Kathy, I’m delighted…I’m in, and am following your blog. Thanks for whatever John may have done! Your blog is wonderful, I have picked up several ideas just this morning that can easily be translated to my quilts. The glue tip: that company should sponsor you 😉
Thank you for giving of yourself in just one more venue!
Thank you so much for starting your blog. I have admired, and been inspired, by your designs for years. I can’t wait to see what you bring!
Thank you Pat – you’re sweet! Glad that you’re enjoying the blog. 😀
The little gowns are so very sweet. Is there a pattern for that gown somewhere?
Thank you Carol. The gowns are a variation of the Wee Care gown that the Smocking Arts Guild does. The SAGA website has the gown pattern available for download on it. The variation was published in the recent SAGA News newsletter for members.
Thank you, will check that out. They are precious to say the least. And if you get tired of rockin that baby, I can take over. Ha! He is a little doll for sure.
do you sell any of the dresses you make? I’m loving the holiday heirloom dress you made. Thanks!
I don’t sell any of the dresses, but I’d be happy to refer you to some very talented seamstresses that do. 😀
You are so talented and your clothes are beautiful. I wish I could sew because I too love smocked clothing and heirloom clothes. I have a 4 year old son and twin 16 month girls. Would you consider selling your clothes? So beautiful!
Thank you! You’re one busy mom. I don’t do any custom orders any more but I do know several ladies that could do them for you if you’re interested.
Your choice of fabrics and how you are using them together, as well as your finishing touches are so creative. You’re a wonderful seamstress! If you ever decide to sell your beautiful clothing, I would love to buy dresses or bubbles from you. I will continue to enjoy your creations! Just curious… who taught you to sew? You are gifted! Sincerely, Nancy
Thank you for your kind words Nancy! With 4 grandkids to sew for, I doubt I’ll be selling anything any time soon. LOL! So glad that you’re enjoying the creations. I enjoy making them. I first learned to sew from a wonderful 4-H teacher in Canada when I was 12 years old. I’ve been sewing and taking classes as I’m able ever since then. I joined the Smocking Arts Guild of America after the birth of our second child and that opened up a whole new world of sewing and wonderful teachers to me. 🙂 After all these years of sewing and smocking, I am now thrilled to be able to teach for SAGA along with all their other very talented teachers!
I’m delighted to have found your blog via a Pinterest post. I would love to be able to smock and am looking for ‘how to’s’ and inspiration. I tried to subscribe but I’m not sure that the subscribe button worked 🙁
I’m not sure how the subscribe thing works – hopefully it does. LOL! You’ll find out soon. There’s lots of how to’s online. Laurie Anderson has some great utube videos on how to smock. There are other tutorials online as well, but not videos that I know of. Janet Gilbert and Maggie Bunch both have tutorials on their blogs. Have fun! Smocking is much easier than you think! 🙂
ooo thank you so much. I had no idea of all these sources and have had the notion that it is difficult!
I happened on your blog today while looking for some guidance on smocking using mini-checked gingham. I last did smocking about 30 years ago…but have a new set of twin boys that arrived last week and a little girl due in October. My first project is to do christening rompers for the boys…I found the Little Prince pattern and am using a pique diamond pattern. And then I want to do a romper for the little girl out of red and white mini-checked gingham. Just getting started with the pleats seemed like a challenge, but with the blogs you mentioned, I think I’ve got it!
I’m so glad that you found some help here! Congratulations on the twin boys and the little girl soon to arrive!!!
Hi Kathy! I am new to sewing and interested in lessons. I have missed your class offered this month at Mary Jos. Will you be offering next month? Do you have any other opportunities coming up I could join?
My next class at Mary Jo’s will be a smocking class in Jan. 2016 and then sewing a bishop class in Feb. 2016. Sign up for the emails/newsletters from Mary Jo’s and you’ll get the class updates! Hope to see you next year!
Kathy I love your designs. Do you sell your patterns? I have searched far and wide – please help!!!
At this time I don’t sell patterns. Maybe one day…..
I too love your designs and blog! Your class kit with the “Temily” pattern (in turquoise) is one of my favorites. I ordered the electronic copy of AS&E #80 from Marth Pullen in hopes of securing a challenging rainy day activity in pattern drafting. Well, the rainy day is here and pattern drafting looks daunting! My granddaughter may outgrow smocked outfits before this obsession wanes. Hmm, might you have a leftover kit for sale, since you don’t sell patterns?
Thanks for the generous sharing on your blog.
Thank you Sandy. I don’t sell patterns or kits as I only make up enough for the classes I’m teaching.
Hello from Ontario!
