First Dress Of 2024

Our SAGA guild is doing a yoke dress “Slow-along”. Each month a different aspect of the yoke dress will be covered, samples shown and demonstrations. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun!!!

As one of the presenters at the meetings, I made a plan to have several dresses at different stages of construction so that they could be used as examples of how to do the various parts of construction. It was a great plan! I started on a few dresses. However, I’ve discovered that “Slow-along” is not my forté. LOL! Once I get going on a dress, I get so excited to see the finished garment that it’s really hard for me to put it aside for a few months.

Well, that’s exactly what happened with this dress! I did work slow – it took me 4 days to complete it, which is MUCH longer than normal. But, in the end, I just had to finish it. I guess I’ll be working on other dresses as it gets closer to each meeting so that I don’t run into this same issue. Hahaha!!!

This is the finished dress and I’m so thrilled with how it turned out! The dress is made from Imperial Batiste. That makes it very practical as it is easy wash and wear with minimal, if any, ironing needed. The smocking was done with 2 strands of DMC floche and the embroidery on the collar, sleeves and hem was done with 1 strand of DMC floche. Of course, if floche isn’t readily available, the smocking could be done with 3 strands of DMC floss and the embroidery with 2 strands and it would look very similar.

The sleeves have just a touch of embroidery added. I think it’s a sweet addition!

The bodice features 3 tucks on each side of the center with 2 flowers embroidered in the center panel. The collar has groups of embroidery all around.

The back features baby blue mother of pearl shank buttons and the collar has a bit of embroidery in the back as well (due to a mistake! – but I like the end result!!!).

The hem has been pinstitched with #80 weight thread and a size 110 Schmetz Jeans needle.

2024 is off to a great start! I’ve enjoyed every stitch of this pretty dress and can’t wait to work on the next one. Stay tuned…..

Keep on stitching!


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