Inspiration comes from the book, Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns, by Natalie Chanin. I have wanted to embellish simple designs. This book is a good start for me. There's a CD included which requires a copy shop to print out the patterns (there is no home-print feature). Couldn't wait, so I pulled out Simplicity 1621 from my stash, an older pattern that I had success with; a good fit, simple lines, easy to alter. This pattern comes with scooped neckline, which I converted to a V-shape, something like what's in the book, but Bubblegum pink rayon gauze fabric??? ...oh my.
My first attempt at beaded embroidery. Here I am growing a garden of vines using a variety of seed beads incorporated with hand embroidery stitches. This design is from an online class which I signed up for through www.craftsy.com, Bead Embroidery with Myra Wood.