That Was a Lot of Embroidery!

Some years back I bought quite a few machine embroidery CD’s from Custom Keepsakes. She has some of the most expensive designs I’ve run across, but her work is exquisite if you love heirloom type embroidery.

One of the collections I bought was the “Hello Dolly Collection”, but I wasn’t able to make anything with it because the collections include the designs, a basic bodice and sleeve, and no instructions. Not very doable for someone with no garment construction skills, but I’ve acquired some rudimentary ones now and felt confident enough to give a simple dress a try.

These are meant to be stitched on fine batiste or handkerchief linen, with delicate cotton threads. I did use cotton thread, but made my dress out of a Moda Bella solid in pink.

I’m thrilled with the way the dress turned out, but the cotton thread shrunk significantly when I washed out the water soluble stabilizer. It took a whole lot of pressing to get is as smooth as it is, but it’s not without wrinkles.

There weren’t any prior to washing.

I’m excited to try this again, only I will use polyester thread and see if it makes a difference. This was a time consuming process, taking nearly an entire day to embroidery the skirt hem, but I was completely wowed by how easy the precise positioning in my Bernina 700 embroidery machine made lining up each hooping (there were six).

The diamond in the design are stitched with a wing or hemstitch needle. I would love to do a design like this with tone on tone coloring for a blouse for myself!

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. mopinwil

    I adore this dress and doll. I can’t wait for that blouse to materialise :).

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Maureen! This was my good will doll I rescued… she’s become my favorite 🙂

  2. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    Dolly definitely looks ready for a garden party!! Glad you are keeping busy and sane!!

  3. Billie Meents

    Very, very pretty!

  4. Laura Deaver

    So pretty!

  5. Chris

    Love heirloom sewing and you’ve done a beautiful job! Does you 700 have the laser to align multiple hoopings? I’m still using my 830.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Chris! No, it’s done on screen. You blow up your design, put the cursor where you want the machine to start, move the hoop until the needle is in that exact spot, and off you go. It’s amazing.

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