I love embroidery! look at the embroidery work from other people as well as doing the embroidery myself. Although usually I’m a very impatient being, embroidery gives me a space to relax and looking at the final product makes me feel like a super woman.
A while ago I had the crazy idea of making my daughter a dress with embroidery at the back. I usually like to take my time with certain ideas and this one was one of those! Not only because I knew the embroidery process was going to take quite a long time , but also because I wanted to make sure my daughter would use this dress once was finished -Note here…I’m not sure this is going to happen, because she told me already. I guess at least I can save it as family heirloom- . Anyway it took so long from start to finish -I started in December last year!- but finally I can show you the end result. I’m SO PROUD with this one, please bear with me, because there will be an overload of pictures.
I remember the quickest decision I took in order to materialise the idea was choosing the pattern, which is the Friday dress, a pattern designed by Celina, master brain of the blog PETIT A PETIT FAMILY. Also the main fabric, because I was fixed on denim, I thought that Friday Dress + Denim= Awesomeness! -am I right?-
Next step was to choose the fabric for the facings and in this one I took my time too as I really wanted a fabric I could sort of reproduce on the outside with the embroidery -that is one of the wonders of making your own clothes, is possible to personalise them as much as you want-
Well I found a small piece of some cotton lawn I have used before that was perfect weight for what I need it and depict beautiful big flowers that went well with the colour of the denim I was using -score!-
I made the dress following the instructions of the pattern, except the ones referring to the facings . I didn’t attach the facings completely because I needed to do the embroidery before. When the embroidery was finished, I hand stitch the facings and the result was very neat.
This view of the dress calls for an invisible zipper in the one of the sides and I really tried to avoid it because my daughter doesn’t like zippers agains her skin -I even asked Celina and she did advice to use it- then as an addition, I made a zip guard following instructions from this post, written by Mie -blogger of Sewing like mad blog– a while ago -Thank you Mie!!!-. I think adds a nice detail to the inside of the dress, don’t you think?
Next stage of course was to choose the most suitable stitch to reproduce the flowers. I ended up using two different stitches to filling the shapes: Satin stitch and Otomi stitch -the same one used for the Mexican embroidery- also threw on the mix some french knots, chain stitch and backstitch.
I organised a sequence of pictures for you to see the process I followed to make the embroidery on the dress:
I must admit something and is that I don’t own thimbles at all, then my fingers suffered multiple injuries during the process -hint for dear husband, maybe I will find some thimbles under the christmas tree this year? but don’t forget to put some fabric there too-. Still enjoyed each one of the hours it took me from start to finish and I think is a very unique dress that fulfil my creative soul.
Fabric: Main is blue denim medium weight from local shop. Facings cotton lawn from Barry’s
Thank you for reading and see you next time!