June 04, 2015

Girl's Sundress with Colored Decorative Stitching

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This post is part of the 30 Days of Sun Dresses over at Melly Sews. Go check out the series, and the giveaways too! You can add decorative stitching to any girl's sundress or even one for you.

If you are in the same boat as me {wanting an embroidery machine, but not willing to fork over the money it costs to get one}, here's a way to fake the embroidery on a dress. Sort of. You can do this using any dress (or skirt or even top) pattern that uses woven fabric. I used a rainbow of thread colors against a white background. It's also a great way to use up thread on the end of a spool.

I used a free pattern from Oliver + S to make this version. I also added some piping at the top, instead of a contrast yoke.

To make your own, first you have to adjust your pattern. I cut mine into three pieces-top, middle and bottom. Don't forget to add your seam allowances! The middle was where I wanted the decorative stitching to go.

Sew the side seams together so that you have one continuous loop for your decorative stitching. Stitch all the way around the loop in rows. Make sure to leave room at the top and bottom for your seam allowance. Then just sew the dress up as usual, adding the middle and bottom pieces at the end (or the beginning-it depends on the pattern).

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