Saturday, October 1, 2011

Stepping out in style

Nigel is fully clothed and accessorized!

When I finished work on his Argyle sweater, I stitched his trousers with Vineyard Silk Classic "Toasted Almond" and "Bark." To give the effect of pin-striped trousers, I worked rows of vertical slanted gobelin stitches over two threads, alternating them with a vertical row of tent stitches.

His tie and pocket handkerchief needed to be small in scale, so I decided on a simple stripe pattern that incorporates the colors in the rest of his wardrobe. To give these accessories some sheen to contrast with the fabrics adjacent to them, I used DMC Satin Floss S800 (light blue), S434 (copper) and S898 (dark brown) in diagonal tent stitches. I turned the canvas 90 degrees to stitch the knot, as the pattern here realistically goes in the opposite direction from the longer expanse of the tie.

I toyed with stitching the buttons for the jacket, but didn't like any of the samples I came up with. So off to the local fabric store I went, which luckily had just what I was looking for. I sewed them on with two plies of DMC floss. Nigel is now ready for a night on the town!


Cool City Stitcher said...

I love this idea.. very unique and stylish.

sudukc said...

Nigel can step out to my house anytime...Both Nigel and Neville can come to my house anytime. Look forward to see who is next...remember I've been a very good girl this year!

coral-seas said...

Very dapper! I like the addition of real buttons, a nice finishing touch.

threadmedley said...

Nigel is quite the clothes horse, isn't he? So stylish. Like the others, I'm curious what you have in store for us next.

LIZ said...

I'm sure Nigel will be very popular wherever he goes! Very clever.