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Written by Julia Mulcair on May 15, 2023

Adding Embroidery Design Elements to a Simple Dress on the PFAFF creative 3.0

Sometimes you need a feature to really make a garment sing! I wanted to make a simple denim dress, something easy to throw on that would work layered up for winter or on its own for the warmer weather. The embroidery function on the PFAFF creative 3.0 is perfect for this. It’s amazing what some embroidery can do to elevate a make.

I chose a faded mid-weight denim and used McCalls 7948 for my pattern. It’s a really simple style, which is what I wanted to let the embroidery really sing. You could use and fitted bodice with a gathered skirt pattern to get a similar result. 

I don’t know about you, but I have been known to spend hours trawling embroidery design sites and adding designs to my wish list so I wasn’t short of inspiration in that department. 

I love the look of traditional Mexican folk-inspired designs and this one from Urban Threads was the perfect shape and size for my bodice. 

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Given the fabric was quite neutral I could go wild with the colours in the embroidery, which fits well with the Mexican folk-inspired design.

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The magnetic hoop makes hooping up a firm fabric super easy! The magnetic hoop is one of the best accessories you can get for your embroidery machine in my opinion. Hooping up even the trickiest projects becomes a breeze.

I used a single layer of tear-away stabiliser for this project as the fabric was quite stable on its own.

When embroidering for a bodice, or other placement design, I use a large piece of fabric, with the straight grain marked, and complete my embroidery first. Once this is done, I trace the pattern piece onto some vilene and place that over the top of my embroidered fabric to get the placement right and cut out. Be sure to use a lightweight vilene to trace your pattern so you can easily see the embroidery through it.

With my embroidery done, it was time to construct the dress.

Super easy! Shoulder seams, side seams, skirt side seams, gather your skirt and attach to bodice. Then it’s just finishing the neckline and hems!

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 love the simplicity of this dress, allowing the embroidery to be the hero

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Article written by Julia Mulcair
Julia Mulcair is the owner of Pitt Trading, an Australian online fabric store and the lingerie society, a monthly subscription service for lingerie sewers. She grew up around fabric, and has been sewing for 30 years. Julia focuses on garment sewing, with a particular love of lingerie making. She shares her makes on Instagram and YouTube and is always working on the next lingerie design!

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