MATERIALS + Girl's dress pattern (such as the BurdaStyle Girl's Beach Dress; see "Sources") + Lightweight cotton fabric & notions according to pattern (See "Sources.") + Thread: all-purpose, bobbin & rayon embroidery (See "Sources.") + Needles: 80/12 universal & 75/11 embroidery + Lightweight cut-away stabilizer (See "Sources.") + Temporary spray adhesive (optional) + Removable fabric marker (See "Sources.") + Embroidery design (approximately 3"x6"; size according to dress pattern & placement; see "Design") PREPARE * Trace the dress-front pattern onto the outer fabric right side using a removable fabric marker. Print a template of the chosen embroidery design and audition it on the dress front. When satisfied with the placement, mark the design center cross marks onto the fabric right side. Additionally, mark the design perimeter to ensure proper placement. * Hoop the fabric with lightweight mesh cut-away stabilizer, centering the design marks within the hoop. If desired, use temporary spray adhesive to adhere the stabilizer to the fabric for extra security. EMBROIDER * Load the design onto the machine. Use the perimeter basting function, if applicable, to baste the design perimeter onto the fabric and double-check the placement. * Embroider the design, changing thread colors as desired to match the fabric. * Remove the fabric from the hoop; clip jump threads on the fabric wrong side. Cut away as much of the stabilizer as possible beyond the design perimeter. * Carefully press the fabric from the wrong side. (If using a heat-removable marker to trace the pattern, press inside the pattern outline to avoid removing the marks.) CONSTRUCT * Triple-check the design placement on the dress front. If satisfied with the placement, cut out the dress front. If the placement is off, remove the fabric marks and retrace the pattern outline onto the fabric right side; cut out the pattern. * Cut out the remaining fabric pieces, using contrasting fabric for the pockets and piping, if applicable. * Construct the dress following the pattern guidesheet. * To make the dress reversible, construct the outer and lining dress along the side and shoulder seams so they're hidden, leaving the outer and lining hems separate. Turn the dress and lining wrong side out. Fold each hem 1 Vi toward the wrong side; press. Turn the dress right side out. Pin the hems together, matching the folds. Topstitch the lower edge. Stitch again 1" from the lower edge. Note: On the featured dress, the reverse side won't have pockets. Adding them to the lining side per the outer dress instructions will result in a bulky pocket that's more difficult to use.
Peach: Jacobean Peach Spray H3928, Embroidery Library; emblibrary.com
BurdaStyle provided the pattern: burdastyie.com.
Coats & Clark provided the Dual Duty Xp sewing thread: makeitcoats.com.
FreeSpirit Fabrics provided the peach solid & Erin McMorris Echo Springwater, Stepping Stones and Glow Dots fabrics in Peach: freespirltfabrics.com.
Hilos Irls provided the embroidery thread: hiloslris.com.
Husqvarna Viking provided the Designer Epic sewing and embroidery machine used to make this project: husqvarnaviking.com.
Shop Sew it All provided the Frixion heatremovable fabric marker: shopsewltall.com.
PARTY DRESS PICKS
The featured dress is a more casual style that's taken to another level with embroidery. Turn any dress into one fit for a party by adding, embroidery to the center front, hem band or waistline
SUNDRESSING BY MELISSA MORA
This book contains 11 dress patterns for little girls with ideas for endless combinations of bodice and skirt styles. Also included are TO women's patterns--bonus! shopsewitall.com
GIRLS' PLEATED A-LINE DRESS
BurdaStyle for Sprout Patterns
A sweet pieated dress is perfect for any occasion, and this one is completely customizable using Spoonflower fabrics. Add a hem band and embroider it with flowers or swirls. You can create your own fabric print easily to match the design motifs you choose, sproutpatterns.com
CHILD'S EASY-TO-SEW SUNDRESS
Similar to the featured pattern, this dress ties at the shoulder with no pockets, making it easier to modify for reversibility. Embroider the center front or hem band for maximum impact, simplicity.com
Oliver + s
This dress features a mock wrap front, and the contrast band is a great canvas for an embroidered border: Make the long-sleeved version sleeveless for summer in a bright print, oliverands.com
Caption: BurdaStyle Girl's Beach Dress 07/2017 #126A