I have been working on a practice piece of embroidery for the yoke of the first blouse. I drew out a pattern and sewed the leaves with my Elna computer machine, which finished them all, then died. I had to pack up the machine to take it to the shop for a much needed overhaul. I hadn’t really used the machine in 5 or 6 years which I guess wasn’t too good for it. I did the rest of the embroidery by hand to see how it would look combined with the machine-made leaves. I think it worked out really well. Next time I will pay more attention to the tension of the fabric so I get less puckering. The blouses that I have purchased have the embroidery done on two layers of fabric which probably would help.
There was a pattern sale at Joann’s this weekend. Here are several patterns that could be used for MPB’s with minor alterations:
This pattern has the basic shape. You could just eliminate the armhole shaping and add the gusset and sleeve, and you could lower the neckline to the depth you wanted.
I just came in from the backyard and the temperature has dropped considerably, so cool days have returned, thank goodness.