Valentine Kate

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I’ve had the main fabric on this dress for years.  I’d been holding onto it to make a Valentine’s Day dress but I never managed to get to it before Valentine’s Day.  So, I figured I’d hold onto to until next year.  That happened several times but this year I finally made it!
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I embroidered the bodice of the Violette Field Threads Kate dress using my embroidery machine.  I bought the file from emblibrary with this project in mind.  I used free motion embroidery to add hearts tot he right of the bike, which aren’t terribly noticeable, but they’re there!

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I added some crochet lace over the straps to help everything blend together.  The straps are Kona cotton and the ruffles are Moda Ambelside.  The skirt is Dear Stella and I used some leftover scrap for the apron of the Liesl Gibbons pink toile I’ve had laying around from a previous project.

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The apron is detachable.  I gathered a rectangle of fabric and sewed it into a band which buttons to the front of the dress.  Little Miss really likes the dresses with detachable aprons.  They’re always a hit with her.

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I like that I can get two different looks with one dress.  Plus, it’s a great way to use up small bits of yardage you have laying around.

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Even though she likes the removable aprons, she insists on always wearing the dress WITH the apron.  I’m not sure what’s up with that.

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Here you can get a good look at the Dear Stella fabric.

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The straps button to the back of the dress.  I actually used kam snaps.  They’re my new favorite sewing tool.  I may never go back to using buttons.  Unless the buttons are particularly amazing.

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She’d like to show you the treasure of pinecones she collected during the photo shoot.

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