Project Serged Holiday Party Dress
Skill Level: Advanced
Skill Level: Advanced
Embellish your holiday attire with decorative chain stitching. It’s easy with the large workspace on the Baby Lock Ovation. This technique can be used on many projects like home decorating.
For this dress, the top and skirt were made from contrasting fabric.
Cut apart the tissue for the pattern and locate the pieces used for view B.
Once you have your fabrics, layout and cut the skirt pieces and the skirt lining pieces from their fabrics according to the Butterick pattern layout directions.
Set these aside until the garment assembly process.
From the blue solid fabric, cut a piece of fabric slightly bigger than the neck ruffle strip pieces.
Thread the Ovation for a triple coverstitch with decorative embroidery thread (Black, Teal & Green) in the needles and a matching weight thread in the chain looper.
Insert the Quilt Guide into the ankle, adjust the guide so it is approximately 1” from the closest needle. Then tighten the thumb screw to hold the guide in place.
On the piece of blue fabric intended for the ruffle strips, coverstitch a diagonal line.
Then align the guide with the last needle row and stitch another row, continue stitching rows until the entire piece is striped. Then cut the ruffle pieces from this newly made striped fabric.
From the blue solid fabric, cut a piece of fabric slightly bigger than the bodice front pieces.
Adjust the quilt guide for a larger space (1-1/2” to 2”) from the closest needle.
.Stitch lines across the fabric. Then repeat these lines from the opposite side to form squares or diamonds.
Once you create your own diagonal or square chain-stitched fabric. Cut the bodice front pieces from this fabric.
From the remaining blue fabric cut the front inset piece, back pieces and lining pieces.
Rethread the serger for a four-thread stitch.
Assemble the pieces of the dress as per the Butterick instruction sheet, using the serger to finish the edges of the seams as you construct the garment.
Use the invisible zipper foot on your Baby Lock sewing machine to insert the invisible zipper in the back of the dress.