Appliquéd Deer Head Sweatshirt

I recently embarked on my first adventure into the world of appliqué. It was a rather ambitious first go, if I may say so, but it was worth the risk to me.  The sweatshirt came from a garage sale – $1 for a plastic bag filled with clothes, so suffice it to say it was not going to be heartbreaking if I ruined it.

I wish I’d thought to take a “before” picture – alas.

I laid my sweatshirt flat and cut a scoopneck.  Straightforward enough.  I then found a deer head stencil, printed it off, cut it out, traced it onto iron-transfer paper, ironed it to a cute fat quarter I had lying around, cut out the fabric, and ironed it to the sweatshirt.  I threaded my machine with bright fuchsia thread, took a VERY deep breath, and began to sew a very tight zig-zag stitch around the appliqué. Obviously, the antlers were the hardest part and it took me days to finish – more than anything because it was so exhaustingly tedious and I know my impulsive tendency to just hurry through something sloppily to get it over with, mostly when I “know” I’m going to mess it up anyway.  But my patience paid off.

It’s not absolutely perfect upon close examination, of course, but I rather like it.  :)

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