Gold Satin Dress with Woven Accents

Spice up a simple smock with woven accents created using the optional Belt Loop Foot for the new 1200D Professional overlock/cover stitch machine. The fabric amounts and directions given are for creating a little girl’s dress, but this technique can easily be adapted to other sizes and styles.

This project was created by Chiyo Toyomi, Educational Manager, Janome Tokyo.

Janome Supplies Used

Fabrics and Notions Used

  • 2.5 m (2-3/4 yards) gold satin fabric (adjust as needed for dress size)
  • Gold polyester overlock thread (90 Wt.)
  • Dress pattern
  • Pattern paper
  • Water-soluble adhesive stabilizer


  1. Determine where you would like to add the woven accents and cut out those portions from the original pattern. Then, using these cut-outs, create patterns for the accents by tracing the cut-out onto blank pattern paper and adding your seam allowance.
  2. Cut out the rest of the dress from your fabric. From the remaining fabric, cut 1-1/8” (2.8 cm)-wide strips along the selvage making them as long as your fabric will allow.
  1. Create the straps to be woven using the belt loop foot.
a. Insert fabric strip in fabric guide
right side up
b. Pull through under the foot and serge. c. Finished strap
  1. After stitching each strap, layout across your pattern as shown and cut to fit, leaving a little extra at each end. Repeat until you have enough strips for both directions of each of your accents.

  1. Once you have all your stitched strips, weave the two directions of strips together. At this point, apply the water-soluble stabilizer to hold together your weave.

  1. Cut out your pattern pieces from your woven ‘fabric’.
  1. Attach to the original portions of the bodice and skirt of the dress, sandwiching the piping between to recreate the original pattern piece. Finish the rest of the dress according to the pattern directions.

Click here to download a printable version of these directions. (PDF)