I’ve been busy stitching outfits for our upcoming beach trip! I’ve had such fun with all these designs and outfits!!! I may have to make several more. 😊
The first outfit was a popsicle set. I chose the popsicle colors based on the polka dots in the fabric I was using for the shorts. The smocking design is called Chip’s Frozen Pops. It is an older design from the 80’s/90’s.
Of course, I thought it was adorable. However, when I tried it on Eva – my granddaughter with a definitely sense of style – she vetoed it in favor of a “sea green” top with pink pigs smocked on it! Ack!!! After finding some aqua domestic dotted Swiss in my stash, I did manage to talk her into mermaids, so all is well. Mermaids are a better theme for the beach than pigs. LOL!
While there are several cute mermaid smocking plates, I decided to create my own design for this summer’s beach trip and came up with the mermaid and dolphin. I really like it!
This was the first one, and my fingers are crossed that Eva will love it!!! She also chose the fabric for her shorts, which was a stretch twill and perfect for shorts. The contemporary design seems to go well with the water/mermaid theme.
As you can see, I got quite carried away with the pattern and the beach-y theme. A dress was requested for Ella, so I made the mermaid dress out of piqué. I had fun with the hem and stitched jumbo rick rack under the tuck and then stitched on top of the stitching line with a coral stitch and variegated thread (#5 pearl cotton).
The white top is a sheer voile, doubled and with a self ruffle on the top. I wanted to smock it with the same design I did many years ago for a special Ebay outfit. I loved it then and I still love it now.
This has now become my new Etsy pattern and I’ve called it the Mermaid Dress & Top. I have drafted it in sizes 1 – 7 and there are 3 options for the dress/top – a bias band finish at the bodice top, the 2nd option is quicker to sew with a yoke in the back – so the back can be smocked or left unsmocked and just gathered into the yoke. The 3rd option is the self-ruffle finish seen on the white top. I’m happy with each version and can’t wait to see all the little girls wearing their new mermaid outfits when we are at the beach. Here’s the back variations:
I am sure that I will get questions about the shorts pattern – it is not included. You can choose your favorite shorts pattern and if you are so inclined, scallop the hem. Drafting shorts patterns doesn’t excite me the way that smocked outfits do!
I have several more on the design table now. I can’t wait to start them. What are you stitching?