A flowered blouse

Blouse embroidered with flower sprigs

Blouse embroidered with flower sprigs

As Spring shows her head after the chill of Winter, I am beginning to fish out clothes other than bulky winter woollies. This is a simple polyester blouse I embroidered some years ago when I had time, an itch to embroider, but absolutely no money to buy fabric.

I used a Free Transfer from  The Needlewoman of January 1934 (from the boxful that Grandmama gave me), showing sprigs of flowers which they suggested might be used for lavender bags, traycloths, handkerchiefs, or underwear (if only I had the time and skill to make lovely silk embroidered undies!). The silk threads came from my stash (even fifteen years ago my stash was extensive and varied!), and in fact I think the whole idea of the project was that I wanted to use those threads in particular.

I’m not really a “floral”-type person, or at least the florals I stitch tend to be quite heavily stylised, and I’m also not someone who likes perfect symmetry. So I snipped out some elements from the transfer and arranged them irregularly on the front of the blouse. Once they were transferred, I arranged the threads, so each colour appears on each side of the button placket, but not on the same flower sprig.

I will provide close ups in another post, when I have worked out how to format them!


  1. I like the irregular arrangement of motifs – like blossom carried by the breeze.

  2. Lady Fi says:

    Wow – this is so very very pretty!

  3. karen says:

    oh It’s delightful Rachel!

  4. I love floral designs, can’t wait for the close-ups 🙂

  5. What a lovely way to personalise a blouse.