A Sweet Little Dress

After all the preemie clothes, it was time for some different sewing.  I had big plans, however, as often happened, plans change.

Last week, in preparation for a class, I needed to retrieve a previously made outfit with a specific picture smocking design .  I was thrilled that I had a sample already made!!!  I only needed to retrieve it from the closet of clothes that the granddaughter’s have outgrown.  Easy, right?


Of course, after looking it over, it needed a serious pressing, so I chose to wash it and press it.  I threw it in the wash with a load of whites – good choice since it was pastel pink.  However, also in the wash was an ORANGE top!  Yikes!!!  You know where this is going – and it’s not a good place!  The ONLY thing in the wash that took on some of the orange dye was the romper!!!

No amount of soaking, stain remover or anything else made a bit of difference, so the decision was made to remove the smocked insert, which suffered no damage, and put it into another garment.  So the un-stitching began….


With the insert removed, it was time to find a pattern with the same chest width as the insert – that would be easiest.  I found that the Children’s Corner “Elliott” pattern (out of print) was perfect across the chest, and the armhole curve matched as well.  Score!  But, I wanted a dress, so some modifications were needed.  Easy.  I’ve done that many times before.

The sewing began. However, when all that was left to sew was the facings, I realized that things were amiss.  Ugh!

More un-sewing, and then I walked away for the evening.  Finally, I fixed the problem and finished the dress.  It’s cute, but it sure has been a problem right from the get go!

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I love the yellow rick rack with the gingham.  I did “see” that I ended up cutting off more of one side of the insert armhole curve than the other, but it’s going to stay that way!  LOL!  No more un-sewing of this dress!!!

I know we’ve all had days like this, so I know that there’s at least one person out there that can relate to my sewing woes.

17 thoughts on “A Sweet Little Dress

  1. Rettabug

    No offense, Kathy, but I think the little dress is much cuter than the original holder of the smocking plate!
    I’m amazed that you were able to deconstruct & then assemble it into another even cuter garment. NOBODY would ever notice the discrepancy in the arm holes depth if you hadn’t mentioned it.
    It is just DARLING!!

  2. Denise

    Thank you for being transparent about this project. It blessed me to hear how you made beauty out of ashes! The dress is adorable and until you pointed it out, I didn’t notice the difference in the armhole curve. I love seeing what you are up to your sewing room….. Keep posting!

  3. Lisa Hawkes

    I agree with everyone else Kathy, the dress is just adorable, and I appreciate hearing how lemons can be turned into lemonade!

  4. Bunny

    Kathy, you have made divine lemonade from your lemons! This dress is adorable and has a bit more contemporary feel with the rick rack. Love it!

  5. S. Bisson

    You are such an inspiration! The little dress is adorable. I especially love the smocked baby carriages and would like to ask if that design in avaliable for purchase?
    Thank you so much for sharing !



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