Below you'll find several behind the scenes details, along with questions and answers in an easy to read list. Here goes . . .
A. The pattern is in the Laura Ashley designer line of McCall's patterns. It’s actually an infant dress but the sizing goes all the way up to 32-inches for height.
A. It’s a rather basic fabric called cotton sateen. A little thicker than standard quilt weight cotton, the smooth & almost satin like finish makes it look just a tad “dressy.” You may find it along with the solids at your favorite quilt shop. To beef up the bodice and stabilize it for the embroidery I applied a lightweight fusible interfacing to an oversized rectangle of fabric. This was done prior to constructing the garment. I embroidered the bodice on the oversized rectangle before cutting. You'll see more about this in another Q & A.
A. They are all original designs built in to the Brother Quattro model machine and part of the monogram accents menu. Here are some details about the bodice.
A. That was a special trick with the machine too! Several Brother embroidery models have the ability to scan the hoop and then project an image of what the scanner “sees” right on the screen of the machine. To take advantage of this feature, first I traced the pattern outline on the interfaced fabric rectangle, placed it in the largest available hoop, and then scanned outline to perfect the placement of my motifs. It's a little tough to view perfectly in the photos below but you can see the traced pattern outline and then the scanned image on the screen of the machine.
A. The corded trim was made with the three slot cording foot, using three strands of pearl cotton. It’s the same cording I used for the bobbin work.
CLICK HERE to read a previous post where you'll find more details and timely tips for embellishing with the three slot cording foot.
A. There are lots of possibilities! Here are a few for you to think about:
- If you have an embroidery machine, substituting small floral designs for the bodice shouldn't be too difficult. For this style I suggest you look for something that isn't too heavy or dense.
- For the bobbin work designs it's possible to trace a simple outline on the wrong side of the fabric and then stitch over it with a basic straight stitch. CLICK HERE for a my tip sheet on bobbin work. You'll find that this can be accomplished with any machine!
- No embroidery, no problem . . . consider using a solid fabric for the skirt and a coordinating print for the bodice and the border on the hem.
- In place of embroidery you could also use purchased trim or add basic appliqué shapes. CLICK HERE for appliqué tips.
- Dress up the backside of the baby pants with a matching appliqué and add lace for extra trimming.