Folks, over winter break I visited Hmong Village again (it’s an indoor marketplace in St Paul, Minnesota, with a lot of shops run by Hmong-Americans). See this lovely, lovely jacket or dress? You can wear it either way. All mine.
The red, purple, and orange panels down the center are cross stitch! Here is a closer look.
Here is a closer look at the applique on the sleeves and at the side. The dark blue is the base fabric, the red is sewn on, and the little white marks are done with a bleach pen. I really love the geometric styling.
Now, on to the back! It has a gorgeous cross-stitch panel too! It must have taken forever to work.
It’s incredibly detailed work. I love the color scheme.
For the picture below, I unfolded the dress so you can see the applique. The cross-stitch panel to the left is on the front of the dress, and the cross-stitch panel to the right is on the back.
Here it is completely unfolded:
So, are you inspired or intimidated? I think this style is perfect for incorporating embroidery into a dress, though I think I would choose something that worked up faster than cross-stitch.