I’m a bit smitten with all things embroidery right now, hence another needlwork inspiration piece coming on the heels of my previous post. The monogram is the pinnacle of “granny chic” in my mind: a retro throwback to a time when brand names and logos weren’t plastered on everything. They have a sort of sweet kitschiness to them that lends a charm to any garment. Monograms are easy to stitch on to many garments (especially those that may need a little extra “jazzing up”!), and while the examples I’ve shown here are more traditional in their script lettering, other types of text would look equally fun and add a bit of contemporary flair to this vintage style embellishment. Why not break away from the usual placement and try it on a skirt hem or patch pocket too? (The Negroni shirt springs to mind as a perfect canvas for this.)
This first example is by far my favorite. The contrast of the light embroidery on the dark blue is striking and classic. It’s not soft and subtle—rather it’s a bold statement. The oversized script style gives the monogram an almost abstract look as well. I think if the letters were intertwined, it would be even more so!
This blouse caught my eye because it reminds me so much of the Sencha pattern! This monogram style is more restrained—but can you imagine something similar in modern block letters or perhaps embellished? Would look great under a blazer as well and give any outfit a bit of a vintage flair (and personalization) without sacrificing a business-like appearance.
Lastly, this knit top struck me because of it’s interesting tie collar, and how the monogram is worked into that. Clever, no? Rarely have I seen a monogram on vintage clothing like this!
For those looking to embellish their own creations with a monogram, vintage transfers are still plentiful and with the resurgence of interest in embroidery over the past decade there are many contemporary options available as well. For some free stitching patterns (who doesn’t like free?!), check out my favorite resource: Hoop Love.