Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Garden Party With a bit of Smocking Added


Sorry for the long quite spell on here. My life as usual has been a coaster ride this past fall. My advice to you is never take good health for granted.  I am starting to feel back to my old self now and I am looking everywhere for my sewing drive now. It seems to be hiding. While I am looking for for my lost friend I will share some things I finished this past fall, including today's dress. 


This was to be Sarah's dress last Easter but alas I didn't get it smocked in time, however this year I am ahead of schedule. The boys will all wear their outfits I made last year and the the two middle boys will get mama made pants too. Caspian still needs a new shirt to go with his Art Museum set as well. 

Well back onto this dress! This dress was made with my beloved Oliver and S patterns. They are always wonderful patterns and this was my first time sewing up this one. Of course I added added the mod of the smocked insert, as you can see. It was really quite easy to do. I did separate the bodice top from the skirt and added seam allowance to the the bodice and skirt where they were separated at. From there I measured how many rows I needed to smock and worked out my patterns. The smocking plate I used was the very same one from Sarah's Fairy tale Easter dress a few years back from the Sew Beautiful Magazine but I did change it up some to accommodate the separate skirt piece. 


Here is a closer look at the smocking. I want to make a big shout out to Barb and Diane for all the tips on how to make the roses onto the smocking!! I always been able to make them on flat fabric but for some reason on smocked fabric was a challenge. I can proudly say that no more now. The smocking is edged with self made piping as well. I just adore piping. 


The back of the dress. This was a one side boarder fabric so I took advantage of the layout for the back bodice and bottom skirt. I did fussy cut the whole dress to have the pattern layout I wanted. All the grey fabrics are from the same piece of fabric. I used three yards for a size 6. I did have left over fabric as well. 


here is a closer look at the back bodice. 


While this dress is made late it will still be perfect for this Easter this year and for once I am ahead! My daughter just adores it even though there is not one speck of pink and these colors do look lovely on her. 


Happy Sewing ladies!! 

Sharon


9 comments:

  1. It's stunning, Sharon! And I'm pretty sure my sewing mojo has taken off with your sewing mojo and gone on a road trip!

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    1. We should go on a fabric buying road trip to find it!

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  2. This is jaw-dropping beautiful, Sharon!!! So lovely! And I'm so glad you're feeling better!

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    1. Thank you! I a glad to get to feeling better too. Now to get my self in gear and back on the sewing kick. I am making doll clothes this weekend and then will start on a smacked dress and coat set. That should do the trick I hope.

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  3. Well if this doesn't entice your sewing mojo back then I am stumped! It is very pretty and will be perfect for Easter this year. Good health to you Sharon, may you feel well all year long and the sewing inspiration will come back I am certain sooner rather than later.

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    1. Thank you! I need to look through your flicker photos, that always helps. I cannot pull Flicker up on phone very well or I would be doing it daily. I still want to try the smocked School photo dress and the Carousel dress too. Yours are still embedded in mind and I want to try them both!

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  4. It's beautiful! I love the colors and the way you cut the bodice and skirt. And your bullion roses are lovely- they are so hard for me! In whhich issue of SB did you find the plate? Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! It is Issue #147 from March/April 2013.

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