The fall weather in NC has been so hot for so long that it was hard to get into the mood to do any type of fall sewing/smocking. However, I had this beautiful cotton lawn print that I knew would be beautiful with smocking on it. A few different trips, with hours in the car, gave me the opportunity to get the smocking finished on this dress.
The pattern is Children’s Corner “Amy” – which has been out of print for several years. I love it because it is smocked both front and back. The blouse is Children’s Corner Blouse pattern – again, an out of print pattern, but there are so many blouse patterns that you could use. The Mary De comes with a blouse included in the jumper pattern. 😊 I did switch the sleeve and used the Ruthie sleeve – sorry, another OOP pattern. However, I recently learned that the Eleanor sleeve is nearly identical to the Ruthie sleeve, so, problem solved!
You will have to excuse the poor “fit” on the mannequin – she is a size 5 and the outfit is a size 7 – it’s the best I can do. 🤣
On the back, I chose to not do the embroidered flowers. However, smocking on front and back means that one will look fabulous both coming and going!!! LOL!
I didn’t want to have to refer to a smocking plate while in the car, so I did my own thing and am quite happy with the outcome. Initially I had embroidered smaller flowers, but they didn’t show up well on the print, so I went to larger flowers. Much better!
Although I’m not particularly a fan of adding pockets to a smocked dress, I had to do it! Livvy loved her welt pocket dress because the pockets gave her somewhere to put her change/tithe for the collection at church! 💕 How could I not add a pocket to this dress?
I’ve had other projects in the works as well, but nothing to show yet. The weather has finally cooled some (if you consider 70º cool!) and I will start on another project soon!
What are you smocking for the fall?