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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Mar 3 2014

I can’t resist sharing the smocking design for these sweet baby bunnies.  A simple old fashioned look without overpowering your special little one.  Click here for the free down loadable design for the the straight yoke version, and here for the bishop style. I would love to hear […]

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Jan 3 2014

The “Tiny Hearts” smocking design works up quickly and is perfect  for those new to picture smocking. Click here for the free down loadable design. A few sketches just to get your creative juices flowing.  I’m leaning toward the jumper for our girl and I just happen to […]

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Feb 11 2013

Surprise!  I have the Easter dress ready ahead of schedule!  Last year I was sewing at the last minute and did not care for the feeling at all, but sometimes life just gets complicated.  The bishop style dress is made out of pale blue Imperial Broadcloth so that […]

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Jul 3 2012

A playsuit for our super hot weather.  Made by pattern #123, out of my favorite blue gingham, and smocked with a simple geometric design which can be found in the “Beginning Smocking Book”.  Who says that boys don’t look good in bubbles? Michie’

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May 17 2012

“Let them eat broccoli!” would be an appropriate title for this blog!  Yes, we let the babies play outside, eat, and act like normal kids in their smocked outfits!  The smocking is durable and washable and I want these clothes worn out with love and memories. Pattern #132 […]

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Jul 21 2011

Here is the smocked elephant design! Inspired by a box of animal crackers! The Jon-Jon is made from white pique’, lined with white Imperial Batiste and trimmed with red and white gingham piping. I was able to cut the Jon-Jon out of a really odd shaped scrap of […]

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