Sometimes I have to take a break from designing, making kits, teaching, etc. and just want to slow down and stitch something fun. I started one of these fun projects Wednesday evening and hope to have it finished in the next few days. 😃
My new and fun project is a bishop dress with a solid smocking band at the top. I see these all the time on all the different websites that sell smocked children’s clothing and it’s been a long time since I’ve made one of these, so this was the time.
I chose this fun print for the project and am in the process of smocking an apple on the center front. We’ll see how it goes!
In case you’re interested in how I do my smocking these days, I’ll show you my setup. I am using the apple design that I created for the Fall issue of Classic Sewing magazine. I’ll modify the file to fit the fabric design – hopefully! LOL! I pull up the file on my iPad, and then can enlarge it so that I can see it better with these “mature” eyes. I also have my Dazor magnifying lamp to look through so that I can ensure that all the stitches are perfectly smooth. Amazing all the technology that I need these days to continue to enjoy my smocking!
Once I finish up this dress, I plan to start another one with a slightly different method of color blocking the neckline. Then I’ll decide which method I prefer. I’m sure both will be acceptable, but I know that I will prefer one over the other!
So, that’s what I’m up to this morning – sitting in my living room enjoying the morning sun and smocking a spring dress. I hope you’re enjoying some stitching time as well!