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