Summer Style

Shannon Dennis
Summer Style

Properly placing designs can accentuate your best features. Draw attention upward with an embellished neckline that contrasts a brightly patterned dress.


  • sleeveless dress pattern (such as McCall’s 5618)
  • fabric & notions according to pattern envelope
  • lightweight fusible tricot interfacing
  • polyester embroidery thread (See “Sources.”)
  • needles: embroidery, sewing
  • cut-away stabilizer
  • embroidery design


Getting Started

  • Cut out each pattern piece from the chosen fabric. Complete steps 1-10 from the pattern guidesheet.


  • Print a template of the chosen embroidery design and audition it on one neckline piece right side.
  • Once satisfied with the design placement, hoop two layers of cut-away stabilizer. Load the embroidery design onto the machine. Baste the stabilizer in the hoop.
  • Place the fabric piece over the stabilizer; baste again (A). Embroider the design. Once embroidery is complete, cut away the stabilizer and remove all jump and basting stitches.
  • Repeat to embroider the two remaining neckline pieces.


A Place fabric over stabilizer; baste.


  • Finish constructing the dress according to the pattern guidesheet.


Circles: Pfaff, Fabric Creator, #410, design #9; (800) 997-3233, or

Hilos Iris provided the polyester embroidery thread:
McCall’s Pattern Co. provided the sleeveless dress pattern: (800) 766-3619 x397,
Sulky provided the Soft ‘n Sheer cut-away stabilizer: (800) 874-4115,

Appeared in:

Post a comment
To comment on this article you must be logged in. Not a member?


No comments have been posted. Be the first!


Forgot password?
© F+W All rights reserved.