Well, it’s official. Megan Nielsen’s Mini Briar is definitely the staple in my daughter’s wardrobe. I’ve used this pattern as a dress, a woven top, a simple striped bamboo jersey tee and now a sweatshirt. As we prepare for the cooler weather that’s to come here in Virginia, I’m gradually adding warmer garments to all of our wardrobes. I really wanted to sew up a long sleeve version of the mini briar for my daughter and thought a quilted knit would be perfect to add a little warmth.
I’m also wanting to make more of an effort to add little embelishments to the pieces I make, so I thought a little added embroidery would be a fun addition to this Mini Briar. Originally, I was thinking of adding the embroidery by the shoulder seams, but because of the placement of the quilted diamonds by the shoulder seams, I decided that wouldn’t look very good. The obvious next choice was at the front center, but I wanted something a bit more subtle, so I decided a small area on the back center would be the best option. This was a super simple addition to really add somthing special to this sweatshirt. It did take quite a bit of time, because embroidery takes time and I’m probably pretty slow at it anyhow. However, the good thing about embroidery is you can do it anywhere. I would embroider outside while watching my kids play, or while watching a movie at night with my husband.
Here are the materials used on this garment:
- Megan Nielsen Patterns Mini Briar Sweater and Tee
- Telio Cozy Quilt Knit in Charcoal
- 4×2 Rib Knit in Dark Charcoal for the cuffs and neck band.
- Embroidery thread colors: 823 (dark navy blue), 414(dark steel grey), and 930 (antique blue).
I know I posted my son’s sweatshirt earlier this week in this same charcoal quilted knit, but I actually purchased this fabric just for this Mini Briar. I had the pieces cut out and was busy doing the embroidery when I got the opportunity to test for the Jolly Roger Raglan add-on. The rib knit for the cuffs and neck band isn’t a perfect match, but it’s extremely close. I don’t think you can even tell it’s off at all in the photos. In person if you look closely you can see the rib knit is slightly darker than the quilted knit. A pretty close match though, especially since I purchased the fabric online not knowing how close it would match!
My daughter is super sensitive to seams and anything that might be scratchy. Because the backside of the embroidery would be sitting on her upper back, I wanted to find a way to make sure it wasn’t scratchy on her back. I ended up cutting out a slightly larger diamond shape to be sewn on the backside of the embroidery. I used the black and white striped bamboo jersey I used on the last Mini Briar I made her. It adds a great design element to the inside of the garment and fixes the scratchy issue. Eventually, I would like to add some twill tape on the back neck seam, but I currently don’t have any on hand. Luckily, it’s easy to add that later.
So, what are some ways you embellish your hand sewn garments? Embroidery, trim, piping? Hopefully, you’ll start to see more added details to my work. My theory is, if I’m going to take the time to sew something why not take the extra time to make it extra special. We can buy plain and simple in the stores. I don’t know about you, but I want a wardrobe filled with simple, but unique pieces. Embellishments add that touch of uniqueness.