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Written by Julia Mulcair on November 9, 2022

The Capulet Dress with Embroidered Bodice

With the spring weather finally arriving, I've been sewing some dresses for the warmer weather. The Capulet dress from stitch with patterns is a favourite pattern of mine, you can find it here I've made this dress once before in a beautiful floaty silk chiffon, but this time I wanted to use linen. I used a lovely mid-weight linen from Pitt Trading  It's a great mid-weight, with enough stability for that lovely puff sleeve.

Whilst I wanted this dress to be black, I did want to add some interest to the bodice... queue the PFAFF creative 3.0!

I searched online for a design I liked and settled on this one from Urban Threads I love the traditional nature of the design, with the added quirkiness of the bees!

I used my large magnetic hoop for this embroidery, with a layer of tear-away stabilizer, which worked really well. The linen required the stabilizer whilst embroidering, but I didn't want an added layer in the bodice once I sewed it because it would be lined too, so the tear away was a good solution.

pfaff creative 3.0 beginning embroidery

The colours I chose to use for the embroidery were predominantly gold, with a touch of mauve and pink.

close up embroidery design in progress

Once the embroidery was completed, I placed my bodice piece on top to center the embroidery and got to cutting out.

This dress has a pretty simple construction and comes together nice and quick. 

I self-lined the bodice with the linen and used a lighter cotton voile for the skirt lining.

finished embroidery close up

One of the things I love about this dress is that you can dress it up or down with shoes and accessories.  The embroidered bodice definitely gives it a wow factor! I wore it recently on a sewing retreat for the lingerie society and it was a big hit!

I'll definitely make this dress again, it's so easy to wear day and night and the one-piece bodice is a great opportunity for some machine embroidery.

Until next time, happy sewing

Julia x

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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