Thursday, January 22, 2009

Smocking Endeavors

Do y'all remember this smocked panel, not quite finished?


Do you remember that I hated the colors, that the Hunny had chosen the colors, that you all liked the colors? Here's another shot of the panel, fully smocked:


I still don't like the colors, but I think it will be very cute on a little girl, in a Gymboree kind of way. But smocked.

Here's the sister dress, not quite complete:


The row between the pink lines will have a sherbet orange feather stitch (like the turquoise stitch on the green panel). See it?


These two came out much better than I expected them to, quite honestly. Karen Deborah fell in love with these fabrics, and when I saw them, I thought them darling. But they're a BLEND! Karen! No, no, no! Yes, I'm publicly scolding you. Sorry. No blends! But they did work up really cute. Heh.

There are two projects in the hopper next. One is a potential Easter duo (waiting on fabric from a mommy), the other a spring/summer dress for a favorite blogger's grand daughter. I like the kid's mom, too. :) And I'll try to remember to post pictures of these dresses when they're complete.

Until I write again ...

Flea

23 comments:

dlyn said...

I am still in awe of your skill - not to mention your patience. And I'm thrilled beyond words that you making something for the TWMFG :)

Karen said...

I'm still liking the colors.

TSannie said...

I'm with dlyn - in TOTAL AWE of your smocking talents. And I'm kinda like the colors...

Mental P Mama said...

People--She is amazing! I have the most awesome top to prove it. And as soon as I lose a few more pounds, I am going to have a fashion show.

asthmagirl said...

Color me in awe too. You've inspired me to look for a sewing machine. I want to do a quilt for my Grandchild to be. I told my step mom and she's letting me borrow her's this summer! I'll be quilting in July. But by then I should know what I'm having.

Okay, completely off track... you've got mad smocking skilz!

Baby!

Trisha said...

Maybe the colors translate differently in pictures but I have to say that I still like them. The smocking is beautiful. You are certainly one talented lady!

Daryl said...

Still think the colors are fun and happy ... and the smocking is so cool ...

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Fresh, beautiful, inspiring (and your smocking talents are good too). ; )

Some little girls are gonna be SO HAAAAAAPPPPPPPY! Let the dancing begin! : D

Memaw's memories said...

I think once you finish these projects, you'll like them much better.

And I'm with you. I've had to stop allowing my daughter and daughter-in-law to pick fabric.

They just don't understand the cardinal rule of smocking and that's GOOD FABRIC.

Memaw's memories said...

I don't know if I've ever asked you before, are you familiar with Australian Smocking and Embroidery. I love them. They have not only smocking designs, but patterns and lots of instructional pages. I have almost all of them, and my granddaughters pictures are in one of the latest ones.

Ellyn said...

You are so skilled in you craft. Just beautiful.

I am so excited we are in your hopper next. Anna is beyond thrilled.

Julie said...

I'm so jealous. I can sew, well sorta but that is waaaaay past my skill level....I like the colors..

The Hunny said...

The Hunny knows his stuff. ;P

Scribbit said...

I'd love to try this-and on an unrelated note I love your tag line.

imom said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the finish product! I'm envious of people who can create with a sewing machine. When I try everything gets all tangled and knotted! Great job,they look beautiful!

Kidzmama said...

I am always SOOO impressed with your workmanship. They are both so precious.

Flash Stitcher said...

WOW Flea...your work is amazing.
I am jealous as I always wanted to learn to smock.

Karen Deborah said...

Here I am down at the end of the list in mortal shame for the unpardonable error of buying a blend. What can I say they were cute? I thought it would look cute!
and I am excited that they are almost done. COOOCOOOOOCOCOCOCOOOOol

Rachel said...

Holy cow that's awesome.
I'm envious and I love the colors, for my 5 yr old they're perfect. ;-)

Your talent is outstanding.

Jan Parrish said...

What do you mean you don't like the colors? They rock! Beautiful piece.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

My mum used to smock me little dresses just like that oh 40 odd years ago. They are beautiful and you are very skilled.

Warty Mammal said...

Perfect. Beautiful.

Glad you survived the flu/stomach bug in one piece!

imbeingheldhostage said...

STILL LIKE THE COLOURS.