How to Embroider a Basic T-shirt Dress

comments (7) February 19th, 2016     

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_nikki_ Nicole Smith, contributor
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Erika Kern created this dress for the Fall 09 issue of SewStylish.
Paint the floral design onto the dress. The paint acts as a stabilizer for the embroidery.
How to stitch a chain stitch.
Erika Kern created this dress for the Fall 09 issue of SewStylish.

Erika Kern created this dress for the Fall '09 issue of SewStylish.

Photo: Jack Deutsch

3. Add hand embroidery to make the design stand out. If you're stitching along the painted petals, you should be fine without any stabilizer. The slight stiffness added by the paint should be enough support for the jersey fabric. If you add embroidery in the non-painted areas, put a layer of water-soluble stabilizer behind your stretch fabric. Use a chainstitch (illustrated below) to accent your design as shown.

Bring your needle from the wrong to the right side, and make a loop. Insert the needle back through the fabric, starting at the loop top and back out through the loop base.

Continue making loops starting the next inside the previous one as shown.

4. Finish the dress. If you used stabilizer, follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to remove it with water.

For even more embroidery stitches, check out Erika's tutorial on five more techniques.
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Comments (7)

Guyton writes: Very nice!! It really jazzed it up.
Posted: 2:32 pm on October 6th
glamspoon writes: that's gorgeous!
Posted: 4:05 pm on October 3rd
Paws2 writes: Another project I will have to do and your instructions are clear and very easy to follow! Have you ever machine embroidered around any of your designs on other t's or dresses? Thanks for another great project.
Posted: 9:46 am on September 22nd
hanniefaye80 writes: Love this! I like that the design is bold and dramatic but won't take forever since only the accents are embroidered.
Posted: 7:26 pm on September 17th
_nikki_ writes: The t-shirt dress was from American Apparel.
Posted: 6:12 pm on September 17th
alamodestuff writes: Wow. Embroidering is one art I've not tried. This is lovely! I'm going to have to give it a try!
Posted: 8:32 am on September 17th
sewandsing writes: Just darling! What is the source for the T-shirt dress?
Posted: 8:39 pm on September 16th
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