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Butterfly Kisses Baby Dress and Bonnet

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Materials
  • 4" x 4" embroidery hoop
  • Purchased PDF Violette Fields Threads baby Clara pattern
  • Purchased PDF pattern Brimless Baby Bonnet Sewing Pattern # 007 by Polluted Pixie on Etsy
  • Cotton Batiste fabric for the dress see the fabric requirement instructions in the pattern for the size and options of your choice.
  • ½ yard Cotton Batiste fabric for the bonnet
  • Poly-mesh stabilizer to fit your hoop for two hoopings
  • Red pen for marking up the pattern

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    Do not cut out any of your pattern pieces until you read through the instructions.
    The sample dress is size 3-6 months. The pattern has a straight and curved bottom yoke options. The straight bottom yoked version is used in this sample. Violet fields Threads has many darling baby patterns to choose from. The instructions below can be applied to any pattern of your choice. Read the pattern through before beginning as you really need to only print out the bodice front and back pattern pieces. There is a chart for the lengths and widths need to cut the rectangular skirt and ruffle pieces. You can follow the instructions on your computer without printing them out.
    As this dress is made from light weight cotton batiste the designs were digitized specifically for this material to avoid puckering of the fabric. This dress and bonnet are both lined. If the items you make are not lined you will want to cover the back of the embroidery with a smooth knit iron interfacing to keep the polyester bobbin thread from irritating the child’s skin.


    Step 1:
    1. Print out the front and back bodice pattern. Use a red pen to outline the size of dress that you will make. Make additional marks on the pattern:
    a. 1 mark your seam allowances ½” from the neckline, shoulder and bottom of the bodice
    b. 2 mark where the first ruffle or other detail will be sewn to the bodice
    c. 3 mark and draw all the way down the bodice where the second ruffle will be sewn
    Now you can measure in between your marks to find the embroiderable area on the bodice. For this 3 to 6-month size bodice there is 3 1/8” in height between the seam allowances. The bodice width measurers 2 ¼” from the inside ruffle to the center of the pattern. Naturally we will double that for the total embroiderable width to be 4 ½”.   


    Step 2:
    Cut a strip across the width of your fabric that will accommodate the height of your hoop. In this case a 10” strip of fabric was cut to accommodate a 4” x 4” hoop. Our pattern piece measures 5” across so we would need a minimum of 10” of fabric to cut the pattern piece with the fabric folded in half. But it is wiser to leave yourself a little extra space for pinning on the pattern so the 10” strip of fabric was cut into 12” widths.

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    Step 3:
    Fold one layer of the batiste in half horizontally and vertically and finger press to give your self guidelines for hooping.

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    Step 4:
    Tautly hoop the fabric with the poly-mesh stabilizer with the 10” measurement of the fabric going top to bottom in the hoop. Align the finger pressed guidelines with the center marks on the hoop.

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    Step 5:
    Center the needle over your guidelines and embroider the design following the color chart.

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    Step 6:
    Remove the hoop from the machine. As this fabric is almost translucent trim the tails from the back of the embroidery. Do not cut off the tie-off knots – just the tails.

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    Step 7:
    Trim the stabilizer close to the embroidery design.

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    Step 8:
    Place a second 10” x 12” piece of fabric under the embroidered fabric so that you can cut the lining at the same time. Refold the fabrics on the horizontal guideline.

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    Step 9:
    In this picture I made an additional guideline on the pattern piece. The space between the two seam allowances on the front of the bodice was 3 1/8th” divide that space by 2 to know where the center of the design should be positioned on the bodice. As the answer to this was 1.57” I rounded this off to 1.5”. Draw a line across the width of the pattern piece so that you can align it with the horizontal finger pressed guideline of the fabric.

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    Step 10:
    Pin the pattern in place cutting the bodice from the embroidered fabric and lining at the same time.

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    Step 11:
    Complete the dress following the pattern instructions.

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    Step 12:
    For the bonnet draw cross hairs down the vertical and horizontal centers of the pattern. Using a 10” x 12” piece of fabric, follow the Steps 2 though 7 to embroider the side of the hat.

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    Step 13:
    Stack the embroidered fabric on three more layers of batiste to cut out the lining and outside fabric all together. Align the cross hairs drawn on the pattern with your folded guidelines and pin in place then cut out the pattern.

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    Step 14:
    Follow the instructions in the pattern to complete the project.

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    Step 15:
    Congratulations your Butterfly Kisses baby dress and bonnet set are complete!

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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