Jul 30 2015

Time to get busy smocking for Fall!  “Little Smocked Pumpkins” is great for those new to picture smocking.  To keep things simple, just smock three pumpkins in the center of the garment.  The design is suitable for a bishop style dress or a straight yoke.  Click here for […]

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Jul 17 2015

Our little friend was adorable in his smocked romper at his buddy’s birthday party.  Not only was he stylish and comfortable, he quickly discovered that it worked well for trying out a few baby steps.   By adding a sweater the outfit will be suitable into Fall’s cooler […]

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Jun 10 2015

Pattern #136 A lovely dress for picking flowers on a Summer morning.  And of course every girl knows that the accessories make the outfit! Michie’

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Jun 9 2015

We wanted to share a link to the “Sand Pail” smocking design that I designed for Sew Beautiful Magazine several years ago.  The sand pails are a simple design so they make a good project for those new to Picture Smocking.  We would like to thank Martha Pullen […]

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May 6 2015

It always thrills me to see the outfits that I have made passed down and worn by other children.  The smocked Jon-Jon was worn by our little guy 3 years ago for his first Easter and this year worn by his best buddy.  Smocking holds up well and classic […]

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May 1 2015

I’m always amazed at how a few changes can give a pattern a whole new look.  A pretty print fabric, pattern #131, and less smocking was just what I needed for a stylish yet comfortable dress. And what did I do? The skirt front was pleated as normal, […]

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Feb 26 2015

  It is always nice when the dress you envisioned turned out like you…envisioned!  A green gingham bishop style dress, trimmed with pink rickrack and pictured smocked bunnies.  Picture smocking works well on this style dress as long as you limit the number of pictures, which in this […]

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Feb 16 2015

Spring will be here before we know it, so it is time to get busy smocking and sewing for my four-year-old granddaughter.  The bishop style dresses are still very sweet on her and the green gingham will give the dress a fresh look.  Ellen McCarn’s  “Precious Bunnies” is […]

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Jan 29 2015

Blue and white, always pretty and sweet.  Whether on the bishop bubble #142 or on the bishop dress #143, the smocking design presents well without being overpowering. The smocking design is still in the works, but in the meantime another design could be used.  And the variation?  Simply […]

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Jul 9 2014

Before pleaters for smocking became popular in the mid 1980’s, we pleated the fabric by hand. Since recent changes in the sewing industry have made pleaters harder to find, it is time to look back at this method. Patterns that called for smocking had dots that were transferred to the […]

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