The Snowflake dress, by Genniewren Designs, is a traditional style dress with a difference. It features a full fitted, lined bodice with sleeves, a gathered knee length skirt and an optional collar. This dress design is ideal for Christmas party dresses. The design set includes a charming gathered waist apron sprinkled with snowflakes and featuring an optional delicate heart-shaped pocket.
A choice of three sleeve types adds to the versatility of the dress. Designs are included for puffed sleeves with cuffs, short sleeves and long sleeves.
The embroidery design set comprises the full Christmassy set with the snowflakes, a rickrack set without the snowflakes and blanks to be used for linings. The lining designs can be combined with your own designs if you have embroidery editing software.
THERE IS NO PRINTED PATTERN FOR THIS DRESS.
The majority of the pattern pieces are created “in the hoop” meaning they are “drawn out” on your fabric with the embroidery machine. You sew them together on a regular sewing machine after embroidering. The collar and the skirt of the apron are completely constructed in the hoop. The dress skirt and apron ties are rectangles cut using measurements provided.
Full photo instructions are given. The quarter inch seam allowances are included in all the embroidery designs and cutting out instructions.
The dress closes in the back with a hook and loop fastener closure, but instructions are given for snap closures too.
The set comprises 34 designs, which gives you a choice of three collar and three cuff options, a choice of three sleeve shapes, and three different apron options, with or without a cute heart shaped pocket.
Also included are some additional designs for you to use with your own embroidery software to add an original touch if you wish. A comprehensive list of the design files included in the zip file is included at the end of the instructions – you may wish to print this to check off the files to load to your embroidery machine.
My hope is that you will take these designs, choose the options you like best, and come up with an original creation that's unique in every way.
This pattern requires some experience of machine embroidery, including machine embroidered applique, and free standing lace techniques
You will also need basic sewing skills using an ordinary sewing machine.
Design Hoops and Sizes:
The dress and apron pieces require the 5x7 hoop or larger.
The smallest design is the single snowflake measuring 0.6" x 0.5".
The largest design is for the 6x10 hoop only and measures 7.57" x 3.9" but a version of that design for the 5x7 hoop is also included.
DST, EXP, HUS & PES only due to hoop limitations. If your machine format is not listed, it should be able to read either DST or EXP files. Please check your manufacturer's manual for more details.
What You Get: Thirty four embroidery machine digitized designs in 4 file formats. You will receive an instant download zipped file that contains a folder with each of the file formats listed above. Each file format is conveniently saved in its own separate folder for easy use. You need to be able to unzip the zipped file to use it. You must have an embroidery machine and know how to transfer the file to your machine in order to use this.
*This is NOT an iron on or patch.
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If you are looking for a classic dress that will always be in style ( and you have an embroidery machine) this is a pattern you will want in your stash. You can make dresses for all year long, not just the holiday dress, as there are many options for embroidery, sleeves and even collars to give you different looks. The apron is beautiful and also has options. The drafting of the pattern is fabulous and the everything fits perfectly. I was blown away by how well everything just went together. The instructions and photos are very clear and will guide you from start to finish. I will be making many more of these dresses in the future.
What a wonderful pattern. It sews out beautifully with all the embroidery in absolute perfect placement. It definitely doesn’t look like something ‘homemade’ but very professionally done. A perfect pattern for a Christmas gift, or anytime. I did not cut fabric for each hooping, and so was able to eliminate the excess wasted fabric between hooping. Turned out perfect!
I took a chance on this pattern although I was pretty sure there were easier/more economical ways of accomplishing the same concept, and unfortunately I was right. It is nicely done, don't get me wrong--but the amount of excess fabric that is wasted in the process does not seem worth the end result, IMHO. I did stitch the lining pieces on stabilizer and then photocopied those to make patterns (it does not include any printed pattern pieces, only ones your machine stitches), and then stitched out only the outer fabric pieces I needed and hand-cut the lining, etc. I think if pattern were redone, approached a little differently, it'd be worth five stars. The way it is, however, I cannot enthusiastically recommend it...so am giving three stars as "ok".