

BACK after stabilizer removed
BACK after stabilizer removed

To embroider the sleeves, I also chose the same starting point just underneath the elastic casing, and I’m loving the pattern’s two-piece tied sleeves!


I removed 2″ from the fullest part of the bodice along the side seams to avoid bulkiness in this fabric, but I will leave the pattern as is if I sew it in a lightweight knit, voile or silk.


So here it is, a custom embroidered top that I’m loving, and one that I’m ready to sew again…. and with thread like this…..I’m going to embroider the front AND the back!

All the best 🙂


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