Back-to-school season is in full swing, and we have the cutest little dress for your little one to wear to class. The pattern for this corduroy tunic named Top of the Class is featured in issue #94 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery. Designed by Julie Graue, the dress is embroidered around the hemline with pairs of cheeky stick figures. At the waist, a simple smocking design in black echoes the piped bodice, neckline and armholes. Worn here over leggings and a matching top, the design would also make a perfect dress for warmer weather in a lighter fabric. Either way, learning is sure to be great fun while wearing this sweet jumper.
In the step-by-step tutorial below, we’ll show you how to embroider the whipped chain stitch. This unique stitch is used to create the outline for the stick figures featured on the hemline of this design.
- Whipped chain stitch sample is worked with two strands of thread and a no. 8 crewel needle.
- A line of chain stitch forms a foundation row and each stitch is whipped with a contrasting or matching thread. The whipping thread does not go through the fabric except when starting and finishing.
- Here we have used contrasting threads for photographic purposes.
Whipped Chain Stitch Tutorial:
1. Work a line of chain stitch.
2. Secure a new thread on the back and bring it to the front along the left hand side of the first chain stitch.
3. Slide the needle from right to left behind the second chain stitch. Do not pierce the fabric.
4. Pull the thread through until it lies snugly against the chain stitch.
5. Slide the needle from right to left behind the next chain stitch. Do not pierce the fabric.
6. Pull the thread through. Continue whipping stitches in the same manner to the end of the chain stitches.
7. To finish, take the needle to the back of the fabric behind the last stitch.
8. Pull the thread through and secure on the back.
Ready for more? Get the full pattern for creating Julie’s adorable Top of the Class dress (sizes 3, 4 & 5 years) in issue #74 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery. In addition to this sweet dress, this issue also includes six other garment patterns as well as a pattern for a silk jewelry roll, technique tutorials and more.