The Fruit Cocktail Dress

Finally I can show the project I was involved in last year!!!

It all started with this photo:DSC9008b_1

My girlfriend, Natalya wanted something similar. So the work began: Natalya made the dress pattern, Victoria did the applique design and digitized it and I did the embroidery for the fruit part.

As usual with this sort of project (AND three women with plenty of ideas!) there was a lot of discussion about the best process and eventually we agreed on this:

Embroider the “keep” stitches first to ensure both fabrics were stitched together and couldn’t move too much. This created an outline of the design, ready for cutting.

We did this while embroidery was still in the embroidery machine hoop. gallery_188_2191_1400275

Here it is all cut out and ready for the final satin stitch embroidery:
Back on the machine
Embroidering the satin stitch outline of the applique fruits. Clever machine!

Natalya embroidered lattice parts on her domestic machine and finished the dress.

Here it is – and with all that wonderful fruit embroidery what else could we call it other than the Fruit Cocktail Dress!!!

Natalya Fruits Dress

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