Ladybug~Fill in the Blank

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This is the photo on www.allaboutblanks.com website.

This is the photo on www.allaboutblanks.com website.

 

It comes in pink or white in sizes 12 months to 6.

 

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This photo is also from the All About Blanks website www.allaboutblanks.com

 Paired up with a pair of cocktail napkins for pockets, also from All About Blanks the dress was on its way to becoming the contemporary style  ladybug dress above.  FYI, I have no affiliation with that business other than that of a satisfied customer.

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The pocket embroidery is from Zundt Design’s Pissaro Collection www.zundtdesign.com.  The three bugs have been rotated slightly from their due north direction.

 

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These  Pissaro embroideries are very stitch intensive, so I used cutaway on the pockets.  I wish I had used something softer.  The embroidery is perfectly flat but I chose to keep the entire white area stabilized.  Bad decision.   The wrinkles are very distracting.

 

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The “L” monogram on the bodice is from Monogram Wizard 2 and  has been modified to include the smallest ladybug.  This bug was extracted from the group of three, then reduced by 20% in BuzzSize and finally inserted into the “L” loop.

Easter Sunday, as the children were lined up in their finery, Laurel asked just why it was that Robert’s collar had a sailboat and Alastair’s had a train but all she got was an “L”?  Well, I felt her pain and I heard her plea!  From now on, I will try  include a figure of one kind or another in her monograms so she won’t feel shortchanged.

 

The neck binding lines up perfectly at the button. But it was a breezy day, causing the dress to shift on the hanger.

With Elizabeth Travis Johnson’s advice ringing in my ears, I added ladybugs between the buttonholes on the back.  They are from Amazing Designs Ladybug collection.  The plastic utility buttons were replaced with mother-of pearl and sewn on with red thread.

The final modification I made to the dress was to top stitch in black thread around the neckline and armholes.  I used 12 wt Coty thread, #90 needle and a 3.0 length to  straight stitch right over the existing white topstitching that holds the bias binding in place.

 

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The drawn thread work near the hemline is such a nice, heirloom touch to an otherwise contempory dress.  If this came in larger sizes, I would stock up.  Anyone whose time is limited would enjoy working on these “blanks.”

One response to “Ladybug~Fill in the Blank

  1. How adorable!! I love the pockets and I always hear Elizabeth’s nudgings to do something on the back and I love the button packet idea!! Good Job!!!

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