Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Twice is Nice - Baby dresses with my Creative Icon

New Look 6293 and Simplicity 1701 dresses embellished with features from Pfaff Creative Icon

It has been a busy beginning of this year for our family, three new little  members to our family and two of them needed new dresses.  These two projects were perfect for my first project with my 

There are so many options for embroidery and decorative stitches on this fabulous machine.  In case, you are catching up, I am a Pfaff Brand Ambassador and I am thrilled to be exploring all the possibilities with this machine.  When I turn it on, the options are right there and to start with the first dress, I went first with Start Sewing.  This is the Home Page for the Creative Icon and whenever you want to get back to this back just press the Home Icon under the screen.
Pfaff Creative Icon Home screen

The first dress is for the youngest granddaughter, Simplicity 1701, in size XS.  For both dresses I used chambray from Sewing Studio's Manic Monday sale.  This fabric was perfect to start the embellishing and making my granddaughters some very special dresses.

I wanted to highlight the bodice for both dresses and I went with a grid pattern on the Simplicity  bodice, one inch apart on the diagonal.

Simplicity 17021 dress and bodice embellished with stitches and embroidery from Pfaff Creative Icon

I had lots of choices for decorative stitches but went with a straight stitch, the embroidery needed to be the star.  The back looks good, too, and I worked really hard to match the back stitching.  The top matched better than the bottom.  When marking the grid, I need to be more precise.
Simplicity 17021 dress and bodice embellished with stitches and embroidery from Pfaff Creative Icon

For the embroidery on this dress, I went with one of the built in embroidery designs. 
 A cute raw edge embroidered flower, 21.

The finished result is very fun.
Simplicity 17021 dress and bodice embellished with stitches and embroidery from Pfaff Creative Icon

Now to finish off the first dress, I had to use the floating stitches on the Creative Icon.  What are floating stitches?  From the Pfaff website "Use new PFAFF exclusive Floating Stitches that look like they have no connection point!"  Let me tell you these are amazing.  These floating stitches can be used to embellish or can be used to sew two pieces of fabric together.   I went with the embellish option.

Pfaff Creative Icon Floating Stitches

 For this dress I went with the diamonds, to coordinate with the diagonal grid patterns on the bodice.
Dress for baby girl with Pfaff Creative Icon Floating Stitches

For the floating stitches, fold the fabric back, right side together and place a stabilizer with a line drawn under the folded fabric.
How to do the floating stitches with the Pfaff Creative Icon

Then stitch right along the line, the straight stitches are on the drawn line, the satin stitches on the fabric.

Remove the stabilizer, unfold the fabric and press.

Then ta-da , beautiful floating stitches.

Simplicity 1701 chambray dress with embroidery and decorative stitches using the Pfaff Creative Icon

This dress is just too cute and actually so small, I couldn't zip it up on this dressform!  Dress number one is complete and cute and ready to be worn by this little girl.

Now to work on her cousin's dress, who is 2 months older.  The pattern I went with New Look  6293
in size small.  I had just gone to new owners class at my local Pfaff dealer, which is an amazing plus, so much knowledge is shared.  

We learned how to combine embroidery designs and move them around in the hoop grid, rotate, etc.  I came home and took what I learned and created a design for this bodice.
Bodice of New Look 6293, with three embroidery designs layered in the Pfaff Creative Icon embroidery.

Let's take a look at the design.
1.  Background is this wave pattern (Signature design -17) and I went for an ombre look when I stitched it out.

Pfaff Creative Icon embroidery designs.

2.  Then a Pfaff exclusive design (45) for the middle design

Pfaff Creative Icon embroidery designs.

3. Last I used an applique shape for the center, which I used a solid fabric for that.

Pfaff Creative Icon  Applique Creator

And here is what it looked like all combined.

Pfaff Creative Icon embroidery design ready to stitch out.

Can I just say I love, love how this turned out and with this knowledge I can really expand on all the designs and the creativity possibilities are unlimited!

Another look
Bodice of New Look 6293, with three embroidery designs layered in the Pfaff Creative Icon embroidery.

Here is the dress with the embroidery and the floating stitches.
New Look 6293 in Sewing Studio's chambray embellished with embroidery designs and floating stitches

A closer look at these floating stitches,which I think looks like a bow.
Pfaff Creative Icon's Floating stitches along the hem of New Look 6293

Both of these dresses, were easy to construct.  

Highlights from the Simplicity 1701
1.  The bodice is lined 
2.  Armholes are bias binding, which I used the gingham fabric.
3. An invisible zipper for the back

Highlights from New Look 6293
1.  A cute gathered front neckline, which has elastic attached to the shoulder straps.  I did stitch the elastic in place at each side of the bodice to keep the elastic in place.
2.  I did attach buttons and buttonholes for the straps but think it would look really cute just tied as halter.
3.  Elastic casing in the back for a great fit.
4.  The bodice is lined on this dress also.

The two new girls in my life will look so cute in these dresses sewn with the fabulous Pfaff Creative Icon
New Look 6293 and Simplicity 1701 dresses embellished with features from Pfaff Creative Icon

With this first project complete, I have an idea for the next one.  Oh, who am I kidding, I have so many ideas in my head, I have to start writing them down.  This machine is just so fun and so amazing. 

Disclosure - I am a Pfaff Brand Ambassador and this post was created with the Pfaff Creative Icon.  The ideas and opinions are all mine.


  1. Very cute! don't know what my grand baby's gender is yet but I will certainly keep these patterns in mind if its a girl!

    1. They are both great patterns, I probably like the NL one better. Just easier with no zipper!

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  3. Great piece of writing. Congratulation! The Simplicity 1701 dress is really beautiful. I usually go to Mia Belle Baby for ideas on unique dresses for girls. However, I really liked the way you picked the design for this dress. That embroidered flower on it is absolutely stunning!

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