Pink and Yellow Perfection

Well, maybe not exactly perfection, but this sweet smocking design looked just perfect to me!!!  I had such a lovely time coming up with the design and then smocking it!

I will be teaching a beginning smocking class at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store in Gastonia, NC in September and needed to come up with a simple, beginning smocking design for the students.  So, the graph was completed, insert smocked, but then – well, it was just so unexciting to have a plain insert.  LOL!  I couldn’t help myself, I had to do something with it.

I have always loved the Baby Jumper Jacks pattern by Debbie Glenn, but wanted a larger size, so out came the drafting paper, pencils, rulers, etc. and I managed to get something close to her cute pattern.

I certainly think that having a finished project goes a lot further for gaining interest than just offering a smocked piece of fabric, right?  I hope so!

That’s what I’ve been stitching this week.  What a delight to be able to stitch and create such a summery concoction while enjoying our Carolina spring weather!!!

Are you ready for spring and summer?  I hope you’ve been able to create some pretty clothes for the warmer weather as well.  🙂

Keep on stitching…..

Kathy

22 thoughts on “Pink and Yellow Perfection

  1. Jenny Jo

    THIS is super cute!! What made you decide to pull out the yellow in the insert and not the blue? 😉

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    1. Kathy Post author

      Thanks Jenny Jo. I just work out the color scheme as I stitch. If you notice, the graph has the stem and outline stitches shown in the pink color, but I decided to go with the lighter blue instead. It’s just they way my mind works. LOL!

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  2. Grammie

    Beautiful little Summer dress! I’m always impressed at how straight your pleats are! Sometimes mine tend to slant east or west a bit. LOL

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    1. Kathy Post author

      Thanks Grammie. Are your pleats slanted even when the fabric is pleated straight/on grain?

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  3. Shirley Rossi

    Kathy, as I said on facebook, absolutely beautiful design, etc. Do you make your own piping? I mostly do, but sometime would love to save the time, not that it really takes that much time, lol!! Where did you find your cute little mannequin to display the dress? I need something like that myself.

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    1. Kathy Post author

      Thank you Shirley. I do always make my own piping. I have a few packages that I was given, but they are never the right color. LOL!

      I bought my mannequin on eBay. They have lots of them there and are quite reasonable.

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      1. Shirley Rossi

        Thank you Kathy. Will check out E-bay! I also meant to ask you about the extra row of smocking you do above and below your design. Do you do that for all your smocking projects? I assume it helps to keep your pleats upright and even while you sew your piping on or sew your insert into the project you are making. If that is the reason, I can totally understand why you do this. I think it would be worth the extra step. Thank you.

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        1. Kathy Post author

          Actually, I NEVER smock the holding rows, but I initially thought that this insert was to stand alone for a smocked sample, so I smocked the holding rows so that I could pull out the pleating threads.

          There are many that like to smock the holding rows and believe it gives better results. I generally use wash away basting tape so that I don’t need to smock them. LOL! Lazy me.

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          1. Shirley Rossi

            Thanks Kathy. I don’t smock them either and use the same basting tape, but since I saw that you did it, I thought maybe you always did this!! I am just as lazy, LOL!!!

  4. Rettabug

    How sweet, Kathy! The pale sherbet colors make me think SUMMER TIME! That is a lovely smocking plate & once I break it down, it looks complicated but it really isn’t.
    I have SEVERAL smocked panels that I would love to insert into a similar pattern that Ms. C. could wear either as a summer top or nightgown. Wish I had your drafting talents! Well done!

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  5. Rettabug

    I was also going to say “Find a need & fill it”…there is a need for pretty tops & dresses for pre-teens that use all the wonderful heirloom techniques we’ve used on our baby’s things. You could market this pattern & others along the same line. I can’t wait for YOUR babies to grow up a wee bit & then see what you’ll be creating for them. Of course, by then, Ms. C. will be 18. 🙁

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    1. Kathy Post author

      Thank you Rett! Actually, this is probably going to be a top. LOL! I wanted to try it on Ella (5 yrs. old), but she wasn’t in the mood, so I left it the length it was, which I believe would be just above the knee, but I was/am seriously thinking about making it shorter and make it a top with shorts for her to wear next year.

      I am so clueless about the whole marketing of patterns, though I do love to design. Of course, since this is a larger copy of Debbie’s pattern, I wouldn’t even consider it. 🙂 But I do want to continue to see the little girls wearing some smocking and heirloom as they get older.

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  6. stephanie steppe

    Kathy,
    this email is not about your blog, it is about the Sassy Southern Sewing event in July. I have signed up for the heirloom pillowcase class and wanted to know if sewing machines are provided for the students. I have tried reaching the event phone line, but no luck so far. Appreciate your help and look forward to seeing you in July!
    stephanie

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    1. Kathy Post author

      Hi Stephanie – I know that Vanese was working with sewing machine companies, but I don’t know much about that. I’ll see what I can find out for you. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing you again as well!

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  7. Carol Carothers

    I’m so excited to find this on Pinterest! I’ve been looking at your dress in Mary Jo’s and wondering what pattern you used. The dress is so sweet and perfect for summer in the south!

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    1. Kathy Post author

      Thank you! I have adapted Debbie Glenn’s Baby Jumper Jacks because I needed a larger size. However, for infant sizes, this is a great pattern.

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