Hot! The “Cross Stitch My Heart” Dress

The "Cross Stitch My Heart" Dress

The Facts
Fabric: Linen
Pattern: Same as the “Liberty Loves Company” dress
Year: Contemporary

Notions: Bias binding, invisble zipper, embroidery thread, hook and eye
Time to complete: 15 hours
First worn: For a sunset photoshoot
Wear again? Oh yeah.
Total Price: $20

Thanks for putting up with my belated contributions. I was actually on schedule when I started working on this dress for the Embellishments Challenge, but life ultimately had other plans and left me with me only small chunks of time to work on it. Though, I love it too much to care how long it took or how late it is.

In case you hadn’t figured it out….the title of my garments is almost as important as the fabric or design. My weekly sewing process often STARTS with coming up with the right name for a garment…even before I’ve chosen what to make. The name’s gotta fit the challenge theme and be just as interesting and clever as the ones they come up with at ModCloth (my own nerdy rules). The naming formula is a helpful muse…especially when I’m stumped by a challenge theme or indecisive about what pattern to choose. This time…I was OBSESSED with the “Cross Stitch My Heart” title as soon as the embellishment theme was announced. It was SO right. And SO doable. I could totally cross stitch a heart onto a garment.

The "Cross Stich My Heart" Dress

The Red White and Blue Challenge gave a me a chance to protoype things. The maxi length dress with bodice patch pocket turned out to be a great canvas for embroidery, especially sewn in a solid color linen. And since cross stitching was one of the first crafts I ever learned as a kid, doing it now 20+ years later, was hugely nolstagic. This time, I wasn’t stitching onto the usual stiff, even weave fabric used for cross stitching, so I had to eyeball the placement of the stitches. The variations and imperfections give it character, I think…at least that’s what I’ll tell anyone who has the audacity to point them out ;-).

Closeup of cross stiched heart on patch pocket

I watched that documentary about Elmo’s puppeteer while cross stitching the pocket. It was an inspiring, feel-good story…it made me feel ALMOST as good as seeing the finished, hand-embellished pocket….something I had rolling around in my imagination for weeks.

The "Cross Stitch My Heart" Dress

This challenge theme has been one of my favorites. Probably because it just happened to come after so many weeks of aha! sewing moments and fitting and construction battles won and lost. Whatever the case, I’m starting to tell that this medicine, called The Sew Weekly is working.

The "Cross Stitch My Heart" Dress

Thanks for looking. AND, for all of your support and uplifting comments these past several months. This is the most generous and talented community I’ve ever been a part of and I love how the experience is changing my life.



Najah Carroll is a project manager by day and seamstress by night. Once it became clear that ready-to-wear was never gonna support her five feet of curves, she taught herself to sew and make pattern alterations. In January, she lost her mind by signing up for this 52-week garment sewing challenge.


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  1. Oooh..cute! I love the red and turquoise, and the fit is perfection!

  2. Wow! What a great fit. You’ve perfected that pattern and it looks fantastic. I love the cross stitch on the pocket… it’s a very sweet touch. You look so pretty in your pictures!

  3. It looks absolutely fabulous. I like how it gathers and the heart stich is wonderful. Great title as well!

  4. Love it. That Elmo documentary was very good too.

  5. Fantastic color on you and that is a very flattering cut. Looks so comfy!

  6. Hi Najah, looking good, the dress is beautiful and very comfortable for a summer’s night walk.

  7. Look at you making linen look flawless! Love it!!

  8. This color looks amazing on you. Love the little heart embroidery. Really cute dress!