Oh the Excitement – A New Dress!!!

Does anyone else get super excited over a new dress?  This idea has been in the works for a while and is now complete!!!  Yippee!!!

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I haven’t been absent for no reason these last couple weeks!  I’ve been battling a head cold and trying to finish up a new pattern.  It has kept me pretty busy!  I think I’m about done with both now – finally.  LOL!

This dress was something that I started last fall.  I got the first test sample dress finished and tried on a real child and saw a few small things that I wanted to tweak.  However, the SAGA convention happened next, then a new grandchild was born (oh how fun!!!) and then the holidays.  So, the dress was set aside until I had some free time.  You know how that is!

With being sick, nobody really wanted to be around me too much, so this was the perfect time to work on the dress.  Also, hubby was in Europe for a week, so no cooking and cleaning for a week – timing was perfect!

These last couple weeks I’ve made this dress 4 more times – smocking and all!!!  I was so sure that each one was the “final” and perfect version.  Hahaha!!!  Well, they are all definitely wearable samples, though some are bigger and will have to be saved for a year or two.  But, each one has some little thing that I felt needed to be just a little different.

The “collection” – anyone that knows me will know that the blue one is my favorite!

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Two of them I’ve embroidered flowers at the base of the featherstitching.  One dress I have just placed buttons on top of to see what I think.  I love the way that they look, but I know that these buttons are dyed shell buttons and the dye washes out, so not a good option, though they sure are cute!  I will search for more.  The internet is wonderful for that sort of thing since we have no heirloom shops around!  The final version has tucks and stitching that is shortened from the earlier versions.  I like it shorter better – especially on a smaller size.

The different styles of featherstitching have been so enjoyable to do!  The dress is lined (no slip needed) and easy to sew – I love that.  After making 4 of these, I can now smock, sew and embroider one and have it mostly finished in a day – a full day, mind you – only lacking a hem and button.

Hems – there’s another option for showcasing some stitching.  I have one finished with an embroidered running stitch – I do like how that looks!  Featherstitching would be equally pretty!  Oh – decisions, decisions….

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I now have 3 (nearly) matching dresses for the sisters/cousin to wear!  I need to get the last 2 hemmed.  What are the chances of getting all 3 of them in a picture in their new dresses???  If it happens, I’ll share a picture.  Right now I only have some cell phone individual pictures – not the best, but they look adorable on each of the girls.  🙂  Grandma’s opinion, for sure!

I am so happy to have the pattern drafted in all the sizes I want, the smocking graphed and the instructions written.  I will have to make up one more dress so that I can photograph the different steps.  Some descriptions just need a photo to go with them.  My option is to sketch – which I am tragically poor at, or to sew up another one.  Well, there’s only one size that I haven’t sewn, so that will be next!  Maybe that one will be more of an heirloom one with some lace!  You know how I love some lace!!!  The skirt front is a canvas just ready for some lace!  Or maybe some pockets?  Wouldn’t that be cute with a touch of smocking or featherstitching!  And there’s always the option of a trendy print and the dress shortened to be a top.  I think I’ll be making a lot of these!  I want to keep these little girls in smocking as long as possible!

I hope that this dress will be a favorite of the little girls and their moms.  While it doesn’t have the twirl factor, it is such a sweet and simple style – very wearable.  I love it!  It’s a good day when everything works out well.  🙂  Maybe these are their Easter dresses – done early!  How sweet it is……

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How are your Easter outfits coming?

30 thoughts on “Oh the Excitement – A New Dress!!!

  1. Nancy Spuler

    Kathy, once again you’ve created and sewn a beatiful dress. The girls wiil look lovely in them. Love the way you can make each one a little bit different.

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    1. Kathy Post author

      Thanks Nancy – they do look adorable. It’s nice to have each one just a bit different. 🙂

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    1. Kathy Post author

      Thank you Kathleen. This pattern will be available for students taking a class with me. I don’t sell patterns at this point. 🙂

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  2. Charlotte McIver

    Oh Kathy I would love something like this in a blouse style for 6 year dgd. I love it. It has such beautiful heirloom techniques.

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    1. Kathy Post author

      Thanks Charlotte! I have the pattern drafted in sizes 2 – 6 as I thought they were good sizes for still wearing smocking. 🙂

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  3. Shirley Rossi

    Kathy, Absolutely gorgeous!! You are so very talented. We will be in the market for a new teacher in 2016 for our local SAGA group. I think this would be the perfect dress!! Want to come to Houston??? I am going to mention this to our group, as they asked that question in our meeting today. Hope you are feeling better.

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    1. Kathy Post author

      I don’t have a schedule posted anywhere at the moment. I will be teaching in Chicago for the Smocking Arts Guild of America regional retreat on July 16 – 20
      http://www.smocking.org
      Then I will be teaching in San Marcos, TX at the Southern Sassy Sewing event on July 29 – Aug.1st.
      http://sassysouthernsewing.com/2015/
      I will also be teaching in St. Louis in Sept. 25-26 for the SAGA guild there.
      At each event, I’m teaching different things. Since I just finished this class/pattern, it is not on anyone’s schedule yet. 🙂 Thanks for asking.

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  4. Shirley Clark

    Wow! You are one busy lady! I know this dress will be a big hit. Such a shame that SB Magazine isn’t still around to zap it up for the cover!
    It’s so adorable!

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    1. Kathy Post author

      Thank you Theresa – I wanted something a bit different and the smocked sleeves fit the bill. 🙂

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  5. Rettabug

    How cute, Kathy!! I just love the smocking across the shoulder/sleeve area & what fun to be able to vary the trims & tucks down the front, too. I bet my Ms. C. would wear this as a top in the summer even, with cute white capris for a fun, dressy/casual outfit. How large does your pattern go????

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    1. kathy

      Oh Rett – it’s OK for your mind to still have difficulties processing everything. You’re in my prayers! 🙂

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  6. Lisa Hawkes

    Kathy,

    I just love this and was so glad to read in the comments that you are making it up into a class – I think it would be perfect taught at a SAGA event in 2016! Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago!

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  7. Frances Suzanne

    Oh my….how did we miss this post?!?!?! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS LOOK!!! The smocked sleeves are soooo original {and sweet}. When are you going to start selling your patterns???? We want this! And, psst: the blue is our favorite too!

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    1. kathy

      Thank you! It’s always exciting when younger women are a fan of the pattern/design as well. 🙂

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    1. Kathy Post author

      Thank you! I do love this unconventional place to incorporate the smocking. 🙂 Uhh – I rarely block anything. LOL!

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