I have finally had some time to do some relaxing sewing/smocking! While we were away at the beach, I smocked such a sweet bishop dress that I wanted to make for a baby gift. Another couple in our Bible study group just had their first granddaughter a few weeks ago. So, this was the perfect opportunity to stitch a little dress for the baby.
It was so relaxing to sit and stitch without the pressure of deadlines. I knew once we got home that I would be stitching with a deadline again, so I enjoyed every minute of this relaxing, no-pressure stitching. Of course, being at the beach certainly helped!
After stitching the dress, I decided to keep my illustrator skills sharp and graph the design. For my dress, I loved the pink/yellow combination, but any combination of pastels would be lovely. I used DMC#963 & 3078. I thought I’d share the smocking plate with my readers. 😊 I gave this smocking design the same name as the baby it was gifted to!
The hem treatment was so easy – I folded up the hem depth twice and then stitched the tuck, encasing the hem at the same time. I added ribbon and a bow above the hem just for interest. I think it’s a nice option to add just a bit of color.
I also stitched a couple of bonnets while I was at the beach, but I’ll save those for another post.
Upon my return home, I got right down to sewing the next dress for the Classic Sewing magazine. If you enjoy smocking and heirloom sewing, you should consider a subscription to the magazine – it provides so many patterns and free downloads with each issue.
I just received my fall issue of the magazine last week and was thrilled to see how beautifully they photographed the dresses that I’d submitted for this issue! Could the models be any cuter!!!
I guess that means that it’s time to think about some fall sewing!!! What will you be stitching?