Garment Details: Dress shown is made from an original pattern; suggested commercial pattern is “The Bodice Dress” by Collars, Etc., available in sizes 1–8. The dress is made of handkerchief linen and lined with cotton batiste. Embroidery is worked with DMC six-strand cotton floss.


A two-tone color scheme with a pretty Madeira appliqué band transforms a basic bodice dress into a special occasion garment. Delicate embroidery motifs embellish the bodice and collar for an added touch of sweetness. Additional special details include a back sash and piped cording at the collar, waist, and sleeve bands.



“The Bodice Dress” by Collars, Etc. Fabrics
Yardages are intended to be generous for largest size in each range.

  • White linen, 45″ (bodice, sleeves, collars, sleeve bands):
    3/4 yard for sizes 1–4 
1 yard for sizes 5–8
  • Blue linen, 45″ (skirt, sashes, piping): according to pattern requirements for dress View 2
  • White batiste, 45″ (lining):according to pattern requirements
  • Piping cord (collars, sleeves, waist)

Threads and Needles

  • DMC 50wt. cotton sewing thread: white color to match skirt
  • Wash-away thread
  • DMC six-strand floss to match skirt

Hand embroidery needles:

  • #8 or #10 crewel/embroidery
    #7 between

Notions and Tools

Buttons and notions as required by pattern
Wash-away fabric pen
Wash-away fabric pencil
6″ round embroidery hoop