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Embroidery on the free dress ‘Nahla’

What a beautiful girls dress! I noticed the pattern Nahla before in the Inspiration magazine. Now that it’s the free pattern for August 2023, it’s time to make it. Instructions to download the pattern and the embroidery file are found in this blogpost. Afterwards, it can still be found on the Inspiration site.  I will start with the embroidery and continue later on with the dress.

Embroidery on the free dress 'Nahla'

Did you notice the organza flowers? You can choose if you make the dress with the embroidery patter, or just skip the embroidery. To embroider the flowers, I hacked the pattern.

Embroidery on the free dress 'Nahla'

There are several small flowers, made with satin stitches. These are long stitches, from side to side. If you make these flowers, you will have to cut the thread in the back, to make fringes. This is what the embroidery looks like:

My advice: try this first on a patch of fabric. I think it could be interesting to have extra stabilizer for a nice result.

Do you know you can always adjust embroidery files? There’s a possibility in the machine to skip embroidery lines or objects (per colour). For this file, I skipped 4 colours. It means I only embroidered the last one, that makes the leaves and the stems of the flowers. To skip a colour or object, just click on the triangle on the right side of the colour block:

It’s better to embroider the file before cutting out the pattern. It’s easier to position the fabric on the stabilizer. Position the pattern part with the embroidery near to the bottom of the fabric. You never know something goes wrong. You won’t spill lots of fabric in this way.


What do you  need?

  • The pattern for the dress and the embroidery file (find it in the above mentioned blogpost)
  • Embroidery stabilizer
  • Plain cotton or linen fabric
  • I chose colourful butterfly buttons instead of the fringe stitches
  • Mettler Seralon sewing thread for embroidery and sewing
  • Temporary adhesive spray Mettler Web Bond
  • organza
  • Maxi Hoop
  • BERNINA 700
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Embroider the pattern:

It’s best to cut an extra half of the front panel and assemble as one piece:

Draft the pattern on the fabric, with 1 cm seam allowance. Take notches. Mark the middle of the embroidery file on the front panel.

Mark the center of the stabilizer with a vertical and horizontal line.

Use temporary adhesive spray and pins to put the fabric on the stabilizer.


The embroidery:

So, I only embroidered the last object and I chose a green sewint thread. Instead of the fringes, I add butterfly buttons. Cut stripes of organza or 10 x 10 cm patches.   Prevent the edges from fringing by holding them along a candle flame. Roll or gather to sew the organza to the fabric.

It’s time to sew the buttons and the organza flowers to the fabric.

Embroidery on the free dress 'Nahla'

Isn’t it a nice eyecatcher for the girls dress?

Free sewing instructions: Flower embroidery

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Material: buttons, cotton, linen, Mettler Seralon sewing thread, Mettler Web Bond adhesive spray, stabilizer
Used Products:
Maxi Hoop
Maxi Hoop

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