You will need water-soluble Vilene stabilizer, 40-weight embroidery threads and a narrow satin ribbon of a matching color.
The dress is embroidered like all our freestanding lace, so the General Guidelines might be helpful.
Some points to remember from the General Guidelines:
Use Vilene water soluble stabilizer;
Use the same thread for the upper and bobbin to get two-sided embroidery.
DO NOT embroider several designs in one hoop.
Step One: Hoop the stabilizer and embroider all parts of the dress one by one - the front, the back, two sleeves and the belt. We offer you one color combination in the color chart, but you can choose any colors that you wish. We made two dresses - one in black and red and the other in pink and purple.
The first dress was embroidered fully. In the purple-pink dress we omitted the mountain ash pattern on the hem.
Step Two: Rinse the stabilizer and leave the dress to air dry.
Note: It's very importrant to wash away the stabilizer thoroughly, so that the dress become soft, without any stiffness.
Step Three: You can assemble the dress either manually or on your machine. Take the back and the front and stitch them together at the shoulders. Use a short and dense zigzag as a bridge stitch.
Thread the needle with matching thread and gather the top edge of the sleeves. For the picture below, we used a yellow thread to make this more obvious, but you should use a matching thread. Stitch the sleeves to the dress from the wrong side.
Fold the dress, right sides inside, so that all the edges match. Either manually or on your machine, stitch the sides together over the edge. Turn the dress right side out.
Step Four: Put the dress on a doll, and lace the back with satin ribbon.
Put the belt on.
If you liked this dress, you might also like the FSL Maple Leaf Dressshown below.