Do you have any classes planned for Southern Ontario in the future? I must admit I have my heart set on the smocked dress, hat and coat at the end of the blog!!
Thanks so much,
I would love to come to Ontario to teach. I will travel/teach most places but haven’t been asked by any groups to come to Ontario at this point. 🙂 I love Ontario – spent many years there growing up!
Kathy – I have recently found your blog…. LOVE IT!! I am currently smocking Temily form AS&E. When I saw your sleeve variations on the blog I was thrilled!! Do you sell the pattern sleeve variations? I will be @ SAGA in Oct this year… Hope to meet you.
Hi Denise – so glad that you enjoy the blog. I hope to meet you at SAGA this year as well. I currently don’t sell patterns.
I am looking to make some burial gowns and wondered where you got your patterns for them.
The patterns are available from SAGA. Hope this helps!
I am desperately trying to get hold of Australian Smocking and Embroidery issue 88
I am wanting to make the sun dress that is a pattern of yours for my grand-daughter
have been wanting to do it for awhile but was waiting for her to get old enough
I would very much appreciate if you had any ideas as to where i could get hold of this magazine
Look forward to hearing from you
Kind regards Phillippa
The magazine is still available as a download from Martha Pullen Co.
Kathy, my granddaughter is having her 1st communion in late May. We have chosen to make the Special Occasion dress from issue 94, 2011 of Australian Smocking magazine. Ella is a size 7 and the pattern is only size 5. Any suggestions for making it larger? Would it work to take it to Kinkos and enlarge the pullout pattern? I have taken her measurements and don’t think the 5 will work.
I would not suggest enlarging the pattern at Kinkos. That type of enlarging isn’t sizing accurate. Rather, find a smocked from the shoulder pattern (Chery Williams has one as does Ellen McCarn) and use the correct size and smock the design from the magazine. You may need to add a few rows of smocking for a larger size. Also, be sure that the bottom of the smocking aligns with the bottom of the back yoke.
Kathy, do you have a tutorial to do the bishop dress with the solid inset as in your latest blog post?
Sylvia – as I mentioned in the blog post, I’ll share after I’ve tried a couple other methods. I wasn’t particularly fond of this method.
Kathy, I love the bee-utiful pinafore, would like to make it for the daughter of a friend. Is this a pattern that is available? Thanks, Virginia
Thank you Virginia. This is a pattern that is used in my classes and not available for sale at this time.
Hi Kathy – I have just discovered you. I am currently trying to teach myself to smock and would love any tricks and tips for a beginner beginner.
If there is a SAGA guild anywhere near you, I’d encourage you to join it. You will learn so much from the ladies. There are some great tutorials online about smocking. Laurie Anderson has some wonderful free videos that demonstrate smocking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAsqo29vGr8 She also has some construction videos. Imperial broadcloth is great for your first project – it is soft but pleats up nicely and wears great as well. It comes in many colors. It is much better quality than the broadcloths that you find in chain stores. I order fabrics online (farmhousefabrics.com, PBJK.com, Chadwickheirlooms.com) now that there are no heirloom shops nearby. Have fun!!!
I have searched far and wide for this pattern! Is it your pattern?
I’m not sure what pattern you are referring to Rita.
I love your dresses you make for your girls!! I would like to know where can I find the patterns to your beautiful dresses? My daughter-in-law puts those exact dresses on my granddaughter for Church. I would love to make a few for my granddaughter, Piper. My other granddaughter, Marissa- Ainsley is showing some interests in these types of dresses also. So please help me make these dresses for them.
A devoted fan of yours,
Thank you for your lovely comments Angie! I’m thrilled to hear that more young moms want to dress their kids in heirloom/smocked clothing. 🙂 Patterns can be purchased at most any heirloom shops. I have done business with Chadwick Heirlooms, Farmhouse Fabrics, Peanut Butter and Jelly Kids – to name just a few of the shops with extensive selections in patterns, fabrics, laces, etc. They will be very happy to help you out and get you started. there are plenty more shops that you can order from online – too many to list! Happy stitching!
Sharon Finch shared your name with me! I live in south Charlotte near her. I’m looking for s beginners smocking clsss, do you know where I might join one?
I have a beginning smocking class starting at Mary Jo’s on Feb. 7th from 9:30am – 12:30pm. You can call them and sign up if that works for you. 🙂
Hi: Love your designs! Do you have a pattern for the little “swing” dress” that you have on your blog?
I have not drafted the swing dress (assuming you mean the one with the smocked birds) or written up instructions yet. I have only the one size that I made several years ago. It’s on my “to do” list.
