Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dressmaking 101

Hi everyone,

Before I start with my post let me express my condolences to Kelly Clark on the loss of her father.  My father died in 1996 and he was the most influential person in my life.  He taught me all the important lessons about love and family.  Kelly's Dad will surely be missed by her family.

When I got the email from Colleen about an extra lesson being added for Scout, I thought...WOW I haven't even finished Rebekkah!  I went on to think...I'll just get her dress done and then finish up so I can move on to Scout.  HAH!!  I have worked the past three nights on the first part of the dress.  It's a composite stitch which immediately brings to mind David and Amy.  The important thing is to "understand" the different parts of the stitch and find the easiest way to start.  I have to admit I did it in a different order than the stitch guide, but that is just because I SAW it that way and Kelly saw it another way.  The end result is the same.  So if you are stumped (pun intended) maybe this will help.

Here is my order of stitching the dress.

1.  First, I stitched the over two diagonal stitches and then put in the mosaics.  I just started doing it without trying to figure out the end result.

2.  Then I put in the line of stitching that goes in between- easy

3.  Then I put in the long diagonals on top and the cross stitch tie down- the diagonals lay right over the long lines of stitching above - no need to worry about being off on the diagonal

4.  Last step... I put in the tent stitches that go in each diagonal block.

Done with that part.  Then I rewarded myself by putting in the necklace and the choker!

I have also decided to finish the garland last because I keep turning the canvas over and over when beginning and ending threads and I don't want to damage the garland.  So that has now become the last part of the canvas for me.

This weekend it is supposed to rain...we need it and I need time to stitch.



  1. Hi Linda,
    It looks great! It is always nice to see how all the steps fall into place and create a beautiful design.

  2. Linda.... It looks great! Love it....
    Have not touched mine in a few months.... Right now need to concentrate on Tkgs house roof & my MS Peony purse..... Those r my 2 big projects on the stitching threadmill ...