Blueberry Oatmeal

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I don't know how I wound up with this linen in my fabric stash. I mean, I remember picking out this drab, oatmeal-y, potato sack linen, bringing it to the front of the fabric store and saying, "I'll take two and half yards, please." But I don't remember what about it called to me, as it isn't a color I am particularly drawn to. Whatever compelled me on that particular day, I'm glad it did, because I love the end result! But a little bit about how I got there first.

I knew the earthy drabness of this fabric had to be livened up, and the answer would be adding some color to it, so I went to the fabric store thinking I'd get some red embroidery floss, but of course, I got blue. My plan: Throw a blanket stitch around the neckline, hem, and armholes, and be done.

But when I got home I checked to see if I had any matching buttons . . .

I did!

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And and a matching belt!

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Ok. New plan: Buttons and blanket stitch down the front, and a blanket stitch around the neckline.

Perhaps some blanket stitched patch pockets?

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Nope. I didn't like 'em. 

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Ew. See how the pocket made the skirt lay? And it took the focal point away from those rich blue buttons. And yes, I stitched around the whole dang pocket before deciding to rip it off. Luckily this decision came before I added the other one. Sometimes, you just gotta try things.

But when it comes to bold details, less is more:

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This Constance Project promises to teach, so I've created a short blanket stitch how-to video including how to stop and knot, and how to turn a corner. 

If you haven't tried a blanket stitch before, I'd do a couple practice runs before you add it to your garment. Also plan out your starts and stops, that way you are knotting your stitch in a desirable area, like the waistline seam, and not near a corner. If you make your thread 4 times longer than the distance you want to stitch, you shouldn't run out before you plan to. 

I plan on wearing this dress all summer long, or at least until I finish another Constance dress.