Kathy, all your creations are works of art and I appreciate your sharing them with us! I bought the digital version of AS&E 80 with the intent to make your Temily pattern. I have so many of your wonderful variations pinned. I’m looking for any size chart or finished measurements, but have not seen that on the pattern itself or in the article. My granddaughter is a skinny minny, but average in height, so I always make tops or dresses in a smaller size than her age and add length. She has a 24.5 chest measurement, which seems to be in the size 5-7 range in most patterns. I thought Temily’s style would probably be forgiving, but wondered if you had any measurements before I dive into this. Thank you so much!
You are correct Donna Lee – AS&E graded the pattern, but provided no measurements. If your granddaughter is skinny, I’d go with the smaller size but probably add length to the top – maybe 1″ – 1-1/2″. The pattern is very forgiving, so it should work out OK.
Kathy, where can I find the Annalise pattern. I love it!! These tops are so cute!
I’m so sorry. The Annalise pattern is one that I have not published – it is one that I use when I teach for guilds. I may eventually get that published, but it’s on the back burner for the moment.
Have a smocked insert that I want made into the sundress you have had posted in the past. Where can I
get that pattern? The sundress is yellow with pink piping and the insert shown is with yellow and blue
smocking with small pink flower buds. Just found this blog, so it may be a post from long ago.
It’s not a particular pattern – I just did my own thing. I would look at the patterns at Children’s Corner – there is bound to be one that will work for you.
looking for the big sister Frannie , its been so long a go , i have the small now i need big size, was it in any sew beautiful books printed in big sister and what year , if you know where ican buy since out of print ,thank you , darleen
The only thing that I know you can do is to try and buy it on the second hand market – Etsy, Ebay or Facebook has lots of heirloom sewing/smocking destash groups and it does come up there from time to time. Good luck on your hunt!
Hi Kathy, I enjoyed your blog, but am sooooo confused. My name is Georgia Goodwin( Chaplain Georgia) , also a Christian and am so frustrated. I am NOT computer savvy but am “fairly intelligent”. The Lord has given me the “gift of sewing ( Dorcas) and the gift of encouragement. Unfortunately, He has not given me the gift of navigating the internet. I first started trying to download “Free” preemie patterns 5 yrs ago when a friend had a baby in NICU. I could NEVER download what was showing on the screen. I have tried a number of times over the last years wanting to donate Angel Gowns, wit NO luck. I now have my first ” grandbaby twins ( extended family from church), in the NICU. the boys weigh 2lbs2ozs and 2lbs15ozs and I would love to make the your precious little suit. I cannot find anywhere to order the shirt and diaper cover. I have been on the internet for almost 2 hrs this morning thinking I could order SOMETHING but just keep getting sent from one site to the next. All that said, is the outfit available and, if so, how may I purchase it? Please pray for my inabilities, ” the Spirit is willing, but, the Flesh is weak”. Thank you and God bless, Chaplain Georgia
I’m so sorry that I am just seeing your post Georgia. There are many free preemie patterns online. I have used many of them from 7pinedesigns.com. They go down to the smallest sizes. I have a couple preemie patterns in my Etsy shop:
They can be purchased and downloaded immediately. However, those patterns start at 4 lbs. I will be praying for your precious little ones!
Hi, I am looking for the magazine where you first introduced the Annalise top. I have all issues of Sew Beautiful and many A &E . Could you please let me know where to find it. Thank you
The Annalise top was first published in AS&E #80 as Temily. The Temily top only offered the 3/4 length sleeve and sizes 2, 4 & 6. The Annalise top is a pattern that I use when I teach and it has 3 different sleeve options and many sizes. I currently do not sell that pattern.
Hi Kathy. I’m a longtime admirer of your work and wonder if you might be just the person to help me. I am looking for an old Australian Smocking magazine which featured a blue dotted swiss smocked dress on the cover. I made it for one of my granddaughters but cannot locate the magazine and want to make it again for an unexpected granddaughter. And I thought my smocking days were over!
Please let me know if you have any idea where I could find this magazine (issue number, etc.)
Thanks so much,
If you use Facebook, there are several different groups where ladies are selling their magazines, patterns, etc. that they no longer use. That would be a good place to try as well as Ebay and Etsy.
I am trying smocking again after 25 years of no sewing. someone suggested reading your article in Sew Beautiful magazine #141 from 2012 on making a pre-assembled bishop dress to smock. Is that article available anywhere? I do not have that issue. Thank you, Ann
Sorry for the late response – I’ve neglected my blog of late. I have those instructions for sale in my Etsy sbop: kathysheirloomshop. Good luck with your smocking!
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