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This week I volunteered at my church’s annual kids summer camp. Since my role was pretty low-key (just checking the kids in at the beginning of the day and out at the end) I had plenty of extra time to do some hand sewing!
Azalea Hand Embroidery Pattern
So, meet Azalea! This is a hand embroidery alphabet pattern – and isn’t it just gorgeous? The collection includes large and small block letters, a cursive alphabet, and some floral motifs perfect for embroidering buttons. All letters are uppercase – perfect for monogramming. And looky-looky!! My daughter made it onto the pattern cover to boot! She’s super excited about that!
The letter E took me about a week to stitch, spending a few hours on it every day (it was also great to do while the Olympics was on… and while the kids were in the swimming pool… and while they played outside…!). If you’re going to find yourself waiting in car-lines, on the edges of sports fields, doctors offices, or any other random location this fall, hand embroidery is the perfect project to take with you!
I knew I wanted to make my daughter a dress using this gorgeous Rifle Paper floral, so I took the fabric into Hobby Lobby and picked out about 8 DMC colors that matched the fabric. Also, pro tip: if you’re in the USA and have access to both JoAnn and Hobby Lobby, DMC is way cheaper at HL. Normal price at JoAnn is 99c, normal price at HL is 60c.
Incidentally, I bought the pink solid, gingham and floral fabrics from Threads and Stitches Fabric on Etsy (you can join their Facebook group for sale announcements and preorders). Shipping was quick and I love the selection in her shop! (The blue was an afterthought that I got at Hobby Lobby).
Posie Dress Pattern
Posie is the second pattern from Laura Hilton at Peony Patterns. This dress features deep pockets (so you can have a pocket full of posie!), princess seams on the bodice, an optional faux Peter Pan collar, and wide shoulders. It comes in two skirt lengths: mini and vintage, and is available in children’s sizes 1-14 as a downloadable PDF pattern.
Posie is fairly straight-forward to sew. The trickiest part for me was getting the pocket seams perfectly aligned with the bodice princess seams. I suggest basting them in place first — you may find it helpful to use a little bit of wonder tape too. The curved bodice seams may be tricky to sew for a beginner. If you really struggle with it, you could make the bodice front from the lining template instead.
The pattern doesn’t include instructions on how to add the piping trim – you could use the instructions for adding piping on the Peony blog – I did cut my piping fabric on the 45 (bias) since it needed to go around curves.
I decided I wanted to use covered snaps for this dress – I’d never done it before, but found this tutorial on the Kam Snaps blog for covering Kam Snaps with fabric. It was pretty easy to do!
Size wise, I used a 3 chest and 4 length for this one. I should really have done the length between 4 and 5, but it’s ok – it has a 1″ hem, so I’ll just drop it down when it gets too short.
Be sure to grab these patterns on sale during their release week! Sale ends Sunday August 15, 2022. There’s also a new FREE bow pattern!
Disclosure: I received these patterns free in exchange for testing them. Opinions are 100% my own.