Several of you have asked about my smocking. Some have asked what it is. I'm sorry for not getting these up sooner, but I had to scan in some photos, and I wasn't to that point in my photo history yet. So I just jumped ahead. Hate that, getting things out of order.
Here's Miss Maybelline at age four in one of my first attempts to smock. I had just learned, while pregnant with the last child, then wound up with Little Guy. Go figure. But I loved to dress up my girl.
She was dedicated in this dress. Yes, at four. We moved from Maryland to Virginia just after she was born, then from Virginia to Florida after Oatmeal Head was born. We just had all three dedicated after Little Guy was born.
I think she was five here and it was Easter. This is one of my more favorite dresses. It's difficult to tell, but there are three separate panels on the front, each with a pansy smocked on it. The colors of floss match the colors in the calico, so it blends. The sleeves and collar were my favorite feature, though. I'd found some dish linens in an antique shop which were falling apart, but they sported some beautiful French knot bouquets. I used them as inserts on the sleeves and as the collar. That's when I found out the hard way that when Scripture talks about not putting new wine in old skins, it's really also applicable to fabric in general. The second run through the washer and dryer tore that thing apart. The older linens just fell apart.
Those are my earliest attempts to smock Here's one from just a couple of years ago. Honestly? I'm not really even sure whose baby this is. I've made this outfit for a couple of different girls of friends. I love the pattern, the pale pink cotton batiste, the shell buttons and the tatted trim. Oh! And the matching diaper cover!
See how the smocking just falls from the shoulders? Isn't it adorable? So delicate and girly. The baby's cute too.
Smocking? Simply embroidery on pleats. As long as I have you here, I might as well show you my pleater. This is the little machine through which I crank my fabric, after rolling it on a dowel. The needles are all wonky to fit into the gears. It rocks.
Hope you enjoyed the tour today. I just noticed that that strange baby's toenails are painted, so you know I enjoyed the tour.
Until I write again ...