I wanted it to stand out and have a go at trying something new. I decided to try my luck at hand embroidery. The bodice of the dress was cut from a white on white fabric and I used a corresponding embroidery floss to make the design. Let me tell you, it was a TON of work! For two and a half days I sat exclusively chain stitching the front and back bodice pieces. The last day I went almost 22 hours straight so that I could get this done in time. For a while there I was definitely wondering if I bit off more than I could chew, but I didn't want all of my already invested time to be a waste. I'm so glad I did because now Ty has an heirloom dress and I have a new tool for my tool bag of skills.
As you may remember, I love freezer paper! It is so cheap and has so many useful applications, especially if you are lucky enough to own a silhouette. I had the brilliant idea to use freezer paper as a template for my design. I tried my best to mimic the circular design on the aqua fabric on silhouette. I switched the line style of my design so that it was perforated. Then I traced it so that when I cut it in silhouette it would cut out the little hashes (I had a few extra steps that ended up being unnecessary and a waste of time, so I won't share those with you). Then I applied the stencil to my bodice piece (that is already applied to interfacing for support) with a dry iron. After that I used a fabric marker to go along marking the hashes so that later I know where to stitch after I have pulled it off.
Then I got busy chain stitching. I learned how it was done by watching a few videos on YouTube. I learned a lot from doing this project and will probably do more hand embroidery in the future, but probably not over an entire bodice like this. It took me three and a half packages of embroidery floss to finish this.
If you want this look and aren't willing to put in the time, you could always use freezer paper as a stencil. Then apply craft paint paired with a textile medium; given it might not be quite as textured and fun as this.
Ty loves that there are circles all over the dress and was so excited when I had finally finished it. The only thing she was upset about was that the zipper was under her armpit and not exposed like last week's dress. Next week I will be making a matching church outfit for Heber, but I think I will take a break from the hand embroidery.
Thank you all for your support on last week's sew along! It was so much fun to get input and I will try my best to return the favor. The Insignia Go Go Dress will probably one of the first of our line that we put up for sale in our Etsy shop when I get back to Idaho (only one and a half more month). It was definitely a pleasant surprise to win and an incredible honor! I am really excited about the $25 towards the fat quarter shop because I really love making quilts! Every one in my little family has one to two pieced quilts that I have made for them, but I still have yet to make one for me.