Hand embroidery on the Frida dress

How to add hand embroidery details on the Frida dress. Woven dress PDF sewing pattern from Designer Stitch. Stitched by Jennie

How to add hand embroidery details on the Frida dress. Woven dress PDF sewing pattern from Designer Stitch. Stitched by Jennie

Designer Stitch has a new pattern called the Frida Top Tunic or Dress, and once again I love the pattern! You can read about how much I love my first Designer Stitch dress here.

How to add hand embroidery details on the Frida dress. Woven dress PDF sewing pattern from Designer Stitch. Stitched by JennieHow to add hand embroidery details on the Frida dress. Woven dress PDF sewing pattern from Designer Stitch. Stitched by Jennie

When I first saw the line drawings for the Frida pattern I immediately knew that I wanted to hand embroider my dress. While I have never done hand embroidery, I have done counted cross stitch and it is very similar. The options I chose to sew for my embroidered Frida were the dress with flounce and short sleeves. My dress came together pretty quickly and was easy to sew. The instructions include drawings to help you as you sew each step.

How to add hand embroidery details on the Frida dress. Woven dress PDF sewing pattern from Designer Stitch. Stitched by Jennie

I knew I wanted a blank slate for my embroidery, so I used an off white linen fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics. I thought it would be interesting to show how my dress looked before I added all the embroidery details.

How to add hand embroidery details on the Frida dress. Woven dress PDF sewing pattern from Designer Stitch. Stitched by Jennie

To decide on the look of the embroidery, I used the Pinterest inspiration board provided by Ann (the designer behind all the amazing Designer Stitch patterns). I also searched around Pinterest for similar embroidered looks. Honestly, how did we ever search for anything before Pinterest! After looking at all my inspiration pictures I decided to focus on the top of the dress, with a few flowers on the sleeves and back as well. Originally I had planned on more embroidery on the bottom ruffle, but I completely underestimated how long the hand embroidery would take!

How to add hand embroidery details on the Frida dress. Woven dress PDF sewing pattern from Designer Stitch. Stitched by Jennie

While the embroidery adds so much detail and interest, it really is quite a simple process. All of the embroidery I added was a combination of the following stitches: satin stitch, chain stitch, lazy daisy stitch, french knots and blanket stitches. I was thinking of making some videos of these embroidery stitches, so please comment if you would like to see how the embroidery is done.

How to add hand embroidery details on the Frida dress. Woven dress PDF sewing pattern from Designer Stitch. Stitched by Jennie

The back of the dress has a few small flower details as well as a custom button. I embroidered a flower onto a small scrap of fabric and made my own covered button.

How to add hand embroidery details on the Frida dress. Woven dress PDF sewing pattern from Designer Stitch. Stitched by Jennie

Another thing that makes the Frida dress amazing… it has pockets! I think almost everyone would agree that pockets make everything better.

How to add hand embroidery details on the Frida dress. Woven dress PDF sewing pattern from Designer Stitch. Stitched by Jennie

I did make another Frida dress during testing, and I will write about it in another blog post. I already have plans for a Frida top made with a grey linen fabric and embroidery in blues, purples and greens.

How to add hand embroidery details on the Frida dress. Woven dress PDF sewing pattern from Designer Stitch. Stitched by Jennie

How to add hand embroidery details on the Frida dress. Woven dress PDF sewing pattern from Designer Stitch. Stitched by Jennie

Pattern: The Frida dress from Designer Stitch

Recommendations: Try adding some hand embroidery to your dress, and comment if you would like me to add some embroidery videos.

Fabric: Linen from Jo-Ann fabric

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4 Comments

  1. I love how this looks with all the hand embroidery! It’s funny how that took it from looking like a nightgown to a beautiful dress!

  2. I would love to see video of the hand embroidery. I used to quite a bit of embroidery and feel like I could do something like this with a bit of a refresher! Beautiful dress, thank you for sharing.

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