Heirloom Easter Dress with Swiss Embroidered Baskets Sewing Tutorial

Heirloom Easter Dress with Swiss Embroidered Baskets Sewing Tutorial


Hey everyone, here is a darling Easter dress
using these gorgeous Swiss Embroidered Easter basket squares. You can use any bodice pattern
that you’d like, but I’m using the CC Virigina pattern and I’ve modified the collar
so it’s a traditional peter-pan collar. And yes, even though I do have a video that
goes over the construction of CC Virginia already, but I will be covering the construction
of this dress as well as how I applied those little Easter baskets. As always, time stamps
as well as materials with links are listed below in the description box.
So, to get started with these Easter baskets… first off, they do have a little space in
between them. I wasn’t sure, so I ordered a few extra in case they shared a side of
entredeux. But that wasn’t necessary since, well, they don’t share a side. Lol okay,
so then I cut very close to the outside of that entredeux edge. Be careful not to cut
the threads of the entredeux. Also, make sure to cut so your finished square has a continuous
entredeux perimeter. You don’t want to have half an entredeux hole, if you will.
So then I decided to put these three across on the bodice. I centered the first basket,
and then went over ¾” of an inch on each side for the other two baskets.
I used an open, narrow zigzag to attach the basket square. You want the zigzag to be just
wide enough to go from the outside of the entredeux edge to inside the holes of the
entredeux edge. And it can be an open zigzag since there aren’t any raw edges here. The
entredeux edge isn’t going to unravel. Once I had all the baskets stitched, then
I switched my needle to a twin needle (2.0, .75 mm). I put one pintuck down the center
between the two baskets, and then one on each center to either side. Of course, all of this
is optional. I started the pintuck a smidgen above the basket entredeux edge and then went
below the baskets enough so the pintucks would go into the waist seam. Also, I have a detailed
video on how to do pintucks with a twin needle that I’ll link below.
Before switching my needle, I continued these pintucks on the sleeves as well. I did one
in the center and then two on each side, kinda cascading them down.
Then I took this delightful French lace (again, linked below) and pulled the lace header free
with a pin so I could gather the lace a bit. I wanted it to be softly gathered, so the
lace length is only 1.5x the width of the bodice. After gathering and pinning the lace
in place, I used a narrow, open zigzag to attach the lace. Again, there are no raw edges
here, so the zigzag doesn’t need to be tight. But I do like it to be narrow so it’s less
visible. After giving that an ironing, I moved onto
attaching the bodice back pieces to the front at the shoulder seams. I also put together
the bodice lining pieces at the shoulder seams, too.
The collar is optional, but if you are interested, here is how I put mine together. I did have
to round the collar off since CC Virginia has this scalloped patterned edge. Also, I
took the width of the lace off the collar’s seam allowance so everything would still match
up nicely around the neckline. To embellish the collar, again, I used the lace header
to softly gather the lace to the collar. I attached this using a small straight stitch.
Then I put the collar lining right sides together with the collar and stitched those two together.
I had the collar with the lace attached facing up so I could see those previous stitches.
The goal is to be right inside the previous stitches.
Then I trimmed the seam on the collar and turn the collar right sides out so I could
give it an ironing. Once the collars were done, I pinned them
to the bodice making sure there was no gap at the center between the lace. The I basted
the collar pieces to the bodice front. At this point, you can put the bodice lining
to the bodice front with right sides together. You’ll sew from one back, all the way around
the neckline, and back down the other bodice back.
Then I trimmed up those seam allowances and clipped the corners. I used this little wooden
tool to push the corners out, and it’s linked below.
So I know the footage isn’t the best here, but just give your bodice and collar area
a really good ironing. I think you get the idea without an up close shot. Just iron and
iron until everything is lying nicely. Moving onto the sleeves, I took a two inch
wide bias strip and ironed that in half-length wise. I put two rows of gathered stitches
at the bottom of the sleeve. The idea of two rows of gather stitches is that your peramenate
stitches will go between the two rows and these two rows will hold your gathers neatly
in place while you are stitching over them. First I straight stitched the lace to the
edge of the sleeve, about ¼” up from the raw edge since that’s the seam allowance.
Then I matched up that bias band to the sleeve and sewed the two together with the sleeve
facing up so I could sew just inside the previous stitches. Then I trimmed up that seam allowance
so the bias band would just fold over and touch the perament stitches. I’ll use these
stitches to hand sew the band into. Then I matched up the bodice side seams and
sewed those together. I repeated the same thing for the lining of the bodice as well.
After ironing those seams open, then I basted the armhole openings together. This is so
helpful since we’ve signed ourselves up for an inserted sleeve.
Before you can insert the sleeve, you’ll attach the sleeve together using French seams.
I have a detailed video below that goes over French seams. Make sure to keep the edges
of the bias bands folded over. If you’ve seen my videos before, you know I like saving
all my hand sewing until the very end whenever possible.
Then I put two rows of gathered stitches at the top of the sleeve. At this point, you
can match the sleeve to the bodice with right sides together. I start matching by pinning
at the bodice side seam, and then pinning at the bodice shoulder seam. Then I just adjust
the gathers evenly from there. Inserted sleeves are not my favorite, but
I remind myself that there are only two and just take it a few inches at a time, rotate,
another few inches, and shortly after, the whole sleeves will be attached. It’s good
to check that no fabric got caught in this seam before trimming the seam down and removing
the outside gathered thread. Finally, I enclose those raw edges with a
tight zigzag. Then I moved onto the skirt. My skirt is one
panel of fabric from one selvage edge to the other. I put three fabric tucks in the skirt,
and I have a video on how to do that that I’ll link below. Then pinned the hem in
place before sewing the back of the skirt together using French seams. At the top of
the French seam, I just cut a little slit so I could attach the placket without an issue.
And you guessed it, I have a detailed video that goes over plackets that I’ll link below.
After putting two rows of gathered stitches at the top of the skirt, I attached the skirt
to the bodice. From there, It’s a matter of some hand finishing
work and attaching closures at the bodice back.
You can do snaps, buttons, or both. Whatever floats your boat. I also thought it would
be adorable to add a touch of color to the baskets, so I used one strand of embroidery
floss to do this. And there you go, a darling little Easter
dress. I hope this video was helpful. If you have
any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.
As always, I appreciate y’all for watching and I hope to catch y’all next time.

14 Replies to “Heirloom Easter Dress with Swiss Embroidered Baskets Sewing Tutorial”

  1. As always another beautiful dress. I loved last year's but never braved giving it a try. But I will be giving both ago this year. Especially as already have the twin needle I bought to do last year's. Your videos a fantastic as give me the enthusiasm from some new projects thank you x

  2. So beautiful and unique! Love your videos Sarah! Thanks for sharing! I always learn so much that I can use on all my projects!!

  3. Oh how beautiful! The baby and the dress. I love the pin-tucks on the bodice and sleeves. Yours are so perfect and raised. I’ve been practicing but mine look flat. I’ve ordered a pin-tuck foot. I hope that helps. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent.

  4. Beautiful Dress! Thank you for the tutorial!! Do you have any tips on how you embroidered the Swiss Baskets? I love the subtle additional color!

  5. What an adorable dress and so much more appropriate than some of the outfits I've seen in retail stores (and made better, too)!

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