I have seriously been pining over embroidered coats lately, and not just because they look regal as hell. You can’t help but gaze at them and think of the sheer amount of work that went into creating them; the expertise and the patience it took.
I know that these days a sewing machine can basically do anything – program a pattern through your computer and you can sit down and watch a TV show while it’s whirring away happily. But I’d like to think that many designers and seamstresses still hold on to the fine art of needlepoint, passed down by generations.
It’s important that these skills don’t become lost in a sea of mass production and crazy robot sewing machines that can take over your wardrobe. So here are a few of my favourite embroidered discoveries, to inspire you to simply even pick up a sassy cross stitch pattern to labour over and hang on the wall. The threads might be tangled, the stitches loose, or the pattern not quite on point, but you’ll still be able to say “i made that” and smile at the fruits of your effort.
A Coat for a Queen
This gorgeous coat is from renowned designers, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla’s label Jani Khosla. It’s a glorious combination of Indian and Western fashion, and I think if I ever had the opportunity to wear it, I’d feel like the Gypsy Queen.
This embroidered denim jacket by Gucci is ultimate goals! And you can accomplish it yourself! I think this would be a great ongoing project. All you need is a second-hand denim jacket and to jump on YouTube for some needlepoint tutorials. Whalah! Perfect home-made pressie!
There is so much going on in this outfit that I don’t even know where to start. It’s freaking fabulous. The whole thing flows perfectly and I feel like I could inspect it for days and still find new intricacies to be baffled over.
Shoulder Season Stitches
Didn’t I tell you that those cross stitch skills would come in handy? Far from those stuffy table runners your Mum would make you stitch as a kid, this is next level style. It’s perfect to throw on when the weather is a little cooler in Spring or Autumn.
Beautiful and Brawny
I love this kick-arse jacket with a touch of feminine floral. The zips and studs scream biker while the embroidery quietly announces that the wearer may also like scented baths and surprise bouquets. The best kind of combination.
Dig out your needle and threads – it’s time to get stitching!